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We’ve got the Premier League’s longest serving referee Mike Dean at Stoke City tomorrow, his third Burnley game of the season having previously refereed the home games against Newcastle United and Manchester United.

The most experienced and at one time considered the best. More recently he has come in for lots of criticism. Just before the United game, the last time he refereed us, he was accused of being dishonest by Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger having given West Brom a late penalty.

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Last week he missed the Marcos Alonso assault on Shane Long. Dermot Gallagher, Sky’s referee protector, admitted it should have been a  red card but thought Dean was too close and at the wrong angle to give it.

Matt Le Tissier, admittedly with more than a passing interest, mocked Gallagher while Dennis Wise described Dean as a joke. Le Tissier went as far as asking if there is a worse referee? I can answer that and the answer is yes, there are far, far worse referees that Dean. Interestingly, Le Tissier defended him when he missed the clear foul on Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson at Southampton last season.

That was Dean’s most recent game. There were eight yellow cards, five for Southampton players and three for Chelsea players. It’s taken his total for the season to 99 yellow and three reds in 26 games. Of those yellows, 50 have gone to home team players and 49 to away team players. His most recent red card was that of Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko in their 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Despite the controversy, and there have been Burnley games when he’s been poor with some very strange decisions, he remains second in RATE THE REF with a rating of 78.76 out of 100, behind only Neil Swarbrick who has still refereed Burnley just once.

The assistant referees are Ian Hussin (Merseyside) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire). The fourth official is Roger East (Wiltshire) whose last Burnley game was

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
1997/98Lutonh1-130Y: Cooke
1998/99Walsalla1-340Y: Armstrong, Brass, Payton
1999/2000Chesterfieldh2-120Y: Cowan
1999/2000Wiganh0-050Y: Johnrose, Thomas
2000/01Crystal Palaceh2-210
2002/03Bradford Citya2-262Y: Cook, Papadopoulos, Taylor
2003/04Bradford Cityh4-000
2003/04Prestona3-540Y: Blake, Gnohere, West
2003/04Ipswichh4-230Y: Chaplow, McGregor
2004/05Blackburnh0-050Y: Camara, Hyde
2005/06Leedsh1-250Y: Harley, Hyde
2005/06Crystal Palaceh0-040Y: Harley, Branch
2006/07Sunderlandh2-230Y: Hyde
2006/07Leicesterh0-130Y: Caldwell
2007/08Blackpoolh2-220Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell
2008/09West Broma2-200
2008/09Sheffield UnitedW1-042Y: Carlisle, Kalvenes
2009/10Tottenhama0-520Y: Bikey
2009/10Arsenalh1-120Y: Caldwell, Eagles
2009/10Blackburnh0-150Y: Alexander, Fox, Duff
2010/11Leicestera0-430Y: Marney, Rodriguez, Bikey
2012/13Peterboroughh5-220Y: Mills
2013/14Blackburna2-130Y: Arfield
2014/15Crystal Palacea0-050Y: Ings, Sordell, Boyd
2014/15Newcastlea3-360Y: Ings, Mee, Trippier, Boyd
2014/15West Bromh2-240
2014/15Arsenalh0-120Y: Mee, Duff
2015/16Bristol Citya2-100
2016/17Southamptona1-330Y: Defour, Marney
2016/17Leicesterh1-010Y: Lowton
2017/18Newcastleh1-030Y: Guðmundsson, Cork, Tarkowski
2017/18Manchester Unitedh0-160Y: Mee, Bardsley, Defour
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