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Mike Dean is back at Turf Moor tomorrow for the visit of Manchester United and it’s his second Burnley game this season having previously taken charge of our home win against Newcastle United.

He had a decent enough game on that occasion which saw his RATE THE REF rating go up slightly. He remains in second place with a rating of 79.70 out of 100 with only Neil Swarbrick, who has refereed us just once, above him.

The 49-year-old Dean from Heswall on the Wirral, is the longest serving referee on the select group. He was one of 21 referees named when the select group was first created in 2001, alongside such as Paul Durkin, Dermot Gallagher and Graham Poll, and is the only one of that group still involved in refereeing today.

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He’s certainly been rated one of our best referees over the years but has, at times, been controversial and has been the official most in the news recently over his decision to award West Brom a penalty right at the end of their game against Arsenal. That led to Arsène Wenger accusing him of being a disgrace and not honest. Dean said to him: “So you’re calling me a cheat,” to which Wenger replied “I maintain what I say, you’re not honest.

Of course, Wenger things honest referees are those that give incorrect decisions in his home team’s favour and no matter what Dean does tomorrow, no matter how many decisions might go against us, I believe, as do most people I would assume, he will carry out his duties with honesty.

That game was one of 18 he has refereed this season of which 15 have been in the Premier League and the other three in the cup competitions. In those games he’s issued 63 yellow cards and two red cards.

Of those yellow cards, 30 have gone to home team players and 33 to away team players. The first of the red cards was that of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, a second yellow for his celebration of his team’s winner at Bournemouth.

The other red card came in his last game, the dismissal of Leeds United’s Sami Saiz for spitting at an opponent in their FA Cup defeat at Newport. There were also three yellow cards in the game.

Mike Dean remains capable of still being one of the best referees we have. Let’s hope that’s what we see tomorrow.

The assistant referees are Simon Long (Cornwall) and Ian Hussin (Merseyside). The fourth official is Mike Jones (Chester) whose last Burnley game was December’s 1-0 home win against Stoke.

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
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