Is Mike Dean a Spurs fan?
With all the talk today of Mark Clattenburg being tapped up the Chinese Super League, plenty of jokes were going around about Mike Dean, long before he had an impact on Spurs’ 4-1 win at Southampton.
Tottenham were already 2-1 up at Southampton when Nathan Redmond pulled down Dele Alli.
Dean awarded a penalty and sent off Redmond, for the first time in his professional career.
Whether Dean had to send off Redmond, and effectively kill the game, was debated on social media.
Even more so than the penalty decision was Dean’s officiating of Spurs throughout this season, and even last.
3 Spurs games, 3 sendings off… for the opposition
Who can forget the image of Mike Dean celebrating a Mousse Dembele goal against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane last season.
And, in 2016/2017, Dean has taken charge of three Spurs games – he has issued a red card to the opposition in each game.
And, also awarded a penalty in two of them.
Dean officiated two White Hart Lane wins for Spurs – against Sunderland and West Ham.
Mike Dean’s third Spurs game of the season tonight. He’s issued a red card to the opposition in all 3 games and penalties in 2 of the games.
— Tad Swar (@tadswar) December 28, 2016
The mere fact that Mike Dean is giving high fives and fist bumps to Tottenham players is actually making me question this leagues integrity
— ali (@aliladiere) December 28, 2016
Dear Chinese league, Mike Dean is a very good referee. Honestly he is.
— Jane Cavendish (@jcav90) December 28, 2016
Mike Dean is a Tottenham fan
I just confirme that today
— Golden prince (@hamza_hudu) December 28, 2016
— jim shelley (@jimshelley17) December 28, 2016
Most red cards given in #PL this season:
Mike Dean (4)
Mike Dean (10) https://t.co/MdjQscHmBW
— Davis Arsenal (@Davisgunner) December 28, 2016
Mike Dean is officially Tottenhams ref!! Cheating bastard
— ian hilton (@ianhilton) December 28, 2016
@SpursOfficial you forgot Mike Dean
— Curry Muncher (@VintageCazorla) December 28, 2016
Love your girlfriend the way Mike Dean loves Tottenham.
— Mohamed ELNneny (@ElNnenyM) December 28, 2016
@ArsenalFanTV Mike Dean has officiated three Spurs matches this season and has awarded three red cards to each opposition. Hmm.
— FK³ (@fkhanage) December 28, 2016