Referee Mike Dean is today being labelled as a Tottenham fan.
Put ‘Mike Dean’ into any search engine right now, and you’ll instantly find articles claiming that the Premier League official may have celebrated Moussa Dembele’s opening goal in Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa last night.
After Dembele found the target, the referee focused attentions by performing some sort of finger wagging action that many construed for being happiness at the goal.
As most people know, though, Mike Dean has a long history of expressing his emotions on the pitch, particularly when goals go in. His reactions can often be amusing.
With that in mind, here are Mike Dean’s top 5 goal celebrations:
1) Moussa Dembele’s goal for Spurs
We start the list with the most recent addition. Rather than being a celebration, it was a case of unfortunate timing, with Dean actually waving advantage before pointing back towards the centre circle. He does look like Alan Shearer though.
2) Romelu Lukaku’s West Brom goal v Fulham
Back in 2013 Fulham fans were ticked off when Mike Dean made another noticeable arm movement after Lukaku scored at the Hawthorns. Dean was spotted on TV doing what looked like a celebratory jump after seeing the Belgian hit the back of the net.
3) QPR’s Adel Taarabt goal v Arsenal
Again from January 2013. While most of Mike Dean’s goal celebrations can be easily explained away, his behaviour at Loftus Road was a little more hard to tuck under the carpet. The official ran for several yards with his arms projected after Taarabt scored. It didn’t help that the ref also ran in the same direction as the QPR players.
4) Louis Saha’s goal in the North London Derby
The original Mike Dean offence. Did he really celebration Saha’s goal for Spurs v Arsenal? I mean, look at him jump. And the Gunners again… is there a trend? No, but don’t let that cloud your judgement.
5) Swansea’s failed attack v Man United
OK. So this isn’t a goal celebration nor was it in the Premier League, but Mike Dean’s floppy head caused quite a stir back in January 2014 in the FA Cup. Was Mike Dean disappointed that the Swansea attack had broken down? It certainly looked that way.