Referee Mike Dean asks to be WITHDRAWN from Premier League games

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Referee Mike Dean asks to be WITHDRAWN from Premier League games after he and his family received death threats over his now-overturned red card for West Ham’s Tomas Soucek
Premier League referee Mike Dean and his family have been sent death threats
It comes after a series of high-profile and controversial calls in recent matches
Dean’s red cards for Tomas Soucek and Jan Bednarek last week were rescinded
As the VAR, Dean also denied Southampton a penalty for a blatant handball
It led the Saints to request they not be officiated by either Dean or Lee Mason

Premier League referee Mike Dean and his family have received death threats in the aftermath of a series of high-profile, controversial decisions and he has asked to be taken off duty this weekend.

Dean, 52, has reported the threats to Merseyside Police and has been asked to not be put in charge of a Premier League match this week. He will still take charge of Wednesday’s FA Cup game between Leicester and Brighton.

Sportsmail understands the abuse was sent on social media platforms and, while Dean is known to be a resilient character within the PremierLeague hierarchy, the threats to his family were a step too far.


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