Controversial referee Mike Dean has been selected to officiate West Ham United’s Premier League clash with Leeds United on Monday night.
At first glance, Hammers fans will be well within their rights to be furious at the news.
The 52-year-old official is despised in East London.
Every time he officiates a match involving West Ham, the games seem to become the ‘Mike Dean Show’.
It’s not just West Ham fans who have a problem with Dean in fairness.
Fans of most clubs have felt aggrieved by the 52-year-old’s officiating at some point over the past 15 years or so.
The Hammers seem to have been affected more than most by Dean’s ineptness, however.
It was only last month when the infamous referee made the ludicrous decision to send Tomas Soucek off against Fulham.
Dean has officiated 59 games involving West Ham and has handed out six red cards in the process.
It is easy to see why Hammers fans might be nervous with Dean scheduled to referee Monday’s clash with Leeds.
Mike Dean officiating clash with Leeds could be good news for West Ham
The 52-year-old has made so many glaring errors in recent years that have impacted the Hammers.
After his recent howlers – one during West Ham’s clash with Fulham and one during Southampton’s trip to Manchester United, all eyes will be on Dean.
He will surely be determined to put things right. Dean is on thin ice as it is and won’t want it to seem like he has an agenda against the Hammers.
The under-fire referee knows he got the Tomas Soucek decision badly wrong. Perhaps he might be more lenient this time around if a similar situation arises?
Nobody really knows what will happen when it comes to Mike Dean. But the fact that he is refereeing one of our games again so soon after making an absolutely shocking error during our clash with Fulham isn’t necessarily a bad thing.