Mike Dean in focus

Referee Mike Dean took charge of Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Aston Villa: Mike Dean in focusAston Villa: Mike Dean in focus

It was the official’s first match since sending off West Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli for a challenge on Manchester United defender Phil Jones on Monday – the red card was subsequently rescinded following an appeal to the Football Association.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at how Dean fared at White Hart Lane.


Dean was bound to face plenty of scrutiny during this game but most of the decisions made by the 48-year-old at White Hart Lane were routine. There were not many hard calls to make and Dean did not end up becoming the focal point, unlike in his last outing.


One clear, if relatively minor, incident before half-time left many fans in the ground bemused. Spurs full-back Cameron Carter-Vickers, under pressure from Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, looked to have kicked the ball out for a corner but Dean awarded a goal kick instead. Besides that questionable decision, the Wirral official made more good calls than bad.


Ahead of the game, Villa fans re-posted a video online which appeared to show Dean celebrating a Spurs goal while refereeing a match against Villa last season, when in actual fact the signal he was making was to allow play to go on. The travelling Villa supporters continuously chanted “Mike Dean is a Tottenham fan!” on Sunday as they booed every decision the official made, but Dean dealt with the atmosphere well.

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