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Yellow peril Dean to referee Man Utd game

last updated Friday 29th February 2008, 10:32 AM

Michael Leslie Dean, from Heswall in The Wirrall, Cheshire began refereeing in 1985 and joined the Select Group of Premiership referees eight season ago. At 39, he is one of the Barclaycard Premiership's youngest referees, but the Merseyside shift supervisor turned full-time ref has already taken charge of a FA Community Shield and so should be undaunted by the league's multi-millionaire stars. Ref Dean was also admitted to the FIFA referee list in 2003Mike got himself suspended by the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL)for the last 3 months of 2004/2005. He had got himself involved with Arbitros (Spanish for ‘referees’) Racing, an online horse racing syndicate, and an advert in the Racing Post read “Join Premiership referee Mike Dean in this exciting new venture.” This was judged to be against the terms of his contract, as he was using his status to his advantage.He also failed to request permission to get involved. He was suspended on the eve of Newcastle vs Bolton, which he was due to referee at St James’ Park, and was replaced by Steve Dunn. He was later suspended until 31st May, and returned to the Premiership in late August after coming home from a Turkey tournament.Ref Dean has been present at a number of key moments in Fulham's recent history. He was in-charge of the game against Wolves which ended our record breaking 10 game winning run in 1999-2000, he was in-charge of our first Premiership home game, he was in-charge of the game where Barthez out psyched Steed over a penalty, he was in-charge of the Middlesbrough game when Fulham scored two in the last few moments to take a draw with Gentleman Jim nearly bursting a blood vessel, the brawl at West Brom and most recently he was in charge of the delicious victory against the Blues of Fulham Broadway. We have won three of the ten premiership games Mr Dean has managed. In his ten games he has issued 36 yellow and 5 red cards which is above average for Premiership games. On a more positive note of the cards he has issued Fulham players received 14 yellows and 3 reds with 5 of the yellows and 2 of the reds coming in the rumble at The Hawthorns.Hopefully Mr Dean helps Fulham to a win on Saturday.

Referee Stats - 2007/2008
Ref Dean's whistle useage rate returning to the Premiership average after a career low last season. However his yellow and red per match figures are currently at an all time high.
   Mr. Dean's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos Total Match Avg
Games 20       14   
Fouls 502 25.1 10th 353 25.1
Yellows 81 4.1 1st 47 3.4
Reds 6 0.3 4th 2 0.2
Penalties 6 0.3 7th 4 0.3
Fouls per Yellow - 6.2 4th - 7.5
Homer? (2007-2008)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
20 273 41 4 4 229 40 2 2 502 81 6 6
   54% 51% 67% 67% 46% 49% 33% 33%            
Premiership Average
14 49% 42% 56% 66% 51% 58% 44% 34% 353 47 2 4
Ref Dean's foul and yellow stats indicate an unusual anti-home bias relative to other Premiership refs. His bias is even more obvious with red cards as he has given home players 4 reds out of his total of 6. At least with penalty decisions he is favouring home squads at the moment.

Hopefully he is even handed all round on Saturday.
Previous Fulham games what was reffed by Mike Dean
25-11-2007 Premier Fulham 2-2 Blackburn 3y 0r
Bookings: Murphy, Stefanovic (Fulham) Bentley (Blackburn)
20-01-2007 Premier Fulham 1-1 Tottenham 5y 1r
Bookings: Brown, Helguson (sent off 53), Queudrue (Fulham) Dawson, Malbranque (Tottenham)
A linesman with X-ray vision was able to see the ball touch a Fulham player and thereby put Pascal Chimbonda onside for Spurs' desperate last minute equaliser.
18-12-2006 Premier Fulham 2-1 Middlesbro 0y 0r
Bookings: None
19-03-2006 Premier Fulham 1-0 Chelsea 5y 1r
Bookings: Brown (Fulham) Carvalho, Drogba, Huth, Makelele, Gallas (sent off 90) (Chelsea)
THE GAME. Not only did Fulham Broadway get done they lost their heads with 4 yellows and a red. Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho. Everytime I think of this game I can't stop laughing.
18-09-2004 Premier West Brom 1-1 Fulham 7y 3r
Bookings: Clement, Purse, Clement (sent off 84), (West Brom) Green, John, Knight, Legwinski, Van der Sar, Diop (sent off 61), Cole (sent off 85) (Fulham)
The brawl with The Baggies after referee Mark Halsey had turned The Cottagers over in the 3-0 defeat by Arsenal.
09-05-2004 Premiership Fulham 0-1 Arsenal 4y 0r
Bookings: Davis (Fulham) Henry, Parlour, Vieira (Arsenal)
12-04-2004 Premiership Fulham 3-4 Blackburn 0y 0r
After 12 minutes of the game, Blackburn frontman Stead was left clutching his face after an incident involving Zat Knight. Fulham centre-back Knight appeared to run into the Rovers striker as the duo ran back from a home attack. Blackburn players gestured that Knight had headbutted Stead but referee Mike Dean consulted his assistant and took no action. After the game the F. A. gave Zat an immediate 3 game suspension.
24-08-2002 Premiership Middlesbro 2-2 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Ehiogu, Geremi, Marinelli (Middlesbro) Finnan, Malbranque (Fulham)
19-10-2002 Premiership Fulham 1-1 Man Utd 4y 0r
Bookings: Marlet (Fulham) Barthez, Beckham, Blanc (Man Utd)
This was the game where Barthez out psyched Steed over a penalty. Later Ref Dean was asked about the event. He said: " The Barthez penalty behaviour certainly generated some talking points and I learnt something that day as well. I will make sure everyone is ready in future before I blow my whistle to avoid anything like that again. Before a penalty there is a lot to look for with players trying to encroach and so you have a lot of possible distractions. As I said I will wait until everyone is ready before blowing my whistle and then there is no misunderstandings". (Ed: Thats good then!!)
22-08-2001 Premiership Fulham 2-0 Sunderland 2y 0r
Bookings: Craddock, McCartney (Sunderland)
Fulham's first home game in the Premiership and debut game for some of Jean Tigana's signings
No Fulham games with Mike Dean this season
19-10-1999 Championship Fulham 0-1 Wolves 4y 1r
Bookings: Peschisolido (Fulham) Muscat, Pollet, Sedgley (Wolves)
The game that ended Fulham's 10 game winning run.
09-03-1999 League One Luton 0-4 Fulham 2y 1r
Bookings: McKinnon (Luton) Finnan (Fulham)
28-02-1998 League One Blackpool 2-1 Fulham 2y 0r
Bookings: Lawrence, Trollope (Fulham)
Since 1998
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