by Andrew Crawshaw
Courtesy of premierleague.com here are the match officials for this coming weekend’s fixtures:-
Kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless stated otherwise.
Friday 30 November
20:00 Cardiff City v Wolves
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson
Saturday 1 December
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Andy Garratt, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Mike Dean
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Mick McDonough
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Marc Perry, Neil Davies
Fourth official: Craig Pawson
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Lee Mason
17:30 Southampton v Man Utd
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Simon Beck
Fourth official: Roger East
Sunday 2 December
12:00 Chelsea v Fulham
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Richard West
Fourth official: David Coote
14:05 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Darren Cann, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
16:15 Liverpool v Everton
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor
Spurs and Huddersfield join the clubs with two three time referees, Huddersfield getting Michael Oliver and Spurs with Mike Dean. Anthony Taylor at long last gets to rest his whistle for the first week this year (although he is on fourth official duty on both Saturday and Sunday so still can’t put his feet up).
Spurs set a new record for the season in their match last weekend against Chelsea. They were called for 19 fouls without getting a single yellow card. This beat their previous record of 17 in their home game against Liverpool. In contrast Arsenal haven’t had a single home game without getting a player booked. I would be very surprised if this level of discrepancy in refereeing standards changes on Sunday.
Here is what I said in my preview of last week’s games
“In terms of having had variety of referees this season, in our league games, we haven’t actually done too badly with 11 in our 13 games, Anthony Taylor and Martin Atkinson being the only two we have seen twice. We are yet to have Mike Dean (Spurs ?), Kevin Friend, Lee Mason, Graham Scott, David Coote and Roger East.”
Well the official verdict for our official for this weekend’s North London Derby is Mike Dean. Am I good or am I good!
I am not going to spend a great deal of time in detailing just how bad Mike Dean normally is for us because I have done it in the past so many times – if you want to go back into our history with this person then just type in his name in the search box at the top of the page and that will lead you to an absolute plethora of articles. Suffice it to say that his appointment is hardly ever good news and we shouldn’t expect anything to change on Sunday.
Metro Sport have a video of what look to be goal celebrations by Mr Dean when Spurs scored against Aston Villa and ourselves in the past and I have absolutely no confidence in him having the ability to deliver an honest and even handed performance on Sunday.
Mr Dean has been in charge of two previous Spurs matches this season
Matchweek 8 – Spurs 1 v Cardiff 0 3 Spurs players booked (minutes 51, 59 and 68), 7 fouls called, no Cardiff players given a yellow card but a straight red card in min 58, 11 fouls called against them
Matchweek 11 – Wolves 2 v Spurs 3 Wolves player booked in min 24 and 11 fouls called, Spurs players booked in minutes 78 and 87 and two penalties awarded against them in minute 68 ad 79. 8 fouls called against Spurs.
For them to have Mr Dean again will mean three games in 6 weeks which is stretching credulity towards any kind of random programming of matches beyond breaking point. That raises the question why appoint him to this game? It certainly has raised the hackles of Arsenal supporters, even though he was in charge of this fixture last year when we won 2 – 0.
The one thing that I can confidently say about having Mike Dean in the middle is that one way or another he will make the game all about himself. He is no shrinking violet and usually surprises us in some obscure interpretation of the rules of football. The sooner this 50 year old retires the better. We can only hope that he chokes on his indicator board (or drops it on his foot) on Saturday when acting as fourth official at Crystal palace.
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