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  1. John L
    5 December 2021

    My view of Dean is that he can be quite a capable referee when he chooses. It follows that his unfair treatment of Arsenal is no accident. Remember the last-minute penalty against Clichy in 2008, rewarding a Rooney dive over Almunia, red card to Eboue against Spurs, ditto Coquelin, his celebratory dance when Spurs scored, a ridiculous handball award against Fabregas, sending off Szczesny against Man City, to name a few incidents from a long list of too many to recall.

    Our team definitely will be competing against 12 men tomorrow.

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  2. none
    5 December 2021

    Michael Leslie Dean has been appointed as the match official.
    Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: Andy Madley. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt.

    Career Highlights:

    Late 2005 saw Dean banned from officiating due to breach of contract with PGMOL.

    In 2006, Dean gained the distinction of being the first referee to be removed from an FA Cup final. As a member of the Cheshire FA, lives in the Wirral, close to Liverpool.

    2008: Ignored foul in penalty box on Adebayor, in the next attack presented Birmingham City with a foul in the penalty box for them to equalise.

    2009: Following on from previous season ignored Arsenal penalty claim after Fletcher handled the ball in penalty box. Gave Rooney a penalty for running into Almunia.
    In the North London Derby Dean disallowed Eboue’s goal and sent him off soon after.

    2012 unable to contain his excitement Dean celebrated Tottenham’s opening goal against Arsenal.

    2015; Michael, unable to see what was later described as violent conduct by Diego Costa, the match official instead sent off two Arsenal players.
    After being filmed celebrating a goal by Tottenham, Dean claimed that “I wouldn’t say it was a goal celebration, I was celebrating an advantage… It is a foul and I’ve played on, probably shouldn’t have put my arms out but it was good.”

    2017: Dean failed to award a penalty against Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi denying a clear chance for Arsenal to equalise.

    2018; Leslie helped West Brom to a valuable point against Arsenal by awarding a penalty for a player moving his hand away from the football. An incident that was later described by the Head of the PGMOL as a “mistake”.

    2021; Failed to book Palace midfield James McArthur after he cynically fouled Bukayo Saka during a promising attack. When Saka carried out a similar foul on McArthur during another promising attack, was quick to punish Arsenal with a yellow card. Moments later when James McArthur kicked the Arsenal player, Dean, declined to follow the laws of football and show a red card, instead opting for a yellow card.

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