Wednesday 17 January 2018

Arsenal fans' petition to ban Mike Dean from refereeing their games reaches 100,000 signatures

Mike Dean
Mike Dean

Callum Davis

Arsenal fans have worked quickly to take their own action against Mike Dean after the referee failed to send off Diego Costa on Saturday.

A petition, set up by disgruntled supporters to ensure that Mike Dean never officiates another Arsenal game, has received almost 100,000 signatures.

Mike Dean neglected to book the Chelsea striker, despite a series of on-the-field run-ins with a series of Arsenal players - including Laurent Koscielny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gabriel Paulista.

 Entitled 'Prevent Arsenal from refereeing another Arsenal game', the petition calls for an 'inquiry into his ability to referee Arsenal games'.

"Major incidents have occurred in recent and past games that show he is inept at refereeing at this level now", the petition reads.

"The recent events at Chelsea v Arsenal highlight this where two Arsenal players were dismissed while Diego Costa the opposition player made 4 straight red card incidents and was show one yellow card only", it continues.

The petition also cites a video clip which allegedly shows Dean celebrating a Tottenham goal in a game against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Though he escaped censure at the time, Costa was retrospectively handed a three-match ban for his behaviour while Gabriel had his ban rescinded.

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