Tuesday 22 January 2019

'Attention seeking and arrogant' - Niall Quinn and Gary Lineker lead criticism for under-fire ref Mike Dean

Referee Mike Dean gestures after sending off West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli
Referee Mike Dean gestures after sending off West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Referee Mike Dean is back in the spotlight once again and now Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has accused the official of "seeking attention" after his latest contentious decision.

In Stephen Hunt's Sunday Independent column at the weekend, the former Ireland international accused Dean of being "arrogant".

"There's one referee, however, I'd like to see more respect from," said Hunt.

"You can probably guess who it is - Mike Dean. He's the most arrogant referee going. In fact, he's probably the most arrogant man I've ever met on a football pitch. At least you could have banter with players, no matter what they were like. I've come across some big players in my time and there were times when you'd be thinking, 'I can't believe he's said something like that', but, even in that context, Dean takes the cake.

"He just won't talk to you. He dismisses you like you're a piece of dirt."

Dean showed his fifth red card in 15 matches this season after just a quarter of an hour following a tackle by West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli's on Phil Jones in Monday's night's Premier League game against Manchester United.

It was a 50-50 challenge and although Jones came off worse, Bilic felt the United defender had actually committed the more dangerous tackle.

But Dean stunned the London Stadium by dismissing Feghouli and leaving West Ham to play for 75 minutes with 10 men.

They were eventually beaten 2-0 after second-half goals from Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the fact the latter was in an offside position did not improve the mood of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

And television pundits also weighed in with Niall Quinn branding Dean arrogant and Alan Smith claiming he revels in being the centre of attention.

"He got it disgracefully wrong in my opinion," former Sunderland forward Quinn said on Sky Sports.

"'I try very hard doing this job to understand how difficult it is for referees and not just jump on the bandwagon, but time and time again I look at this guy and his arrogance alone, and I suppose running the show and looking the part, and it puts me off.

"I'm delighted to make an exception in this case and call him for this, this is rank-bad refereeing."

Quinn's fellow Sky Sports pundit, ex-Leicester and Arsenal striker Smith, added: "It comes off the back of his really bad mistake at Southampton when he sent off Nathan Redmond for what was not even a penalty in my book.

"So he's got a track record for it. You don't like to say it but it's almost like he wants to be the centre of attention. I wouldn't want to believe that of any referee but he seems to revel in it."

Former England captain Alan Shearer tweeted: "Best league in the world but refereeing standards don't match up. Sort your men out."

And Shearer's fellow Match of the Day pundit Martin Keown said on the show: "It's a massive mistake from Mike Dean."

Lineker and his studio guest Martin Keown supported Bilic's frustrations with these comments:

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