Friday 6 December 2019

'He got it disgracefully wrong': Niall Quinn slams 'arrogant' Mike Dean after Man United benefit from controversial red card

One day after ex-Ireland international Stephen Hunt called Mike Dean the most arrogant person he has met on a football pitch, the Premier League referee has found himself at the centre of attention once again.

Dean showed Sofiane Feghouli a straight red card in the opening stages of West Ham's 2-0 home defeat to Man United after he slid into Phil Jones, with the majority of viewers disagreeing with the sanction.

Read more: 'He's probably the most arrogant man I've met on a football pitch': Stephen Hunt on Premier League referee Mike Dean

The referee's decision, and his overall demeanor, was heavily criticised by Niall Quinn on Sky Sports at half time.

"He got it disgracefully wrong in my opinion," Quinn began.

"He probably guesses that he [Feghouli] has gone in and studded and that guess has let everybody down.

"This fella does it time and time again. 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, Mike Dean, and his arrogance alone in wanting to be the man, and I suppose, running the show and looking the part. It puts me off.

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

After a scoreless first half, goals from Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Jose Mourinho's side their sixth straight league win and moved them one point off fourth place.

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