Manchester City and Chelsea beware: Mike Dean appointed referee for Premier League clash just one red card away from unprecedented century
- Mike Dean has shown more red cards (9) than any other Premier League referee this season
- Dean also has the record (99) for most red cards in Premier League history
- He will take charge of Manchester City v Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday
Mike Dean has been appointed referee for Chelsea’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday with the eccentric official just one red card away from a Premier League century.
And given Dean’s track record it would come as no surprise should the game at the Etihad Stadium witness his 100th red.
The Wirral official has sent off nine players in just 19 Premier League matches this season, four more than the next-strictest referee Michael Oliver, and he has history with both clubs.
Veteran official Mike Dean will take charge of Manchester City v Chelsea on Sunday
Dean angers West Ham forward Paolo Di Canio (left) with a decision back in September 2002
Dean gives Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi a hug after their recent win over Cardiff
Referees with most Premier League red cards this season
9 – Mike Dean (19 matches)
5 – Michael Oliver (17), Jonathan Moss (18)
4 – Craig Pawson (17)
3 – Andre Marriner (19), Lee Probert (11)
City and Chelsea have had players sent off by Dean nine times, more than any other club, and will both be fearing the dreaded card flick, as showcased in Manchester United’s win at Tottenham earlier this season.
Dean has often angered fans with his flamboyant yet strict style of refereeing. He famously appeared to celebrate a Tottenham goal when playing advantage.
But he has shown remarkable longevity since making his Premier League debut in 2000, taking charge of 472 matches as he approaches his 51st birthday.
Martin Atkinson, also still refereeing, is second on the all-time list on 369 games, with the retired Graham Poll third on 329.
Neither come close to Dean’s red card record though with Atkinson on 58.