[Sport] Premier League referee Mike Dean to return over the weekend amid death threats


Premier League referee Mike Dean will return this Saturday after standing down last week as he received death online. 

Dean will officiate Burnley vs West Brom match set to be staged at Turf Moor, the Premier League has announced. The match official was involved in two controversial incidents and it was later revealed his family received the threats on social media.

What happened? 

Dean sent off West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek for a foul on Aleksandar Mitrovic in Fulham draw. He also showed Soton defender Jan Bednarek in the 9-0 defeat at Manchester United. Both of the decisions – which followed Dean reviewing each incident on the pitchside monitor after consulting VAR – were later overturned following an appeal.

Dean asked to be stood down from the next round of Premier League fixtures, although he was in charge of the FA Cup fifth-round tie between Leicester and Brighton last Wednesday.


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