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Is this ref acting like a fan?
by Mike Woitalla, January 6th, 2014 1:52PM
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[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Two years ago, English referee Mike Dean -- while running the middle -- seemed to celebrate a goal by Tottenham's Louis Saha against Arsenal. Last weekend another gesture made him look like a fan as he seemed disappointed in a Swansea attack foiled by Manchester United in their FA Cup clash.

Dean signals for advantage during the 2-1 Swansea win but when Man United wins the ball he jerks his head in a gesture that could be interpreted in disappointment or frustration.

Perhaps he’s just upset at himself for not calling the foul since the advantage didn’t unfold?



Here’s Dean’s reaction in February 2012 to Saha’s goal. …



2 comments
  1. Andres Yturralde
    commented on: January 7, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.
    Much ado about nothing?
  1. Adam Sherlock
    commented on: January 7, 2014 at 9:16 p.m.
    In the first video, Mike is angry at himself because about 2 milliseconds after playing the advantage, Swansea lost the ball. Premier League officials are assessed after every game and he probably thought to himself, "Man am I going to get an earful after the game for either not whistling that foul immediately, or waiting one more second for a true advantage to materialize before playing on" The second video is missing a key portion of footage. This reaction was also an advantage situation where he allowed play to continue instead of calling the foul. The advantage call, that immediately preceded where the video started, was strategically omitted from the video (which was obviously created by a bitter Arsenal fan). As an official, I can understand giving myself a silent high-five when I call an advantage 50 yards from goal that ultimately materializes into a goal. It's the ultimate "I nailed that call back there" feeling. Mr Dean was not happy for Fulham, he was happy with himself for "nailing it". He could have probably done it with a little more tact than that weird little hop-skip-jump thing he did, but that is the only knock on him.

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