Michael Dean professionally known as Mike Dean is an English professional football referee who officiates primarily in the Premier League. He is based in Heswall, Wirral, and is a member of the Cheshire County Football Association. He has consistently officiated at the top level of English football since being appointed to the Select Group of referees in 2000. He has gone on to officiate a number of crucial leagues and cup matches since.
What is Mike Dean Famous For?
- Being a professional football referee.
Where is Mike Dean From?
Mike Dean was born on 2 June 1968. His birthplace is Wirral, England. He holds British nationality. He belongs to the white ethnicity. His religion is Christianity. His horoscope sign is Gemini.
Mike Dean Professional Career
- He began refereeing in 1985.
- His first steps on to the Football League ladder came in 1995 as an assistant referee and was promoted to the full referees’ list in 1997. Then he went on to officiate in the top flight of English football at the turn of the millennium.
- In 2003, he took control of the 2004 FA Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium, a game that Arsenal won 3-1 and also refereed the FA Trophy Final of that year.
- On 13 May 2006, he was originally appointed to referee the 2006 FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium but later replaced him with Alan Wiley by the Football Association after concerns were raised about Dean’s ability to be impartial towards Liverpool, who are based near his hometown in Wirral.
- In 2006, he refereed the Championship Play-off Final between Leeds United and Watford.
- On 17 May 2008, he took his first charge of FA Cup Final with Trevor Massey and Martin Yerby as his assistants and Chris Foy as the fourth official when Portsmouth defeated Cardiff City by 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.
- On 5 April 2009, he suffered a cut to the forehead resulting from what appeared to be a coin thrown by a Cardiff supporter in a South Wales derby between Cardiff City and Swansea City.
- On 31 January 2011, he also officiated Birmingham City’s League Cup triumph over Arsenal. He issued five yellow cards during the course of the final.
- In September 2015, Arsenal supporters launched a petition to prevent him from refereeing their team following a Premier League fixture against Chelsea, gathering almost 100,000 signatures within a week.
- In January 2016, he was criticized after giving a straight red card to West Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli with Manchester United defender Phil Jones for a coming together, after which Jones writhed on the floor in apparent pain where Manchester United eventually won the game 2-0. And replays suggested that it was in fact Jones who had committed a dangerous challenge on Feghouli and was himself lucky not to have been sent off. Later on, Feghouli’s red card was rescinded.
- On 2 April 2019, he became the first referee in Premier League history to reach the 100 red cards milestone during a game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux where he issued the 100th red card of his career as a Premier League referee to Manchester United’s Ashley Young.
- In February 2021, he and his family received death threats on their private social media accounts, becoming the latest victims in an ongoing tide of online abuse against prominent football figures. He was threatened online for his decision to send off West Ham’s midfielder Tomas Soucek in the closing seconds of their draw with Fulham and sending off Bednarek for a challenge on Anthony Martial in Southampton’s 9-0 loss at United. Having two of his decisions so publicly judged to be wrong by the Football Association. Both red cards were rescinded by the FA and asked him not to officiate the following weekend Premier League fixtures.
- He has enjoyed a successful international career too.
- He officiated his first international match in a friendly between the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland at Amsterdam Arena in 2004.
- On 30 September 2010, he refereed a Europa League group stage match between Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla. Early in the second half, he showed a second yellow card to Dortmund player Marcel Schmelzer for diving.
- Since, then he has taken charge of FIFA World Cup, Euro, and UEFA European Championship qualifying matches.
- He officially stepped down from the FIFA international list at the end of 2013 at the mandatory retirement age of 45.
Mike Dean Wife
Looking at his personal life, Mike Dean is a married man. The detailed information about his wife is not yet revealed. He maintains a private life. Any information about his personal life will be updated here soon.
Mike Dean Height
Mike Dean stands at a height of 1.76m i.e. 5 feet and 7 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 74kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is hazel and his hair color is dark brown. His sexual orientation is straight.
Mike Dean Salary and Net Worth
Mike Dean earns from his professional career as a football referee. His income is from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. As of 2021, he earned a reported salary of £200,000.