Mike Dean has today been appointed as referee for the crunch tie between Leeds United and Barnsley at Oakwell this weekend.
Everyone’s favourite ref certainly divides opinion on the big scale and Twitter has been quick to poke fun at the official, who appears to have been demoted for the Championship for this weeks’ fixtures.
The official has faced criticism over some of his performances in recent weeks, particularly over the sending off of West Ham United winger Sofiane Feghouli during the game against Manchester United over the Christmas period.
The Algerian’s red-card was later rescinded and Dean’s decision to not send off Ross Barkley for a particularly heavy tackle on Jordan Henderson during the Merseyside derby also came in for criticism.
And ahead of the crunch tie at Oakwell, many people have been both enjoying and loathing the decision to demote the 48-year-old to their game this weekend.
Here’s a handful of the best tweets…
so the prospect of an exciting Yorks derby has been supplanted by the Mike Dean show, it's live on sky, it'll be all about him
— Liam Johnstone (@liamjwhu) January 17, 2017
If Mike Dean isn't good enough for the Premier League, what makes him good enough for the Championship? ???? #lufc
— Baz (@chronicbarry) January 17, 2017
— Matt (@MWJS82) January 17, 2017
Be nice to referee some proper football this w/end and not those cheating Prima Donna's I normally have to put up with.
— Mike Dean (@RealRefMikeDean) January 17, 2017
— Yaw Boafo (@Gilbert_YAB) January 17, 2017
Mike Dean will make sure there's a free kick every 16 seconds and a booking every 3 minutes when he refs Barnsley V Leeds #lufc
— Thomas Broadley (@ThomasBroadley) January 17, 2017
Hooray. Mike Dean has finally been ditched from @premierleague action. Far too many contentious decisions this season
— James Potten (@JimmerP) January 17, 2017