Mike Dean and family receive death threats after West Ham red card controversy

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Mike Dean has asked to be removed from Premier League action this weekend after his family received death threats in a backlash to his decision to send off West Ham’s Tomas Soucek.

The experienced referee has been involved in several controversial decisions over the past few weeks of action alongside Lee Mason on VAR duties.

The red card was received by the midfielder for what appeared to be an incidental elbow to the head of Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic during the closing stages of their draw.

Although there has not yet been any official comment, it appears as though Dean will take a break from the action for the next round of fixtures.

According to the Times, Dean has asked not to be involved in any fixture at the weekend following a backlash to his bold call to dismiss the West Ham star.

They report that both the ref and his family have received deplorable death threats, which have influenced his decision to step away from the next game.

The update comes after talkSPORT reported that the red card will indeed be rescinded, as was Jan Bednarek's red against Manchester United.

Sky Sports have added that Dean he will still officiate Wednesday's FA Cup clash between Brighton and Leicester, but he will sit out at the weekend.

They add that the death threats and abuse of his family have been reported to the police, and it is purely his own request to miss a league fixture.

While the games had not yet been allocated, Premier League bosses have not been forced to make any late changes to officials.

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  • David Moyes said after the fixture: “I’m embarrassed for the people in VAR and the referees who have made that decision.

    “The two gentlemen involved, Mike Dean and Lee Mason, are far better referees than that and have been far better referees.

    “I’m amazed they hadn’t seen that as anything other than an accident. What can I say? It’s completely accidental, no malice. He tried to keep him away but catches him accidentally.”

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