Mike Dean: Premier League referee returns to officiate Burnley vs West Brom after online death threats

Mike Dean and his family received abuse on social media after the referee had been involved in two controversial incidents recently; Dean asked to be stood down from the next round of fixtures; Burnley vs West Brom is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 2.45pm on Saturday; kick-off 3pm

Mike Dean, Spurs vs Man City
Image: Premier League referee Mike Dean received abuse and death threats on social media

Mike Dean will return to refereeing in the Premier League on Saturday having stood down last weekend after receiving death threats online.

Dean will take charge of Burnley vs West Brom at Turf Moor, live on Sky Sports, the Premier League has announced.

The 52-year-old and his family received the threats on social media after Dean had been involved in two controversial incidents.

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The referee showed a red card to West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek for catching Aleksandar Mitrovic with his elbow late on during the goalless draw at Fulham and also sent off Southampton 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.

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    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.

    Professional Game Match Officials Limited managing director and former referee Mike Riley offered Dean the organisation's full support, while Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said the threats to Dean and his family were "inexcusable" and called for "greater proactive intervention" from social media companies.

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    Top-flight managers also gave their support to Dean, among them Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho who said "something has to be done" about the online abuse of the referee.

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti described the abuse as "unacceptable" and said that the police should take action, while Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder termed such acts as "cowardly, disgusting and inhumane" and called Dean "an honourable referee and a decent guy".

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    Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says the abuse received by Dean is 'disgusting' and that the social media platforms need to take responsibility

    Czech Republic international Soucek also spoke out against the criticism levelled at Dean.

    Soucek posted on Twitter: "Whatever decisions are made on the pitch should stay on the pitch.

    "I don't like hearing about it interfering with personal life and I send Mike Dean and his family my support.

    "There is no place for abuse of any kind. It is in the past and I'm now focused on the rest of the season."

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    The Referees' Association Chairman Paul Field believes a referee's life will be lost to abuse in the future after Dean received death threats following two red card decisions

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