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Fans spot Mike Dean working for Tranmere game – despite referee being a supporter

Mike Dean was on hand to take up fourth official duties for Tranmere Rovers vs Salford City on Saturday afternoon less than 24 hours after he took charge of Newcastle vs Leeds in the Premier League.

In recent years, the veteran referee has been vocal in his support for League Two. He was present at their League Two semi-final and final victories back last year.

Dean served as an emergency fourth officer during the League Two match against Walsall last August. It appears that he will do so again this weekend.

Having been spotted in the same role for their clash against Salford City, one fan reported on Twitter that an injury to the regular official left a gap that needed filling.



Mike Dean showed up at their Tranmere's play-off semi-final and final victories back in 2019
Mike Dean showed up at their Tranmere’s play-off semi-final and final victories back in 2019

Dean was said to have been in the bar before the game, but came to the rescue to fill the roll and get the game underway after a delayed kick-off.

The Premier League ref would have been thrilled to see Kieron Morse score the first goal, despite being neutral.

Salford was in another nightmare when Ibou Touray, Jay Spearing and Elliot Nevitt were both sent off after just 20 minutes. Elliot Nevitt then scored the second and final goal of the match after 48 minutes.

Salford is 17th and the home team remains in 11th place.

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Referee Mike Dean has words with Jamaal Lascelles during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St. James Park on September 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
NEMike Dean stepped in just one day after adjudicating Newcastle vs Leeds in the Premier League

Dean, who has been a Premier League referee since way back in 2000, is often referred to as a ‘showman’ for his officiating style, which includes and step overs and flamboyant issuing of cards.

Dean recently explained: “I do come across like a showman.

“If the ball comes towards me I will let it go through my legs.

“I love a step-over. I love what I do and the way I referee. It kind of comes out I enjoy what I do. I’ve had this the past 10 years.”

Fans spot Mike Dean working for Tranmere game - despite referee being a supporter
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