Referee Mike Dean will not play matches this weekend as he has received death threats. The threats are directed not only at him, but also at his family.
He was criticized for some decisions related to the match Manchester United - Southampton (9: 0), which he led on February 3. The main criticism came from the red card of Jan Bednarek from Southampton. Last Saturday, he eliminated Tomas Sucek from West Ham in a 0-0 draw against Fulham. Both of his decisions were overturned after the relevant appeals of the clubs.
"Threats and abuses of this nature are completely unacceptable and we fully support Mike's decision to report the messages to the police. No one should be a victim of such unpleasant messages. Online abuse is unacceptable in all areas and more needs to be done to address it. with the problem, "said Mike Riley, who is in charge of referees in England.
Mike Dean will return to the field for the match of the fifth round of the FA Cup between Leicester and Brighton, reports the BBC.