Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to controversial appointment for FA Cup tie v Tottenham
By Matt Farr
Referee Mike Dean will take charge of Aston Villa’s FA Cup third round meeting with Tottenham on Sunday – and Villa fans are not happy.
According to BBC Sport, the 48-year-old official is to remain in charge of the FA Cup clash between the two sides, despite coming under heavy criticism of late.
Over the course of the Premier League campaign, Dean has been subject to a series of controversial decisions, most recently in the clash between West Ham and Manchester United on Monday.
Dean controversially sent-off West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli for a challenge on Manchester United’s Phil Jones, a decision that was later slated by the media, and questioned by Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.
The FA have since overturned the decision and rescinded Feghouli’s suspension.
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Dean has issued five red cards from just 15 matches this season, and Feghouli’s red card was Dean’s 25th dismissal since the start of the 2013-14 season, the highest of any current Premier League referee in that period.
Aston Villa fans did not take lightly to the news of Dean’s appointment and what they see as his perceived bias towards Spurs, and took to social media to voice their opinions.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
@carterbrough @vine should not be refing a spurs game ever imo
— Mark brough (@brooughy26) January 3, 2017
So why hasn't Mike Dean been punished? Instead he gets to ref his favourite team Spurs on the weekend!? https://t.co/C4DGv3q1hs
— Joey Tustain (@Jaytuzzle10) January 4, 2017
seriously?? He hates us, gives spurs everything, clearly the wrong ref for the job?
— Lee (@Allcock_Lee) January 3, 2017
Can't believe Mike Dean has been chosen to referee our game against spurs on Sunday, this guy celebrates their… https://t.co/93htibpCcn
— Richard Overton (@P13lch) January 4, 2017
obviously a Spurs fan, so how can he possibly be allowed to ref that team.He is definitely Spurs 12 th man.
— Ian clarke (@clarke67_ian) January 3, 2017
He's a Spurs fan. Say NO to Dean! BBC Sport: Mike Dean to referee Tottenham v Aston Villa despite red card dispute > https://t.co/xp3T3BFdxP
— Gary Horton (@garyavfchorton) January 4, 2017
— Jim Peakman (@Jimatay) January 5, 2017
Tottenham head into the cup tie in impressive form, having put in a superb display to stop a rampant Chelsea side dead in their tracks on Wednesday. The Blues had won 13 consecutive league games before the 2-0 defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have now won their last five league games, and sit third in the Premier League table.
Aston Villa, on other hand, are winless in their last two league games, and are currently 12th in the Championship.
There has been much improvement at Villa Park under Steve Bruce, and a shock victory over Tottenham on Sunday would give them immense confidence heading into their promotion challenge.
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