Reliable journalist: Controversial referee appointed for Leeds clash at Barnsley
By Amir Mir
Leeds take on Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday evening with a controversial appointment made for the Championship clash, according to a reliable journalist.
Press Association editor Wayne Gardiner has claimed on his personal Twitter account that referee Mike Dean has been given the task to officiate the Yorkshire derby.
Dean has been involved in some controversial decisions in recent weeks, most notably sending off West Ham’s Sofaine Feghouli during their defeat against Manchester United on January 2.
Mike Dean the ref for #lufc at Barnsley on Saturday
— Wayne Gardiner (@mrwayneg) January 16, 2017
The 48-year-old was criticised for his decision to send off the winger in the Premier League fixture as Feghouli had his red card rescinded.
Feghouli was initially sent off for clashing with United defender Phil Jones after 15 minutes as the Hammers went on to lost the match 2-0 – both goals coming in the second half.
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Now, Dean is set to take charge of a key Championship match which could see Garry Monk’s side close the gap on the automatic places.
The Whites currently sit in third place on 48 points from 26 league games, six points behind Brighton and seven points behind leaders Newcastle.
Monk’s side head into the clash having won six out of their last seven matches, with their only dropped points coming at Aston Villa in December.
Since the turn of the year, they have played two Championship games, picking up six points and securing two clean sheets in the process.