Twitter reacts to Mike Dean’s century of Premier League red cards
Dean became the first official to reach the landmark during Wolves’ game against Manchester United.
Twitter favourite Mike Dean dished out his 100th red card in the Premier League during Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2-1 win over Manchester United.
The Wirral whistler sent Ashley Young off for a second bookable offence during the game at Molineux, and in doing so became the first official to give 100 red cards in the Premier League.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 2, 2019
100 - Following Ashley Young's dismissal, Mike Dean has now handed out 100 red cards in the Premier League, the most by a referee in the competition's history. Ton. pic.twitter.com/p5L3F3kRdR
The card came at a pivotal time in the match, and Chris Smalling’s own goal deep into the second half clinched the points for Wolves.
Dean has overseen 477 games in the Premier League, more than anyone else, and averages 0.21 red cards per game.
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) April 2, 2019
Dean's first red card pre-dates Grand Theft Auto III and the iPod
Dean is well known for his theatrics on the pitch, including his dramatic brandishing of cards.
As a result, Twitter users had come to expect a little showmanship after the landmark was reached.
— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) April 2, 2019
Can’t believe Mike Dean didn’t lift up his shirt to reveal a ‘100 not out’ message
Meanwhile, others called for the occasion to be recognised in keeping with Dean’s dramatic career, from VHS cassettes to video game immortalisation.
— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 2, 2019
I would absolutely buy a "Mike Dean's 100 Red Cards" VHS cassette
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) April 2, 2019
@premierleague Please release a commemorative Mike Dean golden 'red card'.
— Futhead (@Futhead) April 2, 2019
.@EASPORTSFIFA Release Record Breaker Mike Dean
But while a lot of the talk was tongue in cheek, some pointed out that Dean has reached such numbers due to the quality and longevity of his career.
— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) April 2, 2019
It's mostly jokes and giggles but Mike Dean is the first referee to give out 100 Premier League red cards because he's referee'd the most. Because he's a GOOD referee. Even if he is a bit of a showman. Enforcing the rules properly doesn't make you loved.
Dean’s next PL appearance will be as a fourth official during Everton’s game against Arsenal at the weekend.