Nine yellow cards, two sending offs, stoppage-time penalty December 12, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer

Premier League icon Mike Dean ‘achieved’ a personal milestone during Aston Villa’s fiery win at Wolves on Saturday lunchtime.

Dean, who’s been officiating in the Premier League since 2000, reached his 3,000th yellow card as the two Midlands sides locked horns at Molineux.

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Dean has been brandishing the yellow and red cards for the last 20 years

Villa defender Matty Cash was the recipient of the historic caution as Dean brandished a yellow card in the 29th minute.

Never one to shy away from making a big decision, Dean was a busy boy throughout. He handed out EIGHT more yellow cards in the match, while two players (Joao Moutinho and Douglas Luiz) were also sent off towards the end.

But the biggest decision he made came deep into stoppage-time as John McGinn (who was also booked) was felled in the box by Nelson Semedo. Dean awarded the penalty in typical Mike Dean style with his highly pronounced point to the spot.

Anwar El Ghazi slotted the resulting spot-kick away to give Villa the 1-0 win but this match may just be remembered for the performance by the man in the middle.

Cash is a part of Dean’s personal history

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Cash is a part of Dean’s personal history

Dean has a word with Villa captain Jack Grealish, who was one of the other players to be booked

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Dean has a word with Villa captain Jack Grealish, who was one of the other players to be booked


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