West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek has sent a message of support to Premier League referee Mike Dean after the veteran official received death threats for a decision he made in Saturday’s clash between Fulham and West Ham.
Deep into injury time and the score is 0-0, Fulham forward Mitrovic seemed to go down after an altercation with Tomas Soucek. Mike Dean didn’t see what happened at the time and decided to go to the VAR monitor before making a decision.
Soucek’s elbow seemed to accidentally hit Mitrovic in the face but Mike Dean felt there was enough to give the big midfielder a red card in the 97′. A controversial decision which left everyone in and outside the Premier League baffled.
West Ham appealed the decision and had the red card and ban overturned with Mike Dean requesting to not referee any Premier League games next weekend due to death threats targeted at him and his family.
This is disgusting behaviour from so called fans and Tomas Soucek, the player he sent off has come out in support of Mike in this tough time.
Whatever decisions are made on the pitch should stay on the pitch. I don’t like hearing about it interfering with personal life and I send Mike Dean and his family my support. There is no place for abuse of any kind. It is in the past and I’m now focused on the rest of the season https://t.co/Tcofvo8a9X
— Tomáš Souček (@tomassoucek28) February 8, 2021