Mike Dean LEAVES as VAR and ends his 28-year career in English football… with his last match in February
- Mike Dean has reportedly vacated his position as a full-time VAR officer
- The 55-year-old referee canceled his on-field referee duties a year ago.
- And now he has apparently decided to leave English football after 28 years.
Mike Dean is leaving the Premier League after deciding to leave refereeing body PGMOL, marking the end of an era for the match official.
Dean, 55, spent last season as a VAR after his outstanding career as a referee in England’s elite league. He also spent time training match officials over the course of the last season.
Dean, who will announce what’s next for him in due course, began refereeing in 1985 and rose to the top of the refereeing rankings.
He was promoted to the Premier League in the year 2000 and oversaw more than 550 matches.
In a statement, the Premier League’s refereeing body said: “PGMOL wishes to place on record its appreciation of Mike’s achievements, as well as his immense contribution to refereeing and the game in general.”
Mike Dean leaves the Premier League after deciding to leave arbitration body PGMOL
“We thank you for your dedication to the organization over a sustained period of time and wish you every success in the future.”
Mail Sport revealed in early April