Newly-retired referee Mike Dean signs up for Instagram after his final match in his 22-year career
Recently retired referee Mike Dean checks in on Instagram after his final match of his 22-year career as a top-flight showman and posts: “Some amazing memories… Will miss next season.”
- Referee Mike Dean has retired after a 22-year career in the Premier League
- The 53-year-old has refereed 553 games in total and issued 114 red cards.
- His last game was Chelsea’s late 2-1 win over Watford on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Dean has revealed that he will miss refereeing next season as he checks in on Instagram after his last match in his 22-year career as a Premier League referee.
Dean has been a senior referee since 2000 and has refereed 560 matches in total, issuing 114 red cards in the process, more than any other referee.
Famous for his showmanlike technique and no-nonsense approach to players, the 53-year-old has taken charge of some of the biggest games in the division.
Referee Mike Dean (pictured) checks in on Instagram after his last match of his 22-year career
Dean has been a senior referee since 2000 and has refereed 560 matches in total.
After 22 years as a Premier League referee, which included two appearances in the FA Cup Final, the avid Tranmere Rovers fan is retiring to allow the next generation of elite referees the opportunity to emulate his career in the middle.
He has enjoyed some infamous incidents, including refereeing Manchester City’s dramatic last-gasp championship victory and being accused of celebrating a Tottenham goal.
His last game: Chelsea’s late 2-1 win over relegated Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Dean’s first Instagram post read: “Lots of love for this game but time to call full time one last time.”
’22 years. 560 Premier League games. Some amazing memories and will miss next season.
The 53-year-old has posted on Instagram to reveal his love of the sport after his latest game.
His first post comes following his retirement, which he felt came at the right time as he previously retired and is leaving on his own terms.
“Times have changed, referees are getting older, I’m not as fit as I used to be, so things have to change,” the 53-year-old told Sky Sports.
“I made the decision myself, I went out on my terms, which is what I wanted to do and on nobody else’s terms, which is good.”
‘I’ll miss when the season starts next season and not going out to referee a game, but I’ve had a good start at 22 years old.
“It’s time to move on and see what’s in the future, maybe we don’t know yet, but we’ll see.”
The Tranmere fanatic is famous for his showmanship technique and no-nonsense approach.
Dean has been linked with a new role after retirement.
He added: “Contrary to reports and speculation, I haven’t been offered any role in VAR, I think it’s just word of mouth.
‘He could be there if I wanted to go get him, but I don’t know yet. I need to keep my options open and see what is available.
‘I will miss the jokes with the boys, the referees. We pretty much quit as guys at home, we don’t really have an outdoor life because we’re away every weekend and here (at the PGMOL base) every other week.
“So I’m going to miss the banter with the guys, the guys that I work with week in and week out.”