Referee Mike Dean withdraws from this weekend’s Premier League action following death threats to family

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Referee Mike Dean has opted against refereeing any Premier League games this weekend amid abuse he and his family have received this week, Sky Sports have reported.

Soucek caught Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the face with his elbow in stoppage time at Craven Cottage on Saturday, though the motion appeared to be accidental.

Dean’s decision to send off the Czech Republic international was widely criticised, and Sky Sports reported on Monday that – while the referee will officiate Wednesday’s FA Cup tie between Brighton and Leicester as planned – he has withdrawn himself from this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.

Dean had not yet been assigned a Premier League game but reportedly decided not to make himself available for any of them following social media abuse aimed at him and his family, as well as death threats – which have been reported to police, according to Sky.

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