Ex-Premier League Player Labels Mike Dean 'Most Arrogant Man I've Ever Met In Football'

The referee still living down his shocker of a red card at the weekend

Since his decision to show Sofiane Feghouli a red card for a crime roughly on par with having untied shoelaces on Saturday, Premier League referee Mike Dean has been the target of abuse from all corners of the football world.

The persistent charge against the 48-year-old that was only exacerbated by the performance is that he's the officiating equivalent of Cristiano Ronaldo with all the good bits taken out: a preening egotistic, hell-bent on being the centre of attention. Why else send a man off after 15 minutes for a low-footed sliding tackle clearly executed without malice?

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It's an accusation that has been lent credence by former Premier League winger Stephen Hunt, who has popped up in Ireland's Sunday Independent to brand him 'the most arrogant man I've ever met on a football pitch'.

Hunt, who played for Reading, Hull City and Wolves, wrote:

"There's one referee, however, I'd like to see more respect from.

"You can probably guess who it is - Mike Dean. He's the most arrogant referee going. In fact, he's probably the most arrogant man I've ever met on a football pitch.

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"At least you could have banter with players, no matter what they were like. I've come across some big players in my time and there were times when you'd be thinking, 'I can't believe he's said something like that', but, even in that context, Dean takes the cake.

"He just won't talk to you. He dismisses you like you're a piece of dirt."

The worst bit of this for Dean? Hunt published his comments the day before the West Ham vs Manchester United, meaning it is safe to assume he was speaking from the heart, rather than an attempt to jump on a Dean-bashing bandwagon.

Owch.