Retiring referee Mike Dean’s final game will be Chelsea’s clash with Watford at Stamford Bridge… and’s he just one away from rounding his 22-year Premier League career off with 115 red cards!
- Mike Dean’s final Premier League game as an on-pitch referee will be at Chelsea
- Martin Atkinson will officiate his final game when Crystal Palace take on United
- Jon Moss will take charge of Leicester’s tie with Southampton as his final game
- World Cup-selected referees Oliver and Taylor will also feature this weekend
- Michael Oliver will referee Manchester City’s vital game against Aston Villa
- While Anthony Taylor will oversee Liverpool’s clash with Wolves on Sunday
Mike Dean’s final Premier League game as an on-pitch referee will take place at Stamford Bridge this weekend when Chelsea host Watford.
Dean started his career as a top-flight referee in 2000 and has gone on to take charge of 553 Premier League matches but will close out his career on Sunday.
Dean – who has handed out more red cards than any other referee (114) – will officiate Chelsea’s final game of the season against Watford before potentially moving into a full-time role as a Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Mike Dean’s final Premier League game as an on-pitch referee will be at Stamford Bridge
Dean’s future as a Video Assistant Referee has not yet been confirmed as the 53-year-old is said to be focused on finishing the 2021-2022 campaign first.
Dean is not the only referee that has announced he will be hanging up his whistle at the end of the season. Martin Atkinson and Jon Moss will also call it time on their career’s after Sunday’s fixtures.
Atkinson will officiate his final game on Sunday afternoon when Crystal Palace take on Manchester United. While Moss will step away from refereeing after taking charge of Leicester City’s tie with Southampton.
Martin Atkinson will officiate his final game when Crystal Palace take on Manchester United
Jon Moss will take charge of Leicester City’s tie with Southampton as his final game
Moss recently came under fire for his performance during Aston Villa’s Premier League clash with Liverpool. Steven Gerrard made his thoughts clear after the game by wishing Moss a speedy retirement.
A reporter at Gerrard’s post-match press conference revealed to Gerrard that Moss was retiring at the end of the season. ‘Is he?’ Gerrard replied, before offering a smirk and saying simply: ‘Good.’
Gerrard’s comments moments after Villa’s impressive performance against the title chasers. The former Liverpool captain’s side took the lead after just three minutes through Douglas Luiz.
However, Joel Matip equalised for the visitors moments later, before Sadio Mane scored the winner in the second half. Therefore, it’s reasonable to suggest Gerrard took his frustration over the result out on Moss.
Steven Gerrard recently hit out of Moss for his performance during Villa’s clash with Liverpool
World Cup-selected referees Oliver (left) and Taylor (right) will also feature this weekend
Nevertheless, all three referees will look to end their careers on a high this weekend when they official their final Premier League fixtures.
Meanwhile, World Cup-selected referees Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor will be in charge for Manchester City’s game against Aston Villa and Liverpool’s clash with Wolves.
Oliver’s game is of particular importance as should Manchester City win, they will be crowned champions of the Premier League. But should the lose, the doors open for Liverpool to complete a late steal.
However, Liverpool would have to beat Wolves to be in with a change of getting their hands on the trophy this season.