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The referee came in for huge criticism after awarding one spot-kick and denying another in the first half at St James's Park, with some saying that he loves the spotlight too much.
Mike Dean has never been the most universally popular of Premier League referees - if there even is such a thing - but he drew yet more ire on Tuesday as he awarded one penalty and denied another as Newcastle played Manchester United.
The 47-year-old punished the home team when he gave a debatable handball decision against a helpless Chancel Mbemba at St James's Park, from which Wayne Rooney opened the scoring, but sparked outrage just after the half-hour mark when he signaled to play on after Jesse Lingard appeared to have got nothing of the ball in a challenge on Daryl Janmaat in the area.
The decision bewildered and incensed Newcastle fans and neutrals who were watching along, prompting a gamut of reactions from fury to amusement on Twitter as his name rocketed up the site's worldwide trending list.
Should Newcastle have been given a penalty? Have your say in the comments below.
The replays are not kind to ref Mike Dean. That looks a clear penalty with Daryl Janmaat getting a touch on the ball first.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 12, 2016
Mike Dean loves it, doesn't it? — George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) January 12, 2016
Mike Dean covering his mouth when he notices the camera on him while chatting to Lingaard. — NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) January 12, 2016
Seismographs start to twitch. Smoke appears on the horizon. Cracks appear in the earth. Mike Dean is getting ready to explode.
— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) January 12, 2016
Mike Dean retire mate. This ain't a joke anymore. — Sam (@samuelJayC) January 12, 2016
Finally United ave made a good signing in the transfer window - think Mike Dean could turn out to be a match winner — Ian Cooper (@CoopIan)
January 12, 2016
Mike Dean is worth my Sky subscription all by himself. What a man. — Ally Moncrieff (@AllorNothingMag) January 12, 2016

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