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Mike Dean has been stood down from VAR duties this weekend after overseeing Sunday's derby between Chelsea and Tottenham
Mike Dean has been stood down from VAR duties this weekend after overseeing Sunday's derby between Chelsea and Tottenham

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Dean stood down after battle of the Bridge

Mike Dean has been stood down from VAR duty this weekend after overseeing Chelsea’s fiery draw with Tottenham.

Dean, 54, retired from on-field refereeing at the end of last season but has remained involved with the Premier League as a VAR official.

He was in charge of the technology in Sunday's 2-2 draw, where Spurs defender Cristian Romero got away with pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair.

The heated affair also saw both managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte sent off after the final whistle.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher told Sky Sports that Dean should have intervened on Romero’s hair pull.

He said: "I think the VAR should have intervened. I'm not sure the referee has seen it, I think he looks down but I think he does it instinctively. 

"I think he watches the flight of the ball. He does look down, but I think it has already happened.

"The VAR has the perfect look. As soon as I saw it, I said, 'I think he is going to get a red card here, he's pulled him down by the hair'.

"I anticipated the VAR sending Anthony Taylor to the screen. I know for a fact that if Anthony had been sent to the screen, he would have given a red card and a free-kick to Chelsea."

As a result, Dean will not oversee any of the 10 Premier League games taking place between Saturday and Monday.

Mike Dean will not be the VAR referee for any of the weekend's fixtures
Mike Dean will not be the VAR referee for any of the weekend's fixtures

Ferdinand: Play the kids

Rio Ferdinand has told Erik ten Hag to give his younger players a chance when Manchester United host Liverpool on Monday night.

After dismal defeats to Brighton and Brentford to kick off the campaign, Ferdinand wants the United boss to send a message to the senior professionals.

And he believes playing some of the Red Devils' academy starlets rather than underperforming first-team regulars against their fiercest rivals would do just that.

Ex-United defender Ferdinand, 43, said: "Do you know what? Throw the kids in, I would. You know why? When you don't get effort, you don't deserve to get the shirt. When you don't get the right application, you don't deserve to get the shirt.

"When you're not working, when you're not running yourself into the ground, you don't deserve to wear the shirt. 

"There are young kids in there, Jimmy [James] Garner, Charlie Savage, Zidane [Iqbal], all these other kids, whether they’re good enough in terms of whether they’re good players, in the long run, is not the point for me. 

"I think it’s beyond that, you need to send a message to people and say you aren’t just going to keep getting the shirt. Mistake after mistake, lack of application every week, desire not there, moaning behind the scenes — probably. 

"I bet they’re all moaning and pointing the finger, it’s not good enough. Put the kids in."

Rio Ferdinand wants to see the likes of Charlie Savage playing for Manchester United against Liverpool
Rio Ferdinand wants to see the likes of Charlie Savage playing for Manchester United against Liverpool

Pearson: Refs make me consider retiring

Bad refereeing has made Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson consider retiring from the game.

The Robins ran out 2-0 victors over Luton in the Championship last night, but played the final 23 minutes with 10 men following Mark Sykes’ red card.

Pearson did not complain about that, but could not believe Hatters midfielder Luke Freeman was not also given his marching orders — or that City were denied a clear penalty moments later.

It is not the first time his side have been on the wrong end of decisions this season and Pearson said: "I’ve got to be honest with you, I thought about it last year, and I've thought about it again this year and that is basically to pack up being involved in the sport.

"And that is not because of how shallow the modern game is and how some of the aspects of the modern game irritate me, but the standard of officiating, as far as I’m concerned, is at an all-time low."

Pearson feels that the "integrity of the game" is being compromised and expects to be fined for his outspoken remarks.

He added: "I’ll probably get in trouble again for saying what I think but somebody has to say it — I’m sick to death about people like me who have jobs that are in jeopardy."

Own goal nightmare

Swansea players were dejected after two stoppage-time own goals cost them the win against Millwall
Swansea players were dejected after two stoppage-time own goals cost them the win against Millwall

Elsewhere on a busy night of EFL action, Millwall snatched a remarkable 2-2 draw at Swansea.

The Lions were 2-0 down heading into the 93rd minute and had managed just one shot on target when Ben Cabango diverted a low cross into his own net.

And two minutes later disaster struck when Nathan Wood accidentally planted a header beyond keeper Andy Fisher under pressure at the back post.

The point moved Gary Rowett's visitors up to fourth and they will hope their fortune on the road continues when they travel to Norwich on Friday night.

Mead and Wiegman up for awards

England star Beth Mead has been nominated for the 2021-22 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year
England star Beth Mead has been nominated for the 2021-22 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year

England hero Beth Mead is one of three players shortlisted for the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award.

And Lionesses coach Sarina Wiegman is also in the running to be the Coach of the Year after their famous Euro 2022 win.

As well as taking home the Golden Boot for her six goal and five assists, Mead, 27, was also named the Player of the Tournament.

The Arsenal winger will battle with Wolfsburg midfielder Lena Oberdorf and Barcelona star Alexia Putellas for the individual accolade.

Oberdorf, 20, was a key cog in the German side who finished runners-up at the Euros, while Ballon d’Or winner Putellas was cruelly ruled out on the eve of the tournament with an ACL injury.

Wiegman will be up against a familiar foe in Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who guided Germany to the final at Wembley.

Sonia Bompastor is the third nominee for the award after she guided Lyon to both the Champions League and French league titles.

The winners of both awards will be announced next Thursday, alongside the men’s winners, at the 2022-23 Champions League group stage draw.

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