English Premier League referee Mike Dean, will be in the middle of the park for Burnley’s game against West Brom on Saturday after taking an excuse from last weekend’s games following death threats made against him.
Dean and his family received the threats on social media last week after he was involved in two controversial red card decisions.
Both were reversed on appeal.
The 52 year old asked to not be involved in last weekend’s round of Premier League actions, although he was in charge of the FA Cup fifth-round tie between Leicester and Brighton last Wednesday.
He received enormous support from Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the Premier League.
Chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Masters said the threats were “inexcusable” and called for “greater proactive intervention” from social media companies.
Some Premier League coaches also came out to support him with Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho saying “something has to be done” about the online abuse of the referee.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder lambasted such acts swaying it as “cowardly, disgusting and inhumane” and called Dean “an honourable referee and a decent guy”.
West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek, one of the players Dean controversially sent off, also took to Twitter to offer his support. The Czech midfielder tweeted,
“Whatever decisions are made on the pitch should stay on the pitch,” “I don’t like hearing about it interfering with personal life and I send Mike Dean and his family my support. There is no place for abuse of any kind.”
Soucek was dismissed by Dean for catching Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic with his elbow, days after sending off Southampton defender Jan Bednarek at Old Trafford.
The English born referee reviewed the foul on the pitch side monitor after asking for the help of VAR before making his decisions.