🎉🏟 - MIKE DEAN AND TRANMERE ARE HEADING TO WEMBLEY!— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 13, 2019
The Premier League referee cannot hide his excitement at The New Lawn as his side secure their place in the play-off final! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZCrOur7xbn
Premier League referee Mike Dean has been accused of supporting multiple clubs during his time as one of the top officials in the English game, but the 50-year-old’s true allegiances are no longer in doubt.
Dean was spotted by a Sky Sports camera celebrating Tranmere Rovers’ win over Forest Green Rovers in the second leg of their League Two play-off at the New Lawn, standing on a barrier in front of him and cheering with both arms aloft.
Twitter users’ reaction certainly didn’t disappoint.
Mike Dean (yeah actual Mike Dean, Premier League Ref, loves a red card Mike Dean)...— Adam Catterall (@AdamCatterall) May 13, 2019
Is Tranmere Ultras top boy 😂
What a lad!pic.twitter.com/CFlqUlqtMo
seeing mike dean at a game is the football equivalent of seeing a teacher on a night out pic.twitter.com/lhIJlgqATO— keithy (@keithy95) May 13, 2019
Mike Dean - box office on the pitch and box office on the terraces pic.twitter.com/onE6oyHRmR— Louis Mendez (@LouisMend) May 13, 2019
The Cheshire County Football Association member is known for his unique style of refereeing and was once accused by many fans of appearing to celebrate a Tottenham goal against Arsenal in the north London derby.
He has also been seen hiding a hat-trick ball from Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, sniffing one of his assistant referees before a game at Old Trafford and showing his annoyance at Swansea giving away possession once he had played advantage for them.
Tranmere will play in the League Two play-off final at Wembley against Newport on Saturday 25th May - and with his allegiances now confirmed, Dean will surely be there.
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