However, Both decisions have been overturned on appeal with Soucek now available for West Ham’s FA Cup
away trip to Manchester United on Tuesday evening as well as being available for the Premier League
matches against Sheffield United and Tottenham.
In both cases, Dean chose to give a red card after being advised to view the incident on the pitchside monitor
by the video assistant referee (VAR).
Dean’s family has also been targeted with social media abuse. All abuse has been reported to the police.
Soucek tweeted his support for Dean on Monday night, saying:
“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. It is in the past and I’m now focused on the rest of the season.”
Fellow referee Lee Mason has also come in for criticism, having been the VAR on both incidents involving
Dean in the past week.
Mason will also not referee a Premier League fixture at the weekend but will fulfill fourth official duties
for Liverpool’s trip to Leicester on Saturday and the rearranged game between Everton and Manchester City
four days later.