'Mike Dean's face is iconic!': Premier League ref seems baffled by VAR

‘Mike Dean’s face is all time iconic!’: Social media reacts as the Premier League ref reacts with dismay after seeing his penalty decision overturned by VAR as Arsenal send Watford down

  • Mike Dean was overruled by VAR as Arsenal beat visitors Watford 3-2 on Sunday
  • The referee did not point to the spot and seemed baffled as a penalty was given
  • Watford’s Craig Dawson had tangled with Alexandre Lacazette after two minutes
  • The defeat sent Watford into the Championship on the Premier League final day

Premier League referee Mike Dean left fans astonished as he appeared unimpressed by a VAR decision to award a penalty to Arsenal against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Experienced official Dean was caught on camera wearing a mystified frown as a lengthy remote check of replays adjudged Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette to have been fouled by Watford defender Craig Dawson just two minutes into the final game of the league season at the Emirates Stadium.

Dean had initially decided not to award a spot kick, but Arsenal top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted the penalty for the first of his two first-half goals after Dean’s view was overturned.

Mike Dean (centre) was told to award a spot kick to Arsenal by VAR as they beat Watford 3-2

The overruled referee was seen looking surprised following the call at the Emirates Stadium

One leading Arsenal fan account declared the picture an ‘all time iconic’ Premier League image

Arsenal fans argued that Dean had been aggrieved by the decision and accused him of bias against Mikel Arteta’s side, with one viewer speculating that he had been ‘disgusted’ at having to oversee a penalty for the hosts.

Others suggested that the technologically-driven intervention had influenced his decision to give Watford a penalty two minutes before the break, which Troy Deeney scored to leave the Hornets 3-1 down at half-time.

Other fans felt that Dean had been reluctant to give Arsenal and apparently obvious penalty

Some noted that Dean seemed to take far less time to award Watford a penalty later in the half

One claimed that Dean had attempted to compensate for the incident with his later decision

A popular Arsenal blogger reacted by saying: ‘Mike Dean’s face when he’s overruled by VAR and HAS to give Arsenal a penalty is all time iconic image.’

Deeney’s penalty sparked an unsuccessful comeback from Watford, who were relegated after finishing second-bottom in the Premier League.

This fan said that Dean’s eventual penalty call was another sign of 2020 being an unusual year

Dean was deemed simultaneously funny and farcical by this fan after Arsenal’s closing day win

Former Arsenal star Danny Welbeck scored their second and the only goal of the second half as they failed to earn the win that would have saved them from Championship football next season.

Dean has awarded seven penalties to Arsenal in 38 matches involving the club that he has officiated, compared to 12 in 38 for near-neighbours Tottenham and 15 in 40 for London rivals Chelsea.

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