Newcastle played out a thrilling draw with Bournemouth on the south coast on Saturday, and Magpies fans are absolutely fuming at controversial referee Mike Dean.
Newcastle’s horrific away form finally looked to be turning around at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, as Salomon Rondon’s superb free-kick gave them a 1-0 lead late into first-half stoppage time.
The Cherries turned the game on its head after the interval though, with Josh King bagging the equaliser from the penalty spot before putting his side in front with just ten minutes remaining.
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While Matt Ritchie rescued a late point for the Toon Army with an incredible strike into the roof of the net, fans have been left wondering what could have been thanks to a series of questionable decisions by referee Dean.
Jefferson Lerma was extremely lucky to stay on the pitch for a terrible foul just 19 minutes into the match, and the Magpies had two very good penalty shouts, both of which were confidently waved away be Dean, who then awarded the home side a very soft spot kick.
The enigmatic man in the middle is the subject of much controversy at the moment due to his spat with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, and the Twitter reactions down below will tell you exactly what Newcastle fans think of him…
It’s frankly unbelievable he’s allowed to referee at this level. You could say that about most the current PL referees though but he’s definitely the worst.
— Stephen Townsend ?? (@FPLMidget) March 16, 2019
It’s the mike Dean show, he makes his own rules.
— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) March 16, 2019
Mike Dean is an absolute joke.
— Adam. (@AdamNUFC_) March 16, 2019
Never get owt from him, needs binned. As always it’s all about him. pic.twitter.com/J81IckcXmK
— Wayne Gedge (@waynegedge) March 16, 2019
Mike Dean making himself the centre of attention. Imagine my shock
— SouthernMagpie (@magpie_southern) March 16, 2019
Mike Dean has decided who’s going to win here, for sure. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 16, 2019
Rafa’s right on all 4 decisions. Mike Dean is a strange strange man
— NUFC Gallowgate (@NUFCgallowgate) March 16, 2019
Rafa to Mike Dean: “I want to speak to you inside” (or along those lines)
Mike Dean to Rafa: “What for? What for?”
The egotistical clown has no idea how woeful he’s been. #nufc
— Mark Byers (@MrMarkByers) March 16, 2019