Are Spurs playing with 12 men against Aston Villa?

Referees are supposed to be impartial. No matter what the circumstance, whom the player is or whatever has happened in the past, they’re supposed to show little emotion and judge each incident in isolation…

But Mike Dean may have let his Spurs allegiance slip this evening, with his actions after Mousa Dembele’s third minute opener…

We’re joking of course, but his little sprint and lofted arm were reminiscent of a FIFA 16 celebration. As soon as the Belgian’s powerful effort squirmed underneath the body of Brad Guzan, the official went looked overjoyed.

We’re sure it was entirely innocent and he was just waving to indicate that advantage had been played… But it’s worth having a watch!

Meanwhile Remi Garde is perched way up in the stands for his first game since taking control of Aston Villa, and he’s sure to be concerned by some sloppy defending.

Oh well, he’ll have 27 games to sort it out…