In a month that has included death threats and a club requesting he did not officiate their matches, Mike Dean will surely have been hoping for a quiet afternoon on his return to action at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Referee Dean was a key part of the game’s main moments, sending off West Brom’s Semi Ajayi after 30 minutes and turning down a strong penalty shout in the second half.
Ajayi was shown a straight red after video assistant referee intervention, with the defender adjudged to have denied a goalscoring opportunity when handling the ball on the halfway line.
But VAR controversially did not encourage Dean to consult the pitchside monitor in the 53rd minute when Albion skipper Kyle Bartley appeared to control a Conor Townsend header with an outstretched arm inside his own box.
‘It was a penalty’
The game’s biggest talking point surrounded the decision not to penalise Baggies defender Bartley and award Burnley a penalty.
“That has got…
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