- Henry Brookbanks
Mike Dean appointed as referee for Manchester City vs Brighton
Mike Dean will be in charge of Manchester City's upcoming midweek Premier League fixture as the champions welcome an in-form Brighton side to the Etihad. The game will be played on Wednesday 20th April, kicking off at 8:00 pm (BST).
This will be Dean's second appearance this Premier League season in a game involving City, the first coming in December as the Blues beat Aston Villa 2-1 away from home – a game which did not see a single card given out by the Englishman.
Dean also took charge of City's 4-1 win over Southampton in the FA Cup quarter-final last month, where he awarded Pep Guardiola's side a penalty after Gabriel Jesus was tripped inside the box.
After announcing that he will retire at the end of this season, this will likely be Dean's last involvement in a City fixture as the main official; he has refereed 66 league games in his vast career that spans over 20 years. The Blues have won exactly half of those games, drawing 13 and losing 20.
The 53-year-old has taken charge of 20 Premier League games so far this season, distributing 67 yellow cards, 2 red cards and awarding 5 penalties in the process.
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Darren Cann & Eddie Smart
Fourth Official: Robert Jones
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Neil Davies
Written by: @BrookbanksHenry
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