Mike Dean set to retire as Premier League referee and take up full-time VAR role


Mike Dean, a premier league referee is set to retire – hang up his whistle and cards, and take up VAR role. He is set to end his 22 year career as a Premier League referee at the end of the current campaign.

The 53-year-old is arguably the most recognizable referee currently operating at the top of the English game, with his unique approach making him both highly controversial and must-watch in the same light.

Mike Dean has officiated 553 Premier League matches since his introduction to the top division back in 2000.

He has officiated more games than any of his counterparts and has also given out more red cards (a tally of 114) than any of his colleagues. But according to multiple outlets, the 2021/22 season is looking to be his final, with Dean ready to call time on his on-field career.

It is suggested that Mike Dean is currently in talks with the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) – the body that governs English officials – to potentially after he retire, continue as one of just two full-time VAR officials, meaning his sole responsibility would be working from Stockley Park.

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