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Dean to leave PGMOL this summer

15 Jul 2023
Mike Dean, referee

Match official was involved in 23 Premier League seasons, including as a VAR in 2022/23

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PGMOL can confirm that Mike Dean will be leaving the organisation this summer. 

Dean became a dedicated VAR last summer and has also spent time coaching match officials over the past 12 months after calling time on his long and distinguished on-field career at the end of the 2021/22 season. 

The 55-year-old started officiating in 1985 and progressed through the ranks to an assistant referee and then a referee in the Football League in 1995 and 1997 respectively. 

Making an instant impact, the charismatic Dean was promoted to the Premier League in 2000 and went on to referee over 550 matches in total in the top flight. 

His performances were rewarded with a promotion to FIFA’s list of match officials just three years later, which was followed by being appointed to the FA Cup and League Cup finals at Wembley in 2008 and 2011 respectively. 

PGMOL would like to place on record its recognition of Mike’s achievements as well as his immense contribution to refereeing and the game as a whole. 

We thank him for his dedication to the organisation over a sustained period of time and wish him every success for the future.   

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