This explains so much.
In the wake of yet another round of Premier League fixtures in which Mike Dean managed to hog the spotlight comes the revelation that he is an ex-ballroom dancing champion.
The Premier League referee’s rhythmic past may be the reason for his signature theatrical style.
The Daily Mail claim Dean is working with a coach in a bid to tone down his flamboyant mannerisms which have previously been interpreted as displays of favouritism.
Most famously the time he was caught ‘celebrating’ a Mousa Dembele goal…
Some more amusing (and entirely predictable) details of Dean’s life outside of football include:
- He used to work in a chicken factory
- He has given up alcohol
- He has caddied for pro golfer Sophie Walker on the Ladies European Tour
Dean has been heavily criticised for his eye-catching performances as most fans, players and pundits believe good refs to go by unnoticed.
He has also shown more red cards and awarded more penalties than any other referee in the Premier League this season.
Now, what are the odds of him appearing on Strictly Come Dancing at some point…