Flowdropas.com has learnt that Referee Mike Dean has decided not to officiate at any Premier League game after he had received death threats following recent controversial red card decisions.
Dean was criticised after he sent off Southampton defender Jan Bednarek during their 9-0 defeat at Manchester United and West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek during their draw away to Fulham.
Bednarek was sent off for a last-man challenge on United forward Anthony Martial, while Soucek was dismissed after appearing to accidentally elbow Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the face.
Meanwhile, Mike Riley, chief of the refereeing body PGMOL, condemned the abuse directed at Dean.
“Threats and abuse of this nature are totally unacceptable and we fully support Mike’s decision to report these messages he received to the police,” Riley said.
“Nobody should be a victim of abhorrent messages like this. Online abuse is unacceptable in any walk of life and more have to done for to tackle the problem.