Mike Dean to officiate Chelsea v Arsenal showdown

Mike Dean will take charge of the marquee fixture of the weekend at Stamford Bridge while Roger East will handle his first top-flight game of the campaign and Stuart Attwell stays in the Premier League.

Mike Dean referee (Manchester United v Arsenal - 17th May 2015)
Recent outing: Dean took charge of Leicester’s 3-2 victory over east Midlands rivals Aston Villa at the King Power yesterday (Picture from Sky Sports)

MIKE Dean has been confirmed as the referee for Chelsea’s London derby with Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

The 47-year-old from the Wirral will be in the middle when the champions host the FA Cup winners at Stamford Bridge in the lunchtime kick-off (12:45pm, live on BT Sport 1).

He will be assisted by Fifa linesmen Simon Long and Stuart Burt with Michael Oliver – who oversaw last weekend’s Manchester United-Liverpool clash – acting as fourth official.

It will be Dean’s fifth Premier League game of the season and the first time he has encountered both sides since officiating their clashes with Manchester United in April and May respectively.

The Heswall-based whistler was in charge of Manchester City’s 3-0 win at West Brom on the opening weekend and Manchester United’s 1-0 victory at Aston Villa the following Friday night.

He then oversaw Norwich’s 1-1 draw with Stoke before dropping down to the Championship for Burnley’s 2-1 win at Bristol City and returning to the middle in the top-flight last Sunday for Leicester’s 3-2 victory over Aston Villa.

Dean – who has also been fourth official at three Premier League games so far this term – has had a steady and unassuming start to the campaign in which he has brandished just 17 yellow cards and is yet to send a player off or award a penalty.

Mike Dean watches on (WBA v Manchester City - 10th August 2015)
Impressive: Dean’s flamboyant style but firm approach has earned plenty of respect and praise during his stellar career (Picture from Sky Sports)

The former Fifa official has officiated five previous matches between Arsenal and Chelsea – two goalless draws at the Emirates in 2012 and 2013 as well as three encounters at Stamford Bridge in successive seasons between 2008 and 2010.

In those games, he gave out a combined 18 yellow cards but did not brandish any red cards or award any spotkicks.

Dean handled five Arsenal matches throughout 2014-15 – their 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United, 2-0 win at Manchester City, 2-0 FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough, 1-0 win at Burnley and, most recently, their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

He also oversaw four Chelsea games including three at Stamford Bridge against Southampton, Tottenham and Manchester United with the other being the 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium in which he booked eight players and sent off City’s Pablo Zabaleta.

Dean – who first took up the whistle in 1985 – is the most experienced referee currently in the Select Group having refereed over 350 top-flight matches stretching back to 2001.

He has long since completed the domestic set of stellar appointments in his career including the 2004 FA Community Shield, the 2004 FA Trophy Final, the 2008 FA Cup Final and the 2011 League Cup Final.

Dean is also the only referee to handle three Championship Play-Off Finals after being assigned last season’s Wembley showpiece between Norwich and Middlesbrough.


Roger East gives Sunderland a free-kick (1st Jan 2015)
Rookie: East officiated 16 of his 28 Premier League games to date last term (Picture from BT Sport)

Roger East will take charge of his first Premier League game of the 2015-16 campaign when Newcastle United host Watford on Saturday afternoon (KO 3pm).

The 50-year-old has had a relatively quiet start to the season in which he has officiated a game from each Football League division and has been fourth official for two top-flight matches.

The Wiltshire whistler – who has been in the Select Group since 2012 – was in the middle last Friday night for Reading’s 5-1 victory over Ipswich in the Championship.

He has so far issued 11 yellow cards and sent off Portsmouth’s Enda Stevens in their 3-3 draw with Morecambe in League Two last month.

East has only overseen one previous Newcastle game – their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in January.

He has not encountered Watford since their 3-0 home defeat by Leicester City in the second-tier in November 2013.

East is widely remembered for sending off Wes Brown instead of John O’Shea in Sunderland’s Premier League defeat at Old Trafford in March despite his insistence in a PGMOL statement that he sent off the correct player.

The experienced official was in the middle for Norwich’s 3-1 play-off semi-final second-leg win over Ipswich last term before assuming fourth official duties for the Wembley final.

He will be assisted at St James’s Park by Darren Cann and Andy Garratt with Football League referee Mark Brown in control of the electronic board.

Mark Clattenburg (Aston Villa v Leicester - 15th February 2015)

Mark Clattenburg will oversee his first Manchester United game of the campaign when the Red Devils travel to Southampton on Sunday (KO 4pm, live on Sky Sports 1).

The 40-year-old County Durham official encountered the Red Devils four times last term, latterly in the Manchester derby win over City at Old Trafford in March.

He will be assisted at St Mary’s by his regular Fifa linesmen Simon Beck and Jake Collin while Kevin Friend – who officiated last season’s corresponding fixture which United won 2-1 – will be the fourth official.

Clattenburg was not involved in any capacity in last weekend’s fixtures and has so far handled four games in all competitions – three in the Premier League.

The Fifa Elite Category referee was in the middle for Bournemouth’s first-ever top-flight game against Aston Villa on the opening weekend before awarding West Brom a penalty and sending off Chelsea skipper John Terry a fortnight later at the Hawthorns.

Clattenburg then eased through an incident-free contest between Manchester City and Watford before producing an assured display in Russia’s 1-0 win over Sweden in Group G of Euro 2016 qualifying during the international break.

The Consett-born whistler has so far issued 17 yellow cards and the solitary red card and penalty in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over the Baggies last month.

Clattenburg also oversaw four Southampton games last term – their 2-1 defeat at Liverpool in their Premier League opener, 2-1 win over QPR in September, 1-0 loss at Burnley in December and 2-1 reverse at Stoke in April.

He stirred controversy 12 months ago when awarding Leicester two spotkicks in United’s 5-3 defeat at the King Power Stadium and sending off Tyler Blackett for a professional foul.

Clattenburg – a trained electrician – also dismissed United defender Luke Shaw in their 1-1 draw with West Ham at Upton Park in February.

Despite dividing opinion with his often erratic and over-expressive style, Clattenburg is highly regarded on the domestic, European and international scene with regular appointments in the Champions League and Europa League.

Other role: Clattenburg was also the fourth official for Manchester City’s 3-0 win at West Brom on the opening weekend (Picture from Sky Sports)


Stuart Attwell (Wolves v Ipswich - 18th April 2015)

Football League referee Stuart Attwell will officiate back-to-back matches in the top-flight for the first time since April 2011.

The Warwickshire whistler handled last weekend’s goalless draw between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at the Hawthorns impeccably – issuing just one yellow card and correctly ignoring Albion’s penalty appeals when Callum McManaman appeared to dive over Matt Targett’s challenge.

Attwell will be back in the middle this Saturday at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City host Everton at 3pm – with the assistance of Adrian Holmes, Richard West and fourth official Jon Moss.

At the age of 25, Attwell became the youngest-ever Premier League official in 2008 after just one season on the National List and became Fifa accredited a year later but he was demoted by the PGMOL in February 2012 following a series of controversial decisions.

So far this term, the Nuneaton-based referee has brandished just 15 yellow cards in six games and is yet to send a player off or award a penalty.

Aside from last weekend’s match, he has handled a game in each Football League division and two Capital One Cup ties – one involving top-flight side Sunderland.

Attwell – like fellow National Group officials Simon Hooper, Paul Tierney and Keith Stroud – received a trial game last season in which he only booked one player as West Brom won 1-0 at Leicester last November.

He is a member of the Talent Group of Football League referees being assessed for their promotion potential.


PL Match Official Appointments (Sat 19th and Sun 20th Sept 2015)
Best of the rest: Martin Atkinson will oversee the west Midlands derby at Villa Park while Andre Marriner will handle a PL game for the third matchday running (Picture from PremierLeague.com)


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