Mike Dean remains one of the Premier League’s best referees despite an “indifferent” festive period, says former official Mark Halsey.
Dean has received criticism for some of his recent performances and the number of red cards he had shown – five in 15 matches this season.
Ex-Premier League referee Halsey thinks Dean can come across as “arrogant”.
He also believes only a handful of referees are “trusted” for the league’s most important games.
Dean, who has been a Premier League referee for 16 years, controversially sent off West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli during the Hammers’ defeat by Manchester United on 2 January, a decision that was later rescinded by the Football Association.
That dismissal was the official’s 25th since the start of the 2013-14 season – the highest number by any current Premier League referee in that period.