Tomas Soucek has condemned the sickening absue that Mike Dean has received in the wake of his decision to send off the Czech international in West
Tomas Soucek has condemned the sickening absue that Mike Dean has received in the wake of his decision to send off the Czech international in West Ham’s 0-0 draw at Fulham. The midfielder was given his marching orders following a VAR review after accidentally elbowing Aleksandr Mitrovic.
The Serbian protested Soucek’s innocence at the time but VAR official Lee Mason urged Dean to take a look on the pitch side monitor.
Mason pointed out an alleged clenched fist and after up to 20 replays of the incident, Dean brandished a red card for violent conduct.
Following the incident, the referee has received barrages of abuse which include death threats.
Soucek has now spoke out and defended the referee, demanding that the abuse is called to an immediate halt.
He said on Twitter: “Whatever decisions are made on the pitch should stay on the pitch.
‘I don’t like hearing about it interfering with personal life and I send Mike Dean and his family my support.
“There is no place for abuse of any kind. It is in the past and I’m now focused on the rest of the season.”