Another Saturday football matinee, another starring role from Mike Dean, football's most charismatic performer. Last Saturday, Dean was front and centre for the Premier League curtain raiser between Leicester and Hull.
Today Dean was the main talking point from the Stoke-Man City match. There was, of course, a Dean moment of pure flamboyance.
It's Mike Dean's world and we're all just living in it.#CelebrityRefs
— Celebrity Refs (@CelebrityRefs) August 20, 2016
It was, however, Dean's decision in awarding penalties that drew the most ire. Awarding two penalties to Manchester City turned the home crowd against him, and a somewhat soft penalty against Pep's Blues side, Dean was at least consistent. He was also the centre of attention on social media.
Stoke City's official account were encapsulated by his antics:
Other fans were a little less diplomatic...
Some saw the bright side...
...Others were impressed by his scoring rate
And conspiracy theories from other fans abound...
...and a late bid could secure his services