West Ham face Aston Villa at Villa Park on Monday night and the Premier League have now confirmed who will be in charge for the match.
Referee Mike Dean will be officiating and it is fair to say that Hammers supporters on Twitter are not too keen on him overseeing the game:
That’s a bit unfortunate for us!
— S66FAC (@S66FAC) 9 September 2019
The most arrogant ref in the game, but despite his deplorable reffing it’s 2-0 to WHU⚒⚒⚒
— Bob austin (@bobaustin65) 9 September 2019
— WestHamIsWhyWeDrink (@WestHamIsWhyPod) (@WestHamIsWhyPod) 9 September 2019
— ⚒ Zuby ⚒ (@Zuby2510) 9 September 2019
Why why why lol
— dl (@SweetKandyPaint) 9 September 2019
— Dunc9 (@WHU99) 9 September 2019
We better score six in the first ten minutes, just to be safe. 😬⚒ #COYI
— Anthony Perkins (@Spigzy) 10 September 2019
— Horace Strong (@Horacestrong) 10 September 2019
He’s never been Fair enough with us
— Yahya Mohamed 🇸🇩 (@yahya_yahyam) 10 September 2019
Dean has already caused controversy when in charge for a West Ham this season, having ordered a retake of a penalty in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on the opening day.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had saved Sergio Aguero’s original penalty but the Hammers players were penalised for encroachment, leading to the Argentine scoring at the second attempt.
It was initially thought that Fabianski had been punished for standing off his line when the penalty was taken but the decision was later clarified.
West Ham fans will be hoping that there will be no similar issues when Dean officiates at Villa Park.