Mike Dean ditched as VAR official, Anthony Taylor continue refereeing after Chelsea vs Tottenham controversy

Mike Dean has reportedly been ditched from Video Assistant Referee (VAR) duties for this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures, following the controversial events in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, Newspremises reports.

Dean retired from refereeing at the end of last season, more than 20 years after taking charge of his first game in the top flight. He didn’t step away from football altogether, though, remaining involved with the Premier League as a dedicated video assistant referee (VAR).

The 54-year-old was in position for Chelsea’s contest against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, when the game was full of controversial moments.

And with the list of officials for the upcoming round of games confirmed, Dean will now have a week off.

However, the Premier League have decided to involve referee Anthony Taylor for this Game Week.

Taylor was in charge of the clash at Stamford Bridge, with both sides sharing the points after two controversial decisions.

Harry Kane’s late equaliser came after Taylor and Dean had opted against punishing Cristian Romero for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair in the penalty box.

The subsequent corner saw Kane head home deep into stoppage time, prompting thousands of Chelsea fans to launch a petition against Taylor.

But Taylor will take charge of West Ham’s meeting with Brighton, which kicks off at the same time of 2pm on Sunday as Chelsea’s clash away at Leeds.

However, Dean has seemingly been taken off VAR duties, as he is not listed for any of the matches this weekend, though it is not clear as to why.

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