Mike Dean’s report into the incident which saw Arsene Wenger banned for three games for his behaviour has been released, and he details the confrontation with the Arsenal in the referee’s room after the 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The official awarded the home side a late penalty for a handball which he later admitted was not a handball, sparking a furious reaction from the Arsenal manager who blamed the decision for costing his side two points. Which it did. Which isn’t to excuse Arsenal’s performance on the day or anything but still.
Anyway, Dean has provided his side of events, which go a little bit like this:
“As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’.
“He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying “you’re not honest” on numerous occasions.
“I replied ‘so you’re calling me a cheat’. He replied ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’.
“He then said ‘You’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’. He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.”
We realise opinion on the manager is very much divided these days, yet surely if there’s one thing Arsenal fans can unite on in that regard it’s that Mike Dean is an arrogant, self-righteous, pompous gleet-hound who was once suspended for involvement in a betting site and thus being called dishonest is hardly likely to damage his reputation.
Wenger has now served the last game of his ban, and will take his place in the dugout for Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace. Dean, meanwhile, got no punishment for what was an outrageously bad decision.