Seeing Red: Mike Dean’s 100 Red Cards

Luigi Raw
By Luigi RawSenior Data Engineer
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The data behind Mike Dean’s 100 red cards

Mike Dean is the Premier League’s longest serving referee and has been consistently criticised for his willingness to take out his notepad. On 14th April 2001, during his 15th match as a Premier League referee, Dean awarded his very first red card to Newcastle’s Nolberto Solano. Almost 18 years later to the day, Manchester United’s Ashley Young was on the receiving end of his 100th red card.

He’s the first referee to reach this milestone and, coincidentally, his 100th red card was also his 10th of the season, setting another record. When it comes to reaching into back pockets, it’s fair to say that no other referee comes close.

It’s one thing to dish out red cards, but how does Dean compare to every other Premier League referee? At what pace does he brandish red cards and which seasons was he particularly card-happy?

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