Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his sympathy for Mike Dean after the referee was on the receiving end of death threats.
Dean has been threatened online after giving a red card to West Ham United’s Tomas Soucek near the end of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham.
The referee joins a number of people involved in Premier League football who have been abused online recently, including Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and Chelsea’s Reece James.
“Of course I feel very sorry for Mike Dean. I feel very sorry with Tuanzebe, and with every Mike Dean and every Tuanzebe of this world,” the Portuguese said.
“This week was for them, the week before was for others, and if the situation goes in the same direction, next week will be others.
“I think something has to be done, because one thing is professional life and what we do in our professional lives, and the success we have, the mistakes we make, the frustrations we have.
“Another thing is to go to the private life and go to the social life. Then, of course, something has to be done.”