Premier League referee Mike Dean will take charge of Saturday’s FA Cup tie between MK Dons and QPR.
Dean, 44, will officiate the men from MK1 for only the second time this weekend having taken charge of Dons’ 3-1 loss to Swansea City in September 2005, where he showed a solitary yellow card to defender Pablo Mills.
The Wirral-born whistle-blower was appointed as a Select Group referee in 2000 and has since refereed a number of notable matches including the Cardiff City and Portsmouth FA Cup final in 2008, the Championship Play-Off final in 2009, the Carling Cup final between Arsenal and Birmingham City in 2011 and most recently the iconic Premier League match between QPR and Manchester City, in which the latter side were crowned champions following a late strike from Sergio Aguero.
This season, Dean has overseen 23 games while showing 83 yellow cards and four red cards. Two of his sending’s-off came earlier this month during the top division fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal, where Dean gave both Laurent Koscielny and Vincent Kompany their marching orders.
Dean’s last selection was this past weekend, where he was the man in the middle during Swansea City’s 3-1 victory over Stoke Cit at the Liberty Stadium.
The full list of officials is as follows:
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Assistant referees: Mike Mullarkey (Devon), Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands)
Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)Fourth Official: