The FA are facing a massive dilemma after Arsenal fans started a petition to have Mike Dean never referee another one of their matches, and, surprise surprise, it’s doing amazingly well.
In fact, the petition has a massive 93,000 signatories and if it garners another 7000, the government are required by law to have a debate about it in the Houses of Parliament.
Any official petition that reaches the 100,000 signature mark will automatically be discussed in the Commons.
So, it looks pretty likely that in the next few days the golden number will be reached, and we could be faced with the realistic prospect that Dean’s eligibility to take charge of Arsenal matches will be on David Cameron’s to-do list.
We told you earlier this week that Gunners supporters started the petition after Dean’s performance in their defeat to Chelsea last Saturday; Diego Costa went unpunished for a string of aggressive acts, whilst Gabriel was sent off for a light kick out in retaliation at the striker.
Since then, the FA have intervened and rescinded Gabriel’s red card, whilst slapping Costa with a three match ban of his own.
And the Association may have to take action again very soon, this time on Dean himself. If you’d like to support the petition, you can do so here.
Football fans, eh!