Mike Dean knows he incorrectly awarded West Brom a penalty in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal last month.
That’s according to ex-Premier League ref Mike Riley who says Dean is an “honest guy”. The official adjudged Gunners defender Calum Chambers to have handled the ball with Arsenal 1-0 up at the Hawthorns.
Jay Rodriguez stepped up to seal a draw for the Baggies side in the New Year’s Eve clash which saw Arsene Wenger confront Dean and criticise the referee for his decision in the tunnel following the game.
Wenger’s comments led to him receiving a three-match touchline ban and £40,000 fine.
However, according to Riley, Dean knows he got it wrong.
“I think Chambers would have been over-turned. The question you ask is, is it an act of deliberate handball? And the reverse angle shows him trying to bring his arm out of the way of the ball, rather than the reverse,” he said (via the Star).
“I know Mike would have over-turned it. He messages people, and he’s a very honest guy, and he goes, ‘I got it wrong’. He knows he did.”
Arsenal have slipped 23 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League. They meet Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
The north Londoners were left frustrated when Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Dowell appeared to convert a penalty by kicking the ball on to his other foot during Arsenal’s 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.. However, Wenger was able to hold his tongue on this occasion.