Watching Match of the Day 2 I noticed referee Mike Dean’s odd reaction to Louis Saha’s goal. I have to say if I didn’t know better it appears as though he wants the ball to go in after it deflects off Vermaelen!
Click the video below to play the short clip and keep an eye on Dean towards the right of the frame:
He seems to react much like the Spurs fans did — jumping up excitedly as the ball loops off Vermaelen before urging the ball in with his hands as it trickles towards the line. Then he appears to start a little ‘Mr Bean-like’ celebratory jig (watch his right leg) before remembering he’s supposed to be impartial and composing himself.
Maybe this explains why he gave Spurs a penalty after that blatant dive by the cheating tosspot Gareth Bale.
Joking aside, I’m not really questioning Dean’s impartiality. He probably got caught up in the excitement of the moment, but it does look funny. I’ve never seen a ref so animated as a goal goes in!
I’ll be posting more serious thoughts on the match later on today.