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Newcastle United vs Leeds United: Who is the referee for the match this Friday?

Mike Dean
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Newcastle United vs Leeds United kicks off this Friday in the Premier League - and the game will be officiated by Mike Dean. Here are the match officials in full for the fixture. 

Referee: Mike Dean

53-year-old Mike Dean is one of the most recognised and experienced referees in the Premier League, having officiated since 2000. He has reffed the Community Shield and the finals of the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Trophy.

Tranmere fan Dean was the first referee to make 100 sendings off in the Premier League and has a reputation for dishing out cards freely. Last season, Dean gave two controversial red cards in successive games - to Southampton’s Jan Bednarek and West Ham’s Tomas Soucek in successive games - and received death threats. Both cards were rescinded, with Dean asking not to officiate the following weekend. 

Assistants: Ian Hussin, Darren Cann

Ian Hussin was assistant for the 2018 FA Cup final as well the Spain vs Portugal friendly before Euro 2020. He has been the linesman at over 200 games and first refereed in the Football League in 2011. 

Darren Cann of Great Yarmouth is a former Norwich City youth player who became a Class 1 referee in 1993. He is one of the most experienced assistant referees in Europe, having officiated at the four most prestigious appointments in English football (FA Cup Final 2006, FA Community Shield 2007, Carling Cup Final 2007, Championship Play Off Final 2007), along with the Champions League final and World Cup final. 

Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury

A new addition to the Premier League for the 2021/22 season, Michael Salisbury has been refereeing in local leagues in Preston since 2001. He was referee for the 2020 League Two play-off Final.

Salisbury has been a referee in the EFL since 2016 and was part of the Select Group as an assistant referee.

VAR: Darren England

Jarred Gillett is the first Australian to referee in the Premier League. He is a new addition to the division, after becoming part of the Select Group 2 referee’s list for the 2019/20 season.

Gillett was one of the most high-profile officials in the A-League in his native Australia, officiating there from 2010 to 2019. 

Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

Neil Davies officiated 27 Premier League games in 2020/21 and has been linesman at 96 Championship matches prior to this season. Davies is London-based and has an MA focused in Mathematics from Oxford University.

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