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The referee came in for huge criticism after awarding one spot-kick and denying another in the first half at St James's Park, with some saying that he loves the spotlight too much


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Mike Dean has never been the most universally popular of Premier League referees - if there even is such a thing - but he drew yet more ire on Tuesday as he awarded one penalty and denied another as Newcastle played Manchester United.

The 47-year-old punished the home team when he gave a debatable handball decision against a helpless Chancel Mbemba at St James's Park, from which Wayne Rooney opened the scoring, but sparked outrage just after the half-hour mark when he signaled to play on after Jesse Lingard appeared to have got nothing of the ball in a challenge on Daryl Janmaat in the area.

The decision bewildered and incensed Newcastle fans and neutrals who were watching along, prompting a gamut of reactions from fury to amusement on Twitter as his name rocketed up the site's worldwide trending list.

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