Mike Dean was caught on camera chewing gum and ignoring Pep Guardiola's protestations during Manchester City's 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
The fourth official was having none of Guardiola's complaints after a challenge from James Milner which could have seen the makeshift Liverpool right-back pick up a second booking with just under 20 minutes left to play.
"It was a yellow card," the Manchester City boss told BBC Radio 5 Live,as quoted by BBC Sport. "It was too obvious. I know for referees it is not easy at Anfield and Old Trafford- there is a lot of pressure for everyone.
"Football is about emotions but it is obvious it is a yellow card."
Guardiola reinforced his argument in his post-match press conference too.
"He (referee Paul Tierney) has to show the yellow card to me (for remonstrating) but before he has to show the second one (to Milner)," he continued. "In these games, so tight... he has to. It doesn't mean you are going to win against Liverpool in Anfield but it is obvious. (He needed) to give James the second yellow."
This is not the first time the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager has locked horns with Mike Dean at the home of The Reds. He was seen screaming at Dean in his side's 3-1 loss to Liverpool in November 2019 after referee Michael Oliver failed to point to the spot on two separate occasions. The clip of Guardiola exclaiming 'twice' became one of the most talked about moments of the season.
This is the first time the infamous Dean has made the headlines this season. The 53 year old is well-known for his no-look yellow and red cards, outrageous awarding of penalty kicks and hilarious interactions with some of the biggest personalities in the game.
"There's a touch of arrogance about me when I walk out on the pitch," he told That Peter Crouch Podcast in 2020, as quoted by The Guardian. ""But it's also a lot of confidence in myself because I believe in my own ability."
Let's see if he and Guardiola clash again after the international break.
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