Referee Mike Dean shows a yellow card to Manchester City's Raheem Sterling. Photo: Reuters
Peter Simpson
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Opinion

Home and Away by Peter Simpson

If the Premier League was the Wild West, referee Mike Dean would be the sheriff

Grappling, holding, dissent and diving are all being closely watched early in the season, with penalties and cards flowing in a bid to keep the game clean

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Referee Mike Dean shows a yellow card to Manchester City's Raheem Sterling. Photo: Reuters
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Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson is a China-UK based journalist and the SCMP’s former Beijing 2008 Olympics news editor. He has covered major international news and sporting events, most recently the London 2012 Olympics and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Peter is a Premier League season ticket holder at newly promoted Southampton FC.