Date: 12th March 2019 at 7:10pm
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The EFL confirmed that Mike Dean will take charge of Nottingham Forest’s meeting with Aston Villa on Wednesday evening, with Ian Hussin and Darren Cann named as assistants and Andy Woolmer as the Fourth Official.

The 50-year-old has refereed 28 games in all competitions (22 in the Premier League, one in the Championship, one in League Two, two in the FA Cup and two in the EFL Cup) this season, doling out 114 yellow cards, 10 red cards and eight penalties.

Dean’s reputation as a card-happy referee who flirts with controversy every week has many fans worried that his performance could affect the outcome on Wednesday. They weren’t pleased with the news and took to social media to express their dissatisfaction and ironic enthusiasm.

Dean has officiated four Forest games in his career – vs Huddersfield Town (League One) on November 26, 2005, vs Swansea City (Championship playoffs) on May 12, 2011, vs Leicester City (Championship) on May 4, 2013 and vs Preston North End (FA Cup) on January 24, 2014.

Forest are currently eighth in the Championship with 53 points from 36 games this season. The Reds are coming off the back of two wins from their last three outings.

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