LEIGHTON JAMES COLUMN: Mike Dean appointment for Swansea City's trip to Cardiff City is a disgrace
MIKE Dean's appointment as referee for Sunday's derby is nothing short of a disgrace.
I was seething when I heard the news that he would be in charge because my memories of that debacle in 2009 are still fresh.
The decision to award Cardiff a stoppage-time penalty after the slightest of contact between Ross McCormack and Ashley Williams still remains one of the worst calls I can remember in football.
It was a dreadful mistake and to make it in a match as important as the derby only compounds the error.
I can only assume that the Football Association have done zero research before handing Dean the whistle for this game. It shows a complete lack of sensitivity because everyone in South Wales remembers his part in that farce as soon as the name Mike Dean was mentioned.
Wouldn't it be easier for someone without that baggage to control what is bound to be a difficult game?
Dean will probably say that what's happened in the past will not affect him because referees like to pretend they are robots, closed off to such things.
But as a human being, that incident is bound to be in the back of his mind.