Referee Mike Dean to take charge of South Wales derby once again
MIKE Dean is set to take charge of another South Wales derby when Swansea City head to the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.
The Wirral official memorably refereed a match between the sides four years ago when he was struck in the head by a coin and awarded Cardiff a controversial last minute penalty.
During the first half of that match in April 2009, a coin thrown from the Cardiff stands drew blood from Dean's forehead.
He recovered from that incident and continued with the whistle in a game that looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw after goals from Nathan Dyer and Michael Chopra.
Then, with just two minutes remaining, substitute Joe Allen thundered an effort past Cardiff goalkeeper Stuart Taylor to send travelling fans wild.
Swansea thought they had claimed a memorable away victory against their rivals before Ross McCormack tumbled in the penalty area after an innocuous-looking tussle with Ashley Williams.
Dean pointed to the spot, much to Swansea's fury, and McCormack himself converted the penalty to earn Cardiff a share of the spoils.
Replays did little to highlight why the kick was awarded and Swansea substitute Tommy Butler was sent off after the final whistle for using foul and abusive language towards Dean.