‘Very lucky’ – Mike Dean hits out live on Sky Sports after Everton controversy v Fulham

Mike Dean has labelled Fulham goalkeeper “very lucky” after Everton saw a goal disallowed in their Premier League clash on Saturday 12 August at Goodison Park.

James Tarkowski was judged to have fouled the German before Michael Keane tapped home, but he was saved by the officials towards the end of the first half.

Dean was not happy with the decision and admitted that there was not enough contact for a foul to be given, with Everton hard done by, and they went on to lose 1-0 in the end.

'Very lucky' - Mike Dean hits out live on Sky Sports after Everton controversy v Fulham

Speaking live on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, Dean shared his view: “Me too, to be honest with you.

“There’s a slight movement by Tarkowski’s right arm, but not enough for a foul, in my opinion. I think the keeper is very lucky there.”


The Premier League appears to promise every single year that they will improve officiating, both on the pitch and with VAR, but that never happens.

Sean Dyche will not be happy at all with this decision, as it would have given the Toffees the lead they deserved completely at a critical time of the game.

Goalkeepers are protected far too much by officials, and any slight touch in the box will see players give away fouls for incidents that wouldn’t even get a second glance outside of the box.

Tarkowski is physical, everyone knows that but yet one of his most delicate actions was penalised, and we wonder why there are so many complaints around the league.

It made a massive difference in the end, with Bobby Reid scoring a second-half goal to condemn the Blues to an opening-day defeat – it should have been so different.

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