Mike Dean makes a bittered comment as he strongly criticizes ’embarrassing’ refereeing decision in Southampton vs. Birmingham City…

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has expressed severe disapproval of the failure to grant Birmingham City a penalty during the first half against Southampton.

Wayne Rooney’s team was experiencing a challenging first half, trailing by two goals scored by Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Carlos Alcaraz, and to be honest, they were rightfully down 2-0.

While there was some uncertainty regarding whether Harwood-Bellis was offside for his early header, there was absolutely no doubt about an incident that occurred in the 30th minute when Southampton’s goalkeeper, Gavin Bazunu, came out to collect a ball at the edge of his area and collided with Oliver Burke. Birmingham City appealed for a penalty, but referee David Webb declined to grant one.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Mike Dean heavily criticized the decision. He remarked, “It’s embarrassing, to be honest; it’s such a poor decision. The Birmingham player won the ball, and the goalkeeper just collided with him from behind.”

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“It’s not even a difficult decision. As much as I dislike criticizing referees and officials, this is such a subpar decision. It’s such an easy call to make. The goalkeeper was nowhere near the ball, Jutkiewicz [Burke] won the header, and he was simply wiped out. It’s a clear penalty. That’s just fundamental refereeing. It’s such a poor decision, and it’s infuriating,” Dean added.

Pundit Emile Heskey, a former Blues striker, concurred, saying, “It’s also dangerous and reckless. He’s out of control, nowhere near the ball, and endangering an opponent. I can’t see any reason not to award that.”

Birmingham City was on their way to a third consecutive defeat under Wayne Rooney.

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