Dean must be used to his antics going viral by now .

Watch: Twitter rips into Mike Dean over bizarre pre-match behaviour

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Being a Premier League referee isn't easy.

All you can really ask of officials is that they do their best to make the right decisions, but it's a hugely pressurised job.

It's easy to see why some refs just find it all too much, but then there are those who walk out onto the pitch full of confidence.


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Take Mike Dean, for example. He's has been in charge of countless games, so he wasn't about to be fazed by today's battle between Southampton and Burnley - which, incidentally, the Saints won 3-1.

Dean was in the spotlight as he awarded penalties to both sides, and arguably should have given the Clarets another after Johann Berg Gudmundsson looked to have been fouled.

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Unsurprisingly, though, it was the man in black's pre-match antics which were doing the rounds on social media after the final whistle. After all, is there any need to strut quite like this?

Watch the moment where he half-sticks his tongue out and looks into the camera again, at least if you want to feel very uncomfortable.

It's safe to say no-one at home particularly enjoyed it, so it wasn't long before the highly questionable entrance was being mocked online.

In fact, his whole afternoon's work was being ripped apart too. Who'd be a referee, eh?

More prolific social media users will remember that this isn't the first time the 48-year-old has gone viral. There was that one time he appeared to celebrate Mousa Dembele's goal for Tottenham, and that hasn't been forgotten in a hurry.

Oh Mike Dean, please never retire.

The only positive is that it's probably a step-up from this guy.

Did Mike Dean get it all wrong in this game? Have your say in the comments. 

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