The tweet John Arne Riise posted about Mike Dean after West Brom 1-1 Arsenal

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John Arne Riise joined in the Dean 'debate' on New Year's Eve with some comments on the referee.

Dean earned himself the fury of Arsenal fans when he gave a highly debatable 89th-minute penalty for West Brom that resulted in the Baggies getting a 1-1.

And by 'highly debatable', we really mean 'definitely wasn't a penalty'.

The Gunners had taken the lead through a James McClean own goal - the Irish international deflected an Alexis Sanchez free-kick past his goalkeeper - and looked to be heading for a valuable three points in the race for fourth.

Dean, however, had other ideas, awarding West Brom a penalty after Kieron Gibbs' cross hit the arm of Calum Chambers.

Dean immediately blew and pointed to the spot - Arsenal's players were just as quick to question the decision furiously.

The referee was clearly lifting his elbow above his head to demonstrate what Chambers had done to give the penalty away - but the Arsenal defender hadn't done that.

In reality, he had barely lifted his arm at all and was struck by the ball from roughly two feet away.

Virtually everyone who witnessed the call was quick to accuse Dean of making the game about himself, grabbing the attention and forcing his way into the headlines.

One such person was former Liverpool left-back Riise - even if he was careful not to outright say it.

The Norwegian was not-too-subtle in his accusation towards Dean's professionalism and Twitter users couldn't help but jump on that fact.

This has hardly been the first time that Dean has been heavily criticised for his decisions and general attitude during a game.

Some enjoy the show, some don't - but judging by Riise's comments (and Petr Cech's shortly after the penalty), the players seem to be in the latter camp.

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West Bromwich Albion
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