Football fans are still asking the question: ‘What did Mike Dean really say to Mauricio Pochettino after Burnley beat Spurs?’
At the end of the match at Turf Moor, Pochettino went onto the pitch to confront the referee.
Dean’s reply infuriated both the Argentinian and his assistant Jesus Perez.
Perez shouted that Dean ‘can’t say that’, while Pochettino repeated ‘you know what you are’ and urged Dean to repeat his remark to the camera.
We may never know what Dean said.
But we would have done if he was wearing a live microphone.
That occurred in Australia this weekend as Jarred Gillett, who is leaving football in Australia to officiate in England.
The 32-year-old is regarded as one of the best referees in Australia and wore a microphone during the match between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar.
What followed was fascinating.
Gillet can be heard speaking to players and explaining all of his decisions, while he can also be heard talking to his other officials and the VAR team.
It certainly paints Gillet in a good light and gives insight into just how hard referring really is.
Take a look:
Imagine that in the Premier League…
Gillet has been named the A-League Referee of the Year on five occasions and will move to England to study at Liverpool John Moore's University, specialising in research on children with cerebral palsy.
"He is hugely experienced and demonstrates a number of key attributes that we expect from our referees," Mike Riley, the PGMOL managing director, said.
Judging by that performance, he'll be officiating in the Premier League in no time...