Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins and manager Michael Laudrup
Mike Dean’s appointment to referee Sunday’s south Wales derby has been questioned by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.
The official will take charge of the first meeting between the two fierce rivals in the Premier League despite awarding a controversial penalty to Cardiff in the last derby played at Ninian Park.
Dean pointed to the spot after Ross McCormack tumbled over a challenge from Ashley Williams in injury time to salvage a point for the Bluebirds.
And Jenkins has admitted he was shocked at the decision to give him the whistle again on Sunday.
‘I was surprised to see that Mike Dean had been appointed for this particular game,’ Jenkins said.
Mike Dean will referee the south Wales derby
‘Probably most people will say it is quite a strange choice to make, and also some of our fans might think it’s a chance to put right the wrongs of what happened in the game at Ninian Park.
‘But on the other hand, you have to say that every referee goes into these games and does his best.
‘Every referee gives what he sees and we have to accept that.
‘I just hope that in games like this – in any game – the better team on the day wins and the referee does not have to make any decisions that could change that.
‘Let’s hope the football decides the result on Sunday.’