Lee Mason has reportedly been stood down from Premier League action this weekend following a number of errors.

Mason, along with Mike Dean, has been at the centre of controversy for two red cards that were subsequently overturned.

Lee Mason will not referee any games this weekend

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Lee Mason will not referee any games this weekend

Mason was the VAR official in both games where Dean controversially sent off players.

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek was given his marching orders during the Saints’ 9-0 demolition to Manchester United.

Last weekend, West Ham’s Tomas Soucek was shown a red for an accidental elbow on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Both red cards were later rescinded with the officials coming in for plenty of criticism as frustrations with VAR boiled over.

Mason and Dean were also involved in the controversial decisions when Aston Villa took on Southampton where they failed to give award a penalty following a Matty Cash handball.

Mike Dean and Lee Mason decided to send Tomas Soucek off

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Mike Dean and Lee Mason decided to send Tomas Soucek off

The Times report that Mason has been ‘taken out of the firing line’ and will not referee or be a video assistant referee in the next round of fixtures.

Dean has also requested a rest from officiating this weekend having subjected to sickening abuse on social media where he and his family have received death threats.

While fans and even West Ham boss David Moyes vented their frustration at the decision, West Ham star Soucek made a statement in support of Dean, as the player condemned the hate aimed at the referee over the decision to send him off.

“Whatever decisions are made on the pitch should stay on the pitch,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I don’t like hearing about it interfering with personal life and I send Mike Dean and his family my support.

“There is no place for abuse of any kind. It is in the past and I’m now focused on the rest of the season.”


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