Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins revealed his surprise that Mike Dean will referee the Welsh derby at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, Sky
The 45-year-old official took charge of the South Wales derby at Ninian Park in 2009 and gave Cardiff a controversial penalty in added time with the Swans leading 2-1.
Current Swansea captain Ashley Williams was adjudged to have brought down Bluebirds striker Ross McCormack, now with Leeds, and Dean awarded a spot kick that was duly converted to grab a point for the home side. Ahead of the first Welsh derby to take place in the Premier League, Jenkins is hoping that the match will not have the same outcome again.
He said: “I was surprised to see that Mike Dean had been appointed for this particular game. 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.”
Jenkins is hoping that the Swans can beat their rivals and secure bragging rights on Sunday but he insists a higher placed finish than their neighbours is the goal for the season. He added: “We’re all really looking forward to the game – that would be the case whatever division we were in. It’s fantastic for the two clubs, and for Welsh football, that we are playing against each other in the Premier League.
“I think it’s fair to say that neither set of supporters would have dreamed of that happening a few years ago. But there is always the view that whatever the result is on Sunday, it’s not really going to affect our season or theirs.
“We all know what it means to the fans, but it’s common sense to me that the bigger thing is to finish above them. Some people might disagree, but I think the majority of fans at both clubs will first of all want their team to stay up and second to finish above the other Welsh club.”
The Swans currently lie ninth in the table, seven places ahead of Cardiff, but just two points separate them as they go into the derby this weekend.
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