Premier League referee Mike Dean has earned himself a reputation as something of a cult hero among football fans in recent years.
This is the man who once celebrated his own decision to signal 'advantage' instead of whistling for a free-kick because it meant the game could continue and resulted in a goal.
👏 Mike Dean's season...— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 13, 2019
- December 2018: Told Lewis Dunk to leave the pitch with "off you pop!"
- January 2019: Broke Pochettino at Turf Moor
- April 2019: Became the first referee to reach 100 Red Cards
- May 2019: Went mental as Tranmere reach the Playoff final!
It's also things like saying, 'Off you pop', when showing a red card, and playing the comedian by hiding Sergio Aguero's hat-trick ball up his shirt.
He has now gone viral away from the Premier League stage, with the most unmistakable and pure 'Mike Dean' moment.
The 50-year-old hails from the Wirral borough in Merseyside and is a supporter of local League Two club Tranmere Rovers. He was in attendance on Monday night as his team prevailed over Forest Green in their playoff semi-final and the television cameras captured his reaction in all its glory.
The fist pumping was...something else, so 'Mike Dean' that he would be proud.
I just don’t buy that Mike Dean would do this after 19 seasons of patient characterisation. The writers have let us all down.— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) May 13, 2019
Tranmere, who only returned to the Football League (EFL) in 2018 after three seasons at non-league level, will now face Newport County in the playoff final for a place in League One.