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Under fire Dean to referee televised FA Cup game

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Mike Dean will referee Sunday's televised FA Cup third-round tie between Tottenham and Aston Villa - despite recent criticism of his performances.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic questioned Dean's decision to send off Sofiane Feghouli in his side's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United on Monday.

It was the fifth red card Dean has shown in 15 matches this season.

The Hammers are appealing against Feghouli's dismissal.

Dean sent off the French midfielder after just 15 minutes following his collision with Phil Jones, but Bilic felt the United defender had committed the more dangerous tackle.

The dismissal was the 25th by Dean since the start of the 2013-14 season - the highest number by any current Premier League referee in that period.

Writing in The Times,