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Mike Dean tonight refused to explain his decision to award one of the most controversial goals of the season after it handed Tottenham another comeback victory and Mark Hughes his first Premier League defeat as Fulham boss.

Referee Dean allowed Tom Huddlestone’s 63rd-minute winner to stand at Craven Cottage this afternoon after assistant Martin Yerby had initially flagged William Gallas offside.

The call infuriated the Fulham fans and Hughes, who sought a meeting with Dean after the match only to be told the official had already left the ground. That was after the referee turned down an interview request from the media to allow him to clarify his position over the goal, which he awarded following protests from Spurs and a brief summit with Yerby.