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By Walter Broeckx, the ref that jumps through hoops to find the truth
As a nice remembrance gesture PGMOL chief Mike Riley decided to give us the same ref that we had when we played Stoke last season and when that nice friendly boy decided to take a year away from Ramsey his career. Did ref Walton learn from last year?
Let us find out.
|1||6||OTHER||Foul on Pennant||C||1||1||1|
|2||6||OFFSIDE||Offside against Stoke||C||1||1||1|
|3||8||GOAL||Squilacci scores and I saw nothing wrong with that||C||1||3||3|
|4||12||OTHER||Foul from Bendtner – He gets a lecture||C||1||1||1|
|5||18||OTHER||Foul on Wilshere – advantage given||C||1||1||1|
|6||20||OTHER||Offside against Stoke||C||1||1||1|
|7||26||OTHER||Foul on Wilshere – advantage given||C||1||1||1|
|8||29||OFFSIDE||Offside against Stoke||C||1||1||1|
|9||34||OTHER||Foul on song not given||NC||0||0||1|
|10||36||OTHER||Foul on Arshavin not given||NC||0||0||1|
|11||36||OTHER||Foul on Djourou not given||NC||0||0||1|
|12||37||OFFSIDE||Offside against Arsenal||C||1||1||1|
|13||39||OTHER||Foul on Arshavin correct||C||1||1||1|
|14||40||OTHER||Foul from Squilacci||C||1||1||1|
|15||40||CARD||Squilacci gets a lecture. Never give 2 lectures in one game. After the first lecture you must take out a card||NC||0||0||2|
|16||42||OTHER||Foul on Walcott||C||1||1||1|
|17||42||CARD||Walter gets a yellow card for his cynical foul||C||1||2||2|
|18||45||OTHER||One minute extra time. Don’t know for what really||NC||0||0||1|
|19||47||OTHER||Foul on song not given||NC||0||0||1|
|20||48||OTHER||Foul on Djourou given by the assistant||C||1||1||1|
|21||48||CARD||That was a stupid and useless barge from Carew but the ref gives no card. A signal for Stoke?||NC||0||0||2|
|22||49||OTHER||Foul on Nasri when Arsenal is starting a counter – not given||NC||0||0||1|
|23||49||CARD||As this was the start of a counter a card can be given but as he gave no foul he gave no card||NC||0||1||2|
|24||49||OTHER||Foul on song not given||NC||0||0||1|
|25||50||OTHER||Foul on Sagna not given||NC||0||0||1|
|26||50||CARD||The tackle on Sagna was a frontal tackle studs showing and should have been a yellow card at least but the ref gives no foul and no card. A license to break? It looks as if the ref has lost it completly||NC||0||0||2|
|27||52||OTHER||Foul on Arshavin given. Well he can see it, can he||C||1||1||1|
|28||53||OFFSIDE||Offside against Stoke||C||1||1||1|
|29||54||OTHER||Foul from Clichy||C||1||1||1|
|30||55||CARD||Clichy gets the card and this is correct itself. But seen in the light of things in the second half this looks a bit silly||C||1||2||2|
|31||59||OTHER||Foul on song not given||NC||0||0||1|
|32||60||OTHER||Two footed tackle in Walcott nothing given||NC||0||0||1|
|33||62||OTHER||Foul on Song not given||NC||0||0||1|
|34||62||OTHER||Sagna then makes a foul and this is given. This is just a matter of giving the first foul ref. But the foul from Sagna was a foul so the decision on this is correct||C||1||1||1|
|35||63||OTHER||Arshavin escapes a Shawcross tackle advantage played||C||1||1||1|
|36||67||OTHER||Djourou playes the ball cleanly through the legs of Carew and the ref gives a foul? This is getting a bit ridiculous||NC||0||0||1|
|37||68||OFFSIDE||Offside against Stoke||C||1||1||1|
|38||68||OTHER||Walcott is fouled on the edge of the penalty area and again the ref who just penalised Djourou for playing the ball gives nothing? How can you explain this? It was a clear push and then he clipped his foot.||NC||0||0||1|
|39||68||CARD||Walcott was running towards goal ball at his feet at a position where he could have tried a shot so it was a promising attack and should have been given a card also. But yes you guessed it already. Nothing was given at all.||NC||0||0||2|
|40||73||OTHER||Foul on Bendtner and oh my God it is given||C||1||1||1|
|41||77||OFFSIDE||Offisde against Arsenal||C||1||1||1|
|42||79||OTHER||Foul against Sagna given||C||1||1||1|
|43||81||OFFSIDE||Offside against Stoke||C||1||1||1|
|44||82||OFFSIDE||Offside against Stoke||C||1||1||1|
|45||84||OTHER||Foul on Denilson not given||NC||0||0||1|
|46||84||OTHER||Foul on Chamakh given||C||1||1||1|
|47||84||CARD||It was a late and needless challenge on Chamakh and a card was given.||C||1||2||2|
|48||86||OFFSIDE||Offside against Arsenal||C||1||1||1|
|49||88||OTHER||Foul from Denilson not given||NC||0||0||1|
|50||89||OTHER||Foul from Denilson given||C||1||1||1|
|51||93||OTHER||Foul on Arshavin not given||NC||0||0||1|
|52||93||OTHER||Foul on Song given||C||1||1||1|
|53||95||OTHER||Foul from Sagna given||C||1||1||1|
|54||95||OTHER||Extra extra extra time as the ref allows another long throw after the already big 5 minutes given||NC||0||0||1|
So yes we won the game but the way the ref let things get out of control in the second half was really poor. From the moment he didn’t take action against Carew when he barged needlessly in to Djourou the Stoke players knew they could do what they want.
The ref gave no protection to our players who could only jump out of the way when some poor challenges where made.
The Delap tackle was a low from the ref. When you come in like that you must give a foul and it doesn’t matter when you play the ball or not. The way he let play continue when the foul was made on Walcott is well…er… almost impossible to believe.
In fact this is all getting too stupid for words anymore. Instead of sitting here celebrating the fact that we won 3 points and we are one point behind the leader I sit here feeling very unhappy with the way the games are done by the refs. And it is going down the hill more and more and more.
Last year the kicking brigade was at us and we got no protection from the refs. I really really begin to feel scared once again. So just for the sake of humanity I ask the refs to please get their act together so we don’t have to witness another Arsenal player losing a year of his career and being brought to hospital with his foot or leg hanging off the rest of his body. I really don’t know if I can stand it once more.
It is the negligence of the refs that allows thugs to break peoples legs. It is the negligence of the PGMOL to not instruct their refs to be sharper and give protection to the players. In fact come to think of it, maybe Shawcross is that soft little boy who loves his mummy oh so much. The real responsible people are out of sight for most of us. Time to call on them and highlight their part in the crippling of Arsenal AND OTHER players!