Background: Initially Untold Arsenal started to publish referee reviews of Arsenal matches, and through this we found some evidence of what appeared to be consistent bias by referees against Arsenal. The point was then made we would get a better overall picture of what is going on if we also analysed errors made by referees in non-Arsenal EPL games as well.
This site records our findings. A summary of our position from the point of view of evidence is given here. There are links to our central sites on ref reviews and on corruption in football here…
Everton v Liverpool By Ref Reviewer 04
The Mersey side derby had Ref Atkinson in charge. Did he had a big influence on the game? Only one way to find out: read further.
|2||OTHER||Kelly||Cahill||C||Push in the back||1||1|
|5||OTHER||Cahill||Carragher||C||Push in the back||1||1|
|6||OTHER||Kelly||Cahill||NC||Push in the back||0||0|
|6||OTHER||Rodwell||L?||NC||Ball and man. Fouls all around in the opening stages||0||0|
|9||OTHER||Kuyt||Jagielka||NC||Push in the back of the defender not given which results in a chance for Liverpool||0||0|
|21||OTHER||Lucas||Saha||C||Little kick on the ankle||1||1|
|23||RED||Rodwell||NC||Rodwell came in with his foot sliding on the floor. It was worthy of a yellow but the studs were not showing to the opponent. It was a red card||0||0|
|29||OTHER||Skrtel||Saha||C||Push in the back||1||1|
|34||OTHER||Osman||Carragher||C||Push but advantage given no other Everton player near the ball||1||1|
|37||OTHER||Fellaini||Lucas||C||Came to late and cought the Liverpool player||1||1|
|40||OTHER||Adam||Osman||C||Caught him on the ankle||1||1|
|43||PENALTY||Jagielka||Suarez||C||Caught his standing leg||1||3|
|45||OTHER||Hibbert||Adam||C||Advantage given. Suarez looked in a promising situation||1||1|
|50||OTHER||Lucas||Saha||C||Tackle from the side caught the leg||1||1|
|56||OTHER||Downing||Coleman||NC||push in the back||0||0|
|56||OTHER||Coleman||Downing||NC||Coleman was holding Downing but the ref should give the first foul||0||0|
|57||OTHER||Kuyt||Drenthe||C||push in the back||1||1|
|62||OTHER||Cahill||Downing||C||push in the back||1||1|
|78||OTHER||Saha||Carragher||NC||Jumped in the back||1||1|
|80||OTHER||Skrtel||Velios||NC||Skrtel is tugging the shirt of Velios until they enter the penalty area. Nothing given by the ref||0||0|
|82||GOAL||Liverpool||NC||Suarez is innitially blocked by Baines. Suarez then pushes Baines in the back and Baines and Distin collide. Distin scufs his clearance in the chest of Suarez who just has to sidefoot the ball in the goal. Pusing a defender in the back is a foul.||0||0|
|85||OTHER||Suarez||Jagielka||NC||Encouraged by the fact that the ref did not blow his first push the striker does it again but this time the Everton keeper can claim the ball||0||0|
|85||YELLOW||Suarez||NC||This was such a clear push and so unnecessary it should be punished with a yellow card. The ref does nothing.||0||0|
|85||OTHER||Lucas||Drenthe||C||Cynical foul as Drenthe goes past him||1||1|
|85||YELLOW||Lucas||NC||Cynical fouls like this should be punished with a yellow card. Nothing given. Would have been his second||0||0|
|87||OTHER||Carroll||Howard||NC||Carroll gives Caroll a push when the keeper tries to clear a high looping ball. The ref gives a corner. Much to the amazement of Carroll who immediatley appologised for his push.||0||0|
|90||OTHER||Kelly?||Velios||NC||Jump in the back identical to the foul from Saha on Carragher in min 78. Not given||0||0|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Everton||11||36,67%|
|Total correct calls||30|
|Wrong calls||Against Everton||12||92,31%|
People who have been reading Untold for a while know that I have explained when a frontal tackle should be a red card. Well this was an example when you don’t have to give a red card. Rodwell came in frontal so certainly and always a foul. But he had his foot only brief with studs showing to Suarez when he played the ball. At that time there was around 1 meter between both players. Rodwell then brought his foot down on the pitch but did slid further with a foot with no studs showing anymore in to Suarez. Certainly a foul, certainly a yellow card. But not a red card. The turning point of the game?
Als notice the second Liverpool goal. Where Suarez pushed Baines in the back with both arms. The most amazing part of the game was right after that when Suarez encouraged by the ref gave another even clearer push, this time on Jagielka, that also went unpunished. Truly, truly amazing.
And as amazing as this unpunished push we also have another very strange number of wrong calls. 13 wrong calls is not that amazing anymore for people following the ref reviews but that they went almost all in favour of the visiting team in a derby game. Well that is rather amazing I think.
So a very poor score for the ref. Certainly in the second half
Important notice: All referee reviews on Untold Arsenal are written on the basis of television coverage. It should be noted that from time to time some TV channels choose not to show an incident involving the referee (preferring for example to show a replay instead). This can lead to our reviewer missing something that would have been spotted by the crowd. We’re sorry this happens, but really can’t find any way around this at present.
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