By Ref Reviewer 04
Sit down and relax (if you can) for a long ref review. Ref Probert did the game Fulham-Arsenal.
Before you start reading a warning: this review is based on the images shown from the live screening. And as our regular readers now we only change the call of the ref when we are 100% sure. If any doubt we have to agree with the decision on the field. Read and shiver.
|9||OTHER||Sidwell||Arteta||NC||Tackle from behind got ball and man, always a foul||0||0|
|10||OTHER||Hangeland||Ramsey||NC||Caught his leg under the nose of the ref, nothing signalled. Foul on defender, no advantage ref||0||0|
|11||OTHER||Song||Dembele||C||Tackle from behind got ball and man, always a foul||1||1|
|12||OTHER||?||Song||NC||Song played the ball upfield where RVP had a bit of a run. Song was touched a bit, ref calls the ball back in the Arsenal half for a foul||0||0|
|13||PENALTY||Senderos||Gervinho||NC||Senderos catches the ankle of Gervinho who goes past him and would have a shot on goal from 4 meters out. Ref looked the other way||0||0|
|13||YELLOW||Senderos||NC||One could argue for a red card as Gervinho would have been one on one with the keeper but there was another defender trying to close down||0||0|
|13||OTHER||Song||Ruiz||C||Little contact on the ankle foul given to Fulham||1||1|
|14||OTHER||Coquelin||?||C||Touched him at the ankle, player was in front||1||1|
|19||OTHER||Song||Dembele||NC||Dembele trips himself||0||0|
|19||OTHER||Zamora||Koscielny||C||Tackle from behind, assistant signals the foul||1||1|
|24||OTHER||Kelly||Gervinho||NC||Kelly swings his hips and catches Gervinho when he goes past him. Ref signals again nothing||0||0|
|25||OTHER||NC||Ref gets in the way and blocks a pass from Hangeland to Riise. Poor positioning||0||0|
|25||OTHER||Song||Hangeland||NC||Ball bounces back to Hangeland who has some troubles to control it. Song kicks the ball to RVP who wants to start a dangerous Arsenal attack. Ref invents a foul to stop Arsenal||0||0|
|27||OTHER||Fulham?||Szczesny||NC||Fulham player backs in to the keeper but he manages to catch the cross||0||0|
|30||OTHER||Fulham?||Ramsey||C||No replay assistant who is close signalled the foul, ref followed his assistant||1||1|
|33||OTHER||NC||Song slides the ball for a corner, assistant gives it to Arsenal||0||0|
|36||OTHER||Zamora||Koscielny||NC||Push just before he wants to clear the ball not given||0||0|
|38||OTHER||Riisse||Walcott||NC||Jumped in his back leading with the arm not given.||0||0|
|39||OTHER||Fulham?||Walcott||C||Little pull advantage given||1||1|
|41||OTHER||Riisse||Djourou||NC||Riise goes down and sits on the ball and makes it unplayable and brings himself in danger, ref does nothing||0||0|
|41||OTHER||Riisse||Djourou||NC||Djourou gets the ball from under the body of Riise and goes past Riisse who makes a tackle from behind and clamps the leg of Djourou. Ref does nothing||0||0|
|41||OTHER||Fulham?||Djourou||NC||Djourou again gets up and plays the ball and is caught late by a Fulham player and again…Ref does nothing. Fulham creat a chance because of this||0||0|
|41||YELLOW||Riisse||NC||Tackle from behind clamping the legs of the opponent is dangerous for injuries||0||0|
|44||OTHER||Song||Hangeland||NC||Little nudge not given. Hangeland lost control of the ball||0||0|
|45||OTHER||Senderos||Walcott||NC||Walcott has to jump to save his leg, ref does nothing||0||0|
|53||YELLOW||Murphy||NC||Deliberate foul breaking up an attack, came late and took the man||0||0|
|58||PENALTY||Senderos||Van Persie||C||I had the impression that Senderos pushed RVP against Kelly who made no foul. But as I had no good replay I must stick to the ref his decision who gave nothing||1||3|
|59||OTHER||Song||C||Song gets a word from the ref. I think the ref told him he made to many imaginary fouls up to then||1||1|
|61||OTHER||Riisse||Walcott||NC||Riisse pushes Walcott in the back with both hands and ref gives nothing||0||0|
|63||OTHER||Djourou||Dembele||C||Tackle from behind||1||1|
|63||YELLOW||Djourou||C||Tackle from behind is a yellow card but where is the consistency ref? Riisse in the first half?||1||2|
|67||OTHER||Dempsey||Mertesacker||NC||Climbed in his neck and held him to the ground||0||0|
|67||OTHER||Dempsey||NC||Dempsey handles the ball, assistant has seen it and signals the foul against Fulham. Ref points a foul against Arsenal???||0||0|
|67||OTHER||C||I think the assistant said something in his ear and so he had to come back to his decision.||1||1|
|74||OTHER||Rosicky||Frei||NC||Rosicky touched him with his hand on the shoulder, ref gives a foul. It’s not illegal to touch someone and in this case he clearly didn’t push him.||0||0|
|78||OTHER||Djourou||Zamora||C||Zamora felt the defender and went down very easy. But as I have no conclusive evidence of the opposite I have to stick to the refs decision on the field. Compare to the not given push on Walcott in min 61 and it looks ridiculous||1||1|
|78||YELLOW||Djourou||C||second yellow. If he gave the foul he was entitled to give a second yellow as it was a promising attack.||1||2|
|82||OTHER||Hangeland||RVP||NC||Push not given||0||0|
|85||GOAL||Fulham||C||correct goal. An Arsenal player interfered the keeper||1||3|
|89||OFFSIDE||Fulham||NC||Not offside but Mertesacker had it covered||0||0|
|89||OTHER||Sidwell||RVP||NC||Kick from behind not given||0||0|
|90||OTHER||RVP||Senderos||C||Pulled his shirt, could not see a foul from Senderos first because of the bad camera angle||1||1|
|93||OTHER||NC||Celebration takes 55 seconds of the 3 minutes added on. Ref clearly doesn’t tell the players to get on with it||0||0|
|94||OTHER||NC||Fulham player kicks the ball in the crowd who doesn’t give it back for 30 seconds.||0||0|
|94||OTHER||NC||Refs brings the game to an end and only allowes some 40 second when 1,5 min is lost and gives nothting for the time wasting of the crowd||0||0|
|Correct calls||For Fulham||15||60,00%|
|Total correct calls||25|
|Wrong calls||Favour Fulham||23||85,19%|
|Total fouls made by||Fulham||25||67,57%|
|Important W/C against||Fulham||0||0,00%|
Where to start? The ref was totally shocking in treating both teams in a different way. This was shown in some strange decisions at times. If I manage to load the videos without overloading the server I will try to show some examples in another article. For now I will try to describe a few of the key incidents in which the ref showed his one sided view on things.
The penalty. Contact was made and it took the standing leg of Gervinho away. I had the impression Gervinho knew he wouldn’t get a penalty and tried to stay on his feet too much in fact. I’ve lost count but from the back of my head this is the 5th not given penalty for Arsenal in the last 4 games I think. So we are getting used to this and let us move to the next bizarre event.
Min 25: The ref gets in the way when Hangeland tries to pass the ball to Riise. The ball bounces back to Hangeland who cannot control it. Song nicks the ball away to RVP who had only Senderos in front of him and the upcoming Walcott to his right. A simple pass and Walcott would be in on goal. The ref then invents a foul on Hangeland and stops play. He then stands there in a pose showing: “I can do what I want to stop you”. Even my match commentator at the time said something in the style that this was pure compensation from the ref because he had been in the way of the Fulham players. But as a ref this is bad luck you are not allowed to stop play when you stood in the way. But after seeing the whole game nothing surprises you of this ref. A goal scoring opportunity taken away from Arsenal by the incompetence of the ref. But there was more in that first half. Move on.
Min 41: I have never seen (not that I can remember anyway) make 3 fouls on one player in the space of 6 seconds and nothing been given. Riise broke the laws twice and another Fulham player made the third foul on Djourou and still nothing was given. And it was 3 clear infringements. The second foul Riise made on Djourou was a tackle from behind clamping his legs and should have resulted in a yellow card. The third tackle was a late challenge and again could have been a booking. In fact come to think of it, it should have been one. And yet this ref who was standing a few meters away managed to pretend nothing was wrong at all.
Then we enter the second half and before I come to the main talking points I want to draw your attention to another example of how he treated both teams totally different. Min 61 and min 74. Walcott tries to shield the ball out. Riise comes in from behind and pushes him with both hands in his back. Walcott ends up almost in the 7th row in the stands and the ref does nothing. Actually he was rather good in doing nothing at all during the 90 minutes. But when Rosicky later on for a split second put his hand on the shoulder of Frei he gave a foul. There was no push, no pull. Rosicky might have thought about making a foul but he clearly did all he could to not make a foul in fact. And as far as I know you can touch another player. You may not push or pull him but just making contact is not a foul. The only difference once again between the two incidents was the team that gained advantage from both incidents. Both time Fulham was that team but I think this is not a surprise anymore.
Min 67. Dempsey handles the ball and this bounces on to the shoulder of Djourou. Probert does… Yeah nothing. The assistant takes his responsibility and signals the foul and points in the direction of the Fulham goal to indicate the direction to whom the free kick should be given. But Probert in his eagerness to help Fulham immediately gives a free kick to Fulham. This incident once again showed that he was a man with a mission and that mission was to help Fulham in any possible way. He then had to revert his decision because I think the linesman told him in his ear peace what an idiot he was. Well I would tell this to my ref if he would act like that when I was the assistant. This ref clearly gave a foul on the buzzer (the assistant has a buzzer in his flag that activates a buzzer around the arm of the ref) and didn’t even bother to look at the linesman. If there was a foul it should be given against Arsenal.
Let us move on to Djourou. And the fact that we have to stick with the ruling on the field unless we can prove something else. There was contact between Djourou and Zamora. Zamora went down knowing he had Djourou just behind him and by now he knew how the ref was doing his “Italian Job”. But as I cannot exclude a foul I had to give the ref the benefit of the doubt in his points. After seeing the whole game and seeing how he operated I can say that I think he had been waiting for a chance to send Djourou off. The way he handled Djourou in the first half was amazing and somehow I could feel that he would take Djourou out when he could. Zamora played for it and got what he wanted. But again I cannot but give him the benefit of the doubt. But what would have been his call if it would have been Gervinho and Senderos running like that? Yeah, I think you can predict the outcome: he would have done….nothing.
About the wrestling contest between RVP and Senderos-Hangeland I had to stay away from this. Because no replays where shown so I could not be 100% sure of what exactly happened but I had the impression that Senderos and Hangeland had a free ride in doing what they wanted to do. So again the short comings of not being able to have control of the camera was evident on this.
For those who are interested in what his result would have been if I could have proven that Djourou made no foul his second half score would have dropped from 75% to 50% on the important decisions in the second half. And his overall score would have been a shamefully 31% over all the game.
And just take a look at the number of wrong calls made… shocking once again this ref made more wrong decisions than correct decisions and is it any surprise that the big majority was against Arsenal?