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Which referees are fit to referee in the Premier League? We reveal the awful truth.

 

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By Walter Broeckx

As was asked by a reader I will give you the league table of all the refs and their points so far after 83 games reviewed. I also included the number of games we have reviewed the ref. Because a ref that has been reviewed only once is very difficult to judge completely or to draw any conclusions.

I will give you 4 league tables and the first one is the overall decisions. This means any decision on the field and just judged if it was correct or not.

The second one is where we give weight to the decisions.

The last one is what I think one of the most important ones as it is about the important decisions.

Just to explain this final point, the important decisions are goals, penalties, yellow and red cards and decisions that have lead to those decisions, such as calling a foul and then handing out the red card. Because it is two different decisions that a ref has to make: is it a foul? Yes/no and the second decisions: is it a red card? Yes/no.

So here we go.

 

Overall score after 83 games
Nr. Ref score % Games

1

Moss

86,67

1

2

Oliver

82,30

4

3

Dowd

81,46

8

4

Jones

78,44

6

5

Atkinson

73,53

6

6

Clattenburg

73,53

6

7

Friend

72,99

4

8

Dean

72,60

9

9

Webb

72,51

10

10

Marinner

70,39

4

11

Halsey

69,32

4

12

Foy

69,01

3

13

Atwell

68,84

3

14

Taylor

68,73

2

15

Mason

64,53

3

16

Probert

63,36

5

17

Walton

62,24

5

 

And in first place we have ref Moss who was only reviewed in one game so far this season when by the time this table was created. So good for him that he has had such a score but I will leave him out of my review as it could have been a lucky game for the ref.

Ref Oliver has a very good score and yes I can’t help it but Dowd also has a score of +80%. This means that he has 8 out of 10 calls correct in fact.

Regular readers will know that the line you cannot cross is the 70% line. Above is good, under is bad. So of the 17 refs in our review system so far 10 have a score higher than 70%. And 7 refs would have been open for demoting in other countries in the world based on the overall decisions.  Somehow however, the Premier League referees work to different rules from everyone else.

Now let us try to give some weight to the decisions and see how things stand then.

 

Score after 83 games
Weigth
Nr. Name score games

1

Moss

84,7

1

2

Oliver

79

4

3

Dowd

78,5

8

4

Jones

77

6

5

Friend

73,6

4

6

Dean

73,4

9

7

Clattenburg

72,3

6

8

Atwell

71,6

3

9

Webb

70,9

10

10

Atkinson

70,6

6

11

Marinner

69,2

4

12

Halsey

67,8

4

13

Taylor

66,2

2

14

Probert

65,8

5

15

Mason

65,2

3

16

Foy

64,8

3

17

Walton

62,4

5

 

Again ref Moss is in first place and the rest of the refs are in a very similar position.. But when we compare things we see that the score is mostly lower for all the refs involved.  Only Friend, Dien, Atwell and Probert get a higher score when we give weight to the decisions.

But now we come to what I think is the most important table: how do the referees score when we just look at the important decisions? And this is what has the most influence on the final score (even though one can argue about that) as this is the most visible on the final score of the game.

 

Important decisions after 83 games
Nr. Ref Score % Games

1

Moss

86,67

1

2

Dowd

76,25

8

3

Jones

74,66

6

4

Dean

71,45

9

5

Friend

71,07

4

6

Oliver

68,55

4

7

Webb

68,28

10

8

Clattenburg

65,89

6

9

Halsey

63,75

4

10

Walton

61,14

5

11

Marinner

59,40

4

12

Probert

59,04

5

13

Atkinson

58,60

6

14

Foy

57,66

3

15

Mason

56,88

3

16

Taylor

56,67

2

17

Atwell

56,25

3

 

Again Moss is in first place (again of course with only one game reviewed so far) and Dowd is also near the top. In fact he moves up one place compared to the other tables. So this means that when it comes to the important decisions he has done better compared to the other refs than his foul calling in the middle of the field.

Now if we again take a look at the 70% mark we can see that only 5 (five!!) refs out of the 17 get a score of +70%. The other 12 are below that and some even well below this.  The only refs that manage to get a total score of +70 % are Moss, Dowd, Jones, Dean and Friend. There are two names in those 5 that I really don’t like but the reviews are what they are and when they done good we will give them the points they deserve.

Of course this doesn’t mean all their game were good. No it just means that in all the games we reviewed they have had that  total score. But I can show you games in which they didn’t perform at all.

And at the bottom of this table you see the just demoted ref Stuart Atwell. So in a way it is nice to see that the findings of our ref reviewers are in fact in tune with the findings of the people who do the reviews of the PGMO and at least one point. The biggest difference is that I don’t think over here at PURR (or Professional Untold Ref Reviewer) we would accept such scores for longer than half a season.

To finish it I also give you the table that combines the other 3 tables.  And this is what you could call the final score of the refs after 83 games. The final EPL referee table.

Enjoy the search for your favourite or most disliked ref.

 

Average score after 83 games
Nr, Ref Score % Games

1

Moss

86,04

1

2

Dowd

78,77

8

3

Jones

76,70

6

4

Oliver

76,63

4

5

Clattenburg

73,74

6

6

Friend

72,65

4

7

Dean

72,49

9

8

Atkinson

70,38

6

9

Webb

70,30

10

10

Marinner

70,12

4

11

Halsey

66,96

4

12

Atwell

65,59

3

13

Foy

65,04

3

14

Taylor

63,89

2

15

Probert

62,74

5

16

Mason

62,20

3

17

Walton

60,17

5

 

And when we count all and everything we see that 10 refs out of the 17 reviewed get an average score of +70%. They can stay. The others…should follow Atwell.

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28 comments to Which referees are fit to referee in the Premier League? We reveal the awful truth.

  • bjb

    referee seem to love man u more then other teams

  • walter

    About the appointment from Dean for our next game:
    The sad thing about Dean is that he could be a good ref.

    The way I have had the chance to keep an eye on him in the last 2 years is that Dean is a very very clever person.
    He is a person that knows who to please when. It is a gift some persons have and he has build a career this way.
    It is clear to see when he has changed in to the bias referee he is now if you look at him over the years. It came when Riley was appointed to head of the PGMO.

    His well documented love affair with Harry Redknapp done by Dofgace is another evidence of Dean being a smart and a Machiavellian person. He knew that Redknapp was someone to please and has done so on many occasions.

  • Mandy dodd

    Just looking at refs in recent league games against them, dean two in a row at the weekend, dowd before that when we lost at home, and Atkinson when we drew threes, and arsenal were neck and neck with this refs beloved Chelsea at the end of last season.
    Smell a rat?
    This club is being systematically undermined as we know, from the media, refs, and god knows who else. As posted recently on this site, may not even just be about wenger, this is about our club. I believe there is a big European league coming, with limited places up for grabs, and guess what, not only are we not invited, some want to make sure we have no chance of forcing our way in, just incase. Unfortunately, some so called fans are buying into this, and they will do so even more if we lose at the weekend.that is part of the plan. This club are being attacked from the outside, and from within. The players and manager must know what is going on, it must be so difficult for them to perform in this environment. Henry on departing said the team need support like never before.
    Maybe the AAA have a point and we need the dark arts of usmanov, dein and someone like Jose to realistically combat this? I don’t believe the likes of wenger, hill wood or Ivan stand a chance against some of these forces, and that is to their credit.

  • DC

    @Walter,
    The only possible saving grace about Dean’s appointment against the Spuds, is that we are playing at home. We must back the team fully and very vocally so that he is pressurised into perform fairly; if he wants to leave the Emirates and be able to return in peace!

  • WalterBroeckx

    DC, sorry Dean is too “good” in this. He can handle it. he knows he has the support in the right places. He has the best connections and can get away with murder if he wants to.

    Of course the Arsenal fans signing from the first minute that the PL is fixed could be invaluable.

    It’s a bloody fucking disgrace that we only had 3 EPL games in between two matches with Dean in charge. The last Dean game was MU and after that we only had Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland and now Dean again. This is so shocking.

    Oh and watch my words the next game at Liverpool we will have Dowd.

  • DC

    @Walter,
    It’s all just a pile of shit now the quality of the officiating and what the PGMO blatantly keep doing to try to shaft us! All we can do is give the lads our full support both home and away till the end of the season! It’s sickening how you know the outcome is not entirely in your own hands!

  • Mandy dodd

    Guess it will all come out one day in wengers book

  • Doublegooner

    Mandy:

    Perhaps Wenger will also explain in his book,why he signed so much shit & continually rewarded them.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Doublegooner, maybe you could write a book and tell us how you could have done better.

    Why did Chelsea buy a shit player like Torres? Why did Liverpool buy a shit player like Carroll? You could answer those questions also in your book.

    The two of them alone cost as much as Wenger has spend in the last 6 seasons. And what have both of them won?

    I suppose you were shouting out “why didn’t we buy Torres or Carroll” at the time Pool and Chelsea got them.
    Nobody can now who will be shit when you buy a player or not. Wenger can’t but you surely cannot. Maybe on fifa 12 or whatever the game is called?

  • MK

    When you get time would you be able to do a table of which refs get the closest to a 50-50 split on the calls they do get wrong?

    This might show who the more honest/unbiased refs are and I’d guess it might be a bit different than the above tables?

    Probably would need to do a weighted/unweighted table as per the above, but I imagine it would be quite interesting.

    Another figure that might be of interest is a list of the favored and unfavored teams by ref when the wrong calls exceed the 60-40 home advantage that one would expect in an ‘evenly’ refereed game.

  • DC

    Walter,
    Do you happen to know how Dein has performed against us when we play at the Ems?

  • bjtgooner

    @Doublegooner

    I see the AAA have let you out again. Don’t forget you have some explaining to do.

  • DC

    I’m going to start a new chant on Sunday if Dein has a shocker; and continue it for every match until the end of the season! It’ll go as follows:
    “The premier league is fixed! The referees are shit”!

  • Kentetsu

    Table 1 – overall decisions: Moss scores 86.67.
    Table 3 – important decisions: Moss scores 86.67.

    Table 1: Atkinson scores 73.53.
    Table 2: Clattenburg scores 73.53.

    Coincidence or typos?

  • Walter

    DC,
    Last games at the Emirates I remember with Dean was all defeats 0-1 against Newcastle, 1-1 against Fulham, 1-2 against Utd….

  • Walter

    Kentetsu,
    unless the calculator of my computer is somewhat wrong it is a coincidence.
    The Moss numbers are only of one game so very difficult to actually judge.

  • Strus

    I hope at the end of the season there will be article about team bias: overall for/against decision , overall for/against important decisions in overall number of games etc.

  • Anne

    @Kentetsu:

    I’d be interested to know whether the Dein numbers come down to coincidence, or typos, or something else.

  • Kentetsu

    @Anne:

    I guess Dean’s scores are higher than many of us expected because he has been reviewed many (9) times already. I assume that for a number of those games he did not need to influence the outcame of the match and performed well, bringing up his average score. I have not confirmed this by going through the ref reviews, but I can imagine someting like this is keeping his score up.

    Incidentally, I would say a ref who consistently performs well, but had one or two matches where his performance dropped considerably is more suspicious than a ref who consistently underperforms. The latter can be attributed to the ref just being incapable for his job; the former raises an eyebrow or two.

  • Anne

    @DC:

    Why do you keep spelling “Dean” as “Dein?” 🙂

  • Kentetsu

    Ok, I had a look at all the ref reviews involving Dean and his weighted scores (I used weighted scores for no particular reason) are as follows:

    Man United – Blackburn (2-3) 77.97
    Arsenal – Man United (1-2) 79.41
    Tottenham – Sunderland (1-0) 66.10
    Man City – Stoke (3-0) 68.09
    Newcastle – Chelsea (0-3) 73.33
    Blackburn – Chelsea (0-1) 74.14
    Arsenal – Fulham (1-1) 54.32
    Tottenham – Arsenal (2-1) 66.67
    Chelsea – Swansea (4-1) 83.08

    You will notice that Dean’s score generally floats around the 70 mark, while a score of around the 80 mark is also a regular concurrence. You could say that a score roughly within the 70 – 80 range is to be expected from Dean. Then the only score that really stands out from this is the 54.32 for the match Arsenal – Fulham…

  • Mandy dodd

    One of the issues is just how good moss is……..he’ll learn……

  • Tasos

    Walter

    Although Neil Swarbrick has only a single appearance in Arsenal games this season, you left him out of calculations in the ref’s chart.

    For those interested in how Mike Dean has performed, in general terms, for all teams over the seasons, here’s a link.

    http://www.soccerbase.com/referees/referee.sd?referee_id=135&season_id=141

  • WalterBroeckx

    Tasos,
    I know because I am running a bit behind and still had to include him in the total numbers.

  • pranav

    What are the numbers for Dowd in arsenal matches?He was responsible for both the draws at sunderland and newcastle last year.Oh and i noticed quite a bit of criticism for the ref in the 0-0 arsenal bolton game.due you have individual match scores?

  • DC

    @Walter,
    That’s just very depressing! My chant will definitely now be something I publicise at the Ems.

    @Anne,
    I spell it like that because I am still in a deep mourning phase! 🙁

  • Rhys Jaggar

    So you would trash someone’s refereeing career based on 3 – 5 performances?

    Seems a bit premature……

    Do 20 matches per referee and then evaluate.

    That’s fair. That’s professional.

  • Micko

    @ Mandy Dodd
    “Maybe the AAA have a point and we need the dark arts of usmanov, dein and someone like Jose to realistically combat this? I don’t believe the likes of wenger, hill wood or Ivan stand a chance against some of these forces, and that is to their credit”
    I tend to agree with you on this as it would be great to see Jose Mourhino’s reactions to all these decisions constantly going against us. But then after a couple of months I know his constant lying and cheating would really get on my nerves. Maybe we could get him as a caretaker manager for a couple of months so that we could watch him tearing his hair out on the touchlines as yet another dodgy decision goes against us !
    Dean’s gonna shaft us again on Saturday.