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Today’s referee is Mike Dean – Much has been said about Dean before the game. Now let us take a look at one of the most weird ref performances from Dean.
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mike Dean (2012-02-26)|
|2||OTHER||Song||Modric||C||Good advantage given||1|
|9||PENALTY||Gibbs||NC||Walker didn’t play the ball and caught the leg of Gibbs, should have been a penalty||3|
|15||OTHER||NC||Ref only gave a signal after the ball was taken quickly, ball was not taken on the place of the foul||1|
|29||OTHER||Song||Parker||NC||Trip not given||1|
|27||OTHER||Walker||Benayoun||NC||Push not given||1|
|29||OTHER||Song||Walker||NC||Trip not given||1|
|30||OTHER||Parker||RVP||C||Came in frontal, always a foul.||1|
|30||YELLOW||Parker||C||Dangerous tackle, correct||2|
|30||YELLOW||Modric||C||I think for dissent but as nothing was shown we have to five the ref the benefit of the doubt. I have heard later on he would have kicked the ball away after the whistle?||2|
|31||OTHER||Adebayor||Koscielny||NC||Push not given||1|
|31||OTHER||Koscielny||Krancjar||NC||Because of the push Koscielny makes contact with Kranjcar, the ref gives a foul now||1|
|31||YELLOW||Koscielny||NC||To make things worse he gets a booking||2|
|32||PENALTY||Szczesny||Bale||NC||Bale goes past the keeper and then goes to the ground without any contact at all. A nice dive and Dean well….||3|
|33||GOAL||Tottenham||NC||Shouldn’t have been a penalty so shouldn’t have been a goal||3|
|41||OTHER||Song||Adebayor||nc||Trip not given||1|
|42||YELLOW||Arteta||C||No intention to play the ball||2|
|45||OFFSIDE||C||Advantage given by the ref||1|
|46||OTHER||Song||Adebayor||NC||Trip not given||1|
|58||OTHER||NC||Friedel touches a low shot from Walcott but no corner given||1|
|58||OTHER||Rosicky||?||C||Cale in with the arm first||1|
|78||YELLOW||RVP||C||kicked the ball away||2|
|85||OTHER||Oxlade||VDVaart||C||No foul but a clash of two foot ref stops play||2|
|87||RED||Parker||C||second yellow card and a well deserved for a nasty tackle on the ankle||3|
|89||OTHER||Adebayor||OXLADE||NC||trip not given||1|
Let us go to the penalty decisions and as usual it was one way traffic from the Dean master. Nothing for Arsenal and all for the Spurs is the way we know Dean. This game it was no different. Walker bringing Gibbs down without touching the ball was not a penalty for Dean. Bale diving and sticking out his leg towards Szczesny and even the missing the keeper but the penalty given. And what was that crap of going to the linesman mr. Dean? If you weren’t sure about the penalty you should not give it. Of course the assistant told Dean to make his own mind up. I would tell it to him. I think Dean knew he had been conned by Bale but he didn’t mind it that much I think.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-02-26)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
Now this is where things are getting utterly amazing. If you look at the first half score it is really ridiculous low. Well not for Dean maybe but this was utter crap refereeing from the ref.
But then something must have changed at half time. Because in the second half he almost made no more mistakes at all. He got all the major decisions right, in fact he got almost all the decisions right in the second half and this got him a score of + 90%!!!!
Was he informed about the Bale dive and was angry and wanted to give himself a chance to go to the European finals this summer? Because falling for that fall doesn’t look great on a ref his CV when you want to apply. But I cannot remember Dean being so even in an Arsenal game for …well i cant remember it at all but it must have been from before the Ref reviews era.
So at the end of the day his score was just acceptable. A rubbish first half and an almost perfect second half. And guess what…when Dean was good we finally managed to win a game under him. It does have an influence how a ref performance you know.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-02-26)|
|Period 1||Arsenal||%||Tottenham Hotspur||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||15||50.00||15||50.00||30|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||15||75.00||5||25.00||20|
|Period 2||Arsenal||%||Tottenham Hotspur||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||23||67.65||11||32.35||34|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||2||100.00||0||0.00||2|
|Correct For Weighted||38||59.38||26||40.63||64|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||17||77.27||5||22.73||22|
The wrong calls favoured Tottenham. We got the double of the wrong calls. And when you look at the important wrong calls they all went in favour of Tottenham. So don’t think he didn’t try to tilt the pitch. This time the team was stronger than the 12 opponents on the day.
So a very bizar performance from ref Dean. And I must say that because of so many things happening in the game that not much replays of fouls were given and because of this a lot of things couldn’t be reviewed or we just had to agree with the decision on the field as we couldn’t dig deeper than we did now.