Today’s referee is Damir Skomina – A ref that comes from Slovenia and who speaks English and Italian. So his language knowledge is fine but what is the knowledge of the rules.
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Damir Skomina (2012-03-06)|
|2||OTHER||?||Gervinho||NC||Push not given||1|
|5||OTHER||Van Bommel||Rosicky||C||Tackle from behind||1|
|5||YELLOW||Van Bommel||C||“No chance of playing the ball, stopping promising attack”||2|
|6||OTHER||C||refs sorts out some pushing before a corner||1|
|11||OTHER||Song||Ibra||NC||Song ran after a lose ball and crossed the Milan player who fell to the ground||1|
|13||OTHER||Sagna||Van Bommel||C||“Sagna comes in sliding and plays the ball, he pulls his legs under him but contact is made. Difference between Pl and CL”||1|
|13||YELLOW||Sagna||NC||Sagna did all he could to avoid the contact by pulling his legs under him but Van Bommel made the most of it||2|
|15||OTHER||Gibbs||El Shaarawi||C||Tripped him from behind||1|
|15||YELLOW||Gibbs||C||Stopped a promising attack||2|
|16||OTHER||Sagna||Mesbah||C||Leaning on him||1|
|17||OTHER||RVP||Abiati||C||Sliding in towards the keeper||1|
|25||OTHER||?||Walcott||NC||Caught him after he played the ball not given||1|
|37||YELLOW||Van Bommel||NC||“Van Bommel asking for a yellow card, should have been booked himself”||2|
|40||OTHER||Mesbah||Walcott||NC||“Almost a repeat of the Sagna tackle, first the ball but then slid in to the player, not given this time.”||1|
|42||PENALTY||Mesbah||The Ox||C||Brought him down with a double challenge. Why did the ref took what seemed ages to give the penalty?||3|
|43||YELLOW||Mesbah||NC||Was a promising run (see Gibbs foul) but nothing given||2|
|46||OTHER||Song||Van Bommel||NC||“Trip advantage given, was possession”||1|
|48||OTHER||Rosicky||Van Bommel||C||Blocked his run||1|
|52||OTHER||Van Bommel||Rosicky||NC||Push not given||1|
|57||OTHER||Song||Ibra||NC||Song nicks the ball away and Ibra kicks himself with his right foot against his left ankle because he missed the ball||1|
|57||YELLOW||Song||NC||“wrong decision, wrong car’d”||2|
|57||YELLOW||Robinho||NC||asking for a card should be punished with a yellow card ref||2|
|59||OTHER||Van Bommel||Rosicky||C||“tries to stop Rosicky, ref gives advantage. Van Bommel close to a 2nd, 3rd yellow card”||1|
|61||OTHER||Robinho||Gervinho||NC||push when he is defending near his own penalty area not given||1|
|65||OFFSIDE||Arsenal||C||Very close but looked correct||1|
|66||OTHER||Vermaelen||Ibra||NC||No contact a nice dive||1|
|68||OTHER||Mesbah||Walcott||NC||Push not given||1|
|70||OFFSIDE||Arsenal||C||ref plays advantage||1|
|71||OTHER||Mexes||Vermaelen||NC||Blocked his run||1|
|71||YELLOW||Mexes||NC||A deliberate block off the ball you could see him setting himself for the impact. Knew exactly what he was doing||2|
|74||OTHER||Walcott||Van Bommel||C||assumed correct but Theo Walcott pushing Van Bommel from the ball??||1|
|79||OTHER||Abate||Chamakh||NC||leaning and shoving not given||1|
|79||OTHER||Rosicky||Aquilaini||C||High foot and came in frontal||1|
|80||OTHER||Abate||NC||He takes a throw in and lifts one foot of the ground??? Schollboy stuff ref||1|
|80||OTHER||Van Bommel||Walcott||NC||“Van Bommel kicks Walcott on his leg, nothing given”||1|
|81||OTHER||Ibra||Koscielny||C||Little pull on the defender||1|
|81||OTHER||Chamakh||Aquilaini||C||to eager and gave a little kick but compared to the Van Bommel action seconds earlier||1|
|83||OTHER||Ibrahimovic||Chamakh||NC||clear trip advantag give but 7 defenders back and only 2 strikers in front of the ball and the foul in the arsenal half?||1|
|83||YELLOW||Ibrahimovic||NC||“Came late and took the man, should have been booked”||2|
|85||OTHER||Vermaelen||Ibra||NC||Didn’t see any contact but he went down sticking oot his leg towards the defender. The mark of a dive?||1|
|86||OTHER||NC||Ball hits Sagna and goes out for a corner but the ref gives the ball to Arsenal||1|
|85||YELLOW||Nocerino||C||You may be right but arguing with the ref results only in yellow cards||2|
|85||YELLOW||Ibrahimovic||C||You may be right but arguing with the ref results only in yellow cards||2|
|89||OTHER||Ibra||Song||NC||Push in the back not given||1|
|90||OTHER||Abate||NC||Again Abate lift his foot with a throw||1|
|92||YELLOW||Abate||C||kicking the ball away||2|
I will try to follow the flow of the game a bit and I though he had a good start. The booking of Van Bommel was as clear as one can get. Coming from behind, no chance of playing the ball.
Then Sagna got booked for something that no English ref would give a foul for. Sagna slid over the ground, connected with the ball and then he pulled his legs back to try and avoid contact with Van Bommel. I agreed with the call of the foul in fact but it was clear to see that Sagna did all he could to avoid contact so the yellow card was very harsh. No problem with the yellow card from Gibbs as this was a correct one as it stopped a promising attack.
All went rather well even though he could have booked Van Bommel for asking a card for an Arsenal player.
The moment I really was puzzled was the penalty for Arsenal. This was a crystal clear penalty that nobody will dispute. Never the less it took the ref what seemed ages in real time to blow the penalty. I had the impression he didn’t want to give it at all. I think this wasn’t in his game scenario plan at all. But not giving it would have him shown of as a complete idiot so had no other choice and I think the ref behind the goal advised him strongly to not act like a complete fool and give it.
What then followed in the second half was a complete mystery to me. But I come back to this when you have read the competency summary and please do look at the differences between the first and second half.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Damir Skomina (2012-03-06)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
Okay if you are back with me you will see that from a still good enough 75% he went down to the basement of refereeing levels and only got a score or around 56% in the second half. What a difference a half makes one could say. I will come back to this later when I reach my final conclusions.
Players asking for cards for other players were not punished and this is so disappointing. When a manager criticizes the ref in the tunnel after the game he can face a ban. When players do the same in the open in front of the camera (because waving with imaginary cards or asking for cards = criticizing the ref) the don’t get punished.
But he was consistent in a way. But not in a good way consistent as you can see if you look at the bias summary below.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Damir Skomina (2012-03-06)|
|Period 1||Arsenal||%||AC Milan||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||24||70.59||10||29.41||34|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||10||90.91||1||9.09||11|
|Period 2||Arsenal||%||AC Milan||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||13||48.15||14||51.85||27|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||21||95.45||1||4.55||22|
|Correct For Weighted||37||60.66||24||39.34||61|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||31||93.94||2||6.06||33|
When Arsenal committed fouls he punished them. He even got a score of 100% in the second half. But the other way round he only punished half the fouls from Milan in this game. And then once again you have to look at the difference between both halves. In the first half he punished almost all the Arsenal fouls and he did punish them all in the second half. But in the first half he was more easy on Milan a bit but in the second half it was frighting to see that he didn’t give 40% of the fouls from Milan!
This of course leads to a lot of wrong calls. And they are divided over 90% of the wrong calls going against Arsenal. No wonder there was someone a bit furious after the game.
My last rant is about something that appeared in the newspaper. So I will be gladly to be proven wrong it this would be a lie. But if the ref really said this it is something to keep in mind because it is frightening. So I quote from the media:
“In our preparations, we considered a lot of different game scenarios and one was exactly as it happened in the first half — that Arsenal would go for it ‘all or nothing’ by putting maximum pressure on Milan’s players and trying to disrupt their game. It almost worked.”
Now why would a ref consider “game scenarios”? As a ref you can consider “incident scenarios”. That could be: when a player asks for a yellow card I will give it to him. That is something you can do and you can also say before the game.
But what is a game scenario for a ref? Managers will make up game scenarios and I can imagine that they will have said to the players how to act if you score quickly and what to do then. But why on earth will a ref discuss a game scenario?
And another important question is : who is WE? Does the “WE” include someone from UEFA? The Uefa representant who is with the refs before, during and after the game?
But if we just look at the numbers again and take the “game scenario” in mind could it be that during half time the refs have taken out their “instructions” (and I don’t mean the laws of the game instructions) and made up a new “game scenario”?
Because if we look at the numbers we can only see that there is a very big gap between the first and the second half. Could it be that it went horribly wrong when he had to make the penalty decision that took him ages but he had no choice. Could it be that they somehow thought that they (he/we) needed to change their approach and reach for a new and different “game scenario”?
In my opinion the only “game scenario” a ref has to keep in mind is to make sure that the laws of the game are followed. That is the only game scenario they should think of. And not the possibly outcome of the score line and what to do if this or that happens. Game scenarios and refs….wtf?