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Today’s referee is Michael Jones –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Michael Jones (2012-04-07)|
|4||OTHER||Ivanovic||Maloney||C||barged in to him||1|
|6||OFFSIDE||Wigan||C||assumed correct, no replay. Assistant 1||1|
|10||OTHER||Di Santo||Cole||NC||Assistant 1 signals a foul. No foul to be seen.||1|
|13||YELLOW||Di Santo||C||ref warns him to calm down, 3rd foul in not yet 15 minutes||2|
|17||OTHER||Malouda||Boyce||C||tackle with both feet||1|
|22||OTHER||Drogba||Alcaraz||C||not shown assumed correct||1|
|22||YELLOW||Essien||C||Cynical, no chance of playing the ball, possible promising attack, correct card||2|
|23||OTHER||Drogba||Caldwell||C||Drogba wr’apped his arm around Caldwell causing both of them to fall to the floor||1|
|25||OFFSIDE||Wigan||C||assumed correct, no replay. Assistant 1||1|
|28||PENALTY||Cahill||C||ball hits the arm when a cross is being made, from short distance and hit him more on the chest than on the arm, correct non decision||3|
|30||OTHER||Bertrand||Moses||NC||Clear trip to prevent Moses from running further, close to assistant 1, who does nothing||1|
|31||PENALTY||Caldwell||Drogba||C||had his arm around him for a moment but Drogba goes down very easy, correct non call||3|
|32||OTHER||Figueroa||Sturridge||NC||Push not given||1|
|40||OTHER||Mereiles||Moses||C||tackle from behind||1|
|40||YELLOW||Mereiles||NC||going trough the man, promising attack, should have been a yellow card||2|
|43||OFFSIDE||Wigan||NC||Player was level with his closest defender, given by assistant 1||1|
|45||OTHER||Wigan||Bertrand||NC||Looked like a trip to me, not given||1|
|49||OTHER||Essien||Di Santo||C||came in his back||1|
|51||OFFSIDE||Chelsea||C||about 5 yards even a blind man would have seen that one||1|
|53||YELLOW||Malouda||C||studs showing is always dangerous||2|
|56||OTHER||Moses||Bertrand||C||Push on the defender||1|
|59||OTHER||Moses||NC||Ref gives handball. Moses touched the ball with his hand but only because,,,||1|
|59||OTHER||Essien||Moses||NC||Essien kicks Moses between the legs and trips him and then Moses touches the ball with his hands||1|
|61||OTHER||Maloney||Ivanovic||C||tackle from behind||1|
|61||YELLOW||Maloney||C||promising attack, tackle from behind, correct card||2|
|62||GOAL||Chelsea||NC||ivanovic was clearly offside, assistant 1 misses it. Poor ref who has to face the whole Wigan team in protest||3|
|64||OTHER||Figueroa||Torres||NC||Figuero heads the ball away and Torres comes in with a leg at chest hight, should have been the othe way||1|
|64||YELLOW||Torres||NC||was dangerous should have been a yellow||2|
|64||YELLOW||Figueroa||NC||should have been the other way||2|
|66||OFFSIDE||Chelsea||NC||Assistant clearly has lot it||1|
|75||PENALTY||Caldwell||NC||Came in to meet a cross with his arms outstrechted, should have been a penalty||3|
|75||OTHER||Figueroa||Mikel||C||clipped the defender||1|
|84||OTHER||NC||Shot goes out from a chelsea defender, goal kick given||1|
|85||OTHER||Maloney||Ivanovic||NC||ivanovic first pushed him in the back, then Maloney tripped him. First foul should have been given. Close to assistant 1||1|
|88||OTHER||Mikel||Watson||NC||Came late not given||1|
|90||OTHER||Watson||Luiz||C||Push on the defender||1|
|93||OFFSIDE||Mata||NC||Torrest takes a shot on goal that hits the post, Mata is standing offside||1|
|93||GOAL||Chelsea||NC||The ball rebounds from the post and Mata who was standing offside when the inital shot was taken, takes advantage of his offside position to score. Should have been disallowed||3|
What to make of this game? In the first half the ref was really doing a great job. And in fact most of the mistakes were down to the first assistant who called a foul that wasn’t a foul, stopped a Wigan attack for an offside that wasn’t, didn’t help the ref when a foul from Chelsea close to him happened. I must admit in the knowledge of the events later in the game I decided to take a closer look at the assistant and he was clearly or blinded by something or biased. As a result a lot of the points lost by the ref came as a result of this assistant his mistakes.
In the first half Wigan claimed a penalty for a handball from Cahill but the ref gave correctly a corner because the ball first hit his chest and then the arm and from a close distance. In the second half Chelsea should have got a penalty when Caldwell handled a cross with an outstretched arm. big decision going against Chelsea.
But when it comes to big decisions going against a team let us talk a bit about Wigan. What a great miss for the first goal. Ivanovic was clearly offside when the ball came in his direction. Further more Drogba seemed to touch the ball with his head and if he touched it Ivanovic would have been again offside. Like I said or he was blinded or he did it on purpose. Terrible miss and costly for the ref his final numbers.
The second Chelsea goal was also a total failure from the same assistant. When Torres managed to take his only good shot on goal Mata was past the last defender and in an offside position. When the ball rebounded from the post it came to Mata who then took advantage from his offside position. The interfering of two other Chelsea players standing in an offside position who attacked the Wigan keeper added only to the feelings of injustice. Now I know that such a thing (rebounding ball) is harder to see than the first offside goal but this is where a video replay would be helpful to make sure such mistakes do not happen.
Now Wigan is facing the consequences of those 2 mistakes and goes home empty handed. They should have had at least one point.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Michael Jones (2012-04-07)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
A low score for the ref with the compliments of his first assistant.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Michael Jones (2012-04-07)|
|Period 1||Chelsea||%||Wigan Athletic||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||10||40.00||15||60.00||25|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||44.44||5||55.56||9|
|Period 2||Chelsea||%||Wigan Athletic||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||7||38.89||11||61.11||18|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||18.18||18||81.82||22|
|Correct For Weighted||17||39.53||26||60.47||43|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||8||25.81||23||74.19||31|
The bias table shows a big handicap for Wigan but I think almost the half of those decisions are down to that one assistant who was having a shockingly bad afternoon.
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