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Today’s referee is Chris Foy –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Chris Foy (2012-04-14)|
|8||PENALTY||Bennett||Tevez||N/C||Foy makes a really poor call and misses a blatant pen on Tevez||3|
|8||YELLOW||Tevez||N/C||And rubs salt into the wound||2|
|10||OTHER||Pilkington||Aguero||N/C||Pulls him back outside the box||1|
|13||OTHER||Wilbraham||Hart||N/C||Deliberately blocks the goal keeper allowing Holt a header on goal, Lescot clears off the line, poor awareness from the Ref||1|
|15||OTHER||N/C||A goal kick given to City but it should have been a corner to Norwich||1|
|17||GOAL||Tevez||C||What a hit||3|
|19||OTHER||Norwich||Tevez||N/C||Has him by collar as ball is in air||0|
|20||OTHER||Ward||Tevez||C||Could have been a yellow||1|
|22||OFFSIDE||Aguero||N/C||Just off but he was let go||1|
|24||OTHER||Holt||N/C||He backs into Kompany and falls to the floor, minimal contact, Holt is playing for a free kick and the Ref should have a word||1|
|26||GOAL||Aguero||C||Those Argies can play together||3|
|29||OTHER||De Jong||N/C||Handball, he played the ball with his upper arm||1|
|40||OTHER||C||Ref plays advantage after a foul by Nasri on Bennett||1|
|40||OTHER||Nasri||Bennett||N/C||Wilbraham breaks with the ball but he has no support, so no advantage gained, should have taken it back to the foul Mr Foy||1|
|42||YELLOW||Nasri||C||At the first chance he pulls out the yellow for the previous foul, at least he got this bit right||2|
|44||YELLOW||Holt||N/C||As in the 24th minute, he waits for Kompany and falls to the floor, should have been a yellow, this referee clearly has never played and serious football and cannot read a game||2|
|44||OTHER||Holt||Kompany||N/C||The Ref should have awarded an indirect free kick to Man City for unsporting conduct against Holt||1|
|52||OTHER||Man City||Norwich||C||TV did not show assumed correct||1|
|56||OTHER||Aguero||Howson||N/C||Aguero overuns the ball and pulls the shirt of defender, nothing given||1|
|70||YELLOW||Holt||N/C||Once again he waits for the touch and falls to the floor, the Ref should have stopped this nonesense earlier||2|
|70||OTHER||Holt||Kompany||N/C||Once again it should have been a Man City free kick for unsporting conduct||1|
|72||GOAL||Tevez||C||Anything you can do I can do better||3|
|74||GOAL||Aguero||C||I Can do anything better than you||3|
|79||GOAL||Tevez||C||No you cant!||3|
|82||OTHER||Holt||Kompany||N/C||Holt gives him a little pull as he runs past him, nothing given||1|
Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing Chris Foy in The Sunderland V Spurs game, in the 87th minute Larsson went past Kaboul, who impeded Larsson with the Ref looking straight at it. Foy not only did not give the Foul but he cautioned a bemused Larsson with Kaboul grinning like a Cheshire Cat. It was poor Reffing.
Fast forward to Norwich V Sunderland and in the 8th minute Tevez is tripped in the box with Foy once again in a great position. Once again he does not give the foul (penalty) but he cautions Tevez who is also bemused. Again it was poor Reffing.
Now let’s talk about Grant Holt there is a lot in the papers about serial divers, and the ones that win penalties tend to get the headlines. Now Grant Holt is what my mate would call a “Big Unit” he would take some knocking down, and when he wants to use that weight to his advantage he is hard to knock off the ball. But when he chooses to he is in the habit of suddenly becoming weak at the legs and falling to the floor, usually as soon as he feels a defender on his back, and usually when he is backing in. How a man goes from being so strong to so weak only he can explain, but his attempts to win a free kick are obvious and constitute simulation. It was clear what he was trying to do, yet never once did he win the free kick, this means the Referee must have been aware of it. The Referee did not speak to him, nor caution him for persistence; it is unacceptable abdication of responsibility by Foy, who has been selective in his application of the laws, as highlighted in the incidents above, inconsistency of the worst kind
I struggle with this sort of inconsistency; all supporters want from Referees is the consistent application of The Laws of the Game regardless of who the law breaker is. Good strong refereeing is always appreciated by players and supporters alike, consistent refereeing we should be able to take for granted. Sadly we are far from that place.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Chris Foy (2012-04-14)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
Foy had the worst first half of any Referee I have ever seen, take away the goals, and the offside decisions given by his Assistants and you get a 1st half score of 35%. That is astonishingly poor and perhaps is another reason why Mancini has, this week made the comments he did.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Chris Foy (2012-04-14)|
|Period 1||Norwich City||%||Manchester City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||5||29.41||12||70.59||17|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||26.67||11||73.33||15|
|Period 2||Norwich City||%||Manchester City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||9||34.62||17||65.38||26|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||20.00||4||80.00||5|
|Totals||Norwich City||%||Manchester City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||14||32.56||29||67.44||43|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||5||25.00||15||75.00||20|
The bias shows a clear advantage to Norwich. Was it just home bias or MU-bias against City?