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Today’s referee is Michael Oliver –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Michael Oliver (2012-03-26)|
|7||OTHER||Evans||Pogrebniak||NC||Held him down with his hands so he couldn’t jump for a header||1|
|11||OTHER||Evans||Pogrebniak||NC||Jumped in the back, not given||1|
|27||OTHER||Young||Duff||NC||pulled the defender back, not given||1|
|27||OTHER||Dembele||Young||NC||Was an obstruction but only because of the not given foul on Duff||1|
|34||OTHER||Evans||Pogrebniak||C||Jumped in the back||1|
|34||OTHER||Giggs||Dembele||C||Sliding tackle on the man||1|
|34||YELLOW||Giggs||C||Ref had no option, correct card||2|
|36||OTHER||Rafael||Frei||NC||Push not given||1|
|39||OTHER||Duff||Giggs||NC||Trip not given||1|
|41||PENALTY||Kelly||C||Appeal for handball but was moving his arm away from the ball, correct non call||3|
|44||OTHER||Young||Duff||C||push in the back||1|
|72||OTHER||Valencia||Riise||C||came in a bit late||1|
|73||OTHER||Evra||Duff||NC||High foot not given||1|
|73||OTHER||Evans||Pogrebniak||NC||Got man and ball, is a foul||1|
|74||YELLOW||Evans||NC||Was late, only got the man, was almost the same as Giggs. Should also have been a yellow||2|
|82||OTHER||Hughes||Evra||NC||Wild tackle missed the player, advantage given but immediatly lost, should have gone back||1|
|82||OTHER||Evra||Ruiz||C||clipped his ankle||1|
|84||OTHER||Scholes||Dempsey||C||Stamp on his leg with his studs||1|
|84||YELLOW||Scholes||NC||Should have been a yellow card at least, that was a nasty kick||2|
|89||PENALTY||Carrick||Murphy||NC||Carrick kicks the left foot of Murphy, ref gives nothing. Was a penalty||3|
|89||YELLOW||Carrick||NC||Was a promising attack, could have had a clear shot on goal||2|
|89||OTHER||Hughes||Young||NC||looking for a foul and went down when Hughes came too close||1|
|91||OTHER||Javier||Hughes||C||push in the back||1|
|93||OTHER||Ruiz||Young||C||No replay but I wonder if it was another nice dive, but I will give the ref the benefit of the doubt||1|
This was a typical Old Trafford performance from the ref. In case of doubt, give the decision the Utd way. And so he did this with a great consistency during the game.
He made a great start punishing a few small fouls and this lead to a long period with almost no fouls. Well he didn’t give a few ones against United in that period but Fulham had understood his first calls and didn’t go in the challenges. A great example on how a ref should start a game but then he forgot to carry on like he started.
MU appealed for a penalty for a handball but the Fulham defender had his arm behind his body when the cross came in and the ball rolled a bit over his body and then hit his upper arm. Correct call not to give a penalty.
This cannot be said of the decision late on in the game when Carrick kicked the left foot of Murphy. It was a trip, a foul and should have been a penalty. But this was MU, this was Old Trafford. This is just how it goes most of the time.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Michael Oliver (2012-03-26)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
The longer the game went on the poorer the decisions from the ref became. The not given penalty the ultimate high of low in this game. A total score that is far below what we can expect in the EPL
|BIAS SUMMARY – Michael Oliver (2012-03-26)|
|Period 1||Manchester United||%||Fulham||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||4||22.22||14||77.78||18|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||16.67||5||83.33||6|
|Period 2||Manchester United||%||Fulham||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||3||23.08||10||76.92||13|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||7.69||12||92.31||13|
|Correct For Weighted||7||22.58||24||77.42||31|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||2||10.53||17||89.47||19|
The bias score is… well what we can expect of a game at Old Trafford. In case of doubt give United the decision and you cannot be wrong seems to be what the refs are thinking.
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