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Untold Ref Review: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 – 2 Manchester City. Not his finest hour.

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

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Today’s referee is Lee Probert –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Lee Probert (2012-04-22)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
4 OTHER Silva Edwards C Trip 1
6 OTHER Yaya Henry NC Advantage given after a trip, lost the ball immediatly 1
17 OTHER Henry Tevez NC Not given push to win the ball 1
19 OTHER MC Wolves NC Not given trip when the ball was gone 1
21 OTHER Clichy Edwards C little push 1
27 GOAL MC C correct goal 3
29 OFFSIDE MC C assumed correct 1
29 OTHER Zabaleta Jarvis NC just goes down under no real challenge 1
31 OFFSIDE MC C assumed correct 1
32 OTHER Kightly Clichy C tackle from behind 1
32 YELLOW Kightly NC late and from behind, should have been a card 2
34 OTHER Kompany Fletcher C Trip 1
42 OTHER Davis Yaya NC obstruction not given 1
42 RED Yaya NC Yaya Toure reacts and swings his arm out and hits the face of Davis, swinging an arm in the direction of another player his face is always red 3
43 OTHER Clichy Fletcher NC Jumps in the back before heading the ball 1
44 OFFSIDE MC C assumed correct 1
46 OTHER Barry Davis C held him down 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
48 OTHER Tevez Edwards C Trip 1
50 OTHER Jarvis Zabaleta NC Attempted trip on a defender almost in his own penalty box, ref gives advantage? 1
54 OTHER Henry Silva NC Just pushed him off the ball not given 1
55 OTHER Bassong Aguero NC He just pulls him to the ground and again the ref givens nothing 1
56 OTHER Yaya Kightly C Trip 1
56 YELLOW Yaya C Came late 2
58 OTHER Davis Yaya C Trip 1
59 OFFSIDE Wolves C assumed correct 1
60 OTHER Bassong Tevez C pushing and shoving finally foul given 1
66 OFFSIDE MC C assumed correct 1
66 OTHER Clichy Kightly C Trip 1
67 OFFSIDE Wolves NC Bassong offside, not given 1
70 OTHER Doyle Barry C Trip 1
72 OTHER De Jongh Kightly C Trip 1
73 OTHER Davis Tevez C Holding, trip, pulling and finally the ref gives the foul 1
74 GOAL MC C correct goal 3
78 OTHER Lescot Doyle NC pull not given 1
79 OTHER Zabelata C handball assumed correct 1
82 OTHER De Jongh C handball assumed correct 1
87 OTHER Kightly Clichy C assumed correct 1
92 OTHER De Jongh Blake C Trip 1

Talk about a poor first half, he did it again.  Missing a lot of fouls, being inconsistent once again.  Not punishing blatant fouls that even a blind man should be able to see.

Kightly should have got a yellow for a late tackle from behind. And then we come back to Yaya Toure.  A foul was made on him and the ref missed it. But then Yaya Toure swung out his arm towards the Wolves player and even caught him on the jaw.  Swinging an arm towards the face of another player can only be punished with one thing: a red card. But this ref saw nothing. This is now the 3rd time we have seen Yaya Toure making a red card offence in a game without the ref doing something about it. And once again without the FA doing something about it later on. One have to wonder if the refs or the Fa are afraid of Yaya Toure for some reason?

Back to ref Probert. He got a bit better in the second half. But at a certain moment I thought he had forgotten his whistle in the second half or had lost it. In the first 10 minutes he allowed the Wolverhampton players almost anything and didn’t blow a foul. Some rugby like fouls dragging a player down and he just waved it away. It started to become a real joke at times. But when Yaya Toure made a foul he found his whistle again. And then he tried to do what he is paid for: be a ref. From then on he looked to be awake and managed to get a decent score in the second half.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Lee Probert (2012-04-22)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 5 11 45.45
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 9 17 52.94
WEIGHTED 11 22 50.00
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 3 66.67
OTHER 12 16 75.00
YELLOW 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 16 21 76.19
WEIGHTED 19 24 79.17
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 5 6 83.33
OTHER 17 27 62.96
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 1 2 50.00
TOTAL 25 38 65.79
WEIGHTED 30 46 65.22

But it couldn’t save him for the overall score over the whole 90 minutes. Another insufficient score from the ref.

BIAS SUMMARY – Lee Probert (2012-04-22)
Period 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers % Manchester City % Total
Correct For 7 77.78 2 22.22 9
Correct For Weighted 7 63.64 4 36.36 11
Incorrect Against 5 62.50 3 37.50 8
Incorrect Against Weighted 7 63.64 4 36.36 11
Fouls Commited 3 21.43 11 78.57 14
Fouls Penalised 1 33.33 7 63.64 8
Period 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers % Manchester City % Total
Correct For 9 56.25 7 43.75 16
Correct For Weighted 10 52.63 9 47.37 19
Incorrect Against 1 20.00 4 80.00 5
Incorrect Against Weighted 1 20.00 4 80.00 5
Fouls Commited 10 52.63 9 47.37 19
Fouls Penalised 6 60.00 8 88.89 14
Totals Wolverhampton Wanderers % Manchester City % Total
Correct For 16 64.00 9 36.00 25
Correct For Weighted 17 56.67 13 43.33 30
Incorrect Against 6 46.15 7 53.85 13
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 50.00 8 50.00 16
Fouls Commited 13 39.39 20 60.61 33
Fouls Penalised 7 53.85 15 75.00 22

The bias index wasn’t that bad at the end of the day with a slight advantage for the home team. But all in all a performance that will not get a mention in the referee courses on how to do a PL game. Well I hope it doesn’t….

2 comments to Untold Ref Review: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 – 2 Manchester City. Not his finest hour.

  • Marcus

    Bias index not that bad 77% to 22% in favor of wolves,21% of free kicks awarded correctly to city against aprox 78% correctly given tto Wolves , jesus its as near u can get to playing 12 men as is possible , not that bad if your a Wolves defender but absoloutley shocking if your a City forward, I watched this match and it was a pretty shocking display as shown in the stats but not in your analysis!

  • Andy Kelly

    Marcus, I think you’ve misunderstood the figures.

    The figures to look out for are the incorrect calls (7 in favour of Wolves and 6 in favour of City). The number of correct calls doesn’t indicate a bias as this shows how often the referee got the decision right.