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Today’s referee is Lee Probert –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Lee Probert (2012-04-22)|
|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|
|29||OTHER||Zabaleta||Jarvis||NC||just goes down under no real challenge||1|
|32||OTHER||Kightly||Clichy||C||tackle from behind||1|
|32||YELLOW||Kightly||NC||late and from behind, should have been a card||2|
|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|
|46||OTHER||Barry||Davis||C||held him down||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|
|60||OTHER||Bassong||Tevez||C||pushing and shoving finally foul given||1|
|67||OFFSIDE||Wolves||NC||Bassong offside, not given||1|
|73||OTHER||Davis||Tevez||C||Holding, trip, pulling and finally the ref gives the foul||1|
|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|
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 %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
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 Weighted||7||63.64||4||36.36||11|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||7||63.64||4||36.36||11|
|Period 2||Wolverhampton Wanderers||%||Manchester City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||10||52.63||9||47.37||19|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||20.00||4||80.00||5|
|Totals||Wolverhampton Wanderers||%||Manchester City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||17||56.67||13||43.33||30|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||8||50.00||8||50.00||16|
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….