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Today’s referee is Mark Halsey –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mark Halsey (2012-05-02)|
|4||OTHER||Tiote||Torres||C||Trip from behind||1|
|7||OTHER||Tiote||Ramires||NC||Trip, advantage played which was quickly lost, not given||1|
|17||OTHER||Mikel||Cabaye||NC||Trip, not given||1|
|37||OTHER||NC||Ball crossed line, should have been Chelsea corner||1|
|41||OTHER||Bosingwa||Jonas||C||Jonas skipped past 2 defenders then tripped from behind||1|
|41||YELLOW||Bosingwa||NC||Should have been booked||2|
|46||OTHER||Bosingwa||Jonas||NC||Shove, not given||1|
|48||OTHER||Perch||NC||Unintentional handball from close range, ref should have ignored it||1|
|52||OTHER||Bertrand||Ben Arfa||C||Late, trip||1|
|56||OTHER||Cabaye||Ramires||C||Briefly used arm to check Ramires’ run with ball||1|
|56||YELLOW||Cabaye||C||Harsh because Ramires went down easily, but okay||2|
|57||OTHER||Ben Arfa||Mikel||NC||Shove, not given||1|
|60||OTHER||Mikel||Tiote||NC||Mikel goes into aerial duel with raised elbow to Tiote’s head||1|
|60||RED||Mikel||NC||Should have been sent off for violent play||3|
|60||OTHER||C||Ref stops play for head injury to Tiote||1|
|70||OTHER||Terry||Ben Arfa||NC||Dangerous play, studs over ball, no contact, not given||1|
|73||OTHER||Ivanovic||Ba||C||Forearm into back||1|
|73||YELLOW||Ivanovic||NC||Should have been booked||2|
|75||OTHER||Ben Arfa||Bertrand||C||Little tug, advantage played||1|
|76||OTHER||C||Chelsea tried to take quick free kick as ref set up wall, correctly denied||1|
|83||OTHER||Cabaye||Mata||NC||Little trip, not given||1|
Mark Halsey took charge as Chelsea played host to Newcastle. Chelsea seemed to be more concerned with their cup matches than their premier league matches and Di Matteo rested or rotated several key players. Drogba, Lampard, Mata, Cole, all started on the bench, and accordingly this match didn’t have all the hard fought characteristics that you might have seen considering it was two teams vying for a Champions League spot.
Chelsea were somewhat the favourable side as far as wrong decisions go, especially when it came to bookings. Three Newcastle players were cautioned with yellows however not one Chelsea player was cautioned.
In the first half, Bosingwa might have been booked for tripping Jonas Gutierez after the newcastle player skipped past two Chelsea players, and Ivanovic should have been cautioned in the second half for putting his forearm into the back of Demba Ba.
However the most controversial moment of the match concerned a head injury to Cheick Tioté when he clashed with Mikel in an aerial duel. Mikel went into the challenge with his arms raised and caught Tiote with an elbow to the head. Sometimes it’s hard to judge intent and Halsey must have thought it was an accidental coming together of two players. In the replays however it looked that Mikel played in a dangerous manner resulting in a serious head injury to the Newcastle player. Tiote was treated on the pitch for about 8 minutes, and went off on a stretcher, receiving oxygen. Note that Tiote was given sutures after being taken off the pitch and was able to start Newcastle’s match the following week.
Newcastle were able to hold onto their 1 goal lead until Papiss Cissé sealed the win with a wonder strike in injury time giving the Geordies a 2-0 win, their first at Stamford Bridge since November of 1986.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mark Halsey (2012-05-02)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
Mark Halsey and his officiating crew did manage to get 73.33% of the decisions correct, however the referee’s weak spot was the one-sidedness of the distribution of the cards.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Mark Halsey (2012-05-02)|
|Period 1||Chelsea||%||Newcastle United||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||8||47.06||9||52.94||17|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||2||40.00||3||60.00||5|
|Period 2||Chelsea||%||Newcastle United||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||10||43.48||13||56.52||23|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||2||18.18||9||81.82||11|
|Correct For Weighted||18||45.00||22||55.00||40|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||25.00||12||75.00||16|
The bias index is in favour of Chelsea.