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Untold Ref Review: Liverpool 4 – 1 Chelsea – the ref done good

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.

Our figures show that when we analyse the errors made by refs there are consistent trends which do not “even out” through the season, as some commentators would have it.    All the earlier ref reviews plus analyses of the errors made by refs, and articles relating to our campaign to have the body which organises referees activities reformed, plus an analysis of the background to this campaign, can be found on:

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Today’s referee is Kevin Friend –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Kevin Friend (2012-05-08)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
1 OTHER Agger Ramirez C 1
2 OTHER Henderson Bertrand C 1
2 OTHER Skrytel Essien C 1
2 OTHER Carroll Ferriera C 1
3 OTHER Torres Carragher C 1
3 OTHER Suarez Ivanovich C 1
6 OTHER Ferriera Carroll C Could have been a yellow for the trip 4
10 OFFSIDE Maxi C 1
13 OTHER Carragher C Handball 1
14 OTHER Ferriera Suarez C Going with the Ref 4
14 YELLOW Ferriera C Easy one. 2
18 GOAL Essien O/G C 3
20 OTHER Terry Carroll C 1
20 YELLOW Terry C easy one, he pulled him back after being nutmegged 2
21 OTHER Ivanovich Carroll C 1
24 GOAL Henderson C JT Slips again a la RVP at the Bridge 3
26 OTHER Essien Suarez C 1
28 GOAL Agger C 3
31 OTHER Sturridge Agger N/C Jumped into the man in the air, nothing given 1
31 OTHER Terry Carroll C 1
32 OTHER Suarez Sturridge C 1
33 OFFSIDE Suarez C 1
34 OTHER Ramirez Carragher C 1
43 OTHER Essien Carroll C 1
43 YELLOW Essien N/C 2
43 RED Essien N/C Decisions don’t get easier than this,or worse than the decision to give a yellow. Essien literally jumped onto Carrolls Calf with all his studs showing and both feet well off the air. It was brutish thuggery, and to make matters worse the Ref was in full 3
44 OTHER Maxi Ferriera C 1
45 PENALTY Ivanovich Carroll C Ivanovich holds him off, placing his arm across his chest, Carrollis fouled, and falls to the ground covering his face in a farcical manner, it is the Sergio Busquets syndrome I think. 3
45 YELLOW Ivanovich C Ref was entitled to caution 2
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
45 OTHER Shelvey Ramirez C 1
48 OTHER Malouda Downing C 1
48 OTHER Shelvey Ramirez C 1
50 GOAL Ramirez C 3
51 OTHER Carragher Torres N/C Push in back missed 1
56 OTHER Suarez Ferriera C 1
57 OTHER Chelsea Johnson C 1
58 OTHER Torres Downing N/C Ref got this all wrong, Torres was no where near the ball 1
60 GOAL Shelvey C Nice strike 3
63 OTHER Carroll C High Feet 1
64 OTHER Henderson Ramirez C 1
64 YELLOW Henderson C A bit harsh, but again Ref was entitled to caution 2
70 OTHER Agger Ramirez C 1
70 YELLOW Agger C Scissor challenge good decision ref 2
74 OFFSIDE Suarez C 1
75 OTHER Shelvey Torres C 1
77 OTHER Suarez Ivanovich C 1
77 RED Suarez N/C Suarez in attempting to pull Ivanovich back did a fore arm smash into his face, it may have been accidental, but that does not matter, the attempted pull was deliberate, and the smash into the face of Ivanovich was the result. The Refwas unsighted and it 3
79 OTHER Ramirez Liverpool N/C He made good contact with the ball, but was penalised 1
81 OTHER Skrytel Torres C 1
87 OTHER Suarez Ivanovich C 1

 

This was the game following the FA cup final, and prior to the CL Final. Liverpool were out for revenge and got it. Chelsea rested those to star in Munich; this meant that JT and Ivanovich played. Oh how pleased Chelsea must have been that they were not available for Munich, for Andy Carroll gave them both a torrid time.  That is Torrid time not Torres time. Torres was once again absent from duty. So too was JT, a game he will want to forget. Ivanovich gave away a silly penalty from a position where he was the right side of Carroll. RDM on the sidelines must have been thinking thank god for the suspensions.

Kevin Friend was the Ref and he did OK. But oh how I wish he had sent of Essien for a crude and dangerous challenge on Andy Carroll. He had a good view as Essien jumped onto Carrolls Calf with all of his studs showing. It was one of those challenges Essien makes every now and then, and you think, how did he get away with that.  The Suarez incident was understandable; Friend would not have seen the forearm smash into Ivanovichs face, but that too was crude and Suarez would have had no complaints had he walked.

Apart from that it was an outstanding performance, keeping what was a tempestuous affair under good control with good use of cards and communication with players.

On second thoughts of course Suarez would have complained. silly me.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Kevin Friend (2012-05-08)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 3 3 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 17 18 94.44
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 3 4 75.00
TOTAL 26 29 89.66
WEIGHTED 37 43 86.05
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 12 15 80.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 2 2 100.00
TOTAL 17 21 80.95
WEIGHTED 23 29 79.31
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 5 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 29 33 87.88
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
RED 0 2 0.00
YELLOW 5 6 83.33
TOTAL 43 50 86.00
WEIGHTED 60 72 83.33

A very nice score all in all for the ref in this game.

BIAS SUMMARY – Kevin Friend (2012-05-08)
Period 1 Liverpool % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 16 57.14 12 42.86 28
Correct For Weighted 27 62.79 16 37.21 43
Incorrect Against 3 100.00 0 0.00 3
Incorrect Against Weighted 6 100.00 0 0.00 6
Fouls Commited 7 43.75 9 56.25 16
Fouls Penalised 7 100.00 8 88.89 15
Period 2 Liverpool % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 3 17.65 14 82.35 17
Correct For Weighted 5 21.74 18 78.26 23
Incorrect Against 1 25.00 3 75.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 1 16.67 5 83.33 6
Fouls Commited 11 78.57 3 21.43 14
Fouls Penalised 10 90.91 3 100.00 13
Totals Liverpool % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 19 42.22 26 57.78 45
Correct For Weighted 32 48.48 34 51.52 66
Incorrect Against 4 57.14 3 42.86 7
Incorrect Against Weighted 7 58.33 5 41.67 12
Fouls Commited 18 60.00 12 40.00 30
Fouls Penalised 17 94.44 11 91.67 28

Not that many wrong calls in this game and rather even spread amongst both teams.

 

4 comments to Untold Ref Review: Liverpool 4 – 1 Chelsea – the ref done good

  • truemu

    oh be quiet loserpool… you win pointless games and by luck which are far more worse than referee decisions, man when i watched the 4-1 game on match of the day i thought dogleech payed di matteo and chelsea players to take it easy with their reserves.

  • CB

    Would you ditch the automatic video please. You do great work, a shame to spoil it with annoying videos that mean I (and I’m sure others) won’t come to your site.

  • Essien seems to have a habit of horror challenges periodically, there are a couple of videos out there that are awful “tackles”

  • Catch a grip

    Phil Gregory, I youtube’d Essien Foul, there were two videos of fouls that appeared, the one on Carroll which I clearly tremendously bad, the other was a supposedly “horrific” foul on Pennant in which he barely touched him! Please provide your proof of these supposed horror challenges that you claim are out there.