By Walter Broeckx
As you might have noticed the new season is already 10 days old and no referee review has been published.
No, don’t worry we didn’t gave up. We didn’t call it a day and gave a free pass to the PGMOL to further ruin our beautiful game. We didn’t start what we started some time ago just for nothing. No, we are not easily put off when we set our mind to something.
So what have we done while not publishing reviews? Well we have the ongoing results from last season that are still running and that are far from over in fact. Still some interesting results you can and will find on this website.
But behind the scenes we have built a new website. A website away from Untold Arsenal. We will give you the link to this website at the bottom of this article of course. But first we must explain what we are going to try and are doing. And how we will put it all together.
Let me start with the reviewers. First of all good news as we have expanded our reviewing team already. And there are a few referees who have shown an interest but who are still unsure about joining us. I think they are waiting for the reviews for the new season to come out .
Thanks to our Untold readers we have found a few websites where we can see almost all the games in the EPL. Not yet all, but very close to all the games. We thank you for the links and please if you have anything you want to let me know about possibilities to review the games don’t hesitate. Just send me a message.
We have another reader who has been bombarding all kind of club website with the question to get their refs involved in our project. And he also has made some contact with news channels to let them know we will come out soon. Stuart, we cannot thank you enough for your work on this.
Of course Tony is involved because he has given us the website and our own place on the internet from where we can judge the referees in the PL. Thanks Tony. There is still room for one statue outside the Emirates you know.
And if that statue is built it should also include the man who is contributing from behind the scenes. Most of you will know already that I am talking about: Dogface. He is the man who will present the reviews on the site and bring up the needed graphics and tables. I have asked him all kind of difficult questions and difficult tables and graphics to add to the site. He always made it possible so I am rather sure he will do it once again.
Now what will change for Untold Arsenal? Well we only will publish Arsenal reviews over here from this season on. In fact this is going back to the season before the last when we also did it like that. That was then down to the fact we didn’t review other games. Now it is a choice. Our choice to do it like that. I know some people had sometimes problems with all the reviews from other teams on an Arsenal blog. So they will be happy about it.
The other reviews we do and the Arsenal reviews will be published on the new site. They will also be listed on the usual news accumulation sites, and additionally they will be listed on the sites of other clubs that are run by Goonernews. You can find these sites by going to Goonernews and looking down the right side to the badges of each club.
Our new site will be the place to see how a ref did a game from each premier league team. And if what you felt as wrong was really wrong. Or that your feelings were wrong.
So for the “referee review fanatics” on this site it means you have to add another site to your favourites. Sorry about this. But we had to do it like that. We had and have to overcome the “Arsenal” tag on our reviews. We must attract new readers, new people and hopefully new referees.
Of course we will be linking to the new site on Untold and let you know about the reviews we put up. But try to come around yourself on a regular basis and join in the discussions that we hope to have. Or come along to praise us amidst the abuse our ref reviewers will have to swallow from time to time.
Last season we were extremely proud to have done 40% of the PL games. Some people said it still was not enough and we had to do more games. We took that as our task to do better.
And the first signs are well…looking amazing. I am very proud to let you know that from the first game day which had as usual 10 games we have reviewed…9 (nine) games! That is 90% of the games on that day. And if someone can deliver us the 10th game be our guest and deliver and we will review it.
I know the season is still new and we face a long and hard battle in front of us. But just imagine if we could keep this number up. Just imagine if we could do 90% of the PL games from this season? What other excuse will they find to ignore us by saying it isn’t enough? Right, no excuses from then on.
So let’s go for it. Let us try our best to reach that number. If that would be possible I would be a very happy referee-reviewer. And if you are a referee and want to join this project: what are you waiting for?
Join us at Referee decisions! See you there.
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