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Ref Review: Martin Atkinson – Chelsea Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [20/01/2013]

Match Review: Martin Atkinson – Chelsea Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [20/01/2013]

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Today’s referee is Martin Atkinson

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Martin Atkinson (2013-01-20)
Period 1
Min Type From On C/NC Reviewer Comment Weight
0 FOUL ARS CHE NC Diaby held his arms around Oscar, then stopped the ball with his feet, but first offence was a foul but not given 3
0 PENALTY ARS NC Foul started outside the penalty area but Diaby still held him inside the penalty area so should have been a penalty. 5
0 THROW IN ARS C Theo Walcott concedes a throw in. 1
0 THROW IN ARS C Jack Wilshere concedes a throw in. 1
1 GOAL KICK CHE C Frank Lampard concedes a goal kick. 1
1 THROW IN ARS C Olivier Giroud concedes a throw in. 1
1 FOUL ARS C Per Mertesacker Commits a Regular foul. 1
2 FREE KICK CHE C 1
3 GOAL KICK CHE C Branislav Ivanovic concedes a goal kick. 1
3 THROW IN ARS C Thomas Vermaelen concedes a throw in. 1
5 GOAL KICK CHE C Branislav Ivanovic concedes a goal kick. 1
5 FOUL CHE ARS NC Ramires plants his studs on the foot of Coquelin, foul not given 3
5 YELLOW CHE NC Planting studs on someone is dangerous and can cause injuries, should have been booked 3
5 FREE KICK ARS NC Juan Mata scores a goal for Chelsea but only as a direct result of the ref not giving the free kick seconds earlier. No Arsenal player touched the ball and seconds later the ball was in the net. Should have been a free kick for Arsenal and the goal should not have happened 3
5 GOAL CHE NC Juan Mata scores a goal for Chelsea but only as a direct result of the ref not giving the free kick seconds earlier. No Arsenal player touched the ball and seconds later the ball was in the net. Should have been a free kick for Arsenal and the goal should not have happened 5
7 OFFSIDE CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior is played offside by Per Mertesacker from a ball by Eden Hazard 1
8 CORNER CHE C Petr Cech concedes a corner kick. 1
9 THROW IN ARS C Kieran Gibbs concedes a throw in. 1
10 CORNER ARS C Wojciech Szczesny concedes a corner kick. 1
10 OFFSIDE CHE C Frank Lampard is played offside by Kieran Gibbs from a ball by Gary Cahill 1
11 THROW IN CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior concedes a throw in. 1
12 GOAL KICK CHE C Fernando Torres concedes a goal kick. 1
14 GOAL KICK CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior concedes a goal kick. 1
15 PENALTY ARS NC It shouldn’t have been a penalty but if the ref wanted to penalise something it has to be a free kick for Arsenal for a dive 5
15 FOUL ARS NC On the slow motion it is clear to see that Ramirez plays the ball backwards and goes to follow the path of the ball. Szczesny has spraid himself and then Ramirez changes his footing and puts his leg forward looking to make contact with the keeper and throws himself to the ground. One of the better attempts of a dive I have seen in a long while. But Ramires didn’t go down because of contact with the keeper but he brought himself down. No foul from the keeper 3
15 FOUL CHE NC On the slow motion it is clear to see that Ramirez plays the ball backwards and goes to follow the path of the ball. Szczesny has spraid himself and then Ramirez changes his footing and puts his leg forward looking to make contact with the keeper and throws himself to the ground. One of the better attempts of a dive I have seen in a long while. But Ramires didn’t go down because of contact with the keeper but he brought himself down. No foul from the keeper 3
15 FREE KICK ARS NC It shouldn’t have been a penalty but if the ref wanted to penalise something it has to be a free kick for Arsenal for a dive 3
15 YELLOW CHE NC If a yellow card should have been given it should have been a yellow card against Ramires 3
15 YELLOW ARS NC If a yellow card should have been given it should have been a yellow card against Ramires 3
15 GOAL CHE NC As it shouldn’t have been a penalty the goal shouldn’t count 5
16 CORNER CHE C C?sar Azpilicueta concedes a corner kick. 1
18 FOUL ARS C Bacary Sagna Commits a Regular foul. 1
18 FREE KICK CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior takes a direct free kick. 1
18 THROW IN ARS C Jack Wilshere concedes a throw in. 1
19 GOAL KICK CHE C Ashley Cole concedes a goal kick. 1
19 THROW IN CHE C Branislav Ivanovic concedes a throw in. 1
21 CORNER CHE C C?sar Azpilicueta concedes a corner kick. 1
22 GOAL KICK ARS C Wojciech Szczesny concedes a goal kick. 1
22 FOUL ARS C Francis Coquelin Commits a Regular foul. 1
23 FREE KICK CHE C 1
23 GOAL KICK CHE C Juan Mata concedes a goal kick. 1
29 FOUL ARS C Jack Wilshere Commits a Regular foul. 1
29 FREE KICK CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior takes a direct free kick. 1
30 THROW IN ARS C Theo Walcott concedes a throw in. 1
31 THROW IN CHE C Branislav Ivanovic concedes a throw in. 1
31 THROW IN CHE C Frank Lampard concedes a throw in. 1
32 OFFSIDE CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior is played offside by Thomas Vermaelen from a ball by Frank Lampard 1
33 OFFSIDE ARS C Theo Walcott is played offside by Gary Cahill from a ball by Jack Wilshere 1
35 GOAL KICK CHE C Ramires Santos do Nascimento concedes a goal kick. 1
36 FOUL CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior Commits a Regular foul. 1
37 FREE KICK ARS C 1
37 CORNER CHE C Branislav Ivanovic concedes a corner kick. 1
39 FOUL CHE C Fernando Torres Commits a Regular foul. 1
39 FREE KICK ARS C Thomas Vermaelen takes a direct free kick. 1
40 OFFSIDE ARS C Theo Walcott is played offside by Gary Cahill from a ball by Jack Wilshere 1
41 CORNER ARS C Francis Coquelin concedes a corner kick. 1
43 THROW IN ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a throw in. 1
43 FOUL ARS C Jack Wilshere Commits a Regular foul. 1
44 FREE KICK CHE C Juan Mata takes a direct free kick. 1
44 GOAL KICK CHE C Fernando Torres concedes a goal kick. 1
45 THROW IN ARS C Per Mertesacker concedes a throw in. 1
45 OFFSIDE ARS C Theo Walcott is played offside by Branislav Ivanovic from a ball by Francis Coquelin 1
Period 2
Min Type From On C/NC Reviewer Comment Weight
45 THROW IN ARS C Jack Wilshere concedes a throw in. 1
45 FOUL CHE C Ramires Santos do Nascimento Commits a Regular foul. 1
46 FREE KICK ARS C Jack Wilshere takes a direct free kick. 1
46 FOUL CHE C Ashley Cole Commits a Regular foul. 1
46 FREE KICK ARS C 1
47 THROW IN CHE C Gary Cahill concedes a throw in. 1
49 GOAL KICK ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a goal kick. 1
50 THROW IN CHE C Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior concedes a throw in. 1
50 OFFSIDE ARS C Olivier Giroud is played offside by Gary Cahill from a ball by Vassiriki Abou Diaby 1
52 THROW IN ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a throw in. 1
53 THROW IN ARS C Vassiriki Abou Diaby concedes a throw in. 1
54 FOUL CHE C Eden Hazard Commits a Regular foul. 1
54 FREE KICK ARS C Francis Coquelin takes a direct free kick. 1
54 OFFSIDE ARS C Olivier Giroud is played offside by Gary Cahill from a ball by Vassiriki Abou Diaby 1
55 THROW IN ARS C Francis Coquelin concedes a throw in. 1
56 THROW IN ARS C Kieran Gibbs concedes a throw in. 1
57 GOAL ARS C Theo Walcott scores a goal for Arsenal. 1
60 GOAL KICK ARS C Theo Walcott concedes a goal kick. 1
61 THROW IN ARS C Kieran Gibbs concedes a throw in. 1
61 FOUL ARS NC Kieran Gibbs takes the ball of Hazard who then touches the foot of Gibbs from behind and falls over. No foul 3
61 FREE KICK CHE NC Was no foul so no free kick. 3
61 FOUL CHE ARS NC Walcott goes past Ramires who pulls him back by the arm and the tackles the ball. Ref signals that he played the ball but ignores the arm pulling completely. 3
61 2ND YELLOW CHE NC Stopping a promising attack and his umpteenth foul in the game. He should have walked before this for his first foul on Coquelin and the dive earlier in the game 4
61 FREE KICK ARS NC For the foul on Walcott 3
62 FOUL ARS C Bacary Sagna Commits a Regular foul. 1
63 FREE KICK CHE C Petr Cech takes a direct free kick. 1
63 FOUL CHE C Fernando Torres Commits a Regular foul. 1
63 FREE KICK ARS C Wojciech Szczesny takes a direct free kick. 1
65 FOUL CHE C Ashley Cole Commits a Regular foul. 1
65 YELLOW CHE C Juan Mata recieves a YellowCard for the following reason: Dissent. 1
66 FREE KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla takes a direct free kick. 1
66 CORNER CHE C Frank Lampard concedes a corner kick. 1
67 THROW IN CHE C Frank Lampard concedes a throw in. 1
67 THROW IN CHE C Ramires Santos do Nascimento concedes a throw in. 1
68 GOAL KICK CHE C Juan Mata concedes a goal kick. 1
69 GOAL KICK ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a goal kick. 1
70 THROW IN CHE C Branislav Ivanovic concedes a throw in. 1
70 THROW IN CHE C C?sar Azpilicueta concedes a throw in. 1
70 CORNER ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a corner kick. 1
71 OFFSIDE CHE C Juan Mata is played offside by Aaron Ramsey from a ball by Ramires Santos do Nascimento 1
72 FOUL ARS C Jack Wilshere Commits a Regular foul. 1
73 FREE KICK CHE C Petr Cech takes a direct free kick. 1
73 THROW IN CHE C Fernando Torres concedes a throw in. 1
73 THROW IN CHE C C?sar Azpilicueta concedes a throw in. 1
74 THROW IN ARS C Jack Wilshere concedes a throw in. 1
74 FOUL CHE C Ramires Santos do Nascimento Commits a Regular foul. 1
74 FREE KICK ARS C Kieran Gibbs takes a direct free kick. 1
75 THROW IN CHE C Gary Cahill concedes a throw in. 1
76 THROW IN ARS C Wojciech Szczesny concedes a throw in. 1
76 THROW IN ARS C Kieran Gibbs concedes a throw in. 1
76 OFFSIDE CHE C Juan Mata is played offside by Per Mertesacker from a ball by Fernando Torres 1
77 THROW IN CHE C C?sar Azpilicueta concedes a throw in. 1
77 FOUL CHE ARS NC Ramirez pushes his arm in the face of Wilshere to get away on a counter, ref is running behind and doesn’t give a foul. That was a clear push in the face ref. 3
77 2ND YELLOW CHE NC I can’t remember having seen one player making that many bookable offences in one game and still the ref didn’t give a yellow card. Amazing to be honest. 4
77 FREE KICK ARS NC For the foul from Ramires 3
79 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
80 THROW IN CHE C Demba Ba concedes a throw in. 1
81 THROW IN ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a throw in. 1
81 GOAL KICK ARS C Andrey Arshavin concedes a goal kick. 1
82 FOUL ARS CHE C Cazorla tripped Ramires but ball came to another Chelsea player 3
82 ADVANTAGE CHE C A great advantage leading to a Chelsea goal chance 3
83 THROW IN CHE C Gary Cahill concedes a throw in. 1
84 THROW IN ARS C Thomas Vermaelen concedes a throw in. 1
84 GOAL KICK CHE C Ryan Bertrand concedes a goal kick. 1
85 FOUL CHE C Ashley Cole Commits a Regular foul. 1
85 FREE KICK ARS C 1
86 FOUL CHE C Ashley Cole Commits a Regular foul. 1
86 YELLOW CHE C Ashley Cole recieves a YellowCard for the following reason: Foul. He escaped a yellow card seconds earlier for the foul on Cazorla when he planted his studs on the foot of Cazorla 1
87 FREE KICK ARS C Thomas Vermaelen takes a direct free kick. 1
87 GOAL KICK CHE C Marko Marin concedes a goal kick. 1
88 GOAL KICK CHE C Petr Cech concedes a goal kick. 1
88 FOUL ARS C Aaron Ramsey Commits a Regular foul. 1
89 FREE KICK CHE C Juan Mata takes a direct free kick. 1
90 THROW IN CHE C Marko Marin concedes a throw in. 1
91 GOAL KICK CHE C Marko Marin concedes a goal kick. 1
91 THROW IN ARS C Kieran Gibbs concedes a throw in. 1
91 GOAL KICK CHE C Demba Ba concedes a goal kick. 1
92 CORNER CHE C Branislav Ivanovic concedes a corner kick. 1
92 CORNER CHE C Ramires Santos do Nascimento concedes a corner kick. 1
93 CORNER CHE C Gary Cahill concedes a corner kick. 1
93 CORNER CHE C Ashley Cole concedes a corner kick. 1
94 FOUL CHE ARS NC Cahill had his arms on and around the shoulder of Vermaelen so he couldn’t jump for the cross and pushed him down. Foul not given 3
94 PENALTY CHE NC Foul in the penalty area so should have been a penalty for Arsenal 5
94 GOAL KICK ARS C Olivier Giroud concedes a goal kick. 1
95 THROW IN CHE C Petr Cech concedes a throw in. 1
95 FOUL ARS C Olivier Giroud Commits a Regular foul. As for the previous not given foul against chelsea, this was almost an exact copy of that not given foul. 1
95 FREE KICK CHE C C?sar Azpilicueta takes a direct free kick. 1

Let us have a look at his competence numbers in this game

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Martin Atkinson (2013-01-20)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
CORNER 6 6 100.00
FOUL 7 11 63.64
FREE KICK 7 9 77.78
GOAL 0 2 0.00
GOAL KICK 10 10 100.00
OFFSIDE 6 6 100.00
PENALTY 0 2 0.00
THROW IN 13 13 100.00
YELLOW 0 3 0.00
TOTAL 49 62 79.03
WEIGHTED 49 96 51.04
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
2ND YELLOW 0 2 0.00
ADVANTAGE 1 1 100.00
CORNER 6 6 100.00
FOUL 13 17 76.47
FREE KICK 12 15 80.00
GOAL 1 1 100.00
GOAL KICK 11 11 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
PENALTY 0 1 0.00
THROW IN 27 27 100.00
YELLOW 2 2 100.00
TOTAL 77 87 88.51
WEIGHTED 81 115 70.43
Totals Called Total Correct %
2ND YELLOW 0 2 0.00
ADVANTAGE 1 1 100.00
CORNER 12 12 100.00
FOUL 20 28 71.43
FREE KICK 19 24 79.17
GOAL 1 3 33.33
GOAL KICK 21 21 100.00
OFFSIDE 10 10 100.00
PENALTY 0 3 0.00
THROW IN 40 40 100.00
YELLOW 2 5 40.00
TOTAL 126 149 84.56
WEIGHTED 130 211 61.61

Let us see if it evens out in this game and have a look at the bias numbers

BIAS SUMMARY – Martin Atkinson (2013-01-20)
Period 1 Chelsea % Arsenal % Total
Correct For 25 51.02 24 48.98 49
Correct For Weighted 25 51.02 24 48.98 49
Incorrect Against 2 15.38 11 84.62 13
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 17.02 39 82.98 47
Fouls Commited 4 36.36 7 63.64 11
Fouls Penalised 2 50.00 5 71.43 7
Period 2 Chelsea % Arsenal % Total
Correct For 31 40.26 46 59.74 77
Correct For Weighted 35 43.21 46 56.79 81
Incorrect Against 0 0.00 10 100.00 10
Incorrect Against Weighted 0 0.00 34 100.00 34
Fouls Commited 11 64.71 6 35.29 17
Fouls Penalised 8 72.73 5 83.33 13
Totals Chelsea % Arsenal % Total
Correct For 56 44.44 70 55.56 126
Correct For Weighted 60 46.15 70 53.85 130
Incorrect Against 2 8.70 21 91.30 23
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 9.88 73 90.12 81
Fouls Commited 15 53.57 13 46.43 28
Fouls Penalised 10 66.67 10 76.92 20

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29 comments to Ref Review: Martin Atkinson – Chelsea Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [20/01/2013]

  • avatar John

    The 2 crucial errors leading to Chelsea’s goals concerned incidents deserving a yellow card. Therefore Ramires should have been sent off.

  • avatar Mandy Dodd

    correct me if I am wrong, but are these some of the most shockingly biased numbers in these reviews, especially with the incorrect against? Fergie had a problem with this guy officiating in chelsea matches, we can see why.

  • avatar WalterBroeckx

    Some game deciding moments in this game and the ref not having the best score in total. In fact a very poor score based on this years way of counting.

    Our reviewers found that the first incident involving Diaby and Oscar was a foul from Diaby. He was holding Oscar outside the penalty area and then they moved in the penalty area with Diaby still having his arms around him. So should have been given a foul and a penalty. Diaby played the ball at the end of the events but that was only because he had made a foul before.

    The first Chelsea goal was completely wrong. Ref should have given the foul from Ramires and a yellow card for a dangerous foul. Putting your feet on the foot of an opponent like that can cause broken bones in the foot and long injuries and even career ending injuries. So that goal wouldn’t have happened because now Chelsea put the ball in the net a few seconds after that not given foul.

    the penalty was not a foul from Szczesny. He spreaded himself in the anticipation of a shot. Ramires then put the ball backwards, and he then made contact with the keeper. Not the other way round. If you have the images look at how he moves his foot towards the keeper in an unnatural movement. No penalty so in this case Ramires tried to cheat and should have been given a second yellow card.

    What strikes me when reviewing the review is that from the start of the second half the ref was suddenly rather fair in his foul calling. But that changed suddenly when Arsenal scored. He then started to make wrong decisions again and they all went against Arsenal.

    In fact the only real mistake going against Chelsea was the not given penalty in the first seconds of the game.

    I also noticed but our reviewer left this out an incident where the ref let Chelsea win an enormous amount of time at a throw, took the ball some 10 meters upfield, handing the ball to another player who on his turn took another 5-10 meters. The ref blowing his whistle while first Chelsea player was steeling his yards and winning time to indicate they should hurry up but then did nothing.
    I think our ref reviewer was kind on Atkinson for not counting this for not giving a yellow card for that time wasting.

    Poor final score and and a mind blowing bias against Arsenal. Or in this case a mind blowing bias in favour of Chelsea. If you understand what I am saying.

  • avatar WalterBroeckx

    Mandy,
    yes and I think I have answered a few questions and added a few remarks on my own.

  • avatar WalterBroeckx

    John,
    The fact that Ramires even didn’t get booked in the whole game is some of the great mysteries that I still will be wondering about on my death bed ;) Ok that is a bit over dramatic I think. I rather be wondering about Riley 49. I hope one day he wants to free his soul from his sins and speak out and apologises for it in public. Otherwise he can burn in hell…

  • avatar Matt Clarke

    Great work – thanks for showing this.

    It is quite telling that the ref got so much right so much of the time.

    He got it wrong only at critical times.

  • avatar Mandy Dodd

    interesting walter. i know a few refs seem to have a downer on us, but looking at this guys previous, including some games against us, I believe atkinson to be the most pro a single club referee at least since mike riley. not sure if the stats back me up or not, but his sequence of chelsea wins is scarcely believable. why do we always seem to get these refs for these games?

  • avatar Andrew Crawshaw

    Ramires got the MOTM award from the Sky commentators. Kind of says it all really. Another game where the referee ensured that one team got the win. Of course there is no match fixing of any sort in English football at least according to Graham Taylor so the peculiar refereeing must be purely random (said sarcastically).

  • avatar Andrew Crawshaw

    Walter, how much more statistical evidence do we need to collect on the bias against Arsenal before we can take some form of action? Should we try and create an unusual betting pattern next time we get one of the more outrageous refs. I’m sure if enough of us place wagers on your four “certainties” next time we get Dean it might just show up as suspicious. Mind you he is tricky enough to then give an even handed performance just to spite us.

  • avatar STEVE VALLINS

    Having read the ref reviews over the last few years do we think the players know the type of decisions they are going to get and not get . Kos fouls in the area red card any other ground a yellow plus what went on at Chelsea , are the players becoming despondent you never hear a comment regarding refs from Arsenal players or management .

  • avatar WalterBroeckx

    Steve,
    the last time Arsenal and Wenger openly spoke about a ref it was followed by one of the most biased performances ever (Dowd at Newcastle) and I think that the club has told everyone to shut up about it.
    They have learned their lesson.
    But so giving the PGMOL the chance to screw us over and over again….

  • avatar STEVE VALLINS

    Thanks Walter watched the second half of the Newcastle game on the computer was it Dowd who sent Petit off for touching him , he has history . How did we ever go through a season unbeaten ? are they now getting there own back

  • avatar AL

    These are horrible figures, and they dont even include the things Walter picked up. This kind of incompetence would be rewarded by a sacking in any other field except the FA or PGMOL, shocking.

  • avatar Sav from Australia

    Thanks to the review team for their hard work. Appalling refereeing, but as I watched the match – rather than read the biased match report on Sky or BBC – I expected this. But it really makes my day, reading the referee reviews and having a suspicion that I cannot prove to others confirmed. I salute your continued efforts on behalf of us all.

  • avatar Gonnerjoe

    I think it’s up to Arsenal fans to start an organized campaign to put pressure on the suspect refs at the grove for a start. This will only be aimed at the refs that all Arsenal fans know are having a premeditated detrimental influence on the results of Arsenal games. The campaign should make it as uncomfortable as possible for these suspect refs letting them know that we know they are part of the corruption that is all over Europe that includes Britain in football.

  • avatar WalterBroeckx

    A banner with PGMOL=MAFIA wouldn’t be far from the truth. But I wonder if Arsenal will allow it in the stadium?
    Or 11 people each holding up one letter ;) But pleas sit in the right order :)

  • avatar Pat

    Ref review confirms what we all thought at the time of the match, so thanks to the ref reviewer for the proof. A ref horror show.

    Yes, how could any fair minded person give Ramires the Man of the Match?

    Walter, your point about Dowd and the Newcastle match does explain why Arsene has stopped complaining. But he does sometimes make very subtle oblique references. He kind of invites the journalists to think a little bit for themselves. (Hard for them I know.)

  • avatar Gonnerjoe

    We start hissing and calling them cheats though the whole match for a start don’t give them any time to feel at ease. Make the grove a very nasty place for these low life’s to carry out there jobs to ref a match.bring it to the wider world how Arsenals win % under dean is so out kilter with are normal win ratio.

  • avatar Mandy Dodd

    goonerjoe, think that is starting to happen a bit at home, all the whistles over the time wasting etc. although did it against stoke at the weekend, foy did nothing but no surprise.
    but, if there is a supreme being, and at the end of my days, this being deemed me not quite good enough for paradise, but instead imposed a time in a pgmol controlled dimension of purgatory, given the choice of a hundred years watching dean ref us against the spuds, webb ref us against utd, dowd ref us against anyone north of st albans, or atkinson ref us against chelsea, it would be a close call but the latter would cause me most grief. Today, even Le Grove hinted there is an English ref as opposed to an english team who may be a bit worried over match fixing, they claim a well known journalist as a source, could be complete bollox of course. atkinsons chelsea thing is nothing less than shocking.

  • avatar Gonnerjoe

    The worrying thing is that I am starting to feel what’s the point you know once we get dean there’s over a 90%chance we will not win. Just a thought why don’t we start making some money start betting against Arsenal start a trend that will show up on the bookies security systems.

  • avatar Mandy Dodd

    wait and see us get dean against the spuds…..again…..

  • avatar Gunz

    Sorry off topic.
    FYI http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk is back.
    Interesting article “Hodgson the hedge”.

  • avatar Doanythingformoney

    I used to wonder why ‘foreign’ refs never used to pick up and comment on appallingly biased performances like this one(there may be the odd one around somewhere). Now I know. Many of them are probably doing the same foul deeds and don’t want to bring attention to it! What a state the Prem and the FA have allowed us to get into.
    And today some security ‘expert’ said we must remember it isn’t a game any longer- it’s a business now and we need preemptive surveillance! Heaven preserve us! Abolishing PGMOL and the refs we can’t trust would be a good preemptive strike for a start.

  • avatar Gonnerjoe

    Gunz
    Just read hodgson the hedge I don’t think it’s of topic just more proof in what is starting to look like a totally corrupt sport and football fans are being take ride.

  • avatar Gonnerjoe

    Gunz
    Thanks for heads up.

  • avatar Arvind

    Mike Dean = Spurs and anything against Arsenal
    Martin Atkinson = Chelsea and anything against Arsenal
    Howard Webb = ManU and anything against Arsenal

    That’s 3 off the top of my head and possibly many more hidden in that great ref database.

    Oh and btw..there’s no way City will win the league this time. Last year’s abberation has got to be corrected.

  • avatar Walter

    Arvind,

    I think I could write a book about Dean. Taken all the articles on Untold on him I think I have already written it :)

    But he is not a real “Spurs” ref. He was when Arry was there. You know the period in time that “Arry” was painted as the messiah of English football and would become the new England manager.

    Dean is more a Cameleon. Taking each colour that is required to develop his own career. If Arry/Spurs is the flavour of the day he turns white. If Man $ity becomes a force he turns blue.

    There even was a time that he was wearing red and we won games under him. But somewhere along the line he turned away from us and started his crusade against us.

    I think it was somewhere in 2006 he changed. The moment Dein left the FA. Dein who was considered very powerful in the FA at the time.
    Things then turned and Arsenal was not represented at the highest level in the FA since then (Gazidis is now but maybe not yet considered important enough by Dean).

    But from those days Dean turned in to one of the worst refs in the Arsenal history. The most anti-Arsenal ref I have ever seen. Birmingham 2007-2008, MU on several occasions, the spuds (Arry you know), the list goes on and on.

    But I would dare to bet a few pounds on this: if Arsenal would have a major influence in the FA… from that day, Dean will give us all we want. And more.

    A very smart and over ambitious person. Those are the most dangerous ones.

  • avatar WalterBroeckx

    In fact have just written another article about Dean.
    It will come on line later. A whole career in one article… amazing results… we are running in front, the rest will follow. Ah well the usual way Untold is ;) LOL

  • avatar none

    Walter, Im wondering if http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4301613.stm is what changed Dean? Perhaps it was Dein that pushed for his punishment?