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Match Review: Chris Foy – Arsenal Vs Reading (4 – 1) [30/03/2013]

Match Review: Chris Foy – Arsenal Vs Reading (4 – 1) [30/03/2013]

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Today’s referee is Chris Foy

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Chris Foy (2013-03-30)
Period 1
Min Type From On C/NC Reviewer Comment Weight
0 CORNER ARS C Aaron Ramsey concedes a corner kick. 1
1 GOAL KICK REA C Adrian Mariappa concedes a goal kick. 1
2 THROW IN REA C Hal Robson-Kanu concedes a throw in. 1
4 FOUL REA C Danny Guthrie Commits a Regular foul. 1
4 FREE KICK ARS C Nacho Monreal takes a direct free kick. 1
5 FOUL ARS C Mikel Arteta Commits a Regular foul. 1
5 FREE KICK REA C 1
6 THROW IN ARS C Tomas Rosicky concedes a throw in. 1
7 OFFSIDE REA C Pavel Pogrebnyak is played offside by Laurent Koscielny from a ball by Mikele Leigertwood 1
7 FREE KICK ARS C Lukasz Fabianski takes a direct free kick. 1
8 THROW IN ARS C Lukasz Fabianski concedes a throw in. 1
8 FOUL REA C Mikele Leigertwood Commits a Regular foul. 1
9 FREE KICK ARS C Laurent Koscielny takes a direct free kick. 1
9 FOUL REA C Hal Robson-Kanu Commits a Regular foul. 1
9 FREE KICK ARS C Aaron Ramsey takes a direct free kick. 1
10 GOAL ARS C Gervais Yao Kouassi scores a goal for Arsenal. Gervinho was level with the defender to the far right, so onside. 1
12 FOUL ARS C Per Mertesacker Commits a Regular foul. 1
12 FREE KICK REA C Mikele Leigertwood takes a direct free kick. 1
12 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
13 THROW IN ARS C Gervais Yao Kouassi concedes a throw in. 1
14 GOAL KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a goal kick. 1
14 FOUL REA C Hal Robson-Kanu Commits a Regular foul. 1
14 FREE KICK ARS C Mikel Arteta takes a direct free kick. 1
15 GOAL KICK ARS C Gervais Yao Kouassi concedes a goal kick. 1
15 FOUL ARS C Nacho Monreal Commits a Regular foul. 1
16 FREE KICK REA C 1
16 THROW IN ARS C Mikel Arteta concedes a throw in. 1
16 FOUL REA C Hal Robson-Kanu Commits a Regular foul. 1
17 FREE KICK ARS C Nacho Monreal takes a direct free kick. 1
17 FOUL REA ARS NC Giroud plays the ball past the keeper and then gets bundled over by the keeper when he tries to run past him 3
17 RED REA NC The keeper was the last defender, the ball was played in the direction of the goal and the player wanted to run past the keeper to put the ball in the net. Should have been a red card 5
17 PENALTY REA NC If ever there was a clear penalty, this was it. But not given. 5
18 THROW IN ARS C Mikel Arteta concedes a throw in. 1
19 CORNER REA C Nicky Shorey concedes a corner kick. 1
20 CORNER REA C Pavel Pogrebnyak concedes a corner kick. 1
20 OFFSIDE ARS C Olivier Giroud is played offside by Alex Pearce from a ball by Aaron Ramsey 1
21 GOAL KICK ARS C Gervais Yao Kouassi concedes a goal kick. 1
22 THROW IN ARS C Olivier Giroud concedes a throw in. 1
22 FOUL ARS C Mikel Arteta Commits a Regular foul. 1
22 FREE KICK REA C Stephen Kelly takes a direct free kick. 1
22 FOUL ARS C Bacary Sagna Commits a Regular foul. 1
23 FREE KICK REA C Danny Guthrie takes a direct free kick. 1
23 CORNER REA C Stephen Kelly concedes a corner kick. 1
25 THROW IN REA C Adrian Mariappa concedes a throw in. 1
26 THROW IN REA C Stephen Kelly concedes a throw in. 1
27 GOAL KICK ARS C Mikel Arteta concedes a goal kick. 1
28 THROW IN ARS C Aaron Ramsey concedes a throw in. 1
29 THROW IN REA C Mikele Leigertwood concedes a throw in. 1
29 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
29 FOUL ARS NC Pushed him, not given 3
29 FREE KICK REA NC for the previous not given foul 3
31 FOUL REA C Danny Guthrie Commits a Regular foul. 1
31 YELLOW REA C Danny Guthrie recieves a YellowCard for the following reason: Foul. 1
32 FREE KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla takes a direct free kick. 1
32 FOUL REA C Jobi McAnuff Commits a Regular foul. 1
33 FREE KICK ARS C 1
34 THROW IN ARS C Laurent Koscielny concedes a throw in. 1
34 FOUL REA C Mikele Leigertwood Commits a Regular foul. 1
34 YELLOW REA NC Sliding tackle, missing the ball, hitting the man, came half from behind. Should have been booked 3
35 FREE KICK ARS C Mikel Arteta takes a direct free kick. 1
35 FOUL ARS C Gervais Yao Kouassi Commits a Handball foul. 1
35 FREE KICK REA C Alex Pearce takes a direct free kick. 1
36 CORNER REA C Adrian Mariappa concedes a corner kick. 1
36 THROW IN REA C Danny Guthrie concedes a throw in. 1
38 GOAL KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a goal kick. 1
39 THROW IN REA C Adrian Mariappa concedes a throw in. 1
39 CORNER REA C Jem Karacan concedes a corner kick. 1
42 GOAL KICK ARS C Gervais Yao Kouassi concedes a goal kick. 1
42 FOUL REA ARS NC Cazorla is clearly tripped just outside the penalty area, Arsenal keep in possession but there is no room or space. Ref doesn’t signal advantage. Clear foul but not given 3
42 FREE KICK ARS NC For the previous not given foul 3
43 GOAL KICK ARS C Nacho Monreal concedes a goal kick. 1
45 FOUL ARS C Olivier Giroud Commits a Regular foul. 1
45 FREE KICK REA C Nicky Shorey takes a direct free kick. 1
Period 2
Min Type From On C/NC Reviewer Comment Weight
47 GOAL ARS C Santiago Cazorla scores a goal for Arsenal. 1
49 CORNER REA C Mikele Leigertwood concedes a corner kick. 1
50 GOAL KICK ARS C Per Mertesacker concedes a goal kick. 1
51 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
52 GOAL KICK REA C Hal Robson-Kanu concedes a goal kick. 1
53 THROW IN REA C Stuart Taylor concedes a throw in. 1
53 GOAL KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a goal kick. 1
53 THROW IN REA C Stuart Taylor concedes a throw in. 1
54 THROW IN REA C Alex Pearce concedes a throw in. 1
54 GOAL KICK ARS C Tomas Rosicky concedes a goal kick. 1
54 THROW IN REA C Stephen Kelly concedes a throw in. 1
57 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
57 FOUL ARS C Mikel Arteta Commits a Dangerous foul. 1
58 FREE KICK REA C Stuart Taylor takes a direct free kick. 1
58 OFFSIDE REA NC Laurent Koscielny concedes a corner kick but Pogrebnyak was clearly offside when the ball was played to him. Should have been a free kick to Arsenal. Reading almost score from the given corner. Could have been a costly mistake. 2
58 CORNER ARS NC Laurent Koscielny concedes a corner kick but Pogrebnyak was clearly offside when the ball was played to him. Should have been a free kick to Arsenal. Reading almost score from the given corner. Could have been a costly mistake. 2
60 THROW IN REA C Noel Hunt concedes a throw in. 1
62 GOAL KICK ARS C Gervais Yao Kouassi concedes a goal kick. 1
62 FOUL ARS NC Tomas Rosicky just puts his body between the ball and the Reading player in order to run away with the ball. I don’t see a foul. 3
62 FREE KICK REA NC No foul so no free kick. 3
63 CORNER REA C Adrian Mariappa concedes a corner kick. 1
65 CORNER ARS C Per Mertesacker concedes a corner kick. 1
66 GOAL ARS C Olivier Giroud scores a goal for Arsenal. 1
67 GOAL REA C Hal Robson-Kanu scores a goal for Reading. 1
70 FOUL REA C Jobi McAnuff Commits a Regular foul. 1
71 FREE KICK ARS C Lukasz Fabianski takes a direct free kick. 1
71 CORNER REA C Nicky Shorey concedes a corner kick. 1
72 CORNER REA C Noel Hunt concedes a corner kick. 1
73 THROW IN ARS C Laurent Koscielny concedes a throw in. 1
73 FOUL REA C Jobi McAnuff Commits a Regular foul. 1
75 FREE KICK ARS C Lukasz Fabianski takes a direct free kick. 1
76 THROW IN REA C Alex Pearce concedes a throw in. 1
76 FOUL REA C Adrian Mariappa Commits a Regular foul. 1
76 PENALTY REA NC Penalty kick given against Adrian Mariappa for a Regular foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But the foul happened inches out of the penalty area so should have been a direct free kick. 5
76 FREE KICK ARS NC Penalty kick given against Adrian Mariappa for a Regular foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But the foul happened inches out of the penalty area so should have been a direct free kick. 3
76 GOAL ARS NC Mikel Arteta scores a goal for Arsenal from the penalty spot. As the foul was outside the penalty area the goal should not have stood. But Mariappa should have been booked for the foul. 5
76 YELLOW REA NC Mikel Arteta scores a goal for Arsenal from the penalty spot. As the foul was outside the penalty area the goal should not have stood. But Mariappa should have been booked for the foul. 3
78 THROW IN REA C Alex Pearce concedes a throw in. 1
78 THROW IN REA C Mikele Leigertwood concedes a throw in. 1
79 OFFSIDE ARS C Mikel Arteta is played offside by Adrian Mariappa from a ball by Aaron Ramsey 1
80 THROW IN REA C Hal Robson-Kanu concedes a throw in. 1
80 FOUL REA C Mikele Leigertwood Commits a Regular foul. 1
80 FREE KICK ARS C Aaron Ramsey takes a direct free kick. 1
82 GOAL KICK ARS C Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain concedes a goal kick. 1
83 FOUL ARS C Aaron Ramsey Commits a Regular foul. 1
83 FREE KICK REA C Mikele Leigertwood takes a direct free kick. 1
86 THROW IN REA C Jobi McAnuff concedes a throw in. 1
86 FOUL REA C Jobi McAnuff Commits a Regular foul. 1
86 YELLOW REA NC His third foul in a short time. The ref had given him a warning after the second foul and now lets him off the hook. Should have been booked 3
87 FREE KICK ARS C Mikel Arteta takes a direct free kick. 1
87 FOUL REA C Jobi McAnuff Commits a Regular foul. 1
87 FREE KICK ARS C Lukasz Fabianski takes a direct free kick. 1
88 THROW IN REA C Nicky Shorey concedes a throw in. 1
89 THROW IN ARS C Lukas Podolski concedes a throw in. 1
89 CORNER REA C Adrian Mariappa concedes a corner kick. 1
89 THROW IN REA C Nicky Shorey concedes a throw in. 1
89 CORNER REA C Noel Hunt concedes a corner kick. 1
90 THROW IN REA C Mikele Leigertwood concedes a throw in. 1
91 OFFSIDE ARS C Kieran Gibbs is played offside by Adrian Mariappa from a ball by Aaron Ramsey 1
91 FREE KICK REA C Stuart Taylor takes a direct free kick. 1
92 GOAL KICK REA C Garath McCleary concedes a goal kick. 1
93 THROW IN ARS C Laurent Koscielny concedes a throw in. 1

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

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Chris Foy (2013-03-30)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
CORNER 6 6 100.00
FOUL 15 18 83.33
FREE KICK 16 18 88.89
GOAL 1 1 100.00
GOAL KICK 8 8 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
PENALTY 0 1 0.00
RED 0 1 0.00
THROW IN 16 16 100.00
YELLOW 1 2 50.00
TOTAL 65 73 89.04
WEIGHTED 65 93 69.89
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
CORNER 7 8 87.50
FOUL 8 9 88.89
FREE KICK 8 10 80.00
GOAL 3 4 75.00
GOAL KICK 7 7 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 3 66.67
PENALTY 0 1 0.00
THROW IN 18 18 100.00
YELLOW 0 2 0.00
TOTAL 53 62 85.48
WEIGHTED 53 82 64.63
Totals Called Total Correct %
CORNER 13 14 92.86
FOUL 23 27 85.19
FREE KICK 24 28 85.71
GOAL 4 5 80.00
GOAL KICK 15 15 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 5 80.00
PENALTY 0 2 0.00
RED 0 1 0.00
THROW IN 34 34 100.00
YELLOW 1 4 25.00
TOTAL 118 135 87.41
WEIGHTED 118 175 67.43

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

BIAS SUMMARY – Chris Foy (2013-03-30)
Period 1 Arsenal % Reading % Total
Correct For 32 49.23 33 50.77 65
Correct For Weighted 32 49.23 33 50.77 65
Incorrect Against 6 75.00 2 25.00 8
Incorrect Against Weighted 22 78.57 6 21.43 28
Fouls Commited 8 44.44 10 55.56 18
Fouls Penalised 7 87.50 8 80.00 15
Period 2 Arsenal % Reading % Total
Correct For 34 64.15 19 35.85 53
Correct For Weighted 34 64.15 19 35.85 53
Incorrect Against 7 77.78 2 22.22 9
Incorrect Against Weighted 19 65.52 10 34.48 29
Fouls Commited 3 33.33 6 66.67 9
Fouls Penalised 2 66.67 6 100.00 8
Totals Arsenal % Reading % Total
Correct For 66 55.93 52 44.07 118
Correct For Weighted 66 55.93 52 44.07 118
Incorrect Against 13 76.47 4 23.53 17
Incorrect Against Weighted 41 71.93 16 28.07 57
Fouls Commited 11 40.74 16 59.26 27
Fouls Penalised 9 81.82 14 87.50 23

Please leave a comment!

A few remarks from the reviewer.

Foy was not really great in his penalty calls. The one he missed when Taylor catapulted Giroud in the air was amazing. One of the most clear fouls and he completely ignored it. On the other hand the penalty he gave for the foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain was not justified. The foul was inches outside the penalty area so it should have been a free kick. People could say justice was done after all but in fact it are two wrong decisions from the ref.

As a bit of consolation I could say that for the given penalty the ref received no help from his assistant. In such cases the assistant should move closer to the goal line to indicate the foul was inside the penalty area or he should move away a few steps to indicate to the ref the foul was outside the penalty area. The assistant indicated the foul but he didn’t move an inch. Maybe he wasn’t sure either? So the ref had to make a decision and maybe with the first not given penalty in the back of his head opted for the penalty this time.

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8 comments to Match Review: Chris Foy – Arsenal Vs Reading (4 – 1) [30/03/2013]

  • Percy

    At the game, being opposite the assistant referee in the Chamberlain penalty incident, I got the distinct impression that he clearly signalled a penalty decision to Foy immediately that the trip happened.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Whilst we have done OK for points under Foy this year, three wins and a draw, the quality of his refereeing really hasn’t been good. At the time of the Giroud incident it looked the clearest penalty/sending off imaginable. I still can’t believe that Foy didn’t even see it as a foul. If his judgement is that poor what on earth is he doing in charge of games at the highest level – he shouldn’t even be allowed to do games at “grass roots” level.
    I know that,in the end, we won comfortably and it really didn’t matter but that’s not the point and it could have.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Even Graham Poll in his post in the Mail called it the easiest of penalties and speculates that missing it may be the reason for him not having a game this week.

  • Florian

    I looked at a still video of the Gervinho’s position at the first goal. He was actually a few inches behind the last defender when Cazorla kicked the ball. No offside, good call.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Yes Percy he did signal the foul. But when a foul is made on the line the assistant also has to help the ref (assist 😉 ) to make the correct decision. Penalty or free kick? And this is something he can do when he is absolutely certain by making one or two steps in the direction of the goal line indicating that the foul was inside. Or stepping one or two steps away from the goal line indicating it was outside the penalty area.

    The assistant flagged but then stood still. So I think he wasn’t certain of it being inside or outside the penalty area and let the ref make the call. Of course if you are not sure as an assistant you have to let the ref make the decision. That is why the ref gets paid more than an assistant 🙂

  • Cape Gooner

    Walter, please allow me to go off topic. Last night Spurs played in the Europa League; Adebayor’s goal was a goalmouth scramble where he raised his foot to head height in order to score. The defender was going to head the ball clear, but pulled out on seeing Ade’s boot. It was not clear who would have got there first.

    Is it a foul? Is it a card? What colour?

  • Stroller

    The Taylor foul was the clearest of penalties and Foy was well placed to see it. The only possible argument against could be that Taylor was trying to get the ball, but that applies in most cases when a keeper brings down a forward and is no reason to duck the decision.

    But could it have been that he knew awarding a penalty would have meant a red card for Taylor?

    But just imagine if it had been the other way round and it was Reading who were denied at that stage of the game. Especially if they had lost by a smaller margin. The MOTD crowd and the papers would have been raging on about the injustice of it all and how refs always favour the bigger club.

    The seriousness given to refereeing errors is as much about the result of the game and the teams involved as the mistake itself.

    And the Ox penalty was clear cut both at the time and under TV scrutiny. There was a bit of a push on him first when outside of the area but he stayed on his feet and was brought down when inside.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Cape Gooner, I will try to see the images if I can find them. I didn’t see the game