By Walter Broeckx
In the past when the website of the PGMOL was still alive and whistling we found a few things over there that told us the criteria that are used to appoint referees. Lucky we did some copy and pasting in those days.
I quote from the previous information we could find on their website:
When making the appointments, a number of factors are taken into account including:
- – The current form of the official
- – The referee’s position in the merit table
- – Overall experience
- – How often they have refereed the Clubs involved
- – Proximity to the ground or city in which they were born or live
- – The team the referee supports
- – International appointments (For example if referees have UEFA matches on Thursdays they will only be available for matches on Sundays or Mondays)
The last two are important ones. Because when you look at the numbers Wigan has when Dean is around it is not only very strange but also very much pointing in the direction that there might be a little soft spot in his heart for this team.
But then we go on the the last criteria. And that is a criteria that is used to make sure that the ref has enough rest in between games. Because (and each ref will confirm this) the more fatigued you get the worse your decisions can become.
It is no coincidence that later on in the game more mistakes are made in general. Of course professional refs who are well trained should be less troubled by this but still it can happen.
Now there is this ruling that when a ref does an international match on Thursday he can only do a game on Sunday or Monday in the next weekend. So this is to give a ref a minimum of 2 complete days rest between his games. Doing a game on Thursday means he will have the whole Friday and Saturday to recover from the game. So only on the third day he gets another game.
The same goes for when a ref has to do an international game on Tuesday in the CL. Then he will only do a game on Saturday in the weekend before. Again this gives the ref two complete days rest between his Saturday game and that Tuesday game. The resting days are Sunday and Monday. And then on the third day he gets his match.
So in fact it is clear that the guidelines are: a ref should have two complete recovery days between each game.
- Now let us look at Dean and his games this week.
- On Wednesday Chelsea – Tottenham: matchday
- Thursday : recovery
- Friday: recovery
- Saturday: recovery
- Sunday: Sunderland – Southampton : matchday
- Monday: recovery
- Tuesday: Arsenal – Wigan : matchday
So it is clear to see that what counts the whole season suddenly goes out the door for this game. And suddenly he must do two games in almost 48 hours. This is very very strange to say the least.
There are 9 refs who do a game in the weekend. That means there are 7 refs with no match. One of those refs is Foy and he is not allowed to do Wigan games. So that means there are 6 refs who are perfectly able to do this game. And yet the PGMOL sends one of those 9 refs for a second game within 48 hours! What is wrong with those other 6 refs that they cannot do this game?
Mind you the other game played that day gets a ref who is free in the weekend or at least doesn’t do a match on Sunday. As Atkinson is appointed for the Reading – Manchester City game and he has no game in the weekend.
This is all very suspicious, certainly given the record Mike Dean has both with Arsenal and Wigan.
In fact of course those of us involved in Untold think it is business as usual from the PGMOL. We predicted it would be Dean for this game weeks ago. Because when you start to investigate the PGMOL you sometimes see some strange patterns. And this is a pattern that fits the Mike Riley bill.
I even wouldn’t be surprised that Dean asked Riley to be given this game. I know it sometimes happen and that Riley sometimes grants such things. But you cannot grant such a thing when the ref has such a twisted record with both clubs.
The crazy thing is now that if Deans makes “strange” decisions they could blame it on fatigue. They could use it as a way to avoid criticism. Ah he didn’t see that foul on an Arsenal player in the penalty area because he was too tired. Ah, he gave that penalty for a dive because he was too fatigued to be close and was fooled.
The thing is (and I wonder why nobody from the media notices this is) that the PGMOL and Mike Riley specifically is breaking all the rules with this appointment. Breaking the rules set out by themselves for international games. But I think each game in the PL can be compared to be on the same level as a game in Europe. So why do they send the bogey-ref for one team to that team within 48 hours of his last match? What with those 6 other refs who could do this game? Why Dean for this game?
There is no logical explanation for sending a ref for another game within 48 hours to a game when there are other refs available for this game. Even 6 other refs available.
So again we can point at something very suspicious in the appointments of the referees. How much longer before the serious media will look in to this and in to the behaviour of Riley and Dean?
Remember my calciopoli articles a few weeks ago? Well this appointment is somehow the ultimate proof of there being a kind of calciopoli in the PL. I just couldn’t imagine that Riley would be that quick to confirm the reasoning behind my article series.
The PGMOL and Mike Riley and their ref Mike Dean are bringing the PL in to disrepute. It is time that everyone was aware.
By the way these are the numbers Dean is having with the current top 5 teams: Notice the difference.