By Walter Broeckx
This article is part of the series of the Referee Review 2013. You can find links to earlier articles on the bottom of this article.
In this part of the series we have a look at each team and see how the bias panned out for each team. This is based on the decisions themselves without putting any weight on different types of decision. A total table will be published at the end of this and then you can compare each team with the other teams. At the end it will be an interesting table, I can assure you that.
We will show this in a table for each team highlighting each type of decision. We will show you the totals when the team in the article got a favourable decision and when they got it against them.
As you know the traditional mantra “it all evens out at the end of the season” should be visible here. So we are just trying to see if it really does all even out.
As noted, there is no weighting of the decisions in the table. For now we just take each decision at the same value, which is of course not at all saying that a wrong penalty call not more important than a wrong throw in decision. But we have to start with the basic figures.
But now let us move to the next team in our survey: West Bromwich Albion.
We did 22 games of WBA last season and this is 57,89% of their total games. I think a good number of games to see how things went for them.
In the second column we see the type of decision. And in the column “favoured” we see how many decisions favoured WBA when we reviewed them. And in the column “Penalised” we see how many times a wrong decision went against them. The total swing is the difference between the favoured decisions and the penalised decisions.
A negative number in this column means that the total was against WBA and a positive number means that the total decisions was in their favour.
In the last column we see the average swing per game. And this gives an indication on how many decisions went against a team or were in favour of a team. The lower the number the lower number of decisions that were wrong. And a positive number indicates that in each game they get some decisions in their favour and a negative indicates how many decisions the team has to overcome.
The total number of decisions going in their favour was 16 decisions. Less than one decision per game. But the good thing for them is that it is a positive swing. If you can recall last year’s results we found that they had a rather negative bias against them. But not this time around. It can’t be so but it looks as if refs wanted to make up for last season a bit.
On the more important decisions we see that they had 5 wrong goals in total in the games we reviewed. Three in their favour and two against them. So a positive bias in the goals section of one goal. For the penalties the end result was no bias. But this doesn’t mean of course that some of the decisions might have cost them points or won them points.
So a small positive swing and one could say that on average they benefit for one decision per game. For WBA it almost does even out in the end.
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