# Referee Review 2012/3: Reading – 17 wrong decisions per game!!!

By Walter Broeckx

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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 each decision. A total table will be published at the end of this series and then you can compare each team with the other teams.

And it will be an interesting table I can assure you of that.

First we are providing a table for each team highlighting each type of decision. This gives the totals as for when the team in the article got a favourable decision and when they got it against them.

If the traditional mantra, “it all evens out at the end of the season” is true it should show in these statistics – and indeed for some clubs we have already reviewed, that is the case.

But as I said, in the table we just show the decisions as a decision and we didn’t put any weight on the decisions. That is something for later on. Now we just take each decision at the same value, which is of course not saying all because a wrong penalty call is a bit more important than a wrong throw in decision.

But now let us move to the sixth team in our survey:  Reading.

The bad thing about Reading is that we only did 10 of their games and that is just over 26% of their games. The lowest number of them all. So the most difficult set of numbers to judge. But we will try anyway.

In the second column we see the type of decision. And in the column “favoured” we see how many decisions favoured Wigan 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 the team and a positive number means that the total decisions was in their favour.

In the last column we see the average swing per game, based on the games we reviewed. 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.

We had a total of 168 wrong decisions in the 10 games we did with Reading.  That is more than 16 wrong decisions per game, almost 17. This is the most disgraceful number I have ever seen. 17 wrong decisions on average each game. Terrible. Completely unacceptable.

Of those 168 wrong decisions we had 80 in their favour and 88 going against them. The difference is 8 decisions gong against Reading. So that is a bit of good news one could say. The level of the refereings was terrible in general but equally bad for both sides. A small consolation. It means that we had just under 1 decisions going against them on average per game. But then again with such a low level of refereeing standards in their games, nobody deserves this shit.

If we first look at the decisions that went in their favour we see that this is only for advantage,  free kicks, yellow and red cards that went their way. And both with just 1 decisions difference each time. Apart from the yellow cards where the advantage was a bit bigger.

There was no difference when we look at the corners and throw in decisions. But all the others had a negative bias against Reading. The goals are the worst part in fact. No wrong awarded goals in their favour but 3 going against them.  When we look at the penalties we see that 1 only wrongly in their favour but 3 going against them.

Reading surely didn’t get it their way and maybe it is no surprise they went down again if we look at these numbers.  1 decision per game going against you doesn’t look that much of a deal. But when we look at the goals and penalties going against you it looks as if they had almost one goal or penalty going against them per game. And that is a big handicap to overcome.

But then again we have to be careful like I said before because we don’t have that many games to look at.

Earlier articles in the series of ref review for 2012/13

### 4 comments to Referee Review 2012/3: Reading – 17 wrong decisions per game!!!

• Florian

The refs might as well think about tossing a coin. Disgraceful.

• Pat

Terrible refereeing!

Interesting interview with Halsey in today’s Daily Telegraph.

The PGMOL gives referees a big pay off when they retire but only on condition they agree to sign a confidentiality agreement and say nothing about their time as a referee.

Mark Halsey refused to do this and therefore may say all kinds of interesting things. He disagrees with the PGMOL policy of not allowing referees to comment on what happens in matches.

In particular he says it disadvantaged Mark Clattenburg who was unable to defend himself publicly against the very serious charge of racism. And the PGMOL made no statement in his defence either, according to Halsey.

More interesting information to come, I hope.

• Stuart

Walter,
Your article talks about Wigan just under the table but it’s titled Reading. Sorry to nit pick.

• WalterBroeckx

Thanks for seeing it Stuart. Put it right now