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The PGMO v Arsenal – the half time report. How are the refs doing?

by Andrew Crawshaw

In the last two articles we have looked at the  matches played so far this season by Arsenal.  In case you missed them you can see the articles here:

Now we pull all these figures together

Summary

  1. The GoodMike Jones (Aston Villa v Arsenal) 82% overall – only one wrong Important Decision which didn’t impact on the game score and Neil Swarbrick (West Ham v Arsenal) 80%. Best of a poor bunch well done
  2. The AdequateJonathan Moss (Arsenal v Palace) downgraded from the Good rating his 81% overall score would warrant by having three wrong Important Decisions and 100% bias against Arsenal.
  3. The Barely AdequateMark Clattenberg (Arsenal v City), Craig Pawson (Arsenal v Burnley), Phil Dowd (Swansea v Arsenal), Chris Foy (West Brom v Arsenal) and Lee Mason (Arsenal v Newcastle)
  4. The Bad Kevin Friend (Everton v Arsenal) and (Sunderland v Arsenal), Anthony Taylor (Leicester v Arsenal), Michael Oliver (Arsenal v Spurs) and (Liverpool v Arsenal), Roger East (Arsenal v Hull), Martin Atkinson (Arsenal v QPR)
  5. The Downright UglyMartin Atkinson (Chelsea v Arsenal), Mike Dean (Arsenal v United), Andre Marriner (Arsenal v Southampton) Anthony Taylor (Stoke v Arsenal) – should have their refereeing licences revoked.

Putting the results in a tabular form and sorting by weighted performance scores we can see the referees ranked from the best at the top to the worst at the bottom.

Referee Opponent Home/Away Weighted Performance % Bias Against Arsenal
Mike Jones Aston Villa A 82 60
Jonathan Moss Crystal Palace H 81 100
Neil Swarbrick West Ham A 80 78
Lee Mason Newcastle H 76 100
Phil Dowd Swansea A 73 76
Craig Pawson Burnley H 72 72
Mark Clattenberg Man City H 71 46
Chris Foy West Brom A 70 56
Martin Atkinson QPR H 70 87
Michael Oliver Liverpool A 67 100
Michael Oliver Tottenham H 66 70
Kevin Friend Sunderland A 65 50
Roger East Hull H 62 64
Anthony Taylor Leicester A 61 85
Kevin Friend Everton A 60 78
Andre Marriner Southampton H 59 46
Anthony Taylor Stoke A 59 100
Mike Dean Man United H 53 60
Martin Atkinson Chelsea A 45 72

Rearranging the table to show the bias against Arsenal with the least biased at the top we get the following.  Please note the ideal bias figure is Zero which would indicate that any wrong decisions are evenly split between the two teams playing.  The least biased refereeing still has 46% of wrong decisions being given against Arsenal (73% of wrong decisions in those two games were against and 27% were in favour of Arsenal), and four referees have called every single wrong decision against Arsenal.

Referee Opponent Home/Away Weighted Performance % Bias Against Arsenal
Mark Clattenberg Man City H 71 46
Andre Marriner Southampton H 59 46
Kevin Friend Sunderland A 65 50
Chris Foy West Brom A 70 56
Mike Jones Aston Villa A 82 60
Mike Dean Man United H 53 60
Roger East Hull H 62 64
Michael Oliver Tottenham H 66 70
Craig Pawson Burnley H 72 72
Martin Atkinson Chelsea A 45 72
Phil Dowd Swansea A 73 76
Neil Swarbrick West Ham A 80 78
Kevin Friend Everton A 60 78
Anthony Taylor Leicester A 61 85
Martin Atkinson QPR H 70 87
Jonathan Moss Crystal Palace H 81 100
Lee Mason Newcastle H 76 100
Michael Oliver Liverpool A 67 100
Anthony Taylor Stoke A 59 100

With the playing field as uneven as it has been in the first half of the season, it is little short of a miracle that we ended up in fifth place at the half way mark.

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The books

18 comments to The PGMO v Arsenal – the half time report. How are the refs doing?

  • Usama

    Excellent work done! (by Untold, not the refs 😀 ) Every season there is more and more work put in such analysis which brings out the PGMO shady movements in every game.

    This type of work deserves to be on the front of every newspaper in England and it put every single media and news outlet to shame, who ignore and try to be oblivious to referee bias season after season

  • Usama

    3 Refs in particular have showed the worst results in more than 1 match. ( so far 2 matches).

    Michael Oliver
    Martin Atkinson
    Anthony Taylor

  • Usama

    Right now (this season) there are 17 Refs in the main Premier League List, out of in the first 19 matches (half season) we only have had 15 different refs. Robert Madley and Lee Probert are the referees who are yet to officiate any of our match.

  • Will

    Will this report go to the media or Arsenal?

  • Mandy Dodd

    Everyone now knows Atkinson is a Chelsea referee, the Liverpool fans found that out this very week…and that’s why we get him so often against Chelsea, in the very spirit of the English calcopoli.
    Anthony Taylor is a very very poor referee who manages to gain favour with his boss by bashing Arsenal, and he the way he does so suggests something almost personal.
    Oliver is young and ambitious, he knows what has to be done to get to the top, and it shows when he referees us.
    Will, I would be amazed if people at the club are not aware of this, why they do not appear to act, who knows. Maybe the board and owner really do not know anything about the game, and believe Mike Riley , that all is well with refereeing. Or maybe not. Wenger can be very subtle in condemning these refs, but wish he would be a bit more blatant, like other managers recently.
    Many of the refs are inadequate, most cannot keep up with the pace of the game. Makes it easy for the bent , ambitious and biased, they have their ready made excuses, and Riley gives them shelter.

  • Will

    @Mandy, I really want Wenger to bring the players off when we are getting our legs broken. After the third or forth bad tackle, I would like to see Wenger calling the players from the field and telling the 4th official that the ref is failing in his duty of care for the players.

  • Jammy J

    I still cant believe the performance of Anthony Taylor when we played Stoke. That was some of the worst refereeing i have seen in years. One of the few times ive actually had to turn the match off before it had ended, based solely on the refereeing performance (or lack of).

    Surely if someone was to have clips of each of the absolutely awful decisions he made in that match and showed it to the right person, asking to point them to the exact rule in the rulebok that shows why Taylors decision on each individual incident was correct, there would be no way they could blag themselves out of that?

  • nicky

    @Will,
    I’ve long advocated the withdrawal of a team from the field, when the lack of protection by corrupt referees is blatantly obvious.
    I recall in particular the Man Utd v Arsenal game a few years ago, when the thuggish Neville brothers and others should have been sent off AND prosecuted in the Courts for GBH against all manner of Arsenal players.
    Of course there would be action against club and manager but the resultant publicity might well bring about some forced integrity among the PGMO which is long overdue.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Will, I agree, would like to see that, that would be some statement, but would have serious repercussions, I would guess a points deduction sufficient to take us out of the top four, which would play into the hands of many agendas. First, I would like to see our players in the faces of these refs, exposing them for what some of them are, followed by comments after the game from wenger. Remember the likes of Dennis, Bobby, Adams, and Thierry, brilliant, but cynics to a man if need be, they could be all friendly and smiling with star struck refs before the game, but could also give em hell. We don’t do that any more, why is that?
    I am sure they have their very good reasons, but the club as a whole strike me as a bit passive in accepting the unacceptable. Do they believe a top four place could be the price of making too much noise?

  • Mandy Dodd

    Off topic, but Sky transfer blog saying Mr Paulista not in the squad to face Levante. What can it mean, maybe he is injured, maybe he has performed poorly and has been dropped, maybe he is being rested, maybe Utd about to pounce, maybe Sky are just plain wrong, or maybe we are in advanced high alert with airport sightings and training ground teleportations, and about to prepare to be ready to put something on arsenal.com?

  • Menace

    I would be happy if Wenger stopped the team from playing in a poorly refereed game. Getting them all to one side of the field with the ball & applauding the fans. The captain going over to the fourth official & requesting a change in match official.

    That will be the day that the Game becomes a sport again. Fair officiating is so important for educating the young. It is the same as fair policing. The USA know all about that.

    The issue that rears its head is that there are bastards in football that like the cheating & live by it. These, like Stoke currently, Manchester United in that infamous game with Riley officiating, the FA cup Final 2014 and Aston Villa opener last season 2013/2014, benefit somehow.

    Proof that the FA is corrupt can be summed up by these games & their blindness to the cheating (part of the 100% correct Riley decisions). An Association for sport that allows unsporting conduct by its selected officials is corrupt & morally bankrupt.

  • Menace

    Jammy J – I understand your frustration & anger. How my TV is still not destroyed is praise to my parents teaching me some self control.

  • para

    First an apology for my way of structuring sentences. Having lived 2 languages, i end up structuring sentences sometimes backwards, as my sister points out all the time.

    @Nicky, Will
    I think there is another way to bring the team off the field without fear of recriminations.
    After every tackle the Arsenal player goes down immediately or later (as relevant) then calls for treatment and comes of with an injury. We substitute until all subs are gone, then players continue “getting injured” and leave the field on stretcher until we end up with no players. I think the game will be abandoned long before we get to 5 players left, and no one should be able to punish Arsenal, even though they may suspect something. Of course the Medics at Arsenal will have to be in on the plan too.

    //
    The reason why this sort of thing goes on not only in football, is because the broad masses are softly hypnotised by media and such, and forget how or never learn to think for themselves. Let me give you an example.

    In the days of Afrika expeditions the drawings of the explorers were outrageously extrapolated to demean, disfigure and paint the inhabitants as some sort of freakish not normal being. These records of the people in Afrika was the media of the time.

    These journals were brought back to Europe, and the effect of them is still felt today. Some of the claims from then are still taken to be true, by BOTH black and white people. Now that was the media at that time. Imagine how sophisticated the media has become today. It is much easier to implant suggestions subconsciously but the method is the same.

    The few that have developed their own minds, who at least are not completely under the influence of the brain washing(oh yes, it affects us few too, just not as much as the sheeple) are not a threat to those who manipulate, after all they control the media.

    It is only when momentum is gained by these few, then all of a sudden the media jumps on the bandwagon and proclaims to be saviour, that is after first trying to kill that momentum.

  • samrat

    @will, nicky, read your suggestions about withdrawing the team. but imho that should really be the last step. why not try to give em a test of their own medicine? may be target a few key opposition players who target us?

  • Menace

    para – referee has to stop the game after team down to 8 players. It is not the right thing to bring officials to book.

    samrat – we do not need to go down to the sewer & behave like rats to advance our cause for sporting fairness.

    ‘Kick it out’ is unfortunate terminology. ‘Expel racism’ is more appropriate. Better still ‘expose racism’ would make most sense. Name calling is a poor excuse for racism & prejudice. Not having a single (the token) non white in the FA or PGMO is a truer visible sign. Racism is a very complex subject as it exists within religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam & Judaism.

    In the Man City match I was very surprised that Dean did not send Kompany off for foul & abusive language let alone dissent. The Captain has no special rights but some media seem to think Laws up & feel Captains (other than Arsenal ones) can speak to the officials with colourful language.

  • nicky

    @Para,
    A great idea and one that we might get away with. And the publicity would be good as well.
    @Samrat,
    All that would happen is that we would get carded off the field and PGMO corruption would continue unabated.

  • nicky

    @Menace,
    Agree with your second paragraph. but would like to hear a suggestion as to what you think we should do.

  • Florian

    Mandy,

    Re Paulista, the most frequent cause of such an omission is that the player is about to be transferred and the receiving club wants to be sure that the player won’t get injured by playing. Also, it’s not Arsene’s style to talk about a yet-to-complete transfer unless either: a) the whole story is vaporware and the real target is someone else, or b) the deal is all but done, subject only to details that cannot overturn it any more (without serious consequences for the selling club). I’m probably optimistic (as I was about Krystian Bielik), but at this point I would incline to believe that we will have a new defender in the squad rather soon.