by Andrew Crawshaw
Our penultimate game of the season and the officials are :-
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Assistants – S Ledger and M Perry
- Fourth Official – K Friend
So the sixth time this year that we will have had to endure the incompetence and downright bias that is Anthony Taylor – this would be completely unacceptable if he were the best referee in the world. We should have a referee no more than twice, once at home and once away.
So far he has given us
Leicester v Arsenal 31 – August (1 – 1) 61% overall, bias against both teams 7/93, three wrong important decisions (Second yellow card, Red card, penalties, or goals).
Min 50 Cazorla was pushed in the box should have been a penalty, Min 58 Moore should have been sent off for second yellow card and Min84 Hammond should have had a straight red. Two points robbed from us.
|Ref review Leicester – Arsenal|
Stoke v Arsenal – 6 December (3 – 2) 59% overall, bias against the two teams 0/100 and four wrong Importand Decisions.
Minute 28 Crouch should have had his second yellow card (his first should have come in Min 14, his first actual card came in Min 45 which should have been his third), Min 45 Stoke goal should have been ruled out for foul by Shawcross on Ox, Minute 77 Chambers wrongly dismissed for second yellow card (his first card was also wrong).
In Min 83 Adams should have had straight red for wrestling sleeper hold on Alexis. The two assistants got credits for insisting on correct calls (Stoke offside goal and Arsenal penalty) in the face of one of the worst refereeing performances of all time. Again points robbed by Mr Taylor
|Untold ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal, the Anthony Taylor horror show. “Shockingly bad”.|
Arsenal v Aston Villa – 1 Feb (5 – 0) A good performance this time, early goals from Arsenal limited his chances to influence things. 85% overall, bias 100/0 but no wrong Key decisions
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa. Arsenal commit two fouls in 45 minutes.|
Arsenal v West Ham – 14 May (3 – 0) He was in charge for the last 31 minutes of this game replacing an injured Chris Foy so the competence figures are for that part ofthe game only. 73% overall, bias 80/20 and no wrong Important Decisions.
|Ref Review(s) : Arsenal – West Ham, two for the price of one|
Arsenal v Liverpool – 4 April (4 – 1) Awaiting Walter’s referee review
What other teams have seen multiple repeat visits from referees
|Referee||Total games||Teams with 4 visits||Teams with 5 visits||Teams with 6 (or more) visits|
|Andre Marriner||20||Everton, Liverpool,||–||–|
|Anthony Taylor||29||Hull, Liverpool, QPR, , Spurs, Sunderland||–||Arsenal|
|Chris Foy||18||West Ham||Newcastle||–|
|Jonathan Moss||29||Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Southampton, Spurs||Stoke, West Ham||–|
|Lee Mason||24||Liverpool||Aston Villa||–|
|Lee Probert *||6||–||–||–|
|Mark Clattenberg||26||Hull, Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham||Man City|
|Martin Atkinson||31||Burnley, Hull, Liverpool, Man United, Newcastle, QPR, West Ham||Leicester, Sunderland||–|
|Michael Oliver||26||Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Stoke, Swansea||–||–|
|Mike Dean||29||Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, West Ham||Man City, Man United, Newcastle||–|
|Mike Jones||21||Leicester, West Brom||–||–|
- Lee Probert was injured for most of the season hence his low numbers
This should be a table with no entries whatsoever. The PGMO should have sufficient staff to ensure that no club has any referee more than three times (one home and one away game is ideal but I accept that an occasional third visit may be necessary). Four is rank bad practice, and six downright scandalous.
Of the 21 referees used, three have only done a single game, Robert Madley 10 and the injured Lee Probert 6. Atkinson is the most (over)used referee with 31 games, closely followed by Taylor, Moss and Dean each with 29.
Coming back to Mr Taylor, I’m not going to go into the full historical chapter and verse of his shortcomings – he is crap (always has been, always will be). He will screw us in any way possible so our players will have to be careful and not give him any scope for cards or penalties against us and he is extremely likely to turn a blind eye to Sunderland kicking the shit out of us.
I’ll breathe a sigh of relief at full time if we have un-injured players and no sendings off.
Football wise we should have more than enough to win the game, even if we put out some fringe players.
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