Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion 24 May – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Unfortunately Walter has not been in a position for some time to complete any more referee reviews so, in turn, I can offer no update on the Table of Shame. Suffice it to say that the wrong Important Decisions haven’t evened out in the end and that the PGMO have removed more than sufficient points from Arsenal to prevent us from coming higher than third in the League
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||19|
|Possible Cost in Points||7||23|
The Officials for Sunday are
- Referee – Mark Clattenberg
- Assistants – S Beck and A Garratt
- Fourth Official – S Attwell
This will be the third time this season for Mr Clattenberg here is the history of his two previous games
Arsenal v Man City 13 September (2 – 2) – 71% Overall.
Bias against the two teams 27/73 and two wrong Important Decisions (second Yellow or Red Cards, Penalties or Goal decisions).
In Minute 45 Milner should have had a second yellow card (his first should have been given in Min18) and in Min76 City should have been awarded a penalty when Wilshere handled the ball. NB I have included 1 point in the Favouring Arsenal points column and two in the Favouring Opponents column.
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Man City|
Crystal Palace v Arsenal 21 February (1 – 2) – 80% Overall, Bias 18/82 and two wrong Important Decisions.
Minute2 Ozil was wrongly called for offside when a clear metre onside but finished the ball into the net (it is difficult to be certain if the keeper was genuinely beaten or stopped with the offside call. Minute3 Coquelin should have been dismissed for a high foot on Cambell. I have added three points in the Favouring Arsenal column
|Ref Review: Crystal Palace – Arsenal|
2013-14 Season – again two games to look at but neither covered with full minute by minute reviews.
Swansea v Arsenal 28 September (1 – 2)
A solid win for Arsenal with only one major talking point which Mr Clattenberg got right and many of the commentators and pundits lost the plot over. A Swansea player got the ball to the goal line, SZCZ went towards him, the Swansea player clearly pulled the ball back from over the line past SZCZ, who stopped playing, and shot into the empty goal. The whistle had clearly gone but this was of no consequence to the commentators.
Arsenal v Southampton 23 November (2 – 1) Two post game pieces from the Untold Archives.
2012-13 Season another two games
Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Arsenal Vs Swansea City (0 – 2) [01/12/2012] 72% Overall, bias against 93/7 but no wrong important decisions.
We were outplayed that day and Swansea got two goals in the last five minutes. The ref got a significant number of small fouls wrong but his Important Decisions were correct.
Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Tottenham Hotspur Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [03/03/2013] 85% Overall, bias 15/85 and no wrong Important Decisions. Two goals in the first half for Spurs, Mert. got one at the start of the second half but Spurs hung on for the win.
There is also one reviewed West Brom game from 2012-13
Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – West Bromwich Albion Vs Tottenham Hotspur (0 – 1) [03/02/2013] An excellent example of refereeing – 130 correct decisions and only 6 wrong (none important) evenly split between the two teams.
It should be noted that Mr Garratt had a shocker in the Everton v Arsenal game on 23 August refereed by Kevin Friend. In Min 44 he didn’t spot an offside goal and in Min 70 spotted an imaginary foul with Arsenal in dangerous position.
|Untold Ref Review: Everton/Arsenal. What is an advantage, and what’s wrong with assistant Garratt?|
- Mr Clattenberg is one of the better referees around, rarely has a shocker and often is very good (that’s put a hex on his performance for Sunday and he will probably be dreadful now)
- His bias figures against Arsenal are still too high for comfort, but this year his wrong Important Decisions have tended to balance out
- He is a referee we don’t see too much of which is as it should be (maybe not trusted by PGMO to deliver the right results). We have had him 7 times in the last three years (contrast that with six in this season for Mr Taylor).
Last home game, decent (hopefully) referee and WBA with nothing particular to play for Lets all hope for a bright performance from Arsenal and WBA not to park the bus.
From the ridiculous to the sublime
23 May 1998: Arsenal recording of “Hot Stuff” entered the top 10.