FA Cup Final Aston Villa v Arsenal – the Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Well here it is – the final referee preview of the season.
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Assistants – Darren England and Simon Bennett
- Fourth Official – Craig Pawson
- Reserve Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
Referees only get one opportunity to take charge of a FA Cup Final and this year it’s Jonathan Moss. He is a 44 year old from West Riding in Yorkshire and his day job is Headmaster of a Primary School.
His playing career which started with Sunderland’s youth team and ended aged 29 at Millwall via Connecticut State University. Upon retiring from playing he concentrated of refereeing which he had started as a teenager. He claims that his playing time helps him understand the frustrations and emotions which come from first class football saying,
“I was a competitive midfield player and I liked to tackle. Sometimes you mistime a tackle and you get the attention of the referee – but I was always polite!
“But I think it is healthy as a referee to know when the players get a bit frustrated and to take a backseat.”
There is more of this interview on the official FA web site
This season Mr Moss has refereed 30 Premier League games including two from each of Arsenal and Villa…
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (2 – 1) 16 August –
81% overall, bias against the two teams 100/0 and three wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goal decisions).
Minute 8 Ramsey was pushed in the penalty area, nothing given; Minute 64 Chamach should have had a second yellow card for persistent fouling (his first should have come in Minute 8 for a two footed tackle but he was allowed to get away with it) and in Minute 72 Hangerland should have given away a second penalty for pulling Giroud down by the neck.
|The Untold Referee review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace|
Arsenal v Stoke (3 – 0) 11 January 72% overall, bias against the two teams 90/10 and two wrong Important Decisions.
Minute 10 Arnautovic should have been dismissed for a cowardly shove on Debuchy after the ball had gone which resulted in our full back missing over three months of the season (it wasn’t even called a foul!);
Minute 42 Crouch should have been dismissed for a second yellow card (studs up challenge on Mertesacker), his first should have come in Minute 35 for an elbow on Monreal which needed stitching before Monreal could continue (neither challenge was deemed worthy of a card and the elbow not even called a foul).
|REF REVIEW Arsenal – Stoke|
West Ham v Aston Villa (0 – 0) 8 Nov
Aston Villa v West Brom (2 – 1) 3 Mar
Unfortunately there aren’t any proper minute by minute reviews available for these games. If there are any Villa fans reading this piece then please feel free to add comments on Mr Moss’s performances.
In 2013-14 Mr Moss did three games for each of Arsenal and Villa
|Arsenal||Cardiff||2 – 0||1 Jan 2014|
|Arsenal||Crystal Place||2 – 0||2 Feb 2014|
|Hull||Arsenal||0 – 3||20 Apr 2014|
|Southampton||Aston Villa||2 – 3||4 Dec 2013|
|Liverpool||Aston Villa||2 – 2||18 Jan 2014|
|Tottenham||Aston Villa||3 – 0||11 May 2014|
No formal referee reviews for any of these games
Going back one more year to 2012-13 there are three more Arsenal games with referee reviews but no Villa games reviewed.
|Date||Home||Away||Score||Weighted ref performance||Bias against home team||Bias against away team||Wrong Important Decisions|
|22 Dec 2012||Wigan||Arsenal||0 – 1||75||41||59||0|
|16 Mar 2013||Swansea||Arsenal||0 – 2||92||78||22||0|
|4 May 2013||QPR||Arsenal||0 – 1||73||17||83||0|
A number of regular readers of Untold are aware of regular links made in the Football is Fixed blog between Mr Moss and Mr Calhoun who is a football agent (Key Sports), professional gambler and oversees football output at the Guardian newspaper. As far as I am aware there is absolutely no proven link between the two men that indicates that either have done anything wrong. The two men were both at Sunderland as players starting in 1992.
Key Sports appear to represent the following Arsenal and Villa players
Arsenal – Theo Walcott, Dan Crowley, Tolaji Bola, Ryan Huddart (the last three are all members of the junior squads)
Villa – Callum Robinson
With only one of the Key Sports players possibly starting for each team there seems to be little scope for any manipulation of the result through Type 1 match fixing. Also with the eyes of the world watching there should be little scope for any match fixing directly by the referee (but don’t forget the four not given Arsenal penalties in last year’s final) so we should be able to expect a clean contest.
- Arsenal’s results under Mr Moss are extremely good with 8 wins from 8 in the last three years
- Villa’s are more mixed with P5, W2, D2 L1 in the last two years
- Mr Moss is, however as biased against Arsenal in his individual decisions as every other referee, 100/0 and 80/20 this year.
- Mr Moss is not good at recognising challenges that warrant yellow or red cards, he is far too lenient which can and does lead to injuries to players. Debuchy and Monreal this year alone.
- He is also not good at penalty decisions.
- His appointment was somewhat of a surprise – let’s all hope he is up to the task in hand on Saturday afternoon.
Up next: It’s Ted Drake Memorial Day – The final preview of the season.