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The most detailed Referee Reviews in the history of football: Crystal Palace – Arsenal

By Usama and Walter

CRYSTAL PALACE vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 2
  • DATE: 16th August 2015
  • VENUE: Selhurst Park (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Lee Mason
1st LINESMAN: Scott Ledger
2nd LINESMAN: Edward Smart
4th OFFICIAL: Robert Madley

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
01:17 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace) Monreal slightly puts his leg in to tackle the ball but fails and trips Zaha.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)
06:11 Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Just as the shot of Sanchez is saved on the goal line inside the penalty area, Sanchez tries to run after the ball. The moment Sanchez tries to run towards the ball Puncheon comes from behind uses both his hands to GRAB,HOLD & PULL the left hand + a great portion of the shirt of Sanchez and throwing him down inside the penalty area. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Puncheon according to the laws of the game. The Referee didn’t give either decision.

LAW 14, PAGE 45

“A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits one of the ten offences for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play.”

LAW 12, PAGE 37      

Direct Free Kick

“A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following seven offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

• kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

• trips or attempts to trip an opponent

• jumps at an opponent

• charges an opponent

• strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

• pushes an opponent

• tackles an opponent

“A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following three offences:

• holds an opponent

• spits at an opponent

• handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own

penalty area)”

 

LAW 12, PAGE 120    

Holding an opponent:

“Holding an opponent includes the act of preventing him from moving past or around using the hands, the arms or the body.”

Disciplinary sanctions

“A caution for unsporting behaviour must be issued when a player holds an opponent to prevent him gaining possession of the ball or taking up an advantageous position”

·         NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

·         NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST JASON PUNCHEON.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

10:43 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) Sanchez pulls the left arm of Bolasie to foul him in the center of field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

12:03 Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Cabaye puts his leg in to tackle the ball but tripped the lower right side of Ramsey’s leg when Ramsey turned with the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
19:57 Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Cabaye pushed Coquelin in the back from inside Arsenal’s penalty area.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

21:48 Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

 

Bolasie and Monreal chasing after the ball inside Arsenal’s half. Monreal got to the ball first. Bolasie tripped the right foot and pulled the left shoulder of Monreal from behind at the same time to bring him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

23:29 Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Bolasie received the ball in the center of the field and was shielding it from Monreal. But Bolasie grabbed, held and pulled the front of the shirt of Monreal for a good 5 seconds while shielding the ball and while passing it. According to the laws mentioned below it should have been a foul for Arsenal. The referee didn’t give a foul and carried the play on.

LAW 12, PAGE 124  

Impeding the progress of an opponent:

Shielding the ball is permitted. A player who places himself between an opponent and the ball for tactical reasons has not committed an offence as long as the ball is kept within playing distance and the player does not hold off the opponent with his arms or body”

LAW 12, PAGE 120  

Holding an opponent:                

“Holding an opponent includes the act of preventing him from moving past or around using the hands, the arms or the body.”

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

23:43 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)

 

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) Coquelin made a slight tug and pull of the back of the shirt of Puncheon in the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

29:15 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Pape Souare (Crystal Palace) Ozil made a late leg trip on Souare near the managers’ area.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

30:40 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) James McArthur (Crystal Palace) Ozil slightly tripped McArthur just he made a forward pass, causing McArthur to lose his balance.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

35:48 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) The keeper saves Ramsey’s shot from inside the penalty area. Just as Ward was trying to clear the ball Ramsey came in with sliding tackle. Ramsey clearly tackled and kicked the ball first then Ward. Also Ramsey did not kick Ward, Ward fell down as a consequence of both players slightly colliding in to each other after the ball was cleanly kicked by Ramsey. Should not have been a foul. Referee gave a foul and stopped Arsenal from attacking and taking a shot on goal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

37:56 Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Ward held the left arm of Sanchez for nearly 4 seconds in the center of field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

38:27 Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

 

A firm push in the back of Monreal by Zaha near the left corner of Crystal Palace’s defense.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

40:41 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)

 

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) Bolasie was running with the ball from the center of the field and Coquelin came in with a very early sliding tackle. Bolasie kicked the ball forward and jumped over the tackle. Just as Bolasie jumped over Coquelin pulled his legs back and raised his arms up to show no intentions of a foul.

But just as Bolasie came down from his jump, he landed on Coquelin’s left foot which Coquelin had already pulled back, and fell down.

The tackle made by Coquelin can be judged as a foul considering that even though Coquelin pulled his legs back after the tackle, Bolasie lost his balance after landing on Coquelin’s left foot. So it can be judged as “CARELESS” from Coquelin.

LAW 12, PAGE 119 

“Careless” means that the player has shown a lack of attention or consideration when making a challenge or that he acted without precaution.

• No further disciplinary sanction is needed if a foul is judged to be careless.”

But in no way there should have been a yellow card against Coquelin. Because Coquelin pulled back his legs after the sliding showing

·         Non-reckless regard to the opponent (Bolasie).

·         Realizing the danger to the opponent (Bolasie) if he had not pulled back his legs.

The referee gave a correct foul but a wrong yellow card against Coquelin.

LAW 12, PAGE 119

“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.

• A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned”

·         CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

·         WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST COQUELIN.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

44:52 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)

 

Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace) Zaha was running with the ball at Coquelin inside Crystal Palace’s half. Zaha moved to the left and Coquelin made a touch or a slight motion of hand towards the back of Zaha, but in no way it was a push. From the real-time footage it looked like Zaha felt the contact on the back and went down. The replay shown didn’t provide any sort of clarity to this situation at all. Let’s give the benefit of doubt to the referee.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

45:36 James McArthur (Crystal Palace) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)

 

Coquelin received the ball and made a quick stride forward with the ball. McArthur came in very late and blocked the path of Coquelin without getting the ball, causing a high impact collision and resulting in Coquelin falling down to the ground in a bad manner. All this fits in the tackle being “Reckless”.

LAW 12, PAGE 119

“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.

• A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned”

·         CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

·         CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST MCARTHUR.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

·         Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 6

·         Number of Correct Fouls for Crystal Palace – 6

·         Total Number of Correct Fouls – 12 [12points]

 

·         Number of In-Correct Fouls against Arsenal – 2

·         Number of In-Correct Fouls against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of In-Correct Fouls – 2 [2points]

 

·         Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

·         Number of Correct Advantages for Crystal Palace – 1

·         Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1points]

 

 

·         Number of In-Correct Advantages against Arsenal – 0

·         Number of In-Correct Advantages against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of In-Correct Advantages – 0

 

·         Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

·         Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 1 [2points]

 

·         Number of In-Correct Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

·         Number of In-Correct Yellow Cards against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of In-Correct Yellow Cards – 2 [4points]

·         Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

·         Number of Correct Penalties for Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

 

·         Number of In-Correct Penalties against Arsenal – 1

·         Number of In-Correct Penalties against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of In-Correct Penalties – 1 [3points]

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
31:19 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) James McArthur (Crystal Palace) Ramsey was way behind the last man, almost near to the goal line.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (OFFSIDE)
·         Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

·         Number of Correct Offsides for Crystal Palace – 1

·         Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1points]

 

·         Number of In-Correct Offsides against Arsenal – 0

·         Number of In-Correct Offsides against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
15:12 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) No offside or foul play was involved in the buildup of the goal. Clean goal scored by Giroud.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
27:04 Joel Ward

(Crystal Palace)

Clean goal scored by Ward.

CORRECT GOAL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

3 (GOAL)
·         Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

·         Number of Correct Goals for Crystal Palace – 1

·         Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6points]

 

·         Number of In-Correct Goals against Arsenal – 0

·         Number of In-Correct Goals against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

 

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
01:22 Corner Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
02:31 Goal Kick Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace)
03:27 Throw-in Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
05:24 Corner Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
07:51 Throw-in Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
09:10 Throw-in Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
11:27 Goal Kick Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
13:37 Throw-in Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
13:45 Throw-in Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
19:10 Corner Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
22:51 Throw-in Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)
24:41 Throw-in Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace)
25:59 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
28:35 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
30:16 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
32:00 Goal Kick Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
32:34 Throw-in Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
32:46 Throw-in Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
34:29 Goal Kick Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
39:37 Corner Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
40:07 Throw-in Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)
41:22 Goal Kick Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
41:41 Throw-in Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)

 

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 6+1+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Crystal Palace – 6+1+1+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 8 + 9 = 17

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+2+3 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Crystal Palace – 6+1+1+3 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 11 + 11 = 22

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions against Arsenal – 2+2+1 = 5

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions against Crystal Palace – 0

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions = 5 + 0 = 5

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+4+3 = 9

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) against Crystal Palace – 0

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 0 = 9

 

 

 First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + InCorrect) = 17/(17+5) = 77.2%
 First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + InCorrect) = 22/(22+9) = 70.9%

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
48:20 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) Ozil was running back and braked to intercept the ball but blocked the path of Cabaye.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)
50:22 Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)

 

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil received the long ball on his foot outside penalty area of Crystal Palace. Ozil turned towards goal from his back the moment he received the ball, at the same Ozil turned Souare came in late and struck the back of the right leg of Ozil without getting the ball and stopped a promising attack by Arsenal.

Should have been a yellow card against Souare according to the laws of the game. Referee gave correct foul but no yellow card against Souare.

 

LAW 12, PAGE 125  

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour:

“Commits a foul for the tactical purpose of interfering with or breaking up a promising attack.”

 

·         CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

·         NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST PAPE SOUARE.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

52:27 Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) The ball was in the air quite outside the Arsenal penalty area. Monreal launched a high kick to clear the ball, at the same time Wickham was coming in to head the ball. Monreal cleared the ball successfully and cleanly but Monreal’s follow through caught the upper part between the head and shoulders of Wickham. Should have been free kick for Crystal Palace not Arsenal. Referee gave a foul for Arsenal and not Crystal Palace, he made two wrong decisions in a second.

 

LAW 12, PAGE 123

Playing in a dangerous manner

“If there is physical contact, the action becomes an offence punishable with a direct free kick or penalty kick”

 

·         WRONG FOUL AGAINST CRYSTAL PALACE.

·         NO FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

56:54 Joel Ward

(Crystal Palace)

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Both players were looking to get the long ball in the center of the field. Ward used both of his hands to GRAB and HOLD of Ozil’s upper body and throw him to the ground. Should have been a foul. Referee didn’t give a foul and carried on the play.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
61:08 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) James McArthur (Crystal Palace) Little nudge in the back of McArthur who was going receive the ball, by Coquelin.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)
68:11 Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Zaha pushed Koscienly from behind near the touchline.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

70:38 Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) A leg trip by Cabaye on Ramsey who was controlling the ball in the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
72:55 Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

Petr Cech (Arsenal)

As the ball was in the air inside the Arsenal’s penalty area three players were challenging for it, Cech, Mertesacker and Wickham. Wickham saw Mertesacker and pushed him down to the ground, and at the same moment Cech jumped to punch the ball. Wickham blocked Cech’s jump half way through and Cech failed to punch away completely. For both instances it should have been a foul for Arsenal. The referee didn’t give a foul and carried the play on.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

73:04 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) Both players were coming to kick the ball. Both players raised their foot to a normal knee height. Cabaye got to the ball first and kicked it forward, Monreal’s kick missed the ball and Cabaye, no contact was made. No foul should have been awarded, the play should have carried on. But referee awarded a foul for Crystal Palace.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

79:15 Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) A push in the chest of Mertesacker in the air by Wickham.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

81:55 Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace) Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) Both players were chasing the ball, Arteta got ahead of Bamford and closer to the ball. Bamford then used both his hands to GRAB and HOLD the waist of Arteta to stop him.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

83:25 Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)

 

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Late tackle by Souare from behind catching Chamberlain off balance.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

83:48 Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Arteta played a lofted through ball inside the Crystal Palace penalty area towards Giroud. Just as Giroud was about to receive the ball on his chest Delaney came in from behind nowhere near the ball, CHARGED and PUSHED Giroud in the back using his right shoulder and right hand. All this happened inside the Crystal Palace penalty area. According to the laws of the game it should have been a penalty for Arsenal. Referee didn’t give a penalty.

LAW 14, PAGE 45

“A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits one of the ten offences for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play.”

LAW 12, PAGE 37      

Direct Free Kick

“A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following seven offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

• kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

• trips or attempts to trip an opponent

• jumps at an opponent

• charges an opponent

• strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

• pushes an opponent

• tackles an opponent

“A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any

of the following three offences:

• holds an opponent

• spits at an opponent

• handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own

penalty area)”

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

-3 (PENALTY)

 

84:24 Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) Chung Yong Lee (Crystal Palace) Arteta made a tackle from close range in the center of the field on Lee. He caught the player first then the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

91:41 Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Wickham tripped Monreal near the Manager’s touchline area without getting the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

93:08 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace) Arm pulling by Chamberlain on Mutch.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

 
·         Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 7

·         Number of Correct Fouls for Crystal Palace – 4

·         Total Number of Correct Fouls – 11 [11 points]

 

·         Number of In-Correct Fouls against Arsenal – 3

·         Number of In-Correct Fouls against Crystal Palace – 2

·         Total Number of In-Correct Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

·         Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

·         Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

 

 

·         Number of In-Correct Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

·         Number of In-Correct Yellow Cards against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of In-Correct Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

 

·         Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

·         Number of Correct Penalties for Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

 

·         Number of In-Correct Penalties against Arsenal – 1

·         Number of In-Correct Penalties against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of In-Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
55:38 Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Wickham was in an offside position when the ball was kicked by the Crystal Palace Goal Keeper.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
62:19 Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Dann had his head and shoulders a little ahead than the last defending player.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
77:06 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) Ozil was well ahead of the last defending player Delaney.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (OFFSIDE)
92:04 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) Giroud was well ahead of Dann when the indirect free kick was taken.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.

1 (OFFSIDE)
 
·         Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 2

·         Number of Correct Offsides for Crystal Palace – 2

·         Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

 

·         Number of In-Correct Offsides against Arsenal – 0

·         Number of In-Correct Offsides against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

 

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
54:16 Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) OWN GOAL Alexis Sanchez took a clean header from the cross on goal, on the way to clear it Delaney mistakenly put the ball in his own net. Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
·         Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

·         Number of Correct Goals for Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

 

·         Number of In-Correct Goals against Arsenal – 0

·         Number of In-Correct Goals against Crystal Palace – 0

·         Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

 

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
46:15 Throw-in Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)
47:35 Goal Kick Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
49:07 Throw-in Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
49:39 Corner Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
51:38 Corner Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
53:31 Throw-in Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
56:15 Throw-in Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
59:50 Throw-in Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
60:47 Throw-in Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
63:03 Goal Kick Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)  
64:23 Throw-in Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
65:07 Throw-in Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
65:25 Throw-in Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)
66:21 Throw-in Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
67:18 Goal Kick Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
69:15 Throw-in Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)
71:46 Corner Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)
73:54 Goal Kick Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace)
75:59 Throw-in Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)
78:05 Corner Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
80:34 Throw-in Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)
80:49 Throw-in Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)
81:02 Corner Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)
82:52 Throw-in Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
83:04 Throw-in Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
83:41 Goal Kick Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
85:29 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
86:18 Corner Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace) The ball didn’t came off Kosicenly last, it clearly came off Bamford. Should have been a goal kick for Arsenal. But referee gave corner kick against Arsenal.

WRONG CORNER AGAINST ARSENAL. [-1 point]

NO GOAL KICK FOR ARSENAL [-1 point]

87:25 Throw-in Petr Cech (Arsenal)
88:00 Throw-in Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
89:37 Throw-in Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace)
89:59 Corner Chung Yong Lee (Crystal Palace)
90:29 Goal Kick Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
91:07 Throw-in Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)
92:30 Throw-in Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
Number of Incorrect Goal Kicks against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goal Kicks against Crystal Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goal Kicks – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Corners against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Corners against Crystal Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Corners – 1 [1 points]

 

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 7+2+1 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Crystal Palace – 4+2 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 10 + 6 = 16

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 7+2+3 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Crystal Palace – 4+2 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 6 = 18

 

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions against Arsenal – 3+1+1+1+1 = 7

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions against Crystal Palace – 2

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions = 7 + 2 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+2+3+1+1 = 10

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) against Crystal Palace – 2

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 10 + 2 = 12

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + InCorrect) = 16/(16+9) = 64%
Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + InCorrect) = 18/(18+12) = 60%

Full Time (1st Half + 2nd Half) Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 8+10 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Crystal Palace – 9+6 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 18 + 15 = 33

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal –11+12 = 23

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Crystal Palace – 11+6 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 23 + 17 = 40

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions against Arsenal – 5+7 = 12

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions against Crystal Palace – 0+2 = 2

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions = 12 + 2 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED 

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 9+10 = 19

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) against Crystal Palace – 0+2 = 2

Total Number of In-Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 19 + 2 = 21

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + InCorrect) = 33/(33+14) = 70.2%

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + InCorrect) = 40/(40+21) = 65.5%

APPENDIX

Key Decisions in the Match Points
Advantage 1
Foul 1
Incorrect Corner 1
Incorrect Goal Kick 1
Incorrect Throw-in 1
Other (Ref Positioning, Injuries, Time Wasting, etc.) 1
Offside 1
Yellow Card 2
Red Card 3
Goal 3
Penalty 3

 

NOTE: FOR ANY WRONG DECISION MADE THERE WILL BE NEGATIVE POINTS AWARDED FOR THAT SPECIFIC KIND OF EVENT.

NOTE: ANY INCORRECT OR WRONG DECISION/NON-DECISION WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED WITH A RED COLOUR.

NOTE: ANY DECISION THAT INVOLVES DOUBT IS HIGHLIGHTED AS BLUE IN COLOR.

NOTE: The word ‘FOR’ is used to show IN FAVOR OF.

BELOW IS THE LINK FOR THE “FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME 2015/2016”. ANY LAW OF THE GAME IS DIRECTLY REFERENCED FROM THIS DOCUMENT.

http://www.fifa.com/mm/Document/FootballDevelopment/Refereeing/02/36/01/11/LawsofthegamewebEN_Neutral.pdf

A typical Mason performance one could say.  I will look at his performance using our predictions before the match.

Before the match our prediction was this:

Conclusions

  1. Mr Mason is a referee we normally get away from home (1 home game and now 7 away games since the start of the 2012 season) It was away from home.
  2. His competence numbers are usually high but his judgement on Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals) is nowhere near as good.  He is another referee who seems incapable of recognising a really bad challenge when one is made in front of his nose and another referee where I will be glad when the game is over and we have no serious injuries. A score of 70% but dropping when we put weight on them.
  3. Mr Mason can, on occasions be OK as a referee.  Unfortunately all too frequently he follows the lead of his bosses at the PGMO and exhibits a terrible anti-Arsenal bias, particularly with Important Decisions. Some good décisions but he certainly missed the two times Arsenal should have gotten a penalty for fouls on Alexis and Giroud.
  4. Don’t expect to see an Arsenal Penalty. As predicted
  5. Don’t expect to see Crystal Palace players given yellow cards yet alone red. That prediction was wrong I admit.
  6. Do look out for a phantom foul called on Arsenal in a position where Palace can cross the ball into our area and then look out for non called fouls on our defenders.  His other favourite trick is to ignore a foul by a palace player in a dangerous position. We have seen a few of them.
  7. As with all referees out players will be given yellow cards at the earliest possible opportunity. At least we will give him credit for not giving in to the pressure from Pardew, the Palace players and the crowd.
  8. Mr Mason is a typical PGMO employee, rabidly anti-Arsenal and capable of just about anything. They still are and they still miss out on attackers fouling keepers when a corner is given.

37 comments to The most detailed Referee Reviews in the history of football: Crystal Palace – Arsenal

  • I can only say “Wow”.

    I’m still trying to take all that in, and I’ve just spend the last half hour doing my publisher bit of reading it all through.

    Surely there never has been a referee review of this depth and analysis.

  • WalterBroeckx

    I bet the PGMO is looking at this in disbelief and with jealous eyes 😉 🙂

    Credit to Usama for his big part in this job.

  • Kenneth Widmerpool

    Brilliant again Usama and Walter…email it to Wenger office, Im sure he would like to take a look…

  • Usama Zaka

    As always I am very much grateful to Walter and Tony for helping review it over again themselves, formatting the data to fit perfectly to the website and publishing it.

  • John Abraham

    Wow indeed Tony. What an indepth analysis. More of this guys. It makes it easier to understand the special yoke under which Arsenal have to operate. Talk about bias!!

  • WalterBroeckx

    And for those who call this biased I suggest you come up with your own detailed referee review. Thank you.

  • Kenneth Widmerpool

    Usama, can you also make a note of the total Arsenal shots on goal please as you go along? I was interested to see the discrepancy between the BBC number and that on the PL site. The BBC have at least ten more per game either that or the BBC is right and the PL stats are totally wrong…
    Cheers! Really is great work you and Walter have done…

  • Usama Zaka

    Kenneth Widmerpool,

    I will keep that in mind.

  • Kenneth Widmerpool

    Usama-cheers!Will be interesting to see the results, the BBC arent too pro Arsenal anyway…

  • klogg

    Just a small point, but I don’t think you can give -1 for wrong corner and also -1 for no goal kick (at 86:18). They are the same error, you can’t count it twice.

  • What an amazing detailed review! Thank you.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Awesome piece of reporting. Great job guys . Keep it up .

  • Omsin_The_Legend

    Excellent and well written.

  • bjtgooner

    An excellent review – very professional – you could send it to the PGMO – but I doubt they would understand it, after all the Elite group of the PGMO can’t understand the off side rules and haven’t got the wit to use technology to keep them on the straight and narrow.

    But, great review, well done guys!

  • Florian

    Really well spotted incidents, I guess that’s what makes the difference between you the professionals and us the mere followers. I had to replay my recording to spot the fouls in the penalty box, and sure enough I was able to see them, whereas previously they would fly under the radar by virtue of focusing on the ball play. Makes you wonder, if you as the reviewers were able to notice these incidents on a recorded stream, the ref in charge must have surely seen them from 10 yards away. No one can possibly be so blind.

    And, hats off to you Wanter and Usama, for taking the reviews to such a level of detail.

  • Menace

    Great job gentlemen. I missed the pens but seeing the game on stream, I’m not surprised. I will watch it on Arsenal player but doubt the pens will be obvious.

    Issue with this method of Analysis is the camera can miss a lot of off the ball action. It is still more comprehensive than the silence of the PGMO.

  • Pat

    Many thanks to the new team. Amazing work!

  • Phil

    Still think Coquelin should have gone

  • Mandy Dodd

    This detail is mind blowing!

  • Florian

    Sorry Walter for misspelling your name

  • Al

    Excellent! Keep up the good work guys.

  • Samrat Jha

    How do you guys manage to do this? Great work.

  • WalterBroeckx

    No problem Florian I just was glad you didn’t change the t for a k at the same time 🙂 🙂

  • ARSENAL 13

    Referee reviews is getting better and better. Wow. Great job.

    This format is excellent for me. My puny brain can make some conclusion from this.

  • ob1977

    Great article and love the ref reviews, just wondering though is there a rule about tackles from behind that people love to go on about..,

  • Finsbury

    Thank you all for the previews and reviews, as always highly appreciated by many an most.

    It’s the ability of any in the 24/7 Football Meedjah scrum to event comment on simple things like the obvious and undeniable clear obstructive foul on Sanchez in the early minutes. There was no real need for puncheon to make a foul, it was just blind panic.

    That however does not mean that it was not as clear a pelanty shout as you could hope to see. Perhaps the official thought Sanchez was too far from the ball he was chasing but we are talking about Sanchez here. Whatever the reasons in this particular instance perhaps he took a little pity upon Palace. But as above no comment upon this anywhere.

    Therefore it is a simple and rational conclusion that all the bleating has been an effort to tilt the pitch against Coquelin in the future.

    It is, what it is.

  • Finsbury

    < inability of any

  • Pete

    Phil – Why?

  • Rantetta

    This review is amazing.

    Thank you.

  • Ray from Norfolk, Virginia

    The media created a story out of the card situation for our Coq, but the yellow card was a figment of the referee’s imagination. The made up story covers the fact that Mason was below par. He was still better than the real Arsenal hater Atkinson.

  • Pete

    I know this is hard to achieve, but it would be fantastic to get a rules-knowledgeable Crystal Palace fan (or a fan of any of our opponents) to also work through this decision-by-decision.

  • Florian

    Walter,

    That word is reserved for the PGMOB representatives 😉

  • apo Armani

    @Finsbury
    August 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I see it like you do!!! NOT THE FIRST TIME either.

    The thing is; if ‘they’ have it ‘in’ for Coquelin…do we need a contingency ?? have we one equal to him?

    O am never the one to blab about our not signing…all know this.

  • apo Armani

    My prediction still stands; PGMOB will gather the most points the season, and distribute to their pets!

  • Finsbury

    Apo

    Arteta for one. Think he’s enjoying his “come on and foul” role that he’s been playing in since the supercup where he successfully put the wind up the immobile Mendezian Mule Falcao to pretty good effect.

    If FC can learn to mimic Arteta’s confidence when handling the officials as well as other facets which made Arteta so good and successful for AFC he’ll take another step up

  • i think mark halsey need your referee reviewes

  • Jambug

    Tom will still think it’s all bollocks !!