By Walter Broeckx
While I was lying around on the beaches of South France Mike Riley took this opportunity to release a few numbers. I must admit I had to wait a while before I could react to them but now being back I found the time to see how the PGMO numbers look compared to the Untold numbers.
First thing is that Mike Riley admitted that the standard of Premier League officiating had declined over the past year. No kidding.
Apparantely the PGMO also does some studies. And so they have now admitted that the incorrect decisions directly impacting top-flight matches have increased. These incidents are characterised as incidents involving goals, penalties and red cards. The important decisions one could say.
According to Mike Riley the referees in the PL made 20 more [major] errors last season than the season before – over the 380 games. In Premier League football, 20 errors has an impact. Even 1 error has an impact if you ask me.
But the first problem is that they speak of 20 more errors compared to last season. But how many that is, is kept a well guarded secret as usual with the PGMO.
But the PGMO comes up with a new percentage. We all remember that the PGMO came up with a 99% correct offside decisions numbers. I don’t have the number about offside available right now but I know we came up with a much lower number.
But now Mike Riley said about the important decisions (goals, penalties and red cards) :‘The accuracy rate last year was 94.2 per cent,’ he added. ‘If you compare that to the season before which was 95.1 per cent, it dropped. It was 94.1 per cent the previous season.’
So the number the PGMO is saying that was correct was somewhere around 94-95%.
In the years we did very complete reviews we found these numbers in percentage terms were:
Goals: 92.15 – 91.75%
Penalties: 56.07% – 62.24%
Red cards: 28.13% – 21.43%
And this is what we found in the seasons we did complete reviews in numbers:
So the first thing we notice is that there is a big difference between the numbers from the PGMO who claim to be somewhere around 94-95% all these years and our numbers.
A difference around 14 to 15%.
As the PGMO itself is saying that 20 more wrong decisions is having an impact it is fair to say that in the years we did our reviews there has been not just ‘an impact’ but a major influence of the events and the outcome of the league. In our reviews we are talking of 167 incorrect decisions just on these 3 important issues.
Now of course one of the big differences between our numbers and those of the PGMO is that they don’t give any detail in relation to their numbers. They just say a number and we have to accept it without any evidence. As for our numbers we have in detail covered all and every of our decisions of a decision being correct or not. That is something the PGMO clearly doesn’t do. They just throw around a number and that’s it.
With the PGMO now in fact admitting that 20 more decisions is having ‘an impact’ on the league we should ask what they are going to do about it. Not just about the ’20 more’ decisions but also about the other wrong decisions that have happened and that we don’t know how many actually have been found as wrong by the PGMO study.
And how much longer are we going to accept that the PGMO is going to have ‘an impact’ (I call it a major influence) on the outcome of the league? Riley uses some sweet talking about sitting together and regrouping, whatever that might be.
I think it is about time that we stopped using sweet talking but instead looked at action being taken to stop the impact that the wrong decisions have on the outcome of the PL.
Where is the demand from the PGMO to assist the referees in order to reduce the ‘impact’ their wrong decisions have? I can’t find it as it probably isn’t there at all. And if it is there it is well hidden like most things of the PGMO.
Riley admitting the ‘impact’ of these 20 plus wrong decisions should have been the start of an outrage of the media and the start of a campaign to do something about it.
But hey ho, let us just focus on the transfer windows and the failings of certain clubs – that is the word in the (Fleet) Street. Surely the transfer windows might have an impact on the outcome of the PL but there is no real evidence for this. Just newspapers talk. But the PGMO now for the first time that I know is admitting that there might be a slight, little, tiny problem with some of the referee decisions. Problems should have been an eye opener.
I might have missed it but I haven’t heard much of an outrage from the newspapers or TV stations about these PGMO referee numbers.
Untold will be banging on about this travesty for as long as Tony allows me to bang on it. I will be asking for refs to be assisted by video refs as the study in Holland has shown that it might work and be helpful to give the refs a big helping hand.
But the rest of the so called serious media just accepts the numbers and the facts and now even the pleading guilty from the PGMO that their referee decisions impact the league doesn’t lead to any outbreak of asking the questions Untold has been asking all these years.
“Let us all keep the status quo” seems to be the directive both in the media and in the PGMO. Admit that there might be something wrong but just stay low profile and brush it under the carpet for as long as possible. But brushing things under the carpet does lead to a big pile of dirt in the end. Time to see what is hidden under that carpet.
- 17 September 1966: Colin Addison makes Arsenal debut in Arsenal 1 Blackpool 1. It was Bertie Mee’s first season and was Arsenal’s third consecutive 1-1 draw and the fifth game without a win after winning the first three of the season.
- 17 September 1988. Arsenal 2 Southampton 2. Paul Davis suffers trial by TV and is banned for nine matches for hitting Cockerill of Southampton following abuse being hurled. The event continued from the 9 April game between the sides.
The Untold Books
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal