Leicester v Arsenal 26 September – the Match Officials
By Andrew Crawshaw
Firstly here is the updated Table of Shame following the review of the Stoke game refereed by Jonathan Moss. Two wrong Important decisions right at the end of the game with the not given penalty and sending off of Pieters for wrestling Giroud to the ground. It made no difference to the points score as we already had the game won, just added to the tally against us.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||4|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||3|
For Saturday our officials are
- Referee – Craig Pawson
- Assistants – M Salisbury and G Beswick
- Fourth Official – R Madley
From last year’s table Mr Pawson is in third place with an impressive overall UNWEIGHTED score in excess of 80%
|Referee||Correct total||Wrong total|
Looking at last Year we had Mr Pawson twice, once at home and once away – Exactly as it should be.
|Untold Referee Review : Arsenal – Burnley|
72% weighted score, bias against the two teams of 86/14. Two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals) when Boyd should have been dismissed for a deliberate handball and Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty. No cost to Arsenal in terms of points but could have been important on another day.
|REF REVIEW Southampton – Arsenal|
78% weighted score, bias against the two teams of 14/86. Again two wrong Important decisions, In Min 9 Wanyama should have been booked for a foul on Alexis, he was booked for an offence on the same player in Minute 22 so this should have seen him dismissed. In Min 66 Gardos was wrongly given a yellow card for a last man offence, it should have been red. Would the 2-0 loss have happened against 9 men – who knows?
I haven’t time this week to go back to previous years so will head straight to the conclusions
- Mr Pawson had one of the highest ratings for last year but in the two games reviewed still failed to send off three opposition players and not award Arsenal a penalty
- That this level of incompetence can result in one of the best scores against us shows how poor the standard of refereeing is in the Premier League and what Arsenal have to cope with on a weekly basis.
- The level of bias against Arsenal on all offences in both games was 86/14% or to put it another way for every one decision that was incorrectly given to Arsenal 5 were given to the opposition.
- Don’t expect Saturday to be any different, Leicester players will not be sent off for anything short of producing a gun and shooting our players and it is extremely unlikely that Arsenal will be given a penalty.
- Of course the PGMO should instruct Mr Pawson to be squeaky clean in this game following the almighty Cock-up of Mr Dean last week but I’m not putting any money on that outcome – are you?
- 25 September 1963: Arsenal beat Staevnet 7-1 in Fairs Cup. Joe Baker and Geoff Strong each scoring three. It was Arsenal’s first away game in Europe.
- 25 September 1991: Ian Wright’s first game: Leicester 1 Arsenal 1 in the league cup. He scored, naturally. Arsenal won the second leg 2-0, with Wright scoring again.