The Referee Preview
by Andrew Crawshaw
Following Usama and Walter’s review of the Chelsea game Ref Review : Chelsea – Arsenal. How Mike Dean & Co screwed an entire game… here is the updated table of shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||7|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||6|
Oh dear didn’t Mr Dean make cock-up after cock-up.
An overall (weighted) performance score of 41%, Bias against the two teams of 5/95 and no fewer than 9 wrong Important Decisions (a record I believe since Mr Riley in Game 50). Important Decisions are defined as second yellow, red cards, penalties or goals.
Costa could have been dismissed four times, in Minute 33 (second yellow card), Min 43 for striking Koscielny, Min 44 For striking Koscielny, and again in Min 81 for first elbowing then kicking Oxlade-Chamberlain. According to Dean he never committed a foul!
In Minute 45 Fabregas should have been dismissed for a second charge of dissent, in Minute 63 Oscar was given a yellow card for a foul on Koscielny, this should have been his second and he should have been dismissed.
Gabriel was wrongly dismissed in Min 45 (there can be no doubt about this being wrong as the FA rescinded the card). In the aftermath of the wrong sending off Zouma attacked Gabriel and should also have been given a red card. To add insult to injury Dean awarded Chelsea a ‘phantom’ foul in Min 52 from which they scored.
By my reckoning Chelsea should have been down to 8 men for the second half with Costa, Fabregas and Zouma off the pitch. Oscar should have joined them in the second half. The game should have finished 7 men v 10 as the two yellow cards for Santi were both correct.
Of course, if Mr Dean had taken the first opportunity to issue a yellow card to Diego Costa in the second minute and had awarded Fabregas a yellow card for dissent in Minute 42 none of the other incidents would have occurred and we could all have been talking about a half decent game of football.
Enough about the past, on to Sunday and a 4pm kick-off. The Officials are :-
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Assistants – J Brooks and L Betts
- Fourth Official – R East
Another referee disliked, with good reason, by Arsenal supporters – here’s the table showing how he did last year on his overall decision making.
|Referee||Correct total||Wrong total|
So, without putting any weight on any of his decisions, we can see that just over one in four were wrong. Not that great one can say.
Putting some flesh on those bones here are the summaries of his games from last year.
We had him a total of six times (OK actually five and a half times as he came on as a substitute in our home game v West Ham) last year, in itself totally and utterly unacceptable. No team should have a referee more than twice in a season, once at home and once away. We have full referee reviews for the first four and I have linked Walter’s post game reviews for the last two games.
|Ref review Leicester – Arsenal|
61% overall score (weighted), bias against the two teams 7/93 and three wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow or Red cards, Penalties or Goals).
In Minute 50 Arsenal should have had a penalty when Hammond pushed Cazorla in the box, Minute 58 Moore should have had a second yellow card for a ‘professional foul’ against Sanogo (his first booking should have been in Min 35 when he dived looking for a penalty) and in Minute 84 Hammond should have had a straight red card for deliberately stepping on Ramsey’s legs as he was on the ground. Two points robbed.
|Untold ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal, the Anthony Taylor horror show. “Shockingly bad”.|
59% overall performance (weighted), bias against the two teams 0/100 (yes every wrong decision against Arsenal) four wrong Important Decisions.
In Minute 28 Crouch should have had a second yellow card for elbowing Mertesacker, or again in Minute 45 for another elbow (for which he got his first yellow card, Minute 77 Chambers was wrongly sent off (his first yellow card was incorrect in Min 60), Minute 83 Adams should have had a straight red card for impersonating a wrestler and applying a ‘sleeper’ hold on Alexis for which he was only awarded a yellow.
The Stoke goal in Minute 45 should not have counted as Shawcross pushed the Ox with both arms, Crouch headed the ball against the Ox which fell to Walters to tap in. Clear foul on defender in penalty area goal shouldn’t have counted. The two linesmen on the day I Hussin and R East ruled out another Stoke ‘goal ‘ for offside and awarded Arsenal a penalty so well done to them both – Mr East is Fourth Official on Sunday. Taylor was diabolical and without doubt cost us three points on the day.
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa. Arsenal commit two fouls in 45 minutes.|
A good performance from Taylor with an overall weighted score of 85%. Mind you all of the bias was against Arsenal 100/0 so not so good there. He missed a yellow card for Sanchez for an arnm in the face of Giroud but there were no wrong Important Decisions just a totally dominant display from Arsenal who dominated from the start and gave Taylor no opportunity to influence the game.
|Ref Review(s) : Arsenal – West Ham, two for the price of one|
73% Weighted score for the time he was on the pitch and a bias of 83/17 with no wrong Important Decisions. Again he missed giving a yellow card for Collins for a high foot into Giroud’s stomach.
Possibly handball in the Liverpool penalty area ignored in the opening exchanges, just a corner awarded. Bellerin opening the scoring in Min 36, Özil adding a second 2 minutes later from a correctly awarded free kick 5m outside the ‘Pool penalty area. Alexis made it three just before half time.
Sterling awarded a penalty on 75mins – three one. Arsenal wrapped up the scoring in the first minute of added time with Giroud. Could easily havebeen 5 but Wellbeck wrongly called offside when well placed. Our talismen the Belgian Gooners in town for another fine win. Taylor being his usual twattish self at times but again unable to tilt the field enough to affect the result.
Taylor typically myopic when it came to Sunderland fouls, ramsey pulled back outside the Sunderland penalty area but on Taylor’s blind side, Defoe trying to take off Bellerin’s shirt. Cattermole making foul after foul with impunity. Arsenal dominant but Sunderland kept us out with last minute blocks and their keeper, Pantillimon as man of the match. No indication from the report that Taylor actually cost us points.
So six games that almost certainly cost us five points. Where we took control of the games early he was unable to affect the overall result.
Looking at his games from 2013-14 and (surprisingly we only had him once) – the opening game of the season v Aston Villa. Mind you that was enough for all Gooners!
Arsenal v Aston Villa 17 August 2013. If you really need to see how a biased referee operates then please go to the Arsenal Player on Arsenal.com and watch the game again. You might need to sign up as a Digital Member – but that’s free – and you then have access to all of the past matches on the site whenever you want them.
Arsenal 1 – Anthony Villa 3 A bent result from a totally biased referee almost certainly gifting the points to Villa. The club must have made serious representations because we didn’t have him in charge again that season.
Going back one more year to 2012/13 and there are reviews for both Arsenal and United
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Arsenal Vs Queens Park Rangers (1 – 0) [27/10/2012]|
71% overall score (weighted), bias against both teams 81/19 and 1 wrong Important Decision when in Minute 57 Granero should have had a second yellow card for a foul and dissent. Another game where Arsenal’s task was made a lot harder by Mr Taylor not properly applying the rules and failing to send off a player.
Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Reading Vs Arsenal (2 – 5) [17/12/2012] 70% overall score (weighted), bias against both teams 16/84 but no wrong Important Decisions
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Sunderland v Arsenal (0 – 1) [09/02/2013]|
58% overall score (weighted) bias against both teams 11/89 and 2 wrong Important Decisions with Mr Taylor failing to send off two Sunderland players Cattermole in Min 21 and Larsson in Min 62. No cost to Arsenal in terms of points but a pathetically low score and the usual appalling bias.
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Norwich City Vs Manchester United (1 – 0) [17/11/2012]|
An extremely rare event when the reviewers found that Mr Taylor got every decision absolutely correct – 100% score!
72% overall score (weighted), bias against both teams 17/83 and three wrong Important Decisions. All three of RVP’s goals that day should not have counted as all were offside – unbelievable to seal the title with a hat-trick of illegal goals!
- Mr Taylor is rightly regarded with extreme suspicion by Arsenal supporters, his performances as referee over recent years are blighted with wrong big calls. In this regard he is kind of a Dean ‘light’.
- His bias against Arsenal in the calls he (like all other referees) gets wrong is extremely regular exceeding 80/20 and ofte being 100% against Arsenal.
- He is quite likely to incorrectly send off Arsenal players and we will have to be extremely careful on Sunday not to give him any opportunity to tilt the playing field and red card any of our team.
- On the United front they will be given far more freedom to foul our players with impunity and will almost certainly end up with 11 men on the pitch providing they don’t turn up with machine guns. Elbows and wrestling moves are usually OK against our players.
- An Arsenal penalty is most unlikely, Mr Taylor has an extremely well developed blind spot for fouls on Arsenal players in the opposition box. On the other hand he is quite likely to give a ‘soft’ one (or even invent a foul) to award one against Arsenal.
- He does, however, have limits and will be relatively honest if Arsenal are dominant and get a couple of early goals. Let’s hope that is the case on Sunday.
- Where a game gets sticky or where Arsenal’s opponents gain the upper hand there is little he won’t do to enable our opposition to press home their advantage.
COYG – lets have a quick start and a couple of early goals to take Taylor out of the game.
Football and the drive towards evidence based football commentary
- How much longer must we put up with the PGMO ruining the game?
- Gary Neville the telepathic footballer, and the drive towards evidence based analysis
- 3 October 1896: Arsenal played their second game in the United League – a 2-2 home draw against Luton Town – with a not insignificant crowd of 8000 – very high for the United League.
- 3 October 1903: 20,000 in crowd the Man U home game, compared with 1,000 for the next away game! Arsenal won 4-0, making it 21 goals for and 0 against in the first five games of the season. The next game was away to Glossop.