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Ref Review: Arsenal – Olympiacos : a match of two halves

By Usama and Walter

ARSENAL vs. OLYMPIACOS

COMPETITION: UEFA Champions League

MATCH NO. 2

DATE: 29th September 2015

VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
1st LINESMAN: Rob van de Ven (Netherlands)
2nd LINESMAN: Charles Schaap (Netherlands)  
4th OFFICIAL: Mario Diks (Netherlands)

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
10:30 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Pajtim Kasami (Olympiacos) Kasami was turning with the ball inside the Arsenal’s Half when Chamberlain tried to push him twice off the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR OLYMPIACOS.

1 (FOUL)
13:17 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Felipe Pardo (Olympiacos) Just as Pardo was receiving the ball Gibbs came from behind and tripped him inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR OLYMPIACOS.

1 (FOUL)
18:15 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos) Coquelin pushed Fortounis in the back in the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR OLyMPIACOS.

1 (FOUL)
29:32 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) While challenging for the ball in the air Gabriel to control the by moving his chest forward, but the ball deflected off Sebá and touched Gabriel’s left hand.

CORRECT FOUL FOR OLyMPIACOS.

1 (FOUL)
30:40 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos) Just as Fortounis was receiving the ball Koscienly came from behind and tripped him inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR OLYMPIACOS.

1 (FOUL)
35:54 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos) A mistimed tackle from Ozil resulted in slight kick to Fortounis.

CORRECT FOUL FOR OLYMPIACOS.

1 (FOUL)
43:03 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) After the referee gave a correct goal kick for Olympiacos, Sanchez shouted and protested by swinging his hands air in protest in front of the linesman.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 126

Showing Dissent by Word or Action

A player who is guilty of dissent by protesting (verbally or non-verbally) against a referee’s decision must be cautioned.

The captain of a team has no special status or privileges under the Laws of the Game but he has a degree of responsibility for the behaviour of his team.

 

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST SANCHEZ.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
43:37 Brown Ideye (Olympiacos) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Ideye tried pulling Gabriel from the body twice near the left corner flag.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
44:18 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Sebá (Olympiacos) Sebá and Gabriel were both looking to challenge for the ball when Gabriel made a sliding tackle at high speed studs up towards Sebá. Gabriel got the ball very slightly but at the same time took out Sebá. This was a reckless tackle by Gabriel and was correctly booked.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 119

Careless, Reckless, Using Excessive Force

“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 OLYMPIACOS.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST GABRIEL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

45:23 Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez dribbled quickly past Elabdellaoui, but Elabdellaoui made sliding tackle and slightly caught Sanchez on right foot. Sanchez didn’t lose his balance and carried on running.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Fouls for Olympiacos – 7

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 8 [8 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 0

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

 

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Olympiacos – 2

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

 

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
11:01 Brown Ideye (Olympiacos) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Ideye was in an offside position when the free kick was delivered but Ospina grabbed the cross and quickly played the ball to Sanchez for a counter attack. The linesman and referee played a good advantage for the offside.

CORRECT OFFSIDE ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
40:58 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Leandro Salino

(Olympiacos)

Gibbs was at least 2 yards onside when the pass was played by Sanchez.

WRONG OFFISDE AGAINST ARSENAL

-1 (OFFSIDE)
   
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Offsides for Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

 

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
31:59 Felipe Pardo (Olympiacos) Pardo took a shot from a corner kick and the ball deflects off Chamberlain before going in to the goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR OLMPIACOS.

3 (GOAL)
34:29 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott took a shot off Sanchez’s pass and scored.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
39:31 David Ospina (Arsenal)

OWN GOAL

Fortounis took a corner kick straight in to the goal and after some mishandling of the ball Ospina failed to clear the ball in time. The ball just crossed the line completely.

CORRECT GOAL FOR OLYMPIACOS.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Olympiacos – 2

Total Number of Correct Goals – 3 [9 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
00:51 Throw-in Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
01:56 Throw-in Sebá (Olympiacos)
02:43 Throw-in Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
04:24 Throw-in Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
05:13 Throw-in Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos)
07:18 Throw-in Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
08:44 Corner Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
09:36 Goal Kick Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
12:17 Goal Kick Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos)
13:57 Throw-in Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
15:32 Goal Kick Esteban Cambiasso (Olympiacos)
17:04 Throw-in Alberto Botía (Olympiacos)
17:44 Throw-in Felipe Pardo (Olympiacos)
19:15 Goal Kick Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
22:07 Goal Kick Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos)
22:48 Throw-in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
23:13 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
23:36 Throw-in Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal)
24:09 Throw-in Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
24:58 Throw-in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
25:09 Throw-in Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
25:30 Goal Kick Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos)
25:57 Goal Kick Alberto Botía (Olympiacos)  
26:59 Throw-in Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
27:25 Goal Kick Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos)
28:14 Throw-in Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
28:26 Throw-in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
28:48 Throw-in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
29:19 Throw-in Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
30:06 Throw-in Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
31:17 Corner Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal)
33:07 Throw-in Sebá (Olympiacos)
37:37 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
38:19 Throw-in Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
38:55 Corner Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal)
42:40 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
45:55 Throw-in Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal)
 


First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 1+1+1+1 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Olympiacos – 7+2+2 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 4 + 11 = 15

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 1+1+1+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Olympiacos – 7+4+6 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 6 + 17 = 23

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 1 + 0 = 1

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 1 + 0 = 1

 

 First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 15/(15+1) = 93.7%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+1) = 95.8%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
47:23 Felipe Pardo (Olympiacos) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Pardo jumped in the back of Sanchez and pushed him down inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
48:09 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Leandro Salino

(Olympiacos)

Salino was running with the ball inside the Olympiacos’ Half when Chamberlain tried to challenge him for the ball. Just as Chamberlain got nearer to the ball and ahead of Salino, Salino fell to the ground while trying to control it away from Chamberlain. This should not have been a foul and the play should have carried on. The referee incorrectly gave a foul against Arsenal.

 

The following below lists all the reasons for it not to be a foul by Chamberlain:

 

1.       Chamberlain did not charged at Salino using his shoulders.

2.       Chamberlain did not pushed, grabbed or held Salino.

3.       Chamberlain did not tripped or kicked Salino.

 

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
48:52 Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiacos) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Gabriel and Finnbogason were challenging for the ball. When Finnbogason tried to pull Gabriel’s left arm and then pushed him down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal. But the referee gave no foul.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
49:26 Felipe Pardo (Olympiacos) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Both players were challenging for the ball in the air when Pardo jumped and landed at Gibbs, tripping him in the process. This should have been a foul for Arsenal. But the referee gave no foul.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
49:49 Leandro Salino

(Olympiacos)

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was in control of the ball on the right wing when Salino came from and very clearly pushed Ozil in the back and causing him to fall to the ground. This should have been a foul for Arsenal. But the referee gave no foul.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
58:10 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Pajtim Kasami (Olympiacos) Ozil charged down Kasami from the side carelessly inside the Olympiacos’ Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR OLYMPIACOS.

1 (FOUL)
64:03 Roberto Jiménez (Olympiacos) The ball went out for an Olympiacos goal kick. Normally with the Multi-Ball system the time taken for a Goal Kick is in the range of 7-14 seconds. In this situation the ball went out of play at 63:26 and Roberto took the Goal Kick at 64:03. This means it took him 37 seconds to take the Goal Kick, even with Multi-Ball system being in use he deliberately stood there wasting time. The referee correctly gave Roberto a yellow card.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Delaying the Restart of Play

Referees must caution players who delay the restart of play by tactics such as:

• Taking a free kick from the wrong position with the sole intention of forcing the referee to order a retake

• Appearing to take a throw-in but suddenly leaving it to one of his team-mates to take

• Kicking the ball away or carrying it away with the hands after the referee has stopped play

• Excessively delaying the taking of a throw-in or free kick

• Delaying leaving the field of play when being substituted

• Provoking a confrontation by deliberately touching the ball after the referee has stopped play

 

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST ROBERTO JIMENEZ.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
70:12 Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiacos) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Finnbogason pulled Sanchez’s right arm and made him lose control inside the Olympiacos’ Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
74:12 Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiacos) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) While challenging for the ball inside center of the field Finnbogason stamped using his left foot on the toe end of Cazorla’s right foot. This was a reckless attempt Finnbogason to challenge for the ball.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 119

Careless, Reckless, Using Excessive Force

“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 FINNBOGASON.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

74:59 Esteban Cambiasso (Olympiacos) Ramsey tried to play a through pass to Walcott just on the edge of the penalty area when Cambiasso raised his hand above slightly and blocked the path of the ball. This was a deliberate hand ball by Cambiasso and was correctly booked by the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 121

Handling the Ball

Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into consideration:

• The movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)

• The distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)

• The position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement

• Touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

• Hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

 

Disciplinary sanctions

There are circumstances when a caution for unsporting behaviour is required when a player deliberately handles the ball, e.g. when a player:

• Deliberately handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession

• Attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball

 

A player is sent off, however, if he prevents a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This punishment arises not from the act of the player deliberately handling the ball but from the unacceptable and unfair intervention that prevented a goal being scored.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST CAMBIASSO.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

75:59 Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos) Arsenal were awarded a direct free kick. The referee had already set up the wall. But then Fortounis moves half way up the distance between the wall and free kick taker and stays there, deliberately trying to delay the game. The referee correctly gave him a yellow card.

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Delaying the Restart of Play

Referees must caution players who delay the restart of play by tactics such as:

• Taking a free kick from the wrong position with the sole intention of forcing the referee to order a retake

• Appearing to take a throw-in but suddenly leaving it to one of his team-mates to take

• Kicking the ball away or carrying it away with the hands after the referee has stopped play

• Excessively delaying the taking of a throw-in or free kick

• Delaying leaving the field of play when being substituted

• Provoking a confrontation by deliberately touching the ball after the referee has stopped play

 

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FORTOUNIS.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
76:33 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Hernâni Santos (Olympiacos) Ozil jumped slightly to control the bouncing ball with his foot, which caused him to spread his arms wide while controlling the ball. But then Hernani who coming from behind got a slight touch of Ozil’s right hand on his face. Hernani went down in a very exaggerating manner and pretended to be injured, acting as if he was struck deliberately by Ozil. Hernani’s antics got the better of the linesman who gave it as a foul.

 

This should not have been a foul for Olympiacos or a yellow card against Ozil. This should have been a foul for Arsenal and a yellow card against Hernani for simulation and conning the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

• Attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)

 

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST OZIL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST HERNÂNI.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

78:20 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos) Cazorla played a long ball forward towards Sanchez. Elabdellaoui and Sanchez both were chasing. Sanchez and Elabdellaoui both lost their balance while sprinting and fell down. Out of nowhere the referee gave it a foul against Arsenal. Sanchez and Elabdellaoui did not kicked, pushed or committed any foul offence against each other. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal. The play should have carried on.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENALL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

79:18 Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) A push in the back of Ozil by Siovas inside the center of the field.

CORRRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
81:51 Pajtim Kasami (Olympiacos) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) A trip from behind inside the Olympiacos’ Half by Kasami on Ozil.

CORRRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
86:38 Felipe Pardo (Olympiacos) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Pardo kept pulling Sanchez from the side of the shirt on the left wing.

CORRRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
89:38 Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Alberto Botía (Olympiacos) Mertesacker jumped on Botía by pushing him down. But the goal keeper collected the ball and started the attacked.

CORRRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR OLYMPIACOS.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
90:44 Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiacos) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) A push in the back of Campbell by Finnbogason inside the center of the field.

CORRRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
92:48 Leandro Salino

(Olympiacos)

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) A trip from behind on Campbell by Salino on the right wing.

CORRRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 9

Number of Correct Fouls for Olympiacos – 1

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 10 [10 points]

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 7

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 7 [7 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Olympiacos – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 4 [8 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 2 [4 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
73:38 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos) Ozil was in an offside position when the pass was played.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR OLYMPIACOS.

1 (OFFSIDE)
83:04 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) ???????

(Olympiacos)

No good angle or replay was shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR OLYMPIACOS.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Olympiacos – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
64:52 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Walcott delivered a cross and Sanchez headed it in. Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
65:52 Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiacos) Pardo delivered a cross and Finnbogason tapped it in. Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR OLYMPIACOS.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Olympiacos – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

 

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
46:52 Goal Kick Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
49:02 Goal Kick Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiacos)
49:29 Throw-in Roberto Jiménez (Olympiacos)
50:21 Goal Kick Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos)
51:32 Throw-in Alberto Botía (Olympiacos)
51:52 Throw-in Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos)
52:55 Throw-in Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
53:35 Throw-in Pajtim Kasami (Olympiacos)
54:09 Corner Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos)
54:43 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)  
55:00 Throw-in Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos)
59:05 Corner Esteban Cambiasso (Olympiacos)
59:42 Corner Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos)
60:45 Throw-in Leandro Salino (Olympiacos)
60:59 Goal Kick Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
61:47 Goal Kick Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
62:54 Corner Roberto Jiménez (Olympiacos)
63:26 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
67:39 Corner Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
71:46 Throw-in Esteban Cambiasso (Olympiacos)
78:57 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
79:40 Goal Kick Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
80:30 Throw-in Alberto Botía (Olympiacos)
82:40 Corner Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos)
84:36 Corner Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiacos)
85:33 Throw-in David Ospina (Arsenal)
87:08 Corner Roberto Jiménez (Olympiacos)
89:08 Corner Leandro Salino (Olympiacos)  
90:15 Goal Kick Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
91:50 Throw-in Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiacos)
93:49 Goal Kick Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   
   

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+4+1 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Olympiacos – 1+1+2+1 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 5 = 19

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+8+3 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Olympiacos – 1+1+2+3 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 20 + 7 = 27

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 7+2 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 9 + 0 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 7+4 = 11

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 11 + 0 = 11

 

 Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 19/(19+9) = 67.8%
 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 27/(27+11) = 71.05%

 

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 4+14 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Olympiacos – 11+5= 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 18 + 16 = 34

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+20 = 26

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Olympiacos – 17+7 = 24

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 26 + 24 = 50

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1+9 = 10

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 10 + 0 = 10

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1+11 = 12

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Olympiacos – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 0 = 12

 

 

 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 34/(34+10) = 77.2%

 

 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 50/(50+12) = 80.6%

 

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

But I don’t know what happened to the ref at the start of the second half but then he was terribly bad for a few minutes.  Four wrong decisions in a row… in the first 5 minutes. I think this is what refs will know as the excellent first half syndrom. It happens that when you have an almost perfect first half you go out less concentrated for the second half. You think you will just pick it up where you left it and then it can go horribly wrong when you are not completely focussed.

He then made a lot of fouls and all errors were against Arsenal. Very unlucky to say the least. He slowly got his act together again and even did what most PL refs never do: give a yellow card to a keeper for blatant time wasting. A few other good yellow cards followed and he seemed back on course.

The most bizarre decision was given by the 2nd assistant when he saw a foul from Özil and Özil even got booked for what was nothing. A Greek player running against the hand of Özil coming from behind Özil who couldn’t see the player coming at all was very bad. Santos should have been given a yellow card for his theatrical performance of the dying swan.  The ref maybe feeling something was wrong then missed the next decision also. Again a decision going against Arsenal.

The result of the second half was only  67% for the ref and when we put weight on the decisions his score goes to 71%. So very low compared to his excellent first half.

If we look at the whole 90 minutes he got a score of 77.2% and if we put weight on the decisions it goes up to 80.6%.

Not a bad score but given his excellent first half performance I feel a bit dissapointed by his second half performance. As it was his first CL match this might have had an influence on his second half. Maybe being overwhelmed at the start of the second half, losing his concentration for a while it sure wasn’t good enough.

But all in all I hope he will be able to lift his performances to a more consistent level for the whole 90 minutes if we see him again.

8 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Olympiacos : a match of two halves

  • Usama Zaka

    Against Bayern, home and away, I feel we will get any two of the following refs.

    1. Nicola Rizzoli (Italy) – Full Juventus Referee. We faced him with Bayern in 2014.

    2. Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey) – Works in Turkish where all 3 big teams have great history of Match Fixing.

    3. Antionio Mateu (Spain) – A ref that will favor both Madrid and Barca at their homes.

    4. Clement Turpin (France) – We faced him last season against Anderlecht at home, where he gave 2 wrong goals in favor of Anderlecht against Arsenal.

    5. Viktor Kassai (Hungary) – A terrible, horrible ref with history of poor decision against us and everyone else.

  • nicky

    Regardless of the result, a game we did not deserve to win, it is of some consolation (to me) that the mistakes of the Netherlands referee were not as a deliberate result of an anti-Arsenal bias…..unlike so many via the domestic PGMOL. 😉

  • Usama Zaka

    Dinamo Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi failed a drugs test after the Arsenal Champions League game.

    English Link

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/dinamo-zagrebs-arijan-ademi-failed-a-drugs-test-after-the-arsenal-champions-league-game/

    Here is the original link. Dinamo Zagreb’s official website.

    http://gnkdinamo.hr/HR/Novosti/Clanak/otvoren-postupak-uefe-protiv-arijana-ademija

  • Jambug

    How many players can fail a post match drugs test before the result of the match comes under scrutiny?

    If only 1 player is tested, and he fails, then with a 100 % failure rate surely there is reason to assume ALL the players are drugged?

    No?

    Why not?

    A bit mischievous I know, but here’s a serious question.

    If one runner in a relay team fails a drugs test do they lose there medal?

    Anyone know?

  • Pete

    Jambug – re athletics relay team – yes, they all lose their medals.

  • nicky

    @Pete,
    I’m sure you are right but on reflection disqualification wouldn’t apply to a football team, which seems hardly fair.
    Safety in numbers, perhaps? 😉

  • Vintage Gooner

    In an earlier post I said the following:-

    I am still struggling with offside and active. For the third goal I thought the ball was played out to the winger who was onside but the player in the centre was clearly offside in the six yard box in front of the back post but presumably not judged active. The winger made the goal line and cut the ball back to the initially off side player but clearly not offside for the pass which was played back. I have frequently seen assistant referees indicate that a player onside when passed to was offside because he had come back from an offside position earlier in the move. Perhaps I must just wait on the UA referees report to help me through this

    I note that above we are now declaring this goal to be correct.However I have no doubt that if the pass out wide had been a shot which bounced back off the keeper to exactly the the same player he would have been given offside.

    This all makes no sense to me. Surely any player in the six yard box is offside at any point and particularly directly in front of goal then they must be interfering with play. No goalkeeper can not have their positioning and movement not affected by the offside player. Similarly the defence will initially call for and expect an offside decision. They are utterly disadvantaged by rulings like this even if you maintain they are correct.

    What can we do to get simple common sense back into such decisions?