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Ref Review : Arsenal – Man Utd, more of the same

By Usama & Walter

ARSENAL vs. MANCHESTER UNITED

COMPETITION: English Premier League

MATCH NO. 8

DATE: 4th October 2015

VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Anthony Taylor
1st LINESMAN: John Brooks
2nd LINESMAN: Lee Betts
4th OFFICIAL: Roger East

 

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
01:04 Matteo Darmian (Man United) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Just after Theo passed the ball in the box, Darmian was late with his tackle and kicked Theo on the foot.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
03:16 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Cazorla was ready to take the corner kick when the referee stopped him and warned the players in the penalty box about holding each other. This was a good intervention by the referee and was performed correctly according to the law mentioned below.

 

Then just as Cazorla took the corner kick, Gabriel made a run towards the near post to try and head the ball, but Schweinsteiger GRABBED, HELD and THREW down Gabriel using both of his hands, without even looking at the ball inside the penalty area. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Schweinsteiger for continuous holding and pulling inside the penalty even after the referee warned everyone in the box. No penalty and no yellow card was given by the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT 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. Referees are reminded to make an early intervention and to deal firmly with holding offences especially inside the penalty area at corner kicks and free kicks.

To deal with these situations:

• The referee must warn any player holding an opponent before the ball is in play

• Caution the player if the holding continues before the ball is in play

• Award a direct free kick or penalty kick and caution the player if it happens once the ball is in play

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST SCHWEINSTEIGER.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

04:52 Ashley Young (Man United) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Bellerin passed the ball to Ozil, when Young tried to tackle but moved away and didn’t tackle Bellerin. Suddenly the referee played advantage for Arsenal. There was no foul contact or offence committed by Young.

WRONG ADVANTAGE PLAYED AGAINST MAN UNITED.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)
07:36 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ashley Young (Man United) Ramsey pulled Young’s arm and tackled him without getting the ball inside Man United’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
21:45 Ashley Young (Man United) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Arsenal were on the counter attack and quickly moved in to the Man United’s Half. Ramsey had the ball and he tapped it forward past Young, who lunged in with a very late sliding tackle catching Ramsey on the right foot with part of his foot. Not only he was reckless in his tackle, Young also broke a promising attack by Arsenal.

 

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

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, e.g. if a player:

• Commits in a reckless manner one of the seven offences that incur a direct free kick

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

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST ASHLEY YOUNG.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

25:11 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Matteo Darmian (Man United) Sanchez pushed Darmian in the back while challenging for the ball in the air.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)

 

29:04 Matteo Darmian (Man United) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Darmian and Sanchez both were chasing a long ball on the left wing. Sanchez was clearly out speeding Darmian, so Darmian deliberately tripped and pulled down Sanchez by the left arm. Darmian intentionally pulled down preventing him from gaining possession and getting in to an advantageous position.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, e.g. if a player:

• Commits in a reckless manner one of the seven offences that incur a direct free kick

• Commits a foul for the tactical purpose of interfering with or breaking up a promising attack

• Holds an opponent for the tactical purpose of pulling the opponent away from the ball or preventing the opponent from getting to the ball

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST DARMIAN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

31:03 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Cazorla was trying a pass when Schweinsteiger kicked Cazorla from behind with the ball nowhere Schweinsteiger. This should have been a foul Arsenal. But the referee didn’t give a foul and waved play on.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

31:33 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Anthony Martial (Man United) Martial was in a position to receive a pass and behind him was Monreal. Just as Marital was about to receive the pass Monreal cleanly intercepted the ball the away from Martial before Martial could touch it. The follow through of Monreal caused a slight contact with Martial’s back. This should not have been a foul as Monreal cleanly kicked the ball and committed no foul offence. But the referee gave a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

31:55 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Memphis Depay (Man United) A slight trip by Ramsey on Depay inside the Arsenal’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
33:06 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United) Petr Cech (Arsenal) Cech jumped to catch the ball and collided accidently with Schweinsteiger who stood in his blocking his jump. Cech caught the ball safely and fell down. Cech then quickly stood up and played the ball forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
34:32 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Coquelin jumped and headed the ball before Schweinsteiger. Schweinsteiger was late and pushed Coquelin making him lose his balance. Arsenal had recovered the ball.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
42:12 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ashley Young (Man United) Late tackle by Ramsey catching Young slightly on the foot.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
44:13 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Wayne Rooney (Man United) A trip by Cazorla on Rooney inside the Arsenal’s Half just as Rooney passed it forward. Man United recovered the ball and attacked forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
45:15 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Schweinsteiger kicked Walcott underneath his right leg while challenging for a bouncing ball inside the Man United’s Half. The referee correctly gave a foul for Arsenal.

 

But this was Schweinsteiger’s fourth Non-Cautionable foul within a period of 15 minutes. He was consistently infringing the laws of the game. Schweinsteiger should have received a yellow card for persistent infringement. But the referee didn’t give any yellow card against Schweinsteiger.

 

Also this should have been Schweinsteiger’s second yellow card of the game. Which means that by now he should have been sent off.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Persistent Infringement

Referees should be alert at all times to players who persistently infringe the Laws. In particular, they must be aware that, even if a player commits a number of different offences, he must still be cautioned for persistently infringing the Laws.

 

There is no specific number of infringements which constitutes “persistence” or the presence of a pattern – this is entirely a matter of judgement and must be determined in the context of effective game management.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST SCHWEINSTIEGER.

NO RED CARD AGAINST SCHWEINSTIEGER.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

46:44 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) A late attempt for tackle by Schweinsteiger on Sanchez resulted in a kick to the right foot of Sanchez. The referee correctly gave a foul for Arsenal.

 

But this was Schweinsteiger’s fifth Non-Cautionable foul within a period of 17 minutes. He was again consistently infringing the laws of the game. This was second opportunity for the referee to give Schweinsteiger a yellow card for persistent infringement. But the referee failed to do so and didn’t give any yellow card against Schweinsteiger.

 

Also this should have been Schweinsteiger’s second yellow card of the game. Which means that by now he should have been sent off.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Persistent Infringement

Referees should be alert at all times to players who persistently infringe the Laws. In particular, they must be aware that, even if a player commits a number of different offences, he must still be cautioned for persistently infringing the Laws.

 

There is no specific number of infringements which constitutes “persistence” or the presence of a pattern – this is entirely a matter of judgement and must be determined in the context of effective game management.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD (AGAIN) AGAINST SCHWEINSTIEGER.

NO RED CARD AGAINST SCHWEINSTIEGER.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for Manchester United – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Manchester United – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 3 [6 points]

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 2 [6 points]

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
16:01 Anthony Martial (Man United) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) No good angle or replay shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
32:29 Wayne Rooney (Man United) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Rooney was a yard offside behind Monreal. No offside was given by the linesman,

NO OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
35:39 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Chris Smalling (Man United) Walcott was a yard offside when the pass was played.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (OFFSIDE)
37:27 Anthony Martial (Man United) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Martial was half a yard offside.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
45:53 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) ?????

(Man United)

No good angle or replay shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN UNITED.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Manchester United – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
05:12 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Ozil crossed the ball and Sanchez tapped it in. Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
06:26 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Walcott passed to Ozil who scored with first touch. Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
19:00 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez took a longshot from just on the edge of the box. Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 3 [9 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
02:07 Corner Wayne Rooney (Man United)
02:42 Corner Michael Carrick (Man United)
03:44 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
08:15 Throw-in Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
11:18 Goal Kick Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
12:34 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
14:05 Throw-in David De Gea (Man United)
14:40 Throw-in Ashley Young (Man United)
15:16 Throw-in Petr Cech (Arsenal)
17:56 Goal Kick Matteo Darmian (Man United)
18:42 Throw-in Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United)
23:15 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
23:39 Throw-in Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
24:39 Goal Kick Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
26:25 Corner Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
27:03 Throw-in Memphis Depay (Man United)
28:01 Throw-in Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
30:10 Throw-in Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
32:40 Corner Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
33:38 Goal Kick Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
34:46 Goal Kick Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
38:05 Goal Kick Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
38:35 Goal Kick Theo Walcott (Arsenal)  
43:24 Throw-in Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal)
44:35 Throw-in Matteo Darmian (Man United)
45:02 Throw-in Chris Smalling (Man United)
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+2+2+2+3 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Manchester United – 4+1+2 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 7 = 21

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+2+4+2+9 = 22

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Manchester United – 4+1+2 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 22 + 7 = 29

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+3+2+1+1 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 9 + 1 = 10

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+6+6+3+1 = 18

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 18 + 1 = 19

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 21/(21+10) = 67.7%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 29/(29+19) = 60.4%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:33 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Marouane Fellaini (Man United) Cazorla tripped Fellaini on the right wing with a mistimed tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
50:33 Chris Smalling (Man United) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott was controlling the ball inside the Man United’s Half when Smalling came from behind and pushed and charged Walcott without getting the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal, but no foul was given by the referee.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
50:41 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Wayne Rooney (Man United) Man United were on the counter attack on the left wing and Rooney was in control of the ball. Rooney turned quickly and Coquelin made a very late attempt to tackle him, resulting in a foul that broke up Man United’s attack. Correct foul and yellow card given by the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, e.g. if a player:

• Commits in a reckless manner one of the seven offences that incur a direct free kick

• Commits a foul for the tactical purpose of interfering with or breaking up a promising attack

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAISNT COQUELIN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

51:13 Michael Carrick (Man United) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Arsenal were on the counter attack and had nearly reached the outside of the Man United’s penalty area. Ramsey was moving with the ball when Carrick came from behind and deliberately tripped Ramsey stopping Arsenal’s promising attack. The referee correctly gave a foul for Arsenal.

 

Carrick clearly stopped a promising attack from Arsenal. He should have been yellow card, but was not. The referee showed serious inconsistency in his decision making because half a minute earlier when Coquelin stopped a promising attack, the referee booked him, now that Carrick stopped a promising attack he was not booked.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, e.g. if a player:

• Commits in a reckless manner one of the seven offences that incur a direct free kick

• Commits a foul for the tactical purpose of interfering with or breaking up a promising attack

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAISNT MICAHEL CARRICK.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

54:10 Wayne Rooney (Man United) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Arsenal were on the counter attack on the left wing and Ozil was in control of the ball. Ozil turned quickly and Rooney used both of his hands and deliberately pushed Ozil off the ball breaking up a promising attack from Arsenal. Correct foul and yellow card given by the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, e.g. if a player:

• Commits in a reckless manner one of the seven offences that incur a direct free kick

• Commits a foul for the tactical purpose of interfering with or breaking up a promising attack

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST ROONEY.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

56:11 Daley Blind (Man United) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Slight trip by Blind on Walcott inside the Arsenal’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

57:15 Marouane Fellaini (Man United) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Bellerin was running with the ball and Fellaini tried to dispossess him by pulling his right arm. Bellerin recovered and kept running.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

58:22 Anthony Martial (Man United) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) After Sanchez intercepted the ball from Martial, Marital tried to pull him away by grabbing Sanchez’s body.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

59:14 Marouane Fellaini (Man United) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Just after Coquelin passed the ball Fellaini pushed and tripped him at the same time.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

61:20 Marouane Fellaini (Man United)   After Mertesacker cleared the ball away from the Arsenal’s penalty area, Fellaini who was standing just outside the penalty area, moved and raised his left arm towards the ball to stop it and allow Rooney to take a shot at goal. This was a deliberate handball from Fellaini and he should have been yellow carded. But referee allowed him and didn’t give a foul and a yellow card.

 

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.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FELLAINI.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

62:32 Ashley Young (Man United) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Young pulled and tripped Bellerin while both were chasing the ball inside Arsenal’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

63:08 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Daley Blind (Man United) Ozil slightly blocked the jump of Blind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)

 

63:59 Michael Carrick (Man United) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Late trip by Carrick on Cazorla inside Arsenal’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

68:10 Chris Smalling (Man United) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Late trip by Carrick on Cazorla inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

71:57 Marouane Fellaini (Man United) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Fellaini made a tackle and fouled Coquelin without getting the ball. But Coquelin recovered and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

72:07 Marouane Fellaini (Man United) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Fellaini pulled down Sanchez from behind using both of his hands inside the center of the field. The referee correctly gave a foul for Arsenal.

 

But this was Fellaini’s fourth Non-Cautionable foul within a period of 15 minutes. He was consistently infringing the laws of the game. Fellaini should have received a yellow card for persistent infringement. But the referee didn’t give any yellow card against Fellaini.

 

Also this should have been Fellaini’s second yellow card of the game. Which means that by now he should have been sent off.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Persistent Infringement

Referees should be alert at all times to players who persistently infringe the Laws. In particular, they must be aware that, even if a player commits a number of different offences, he must still be cautioned for persistently infringing the Laws.

 

There is no specific number of infringements which constitutes “persistence” or the presence of a pattern – this is entirely a matter of judgement and must be determined in the context of effective game management.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST FELLAINI.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FELLAINI.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

75:28 Antonio Valencia (Man United) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Slight trip from behind by Valencia on Ramsey inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

80:46 Anthony Martial (Man United) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Push from behind by Martial on Monreal near the corner flag.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

89:06 Marouane Fellaini (Man United) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Fellaini kept pushing and pulling Bellerin from behind who was in control of the ball inside the Man United’s Half. The referee correctly gave a foul for Arsenal.

 

But this was Fellaini’s fifth Non-Cautionable foul within a period of 33 minutes. He was again consistently infringing the laws of the game. This was second opportunity for the referee to give Fellaini a yellow card for persistent infringement. But the referee failed to do so and didn’t give any yellow card against Fellaini.

 

Also this should have been Fellaini’s second yellow card of the game. Which means that by now he should have been sent off.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Persistent Infringement

Referees should be alert at all times to players who persistently infringe the Laws. In particular, they must be aware that, even if a player commits a number of different offences, he must still be cautioned for persistently infringing the Laws.

 

There is no specific number of infringements which constitutes “persistence” or the presence of a pattern – this is entirely a matter of judgement and must be determined in the context of effective game management

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST FELLAINI.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FELLAINI.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 12

Number of Correct Fouls for Manchester United – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 15 [15 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Manchester United – 1

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Manchester United – 0

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

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 2 [6 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
82:13 James Wilson (Man United) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Wilson was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFSSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
   

 

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
46:25 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
49:29 Goal Kick Anthony Martial (Man United)
52:40 Corner Chris Smalling (Man United)
53:30 Corner Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
55:47 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
59:01 Throw-in Daley Blind (Man United)
60:48 Corner Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
61:56 Corner Petr Cech (Arsenal)
63:39 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
64:59 Throw-in Michael Carrick (Man United)  
65:27 Throw-in Ashley Young (Man United)
70:52 Goal Kick Juan Mata (Man United)
73:50 Throw-in Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
76:34 Throw-in Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
76:52 Throw-in Michael Carrick (Man United)
77:48 Throw-in David De Gea (Man United)
78:33 Throw-in Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
78:59 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
79:44 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
81:30 Throw-in Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
82:49 Throw-in Ashley Young (Man United)
83:34 Corner Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
85:50 Goal Kick Wayne Rooney (Man United)
87:08 Throw-in Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal)
89:49 Goal Kick Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
90:35 Throw-in Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
91:06 Goal Kick Daley Blind (Man United)
91:57 Goal Kick Antonio Valencia (Man United)  

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   
   

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 12+2+1+1 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Manchester United – 3+1 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 16 + 4 = 20

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 12+2+2+1 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Manchester United – 3+2 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 17 + 5 = 22

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+4+2 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 0 = 8

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+8+6 = 16

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 16 + 0 = 16

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 20/(20+8) = 71.4%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 22/(22+16) = 57.8%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 14+16 = 30

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Manchester United – 7+4= 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 30 + 11 = 41

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 22+17 = 39

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Manchester United –7+5 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 39 + 12 = 51

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 9+8 = 17

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Manchester United – 1+0 = 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 17 + 1 = 18

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 18+16 = 34

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Manchester United – 1+0 = 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 34 + 1 = 35

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 41/(41+18) = 69.4%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 51/(51+35) = 59.3%

 

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

 

Arsenal won this match with no help from the referee at all. This is the first thing I want to say.  In fact I think we can say that Arsenal won this match despite the referee.

Remember this was the referee from the match Arsenal – Aston Villa 2 seasons ago. When he gave two penalties one for nothing and two yellow cards against Koscielny and both were wrong. So he can be very strick against Arsenal players when it comes to penalties and yellow/red cards decisions.

But nothing of that when it should be in favour of Arsenal. The way Schweinsteiger was holding and bringing Gabriel down in the penalty arae was blatant. And even more when Taylor had warned the players for this behaviour seconds earlier and then het let such a blatant foul go…  Should have been a penalty and yellow card for Arsenal in the third minute.

He then was very lenient towards Schweinsteiger further up in the first half. The German player got away with foul after foul without being booked. Persistent fouling it is called but Taylor closed his eyes for the yellow card that should have been given.

He did the same in the second half with Fellaini by the way. And talking about Fellaini… what about that handball that he let go from which United could take a shot and Cech had to make a good save…. what a miss again from the ref.

It is not because Arsenal won that we should forget all the errors that he made against Arsenal. Oh no! It was the usual Taylor we have seen so often but it seems that he is more or less an inspiration for the team now in the way that we will not allow him to do us over like he did against Aston Villa on that day.

His bias in favour of United was big but he couldn’t hurt us as the team was strong and disciplined.

His scores. In the first half he got an overall score of 67.7 % and if we put weight on his decisions he got a score of 60.4%. Poor score, very poor!

In the second half his overall score was 71.4% so a little bit better but when we put weight on the decisions it drops to 57.8%. So again very poor!

If we look at the whole 90 minutes his overall score was 69.4% and with weight on it he only managed a score of 59.3%.

Far away of the 95% score Rile came up with a few weeks ago. Or maybe Riley has dyscalculia (and this is a serious disorder) and he turns numbers upside down and is the real PGMO score 59% and not 95%?

Final conclusion: we beat both United and Taylor on the day. Both satisfying conclusions. Let’s hope we can keep it up like this.

29 comments to Ref Review : Arsenal – Man Utd, more of the same

  • nicky

    As it happened, Arsenal won IN SPITE OF THE REFEREE, a terrible indictment against a match official who should control a game without fear or favour.
    One day, the video and other technical assistance given to referees will be so sophisticated that bias and cheating will be a thing of the past. Roll on! 😉

  • Tony Thomas

    interesting breakdown of referees performance. Would be good to see how long the ball was actually in play during the whole length of the match. Too much time wasting going on with no action from referee.

  • Wolfgang

    I shudder to think if the sides were evenly matched. Then the ref steps in to play a decisive role.
    I have enough of this to stand by my conviction the rf was winning thanks to the ref.
    That’s why he could not replicate in the cl .

  • Rich

    Think you’re right.

    I always feel a temptation to play down poor refereeing on the days which go well for us.

    It’s a tactical instinct, I guess, and not a noble one, as though we’re better off ‘saving’ our complaints for other days.

    Your way is definitely the more honest one, though. I only got to watch about half the match in total (and missed the first 35 mins!) but it was enough to get a sense of, well, (not easy to describe,actually), how lucky we were to be in a position where refereeing was unlikely to wreck our day.

    The key one was surely that Carrick trip. It was very clear, in a dangerous position closing in on goal, and came seconds after Coquelin was booked out wide on the halfway line. Later on I saw an even clearer one- the Fellaini handball. I don’t recall the ref’s positioning, but it’s hard to believe his eyes weren’t following the ball there, in which case it was near impossible to miss.

    I think that one was a very neat illustration of how a Riley man plays it on a day like that, when we fly from the blocks scoring goals they have no opportunity to interfere with: low key, but if there’s a chance to tilt, you take it. The other side being you try keep the bookings down to a minimum. Carrick’s was a clear booking, Schweinsteiger’s persistent fouling should have been dealt with, Fellaini ,too.

    This can be contrasted with how things go when we are having bad days and there is zero mercy shown and any time a yellow, or red, can be given, invariably it is. Bad days are much more likely to become awful days in that scenario. Chances of recovery can fall from slim to non-existent.

    These incidents can be minor points in the big drama of a game, if the ref chooses: in Chelsea’s defeat at Southampton I noticed the ref chose a good talking to for an overemotional Falcao when he wiped out a player soon after picking up a booking. Again that one caught the eye. Very possibly the deciding factor in the ref’s mind,then, was thoughts of what comes after the game : already controversy is guaranteed; massive criticism from Mou and perhaps elsewhere,too, so he chooses the safer option for himself. Yet, over the years, that is not the choice they make with us.

    So recently we’d seen Dean opt for the no-mercy route with Cazorla- having already sent one player off, and presumably having discovered at half time what an unholy mess had been made of the first half!- and that has been absolutely commonplace for us over the years; in fact, it’s a surprise when it doesn’t happen.

    If I’ve a conclusion, it’s the old one that we simply have to be very good, extra good. That, and we have to accept that’s an impossible thing to do every single week.

  • apo Armani

    Thanks for the work you guys pit into these reviews!!

    I am certain that it was not by chance Arsenal ‘flew’ out of the blocks and banged in two inside 7 minutes and a third inside 20!!

    It gave this biased prick less of a chance to do much – yet he still TRIED!!!

    @nicky
    October 13, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Exactly!

  • Menace

    I was right screaming at the PGMO ref – saying cheat during the game. I thought Schweinsteiger should have seen red early in the first half & the ‘toilet brush’ Fellaini should have been Red carded soon after he got on the field.

    The amazing SAF & his glorious career is being hailed by the ‘sports world’ without any reference to the corrupt practice of PGMO officials on behalf of his team. He has the gall to say ‘Wenger has under achieved in recent years’ while PGMO officials held Arsenal back from so many trophy victories. There are some truths that need to be published but there are many who live on the lies. Truths that will shed light on how the greatest manager & coach in English football -Arsene Wenger was systematically robbed of glory by a group of racist, biased, bigoted people in English sport & media.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin.

    In summary, total number of (weighed) incorrect decisions against Arsenal = 18 as against that of Man Utd which is just 1. Why were these incorrect decisions lopsided? I think ref’ Anthony Taylor knew very well what he was doing as he deliberately made those 18 incorrect decisions against Arsenal. He had wanted Man Utd to win the match but failed as God was on our sides. Who Can be against us when God Is on our sides? No body. Not even the Pgmo’s officials. God will continue to be on our sides up to the very end of this season in this warfare the Pgmo have been wagging against Arsenal.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin.

    In summary, total number of (weighted) incorrect decisions against Arsenal = 18 as against that of Man Utd which is just 1. Why were those incorrect decisions lopsided? I think ref’ Anthony Taylor and his linesmen knew very well what they were doing as they deliberately made those 18 incorrect decisions against Arsenal. They had wanted Man Utd to win the match by tipping the balance of decision making to favour them. But failed as God was on our sides. Who Can be against us when God Is on our sides? No body. Not even the Pgmo’s officials. God will continue to be on our sides up to the very end of this season in this warfare the Pgmo have been wagging against Arsenal.

  • Al

    Menace & Rich
    Spot on, guys. We should never forget, even when we win, how these guys are always looking to rob us. Our team is required to put in 120% each time they step onto the pitch to be sure of a win. Think of it, where else can putting 100% effort be insufficient to guarantee a win? That’s the battle our boys face each week, they have to compete against 14 men (sometimes 15, if one considers the occasional interference by the 4th official, as what happened when Gibbs was sent off incorrectly at Chelsea last season) week in week out. So unfair…

  • Mandy Dodd

    Amazing, the detail in these reviews is incredible.
    as for the ref,compare and contrast him letting off Schweinsteiger and Fellaini….with Lee Masons perceived leniency on Coq…..note the media outcry against Coq, and Mason not getting a top flight game for 5 weeks after that game.
    The positives, Arsenals performance, their discipling, and the fact that this result would have left Riley and his greater Manchester ref for this game very unhappy.
    Expect retribution from the pgmol, most likely in the form of Atkinson for the Spurs game

  • Goonermikey

    @ Mandy

    I’d happily bet on Atkinson for the Spuds game……

  • Wolfgang

    Agree with Menace and his views on the corrupt pgmo. That’s why the greatest epl manager had only 2 cl trophies. The 1999 was a fluke win.
    That’s why try as he might he found the cl too deep a chasm . If the pgmo were there,it could have been a different story.

  • Rich

    Eurgh.

    Allardyce going down the tried and tested, Nevilish route of trying to suggest we don’t like being tackled when, of course, what we don’t like is being constantly fouled, especially when the fouls are dangerous and dealt with pathetically by referees.

    Shameless man. All leads back to a certain retired Scotsman, who set the tone and whose lies were allowed to become the truth here.

    That is the premier league,sir. When the bullshit becomes fact, print the bullshit

  • Rich

    Whoa, interesting to note how unpopular my earlier comment, alongside Menace’s and Al’s, was.

    Not a popularity contest, but seems strange that me saying a similar thing to what I’ve said many times got a noticeably different reaction to most of those comments.

    Tough/different Tuesday crowd…or something along the lines of what I was talking about earlier : where people have no appetite for hearing the opinion something is rotten in ref Denmark when the going is good?

    If there’s something seriously wrong, it’s obviously wrong relentlessly, not just on the weeks when it clearly costs us.

  • finsbury

    A.Taylor, The Lesser Dean.
    I’d offer my thoughts on where he goes wrong compared to his hero Deano, but, I’d rather not 🙂

    The volume and amount of people inside the stadium during a game when the home team were relatively comfortable who could see through his transparent efforts was quite high and there for all to hear. In spite of the constant avoidance of the topic by the 24/7 football hacks a large and significant percentage of the people watching the football were not impressed by Riley’s pgMOB representative. Even though Arsenal won the match as with teh Hull FA Cup final it would take a large amount of effort to ignore the many obvious errors from the official (the handball! the remarkable inconsistencies). Not even mentioned on the broadcasts? There you go!

    In the kindest possible expression: A.Taylor is not fit to be a professional referee and should not be allowed anywhere near a sporting contest.
    But of course following those perfprmances aginst Villa and Sunderland he’s been working his way up the slippery ladder to join that reputable organisation FUFA or UEFA or some other utterly discredited and hopelessly corrupt bodies elite panel of black market betting industry consultants sorry I mean officials.

  • finsbury

    Rich it’s a glitch in the system.

    And the it’s the same unwell Troll hitting the dislike button multiple times 🙂
    Poor sod.

    I think it tried to troll one of my comments a week ago. the same old cunning game from these same old turds that have trolled every AFC blog etc. I tried out my fancy dan new mouse and gave it back 49 dislikes! 🙂 the old magic number that they love so much.
    Didn’t see much activity after that for a while but I guess the braveheart is feeling confident again, bless.

  • finsbury

    At 15.27 GMT there are currently 49 ‘likes’ for Denis the Menace’s comment from 11.05! 🙂

    The old troll is going to have to work on that RSI just a little bit more.

    (IT bods I think the glitch is on on mac tablets).

  • Menace

    Rich – Ignore the dislikes. The importance of knowing your comment is true is sufficient. I was so angry with the brown nosing SAF was getting from the BBC. The best English sporting manager was & is Mike Brearley. He just knows how to manage people in sport. His humility carries through to his victories. SAF is not fit to wipe Mike Brearley’s boots.

  • Menace

    Finsbury – some of the likes are probably from idiots thinking I’m praising SAF!! Anyway it’ll soon be Christmas & Santa will call SAF up with his Red Nose to lead his sleigh!

  • Vintage Gooner

    On the 4.52 non-foul by Ashley Young on Hector Bellerin meaning that signalling advantage was incorrect I think you were being a bit harsh. When I refereed I would signal advantage when I thought the players may believe a foul had been committed and always if there had been any appeal just so that my decision play should continue was clear to all.

  • Florian

    I just rerun the recording – what an enjoyment – because I remembered there was an incident at 43:59: Before Cech had to make that save on Martial’s shot, I thought Martial pushed Mertesacker in the side with his arm, causing Per to lose his balance. The replays were quite inconclusive, conveniently leaving out the “push” moment, which explains why the review doesn’t mention it. Still, it wasn’t something of importance, mostly thanks to our keeper.

  • nicky

    @Samuel A-A-,
    Why do you persist in twice- repeating every comment you make?
    Do you really think Untold devotees read both?

  • reo

    Hi Walter, there is some statistical works about referees bias, you may want to take a look

    Did referees want liverpool to win the league
    http://www.northyardanalytics.com/blog/2015/01/13/did-referees-want-liverpool-to-win-the-league/

    unbiased assessment of referee bias in football
    http://footballperspectives.org/bayesian-networks-unbiased-assessment-referee-bias-football

    The later was published in a scientific journal. The authors did mention that Arsenal indeed benefited the least among 20 teams (PL 2011-2012) in penalty awarded decision

  • The pattern is that refs get all most all decision correct for the other team and makes lots of incorrect decision against Arsenal. This pattern is seen in every game thus it must clearly be the pattern the PGMO wants. Thus the EPL is being manipulated.

    Could we start a petition to present to the government asking them to investigate the PGMO?

  • WalterBroeckx

    Thanks Reo for the links.

    Very interesting and very much in line with what we have found one could say…

  • bjtgooner

    This is a very fine report.

    Once again Taylor has demonstrated his bias, incompetence and shallow integrity – and his total unsuitability to be in any position where his decisions affect the outcome of the efforts of others.

  • bjtgooner

    This is a very fine report – yet again.

    Once again Taylor has demonstrated his bias, incompetence and shallow integrity – and his total unsuitability to be in any position where his decisions affect the outcome of the efforts of others.

  • bjtgooner

    Sorry Walter – not sure how I managed to post twice.

  • thierryhenry22

    Wow that is scary. I really hope we can stay this disciplined and aware of incompetent referees throughout the whole of the season. Seems we played even more amazing than I thought. COYG