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Ref Review : Watford – Arsenal

By Usama & Walter

WATFORD vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 9
  • DATE: 17th October 2015
  • VENUE: Vicarage Road Stadium (Watford, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Mike Jones
1st LINESMAN: Richard West
2nd LINESMAN: Adrian Holmes
4th OFFICIAL: Kevin Friend

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
02:08~

02:12

Sebastian Prödl (Watford) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Just as the corner was delivered, Prödl was pulling and holding Mertesacker from the shirt consistently for a period of 4 seconds. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Prödl for deliberate and excessive holding and pulling. No decision 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

If a defender starts holding an attacker outside the penalty area and continues holding him inside the penalty area, the referee must award a penalty kick

Disciplinary sanctions

• A caution for unsporting behaviour must be issued when a player holds an opponent to prevent him gaining possession of the ball or taking up an advantageous position

• A player must be sent off if he denies an obvious goalscoring opportunity by holding an opponent

• No further disciplinary action must be taken in other situations of holding an opponent

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST PRÖDL.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

02:17 Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Heurelho Gomes (Watford) Just after Gomes caught the ball cleanly in the air, his landing was obstructed by Mertesacker who lying down on the ground after an incident earlier. It was an accidental collision but was an obstruction and a foul nonetheless.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
10:37 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Troy Deeney (Watford) After losing the ball, Coquelin tried to pull Deeney from behind, but Deeney stood tall and continued attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
11:56 Sebastian Prödl (Watford) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) After Ramsey passed the ball to Cazorla inside the center of the field Prödl came from behind and pushed Ramsey hard in the back. Arsenal maintained possession and continued attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
14:41 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Ikechi Anya (Watford) Coquelin cleanly kicked the ball away Anya before Anya could have got to it. Anya made slight contact with Coquelin’s follow through after losing the ball. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal and play should have carried on. But the referee gave foul.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
24:17 Odion Ighalo (Watford) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Koscienly was running in from behind at speed to win the ball in the air from Ighalo. Ighalo’s right arm was trailing behind and Koscienly went in and collided with Ighalo’s trailing arm.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
30:56 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Odion Ighalo (Watford) Trip from behind by Koscienly on Ighalo inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
33:53 Etienne Capoue (Watford) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) After Sanchez passed the ball to Cazorla, Capoue came walking behind Sanchez and clearly and deliberately slapped Sanchez on the face using his left hand. This was clearly an act of violent conduct. This should have been a red card against Capoue, but it was not given.

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 129

Violent Conduct

A player is guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball.

He is also guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against a team-mate, spectator, match official or any other person.

Violent conduct may occur either on the field of play or outside its boundaries, whether the ball is in play or not.

Advantage should not be applied in situations involving violent conduct unless there is a clear subsequent opportunity to score a goal. The referee must send off the player guilty of violent conduct when the ball is next out of play.

Referees are reminded that violent conduct often leads to mass confrontation, therefore they must try to avert this with active intervention.

A player, substitute or substituted player who is guilty of violent conduct must be sent off.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST CAPOUE

-1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

36:18 Troy Deeney (Watford) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) After Sanchez passed the ball to Coquelin inside the center of the field Deeney came from behind and tripped Sanchez. Arsenal maintained possession and continued attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
38:07 Ben Watson (Watford) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey failed to control the ball while turning and fell down. Just as he was about to get up, Watson who was running alongside him accidentally fell down on Ramsey’s head. The ref should have stopped play as Ramsey was hit accidentally on the head and was holding his head.

REF DIDN’T STOP THE MATCH

1 (FOUL)
40:28 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Allan Nyom (Watford) Late trip was from behind Ramsey on Nyom inside Arsenal’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
42:46 Almen Abdi (Watford) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Mistimed tackle by Abdi on Ramsey inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
44:05 Sebastian Prödl (Watford)

 

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott was in control of the ball and was brought down by Prödl just as he passed the ball to Ramsey who through on goal with only the goal keeper to beat.

Ramsey received the pass and continued the attack, with clear goalscoring opportunity in front of him. In this the referee should have played an advantage, but failed to do so and raised his arms for advantage for only a flash of a second. And then the referee wrongly awarded a foul against Watford by failing to play the advantage.

In the process the referee denied Arsenal a clear cut goalscoring opportunity by stopping the play just on the moment Ramsey was 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper.

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 129

Denying a Goal or an Obvious Goalscoring Opportunity

There are two sending-off offences that deal with denying an opponent an obvious opportunity to score a goal. It is not necessary for the offence to occur inside the penalty area.

If the referee applies advantage during an obvious goalscoring opportunity and a goal is scored directly, despite the opponent’s handling the ball or fouling an opponent, the player cannot be sent off but he may still be cautioned.

Referees should consider the following circumstances when deciding whether to send off a player for denying a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity:

• The distance between the offence and the goal

• The likelihood of keeping or gaining control of the ball

• The direction of the play

• The location and number of defenders

• The offence which denies an opponent an obvious goalscoring opportunity may be an offence that incurs a direct free kick or an indirect free kick

NO ADVANTAGE PLAYED BY FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST WATFORD.

CLEAR GOALSCORING CHANCE DENIED AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)

-1 (FOUL)

-3 (GOALSCORING CHANCE)

 

         
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Fouls for Watford – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 5 [5 points]

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Watford – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Watford – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 1 [3 points]

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Number of Other Major Errors against Arsenal – 1

Number of Other Major Errors against Watford – 0

Total Number of Other Major Errors – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
04:16 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Sebastian Prödl (Watford) No replay or good angle shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

12:02 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Sebastian Prödl (Watford) Walcott was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

13:06 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Sebastian Prödl (Watford) Walcott was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

44:07 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Allan Nyom (Watford) Ramsey was not in an offside position when Walcott passed the ball. The referee and linesman together denied Arsenal a goalscoring opportunity. REFER to MINUTE 44:05

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)

 

 
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Offsides for Watford – 3

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

 

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
00:25 Throw-in Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
01:39 Corner Allan Nyom (Watford)
03:51 Throw-in Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
05:52 Throw-in Allan Nyom (Watford)
07:27 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
08:54 Throw-in Almen Abdi (Watford)
10:00 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
11:05 Throw-in Allan Nyom (Watford)
15:27 Throw-in Troy Deeney (Watford)
16:19 Throw-in Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
17:13 Throw-in Nathan Ake (Watford)
18:41 Corner Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
19:31 Throw-in Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
20:19 Goal Kick Odion Ighalo (Watford)
21:27 Throw-in Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
23:41 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
25:48 Corner Allan Nyom (Watford)
26:34 Throw-in Allan Nyom (Watford)
27:09 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
28:00 Goal Kick Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
28:54 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
29:23 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
29:54 Goal Kick Odion Ighalo (Watford)  
33:37 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) The ball last came off Monreal not Anya.

WRONG THROW-IN AGAINST WATFORD.

34:19 Throw-in Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
35:30 Goal Kick Nathan Ake (Watford)
36:37 Corner Ben Watson (Watford)
36:59 Goal Kick Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
45:10 Throw-in Ben Watson (Watford)
45:51 Goal Kick Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Number of Incorrect Throw-ins against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Throw-ins against Watford – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Throw-ins – 1 [1 points]


First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 2+2 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Watford – 3+1+3 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 4 + 7 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

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

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 4 + 7 = 11

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Watford – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 9 + 2 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+1+2+3+3+3+1 = 16

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Watford – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 16 + 2 = 18

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 11/(11+11) = 50%

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 11/(11+18) = 37.9%

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:20 Troy Deeney (Watford) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was in control of the ball and Deeney came from behind and clearly pushed away Sanchez off the ball using his right arm. This should have a foul for Arsenal but instead the referee waved play on.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
45:38 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Craig Cathcart (Watford) Walcott was running fast and failed to stop himself thereby pushing Cathcart in the back inside Watford’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
46:18 Allan Nyom (Watford) Arsenal received Throw-in near to Watford’s penalty area and Monreal was going to take it quickly to exploit the open space left by Watford. Nyom then prevented Monreal and Ozil from the getting to ball by grabbing the ball himself delaying the match and allowing Watford to retreat back.

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 NYOM.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
46:34 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Allan Nyom (Watford) Slight tug of the shoulder by Monreal on Nyom who was running with the ball inside the Watford’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
49:20 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Troy Deeney (Watford) Koscienly jumped in the back of Deeney while challenging for the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)

 

50:25 Troy Deeney (Watford) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Deeney tripped Ramsey from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

52:32 Etienne Capoue (Watford) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Capoue pushed Monreal in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

57:08 Odion Ighalo (Watford) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was moving forward with the ball inside the Arsenal’s Half and Ighalo behind was constantly pulling Ozil’s left arm and shirt. This should have a foul for Arsenal but instead the referee waved play on.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

57:49 Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Odion Ighalo (Watford) Both players chasing for the ball inside the Arsenal’s half. Mertesacker attempt for a sliding tackle was very late and fell short of the ball bringing Ighalo down to the ground. Mertersacker’s tackle prevented Ighalo from getting in to an advantageous position. The referee correctly gave a foul and a yellow card against Mertesacker.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST MERTESACKER.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

59:07 Almen Abdi (Watford) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Abdi was pulling Cazorla from behind inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

59:34 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Troy Deeney (Watford) After spinning and turning inside the center of the field Coquelin made a sliding tackle and cleanly kicked away the ball first. After the clean tackle, due to Coquelin’s follow through Capoue fell down. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal and the play should have carried on. Instead the referee gave a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

62:03 Heurelho Gomes (Watford) Just after a few seconds Sanchez scored, Gomes was given a yellow card. No replay or any other footage was shown, apart from a few seconds where Gomes was seen protesting against the referee for unknown reason. Assumed correct.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST GOMES.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
65:25 Nathan Ake (Watford) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) A trip from behind by Ake on Ramsey inside the Watford’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

71:31 Steven Berghuis (Watford) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) A late attempt for a sliding tackle by Berghuis slightly contacted Coquelin who kept his balance and ran forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
74:31 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Steven Berghuis (Watford) High foot by Koscienly slightly catching Berghuis on the arm.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)

 

75:07 Sebastian Prödl (Watford) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Late attempt for a tackle by Prödl resulted in a kick to Ramsey inside Arsenal’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

75:42 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Accidental use of hand by Giroud before he headed the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)

 

77:13 Etienne Capoue (Watford) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) A push in the back by Capoue on Ozil.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

89:02 Etienne Capoue (Watford) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Shirt pulling by Capoue on Coquelin inside the Arsenal’s Half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

89:57 Juan Paredes (Watford) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) A push from side by Paredes on Chamberlain on the left wing.

CORRRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

92:44 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Etienne Capoue (Watford) No live footage of incident or replay shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)

 

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 9

Number of Correct Fouls for Watford – 6

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 15 [15 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 3 [3 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Watford – 1

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
48:10 Odion Ighalo (Watford) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) No replay or good angle shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
90:45 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Sebastian Prödl (Watford) No replay or good angle shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Watford – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
61:50 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez scored from an open which pushed away by tackle from Ake on Ozil. Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
67:00 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud scored from a cross by Ozil.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
73:10 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey scored from a pass by Bellerin.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 3 [9 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
46:14 Throw-in Heurelho Gomes (Watford)
51:12 Goal Kick Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
53:35 Corner Sebastian Prödl (Watford)
54:11 Throw-in Allan Nyom (Watford)
54:34 Throw-in Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
55:21 Corner Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)
55:51 Throw-in Etienne Capoue (Watford)
56:15 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
56:34 Corner Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
59:46 Goal Kick Etienne Capoue (Watford)  
68:19 Goal Kick Odion Ighalo (Watford)
78:49 Goal Kick Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
82:05 Corner Nathan Ake (Watford)
82:45 Corner Heurelho Gomes (Watford)
83:43 Corner Nathan Ake (Watford)
84:31 Throw-in Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
85:03 Throw-in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
86:04 Corner Craig Cathcart (Watford)
86:35 Corner Steven Berghuis (Watford)
87:49 Throw-in Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
88:16 Throw-in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal)
91:31 Goal Kick Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
92:33 Throw-in Troy Deeney (Watford)
93:00 Corner Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+1+2+1+3 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Watford – 6+1+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 16 + 8 = 24

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+1+4+1+9 = 24

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Watford – 6+2+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 24 + 9 = 33

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 3 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 3 + 0 = 3

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3 = 3

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 3 + 0 = 3

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 24/(24+3) = 88.8%
 Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 33/(33+3) = 91.6%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 4+16 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Watford – 7+8= 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 20 + 15 = 35

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 4+24 = 28

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Watford –7+9 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 28 + 16 = 44

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 9+3 = 12

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Watford – 2+0 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 12 + 2 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 16+3 = 19

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Watford – 2+0 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 19 + 2 = 21

 

 

 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 35/(35+14) = 71.4%
 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  44/(44+21) = 67.6%

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

A big difference in this match for the referee between the first and second half. The ref didn’t start very well ignoring a clear foul on Mertesacker when his old team mate Prodl wanted to have his shirt already when the first corner was taken.

Coquelin being punished when he cleanly played the ball out of the feet of a Watford player didn’t help his score. And then he made a mess of it when Capoue slapped Alexis on the face deliberately and he let it go. Well he later talked to both players…. er… what was that all about ref? If you see a player slap another in the face there is only one punishment and that is a red card.

On to the end of the first half when both ref and assistant made a complete mess of it. Walcott playing the ball to Ramsey who was onside. The assistant raised his flag wrongly and took away a free scoring  chance. Then the ref first signalled an advantage and then gave a foul to Arsenal. A mix up that is mostly down to the assistant maybe but at the end of the day it might have given Arsenal a goal to finish the first half with.

The score for the first half was only 50% correct decisions and when we put weight on them it goes down to 37,9%. Terrible score.

But to give credit to the ref he impressed with a much better performance in the second half. Not at first to be honest as he gave a foul against Coquelin that can be forgiven. But what was very bad was the pulling that was going on against Özil who was trying to get away from the Arsenal penalty area on the right flank. That was clear to see for everyone and the ref and just ignored it leading to Watford having a dangerous attack on the flank. It lead to nothing luckily.

Just before the goal there was a shout from Watford for a penalty when Capoue threw himself to the ground. If there was any contact it was outside the penalty area. So the non-decision of the ref was correct. One could say that he should have given a yellow card for a dive but if there was legal contact between Coquelin and Capoue then he can choose to not give a card.

The goals from Arsenal were all perfect but we will never know if he would have given a penalty and a red card for the foul on Özil. Now Alexis resolved the matter by scoring the loose ball.

Mind you after Arsenal had started their scoring the ref suddenly made no more mistakes. Oh well…

The score of the ref in the second half was 88,8% and if we put weight on them it even went up to 91.6%. So almost doubling his first half score.

The final score over the whole 90 minutes was 71,4%. And if we put weight on the decisions the refs gets a score of 67,6%. Not really top class to be honest.

Too many errors and most of them going in favour of Watford. Till we scored… from then on the ref was excellent.

More anniversaries…

  • 28 October 1922,  Bob John league debut: Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2.  He went on to play 421 league games for Arsenal and won the FA Cup and three league titles with the club.
  • 28 October 1936: Sunderland 2 Arsenal 1 in the Charity Shield with a crowd of 30,000 at Roker Park.

The latest meanderings from the History Society….

7 comments to Ref Review : Watford – Arsenal

  • Rantetta

    Thank you Usama & Walter.

    I was wondering what was happening particularly in the first half.

  • Florian

    Interesting observation re the change in ref’s attitude. This could explain the frequent “unleash” pattern in Arsenal’s games – once we score the first goal, the game flips to our advantage. Looks like the ref plays a bigger part in this than one might initially be willing to believe.

  • bjtgooner

    Great analysis Usama & Walter – as we have come to expect!

    Another poor performance by the PGMO – until as Florian noted – the match was beyond the ref’s ability to influence.

    As we all have noted before, each week we have to outplay the opposition and the PGMO!

  • james

    Biased!!!!! The goal keeper (peter I wasn’t good enough for chelsea any more) should of been off. Take your pick, either the handball outside the area or the high boot. #favouribledecisions #biggerclubs

  • WalterBroeckx

    Hi James,
    Do you mean the almost collusion between Petr and Per?
    As you seem to know the laws of the game I am waiting for you to show me the laws of the game where it is saying when a handball should be punished based on the 5 criteria there are now. 5 criteria which all have to be answered with a firm yes to make the handball punishable.
    As far as I can remember the ball bounced against the shoulder-upper arm of Cech from being kicked from a very short distance. The clue is in the short distance why it is not a foul. Another clue is the fact that the shoulder is not considered to be part of the arm. Another clue is upper arm. As the only way to not make contact with the ball being kicked from such a short distance against the upper arm is to have a surgeon on the field and to cut it off while the ball is moving towards Cech you can see that this is a not punishable handball. So you have already a few ‘NO’ answers where it should have been yes to give a foul.

    And also where it is stipulated that each high boot is a red card offence.

  • Menace

    Good analysis of the officiating. Godd response to James.

    The game was won but the officiating still needed a lot to be credited with the term refereeing. The FA’s appointed PGMO still corrupt with its methods of a few officials & no transparency.

  • Pat

    Wow I enjoyed your answer about Cech, Walter!