Arsenal v Everton Saturday 24 October – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
No new Referee Reviews from Usama and Walter so no update to this season’s table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||11|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||6|
The officials on Saturday are
- Referee – Lee Mason
- Assistants – S Beck and A Garratt
- Fourth Official – A Taylor
A reminder of Mr Mason’s performances in Arsenal games last year
|Referee||Correct total||Wrong total|
So statistically Mr Mason was the best referee in Arsenal games last season getting over 85% of his calls right (unweighted).
This is Mr Mason’s fourth game in the Premier League this year, his second involving Arsenal. He officiated in matchweeks 1 and 2 when he was on hand Crystal Palace when we won 2 – 1, he was then rested until matchweek 7 when he did Stoke v Bournemouth and again rested till this weekend. He has continued to act as fourth official in weeks 2, 3 4 (twice), 5, 6 and 9 so clearly hasn’t been entirely in the PGMO doghouse. He did get an extraordinary degree of castigation in the media for not sending off Coquelin against Palace.
Here is the link to the referee review of the Palace Game.
|The most detailed Referee Reviews in the history of football: Crystal Palace – Arsenal|
Extracting the detail for fouls by Coquelin we see the following :-
Min 24 Foul 1 – correctly called (tug and pull of the back of Puncheon’s shirt)
Min 41 Foul 2 – correctly called (Bolase jumped over an attempted sliding tackle which Coquelin was already pulling out of. As he landed Bolase landed on Coquelin’s left foot and fell down). A yellow card was wrongly issued to Coquelin.
Min 45 Foul 3 – Coquelin touched Zaha who fell to the ground. Referee given benefit of the doubt in correctly awarding a foul
Min 62 Foul 4 – correctly called (little nudge in the back of McArthur)
So Coquelin made a total of four fouls in the whole game, none of which our reviewers deemed worthy of a yellow let alone a red card. Hardly enough for a media witch hunt (but then as we often say that never stops the lazy hacks from presenting an anti-Arsenal point of view). In terms of ‘totting up’ perhaps a yellow card for the fourth card would have been appropriate but certainly there was absolutely no case for a red card at any point.
His weighted score was a disappointing 66%, bias against the two teams was 10/90 and he made two wrong Important Decisions when he failed to award Arsenal penalties in Minute 7 Puncheon on Alexis and Min 84 Delaney on Giroud.
Here is a link to my referee preview for that game, I really don’t feel I need to go over all of the same ground this quickly so please follow the link for the full background.
A note about the Assistant referees – both have flags against them for poor performances in past games, particularly offside decisions that led to goals being wrongly allowed or incorrectly dis-allowed.
We also have Anthony Taylor as Fourth official – never good news
I will repeat my conclusions from that preview virtually verbatim because I haven’t seen anything that changes my opinion in any way. I have however added a new point 1.
- With the bad press that Mr Mason got for not sending off Coquelin against Palace, our players will have to be doubly vigilant not to give him any opportunity this Saturday. I’m sure his instructions will have been made quite clear to him by his employers that Arsenal should have at least one player sent off. His Assistants and Fourth Official all have history of making extraordinary cock-ups in Arsenal games and the whole bunch of them really have no right to be trusted. For Mr Mason to be back so soon is in itself suspicious and the crowd will have to really get on his case if he starts to mis-behave.
- Mr Mason is a referee we normally get away from home (2 home games and 7 away games since the start of the 2012 season)
- His competence numbers are usually high but his judgement on Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals) is nowhere near as good. He is another referee who seems incapable of recognising a really bad challenge when one is made in front of his nose and another referee where I will be glad when the game is over and we have no serious injuries.
- Mr Mason can, on occasions be OK as a referee. Unfortunately all too frequently he follows the lead of his bosses at the PGMO and exhibits a terrible anti-Arsenal bias, particularly with Important Decisions.
- Don’t expect to see an Arsenal Penalty.
- Don’t expect to see Everton players given yellow cards yet alone red.
- Do look out for a phantom foul called on Arsenal in a position where Palace can cross the ball into our area and then look out for non called fouls on our defenders. His other favourite trick is to ignore a foul by a palace player in a dangerous position.
- As with all referees out players will be given yellow cards at the earliest possible opportunity.
- Mr Mason is a typical PGMO employee, rabidly anti-Arsenal and capable of just about anything.
From the anniversary files
- 23 October 1999: “With 15 minutes left they trailed 2-0 to a Chelsea team who hadn’t conceded at home all season. Arsène Wenger feared for his season, and what happened next aged him 10 years.” (Report on Kanu scoring 3 in the Observer, 24 Oct)
- 23 October 2007: Jens Lehmann made an infamous speech in which he spoke of “my dear manager” and detailed the “humiliation” he felt of being dropped. Mr Wenger said later that “Jens always thought he was right about everything”.