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Ref Review: Sheffield Wednesday – Arsenal

By Usama & Walter

  • SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY vs. ARSENAL
  • COMPETITION: League Cup
  • FOURTH ROUND
  • DATE: 27th October 2015
  • VENUE: Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Graham Scott
1st LINESMAN: Jake Collin
2nd LINESMAN: Mick McDonough
4th OFFICIAL: Nigel Miller

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:52 Lucas Joao (Sheffield)   Lucas Joao and Chambers were chasing the bouncing ball when Lucas Joao stretched and raised his right arm forward to control the ball away from Chambers. This should have been yellow card and a foul against Lucas Joao for deliberate handball, but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAISNT LUCAS JOAO.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

11:43 Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Jeremy Helan (Sheffield) Debuchy made an attempt for a tackle from the side but raised his foot too high slightly catching Helan on the upper body. This should have been a foul for Sheffield but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

-1 (FOUL)
11:53 Ross Wallace (Sheffield) Glen Kamara (Arsenal) Wallace was pulling Kamara from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
12:02 Ross Wallace (Sheffield) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Late sliding tackle slightly caught Iwobi, but Arsenal kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
14:41 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Barry Bannan (Sheffield) Gibbs was pulling Bannan from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

1 (FOUL)
22:23 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield) Push from the side by Giroud.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

1 (FOUL)
24:50 Daniel Pudil (Sheffield)   Campbell and Pudil challenged for the ball and Campbell cleanly kicked the ball away without making any contact with Pudil. Whereas Pudil jumped and dived to the ground faking an injury. This should have been a yellow card against Pudil for simulation, but was not given.

NO YELLOW CARD FOR DANIEL PUDIL.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
25:23 Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Lucas Joao (Sheffield) Push from behind by Chambers on Lucas Joao.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.        

1 (FOUL)
29:17 Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Iwobi and Hutchinson were challenging for the ball when Hutchinson lunged in with both legs, studs up and struck Iwobi clearly on the shin. The referee correctly called a foul.

But this also should have been a red card against Hutchinson for serious foul and use of excessive force in the tackle. The referee wrongly gave him a yellow card instead of a red card.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 128

Serious Foul Play

A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play.

 

A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play.

 

Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play. 

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

A player who is guilty of serious foul play should be sent off and play is restarted with a direct free kick from the position where the offence occurred (see Law 13 – Position of free kick) or a penalty kick (if the offence occurred inside the offender’s penalty area).

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST HUTCHINSON FOR SERIOUS PLAY.

NO RED CARD AGAINST HUTCHINSON FOR SERIOUS FOUL PLAY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

31:09 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Lucas Joao (Sheffield) Trip from behind by Flamini just outside the penalty area.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.              

1 (FOUL)
47:52 Kieran Lee (Sheffield) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Charge and push from behind by Lee on Giroud.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
48:20 Ross Wallace (Sheffield) Wallace protested against the referee’s decision continuously and showed dissent.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST ROSS WALLACE FOR DISSENT.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Sheffield Wednesday – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Sheffield Wednesday – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

 

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Sheffield Wednesday – 0

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

 

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Sheffield Wednesday – 1

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

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

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
10:05 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Tom Lees (Sheffield) Giroud was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SHEFFIELD.

1 (OFFSIDE)
40:53 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Tom Lees (Sheffield) Campbell was not in an offside position.

WRONG OFFSDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Sheffield Wednesday – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
26:59 Ross Wallace (Sheffield) Wallace scored from outside the box.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SHEFFIELD.

3 (GOAL)
39:10 Lucas Joao (Sheffield) Lucas Joao scored a header from a cross.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SHEFFIELD.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Goals for Sheffield Wednesday – 2

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

 

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 3+1+1 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Sheffield Wednesday – 4+1+2 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 5 + 7 = 12

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+1+2 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Sheffield Wednesday – 4+1+6 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 6 + 11 = 17

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1+2+1+1 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Sheffield Wednesday – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 5 + 2 = 7

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1+4+3+1 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Sheffield Wednesday – 1+2 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 3 = 12

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 12/(12+7) = 63.1%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 17/(17+12) = 58.6%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
46:26 Kieran Lee (Sheffield) Glen Kamara (Arsenal) Kamara was going towards the ball when Lee came from behind and held and pulled Kamara down to the ground. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
48:02 Glen Kamara (Arsenal) Kieran Lee (Sheffield) Kamara tripped Lee from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

1 (FOUL)
50:11 Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Lucas Joao (Sheffield) Chambers pulled down Lucas Joao.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

1 (FOUL)
58:13 Glenn Loovens (Sheffield) Joel Campbell (Arsenal)

 

Arsenal were attacking forward when Campbell passed the ball forward and Loovens came in at high speed and recklessly charged in to Campbell bringing.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST LOOVENS.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

58:22 Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Jeremy Helan (Sheffield) A very late sliding tackle from behind by Debuchy on Helan breaking a promising attack.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAISNT DEBUCHY.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

60:28 Ross Wallace (Sheffield) Krystian Bielik A push in the back by Wallace on Bielik.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

64:57 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Kieran Lee (Sheffield) Giroud made a late trip on Lee, should have been a foul but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

-1 (FOUL)

 

65:26 Daniel Pudil (Sheffield) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Late trip by Pudil on Iwobi.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
70:34 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Barry Bannan (Sheffield) A mistimed sliding tackle by Flamini on Bannan.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

1 (FOUL)
72:39 Jeremy Helan (Sheffield) Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) A push in the back by Helan on Flamini.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
85:11 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Daniel Pudil (Sheffield) Campbell made a reckless sliding tackle from behind on Pudil.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SHEFFIELD.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST CAMPBELL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

89:00 Daniel Pudil (Sheffield) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) A trip from behind by Pudil on Campbell.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Fouls for Sheffield Wednesday – 5

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Sheffield Wednesday – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

 

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Sheffield Wednesday – 2

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
50:43 Tom Lees (Sheffield) Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Lees was in an offside position when the free kick was delivered. This led to a wrongly allowed goal against Arsenal at the same time.

NO OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

 

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
50:48 Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield) REFER to Minute 50:43 OFFSIDE. The build of the goal from free kick involved a cross to Lees who was offside. This should not have been a goal against Arsenal.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Goals for Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against Sheffield Wednesday – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   
   

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 4+1+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Sheffield Wednesday – 5+2 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 6 + 7 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Sheffield Wednesday – 5+4 = 9

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

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Sheffield Wednesday – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 3 + 1 = 4

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1+1+3 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Sheffield Wednesday – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 5 + 1 = 6

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 13/(13+4) = 76.4%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 16/(16+6) = 72.7%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+6 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Sheffield Wednesday – 7+7= 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 11 + 14 = 25

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+7 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Sheffield Wednesday – 11+9 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 13 + 20 = 33

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+3 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Sheffield Wednesday – 2+1 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 3 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 9+5 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Sheffield Wednesday – 3+1 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 14 + 4 = 18

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 25/(25+11) = 69.4%

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 33/(33+18) = 64.7%

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

 

First a little not about the report as we have slightly changed it a bit. The long list with throw ins and goal kicks have been left out and we now only mention the wrong decisions from them. This has shortened the report a bit and hopefully makes it a bit more readable. On to the report itself.

Graham Scott is one of the “young referees” that has been more or less promoted tot the PL referees at the young age of 47 years. So another short time option from Riley it seems to fill up the gap he has been making himself in the PL referees ranks.

The match started bad for the ref with both his first two decisions being wrong. One against Arsenal and one against Sheffield Wednesday.  He then picked it up a bit better after that. But still inventing a foul from Campbell when he cleanly played the ball but the Sheffield Wednesday player acted as if being shot.

But the first real moment of truth was when he didn’t give a rec card against Hutchinson when he came in with a lunging two footed challenge on Iwobi. A dangerous tackle and one of the key moments in the match and the ref missed it.

Just before the half time the assistant referee called Arsenal back when Campbell would have been one on one with the keeper. Campbel was onside. The assistant having a bit of selective eye view as we found out later in the second half.

Nothing wrong with the two goals for Sheffield by the way and that saved the ref his score a bit as he only got a score of 63.1% in the first half and if we put weight on it his score was 58.6%.

In the second half not that many mistakes by the ref to be honest. Arsenal tried to stay away from their opponents as far as could be and didn’t really seem to “give it all”.

Stepped up the very strict first half offside calling assistant Mr. Jake Collin again. The third Sheffield Wednesday goal shouldn’t have counted because of the player who received the free kick in the first place and who gave the assist for the goal was offside when the initial free kick was taken.

Not that it bothered Arsenal that much to be honest but still a big mistake in fact from the assistant who was very trigger-flag happy in the first half against Arsenal. Better keep that in mind when we see him again in the future.

The second half score for the ref was much better despite this big mistake as for the rest he only made two mistakes. So a score of 76.4% was rather acceptable.  When we put weight on the decisions it goes down to 72.7%.

The final score over the whole 90 minutes was 69.4% and when we put weight on the decisions his score dropped to 64.7%.

So a not really acceptable score with too many mistakes and with at least two match decisive decisions being wrong (red card and goal). Not that anyone from Arsenal is really sorry for this or is bothered by the final outcome it seems. I think we gave up on this match from the moment Theo want off and wanted to not win this match and risk more injuries from then on. But that is no excuse for the ref or assistant to make errors like they did.

Anniversaries

  • 14 November 1970: Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 1.  League match 17 of the first Double season. Radford scored for the fourth consecutive game, making it seven without defeat since the 0-5 defeat against Stoke.
  • 14 November 2007: “Arsenal are my favourite team right now and I think they are the best performing team in the Premier League.”  Pele

Meanderings from the History Society….

 

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