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Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal

By Usama & Walter

WEST BROMWICH ALBION vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 13
  • DATE: 21st November 2015
  • VENUE: The Hawthorns (West Bromwich, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg
1st LINESMAN: Simon Beck
2nd LINESMAN: Jake Collin
4th OFFICIAL: Stuart Attwell

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
01:14 James McClean (West Bromwich) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Trip by McClean on Coquelin inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
02:54 Johnny Evans (West Bromwich) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was in control of the ball inside the West Bromwich’s half, when Evans came from the side and hit Giroud with a right elbow in the face. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

03:29 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Stéphane Sessègnon (West Bromwich) Coquelin tripped and pulled Sessègnon slightly inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (FOUL)
04:48 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Chris Brunt cleared the ball inside the West Bromwich half which bounced off Sanchez and hit Coquelin on lower body near the stomach. The linesman waved for handball and a foul. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal because the ball clearly struck Coquelin on the body.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
09:20 Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) While trying to challenge for the header inside the West Bromwich half, Olsson wrapped both of his arms Giroud’s upper body and held Giroud down, allowing himself to head the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
13:06 Stéphane Sessègnon (West Bromwich) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) The ball in an open position just outside the West Bromwich penalty area when Monreal ran towards the ball and took control of it. At the same time Sessègnon made a very late sliding tackle from behind on Monreal, bringing down Monreal badly. The referee correctly gave it a foul for Arsenal.

But this also should have been a yellow card against Sessègnon for a reckless tackle from behind, taking out the player with the ball nowhere near him.

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.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAISNT SESSÈGNON.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

15:13 Stéphane Sessègnon (West Bromwich) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) The ball was in open position inside the Arsenal’s half, with Monreal and Sessègnon near it. Monreal approached the ball with his left foot on the stretch and Sessègnon approached it with his chest. Monreal kicked the ball the first slightly away from Sessègnon, when Sessègnon collided in to Monreal spinning him down to the ground. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

17:27 James Morrison (West Bromwich) Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) Morrison was in control of the ball inside the West Bromwich half when Arteta came in and tackled the ball slightly. Just at the moment Arteta tackled the ball Morrison pushed Arteta down to the ground and won the ball back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

18:52 Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) James Morrison (West Bromwich) Just after Morrison kicked the ball inside the Arsenal’s half, Arteta charged into him.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (FOUL)
20:08 Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal was in control of the ball inside the West Bromwich half and turned quickly when Fletcher stretched out a right a leg and tripped Monreal. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

21:58 Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Just as Giroud received the ball inside the West Bromwich half, Olsson came from behind, grabbed and pulled Giroud back then tripped him down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

22:59 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Rondon made a pass to McClean when the ball struck the arm of Cazorla accidentally. The arm was slightly away from the body.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
23:18 Johnny Evans (West Bromwich) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was trying to receive a pass inside the center of the field when Evans used both of his hands and grabbed, held and pulled Giroud to the ground. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

26:12 Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil and Yacob were trying to challenge for a header inside the West Bromwich half, when Yacob stretched out trailing right arm and swung it to push Ozil down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

26:33 James Morrison (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Late trip by Morrison on Sanchez inside the West Bromwich half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

29:33 Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Cazorla was in control of the ball inside the Arsenal’s half, when Fletcher came from behind and pushed and tripped Cazorla without getting the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

29:52 James McClean (West Bromwich)

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich)

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was in control of the ball on the right wing and passed it to Sanchez. At the same moment Giroud passed, McClean pushed Giroud from behind and Olsson made a very late and reckless tackle on Giroud. Arsenal continued their attack. The referee played a correct advantage.

But this also should have been yellow card against Olsson for a very late and reckless tackle on Giroud. No yellow card was given against Olsson 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

• 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 ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST OLSSON.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

30:57 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich) West Bromwich launched a promising attack with a long ball and Rondon was on the run. Bellerin came from behind and made a very late tackle tripping Rondon and breaking up the attack.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST BELLERIN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

33:16 Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) James Morrison (West Bromwich) Arteta slightly pulled back Morrison inside the West Bromwich half. West Bromwich maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

34:03 Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich) Rondon was in control of the ball inside the Arsenal’s when Arteta made a sliding tackle from the side and cleanly kicked the ball away from Rondon, with Rondon falling over after the ball the kicked away by Arteta. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal, but was given a foul from the referee.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

36:37 Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich) Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) A push in the back by Rondon on Arteta inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
41:21 Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was in control of the ball inside the West Bromwich half and Yacob was looking to dispossess him. Sanchez kept turning, when Yacob kept on pulling Sanchez. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

41:28 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich) Giroud and Yacob were looking to chase the ball inside the West Bromwich half, when Giroud stretched his right foot towards the ball and kicked it cleanly first before Yacob. Yacob then fell over after Giroud had kicked the ball away. This should not have been a foul and yellow card against Arsenal but both of the wrong decisions were given.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST GIROUD.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

42:45 James Morrison (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was running with the inside the Arsenal’s half when Morrison deliberately pulled the shirt of Sanchez and pulled him back.

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 AGAISNT MORRISON.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

44:49 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Stéphane Sessègnon (West Bromwich) Trip from behind by Gibbs on Sessègnon inside the West Bromwich half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for West Bromwich – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 13

Number of Incorrect Fouls against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 13 [13 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for West Bromwich – 2

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for West Bromwich – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against West Bromwich – 0

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

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
03:55 Craig Dawson (West Bromwich) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Dawson was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
20:59 Stéphane Sessègnon (West Bromwich) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against West Bromwich –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
27:12 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud scored a header from a free kick by Ozil.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
34:14 James Morrison (West Bromwich) Although there was nothing wrong with goal scored by Morrison, the problem here is that the free kick and foul which led to this goal should never have been given in the first place. REFER to Fouls at minute 34:03

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-3 (GOAL)
39:51 OWN GOAL [Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)] Arteta mistakenly scored in his own goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

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

Number of Correct Goals for West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
22:19 Corner Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich) The ball last came off Olsson not Giroud.

NO CORNER FOR ARSENAL.

Number of Incorrect Corners against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Corners against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [1 points]

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+1+1+2+1 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions for West Bromwich  – 4+2+1+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 10 + 8 = 18

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+1+2+2+3 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for West Bromwich – 4+2+2+3 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 13 + 11 = 24

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 13+3+1+1 = 18

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 18 + 0 = 18

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 13+6+3+1 = 23

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 23 + 0 = 23

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 18/(18+18) = 50%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 24/(24+23) = 51%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
46:06 Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was running forward with the ball when Yacob charged in to him inside the West Bromwich half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
46:44 Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Cazorla took the free kick and Giroud and Olsson were in the West Bromwich penalty box. Olsson grabbed, held and threw down Giroud using both of his hands inside the penalty box just after Cazorla took the free kick. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Olsson for deliberately holding and pulling Giroud from getting to the ball. But no penalty or yellow card against Olsson was given.

Now this should have been second yellow card against Olsson in this match. First yellow card at minute 29:52 was not given for his reckless tackle on Giroud. This means he should have been sent off by now, which didn’t happen

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

• Handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession or developing an attack (other than the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL

NO YELLOW CARD FOR THE SECOND TIME AGAINST OLSSON.

NO RED CARD AGAINST OLSSON.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

47:28 Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) While Koscienly was controlling the ball inside the Arsenal’s half Rondon’s trailing arm accidentally struck Koscienly in the stomach.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
53:45 James Morrison (West Bromwich) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Late trip from behind by Morrison on Cazorla inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
60:57 Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Yacob jumped in the back of Ozil and prevented him from heading the ball inside the center of the field. The referee correctly gave a foul.

But this was Yacob’s 4th non cautionable foul of the game. Yacob should have been given a yellow card for persistent fouling but the referee did not give Yacob any card.

 

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 YELLOW CARD AGAINST YACOB FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

62:27 James McClean (West Bromwich) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) McClean pulled and tripped Giroud near the manager’s touchline.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

63:53 James McClean (West Bromwich) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was running with the ball and passed it to Bellerin inside the West Bromwich half when McClean came from the side and charged and pushed Campbell to the ground. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

Also this was McClean’s 4th non cautionable foul of the game. McClean should have been given a yellow card for persistent fouling but the referee did not give McClean any card.

 

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

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MCCLEAN.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

64:41 Chris Brunt (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Just as Sanchez received the ball outside the penalty area of West Bromwich Brunt pushed and tripped Sanchez. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

70:16 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Gardner was passing the ball to Dawson when Sanchez raised and stretched out his arm to stop the ball. This should have been a foul and a yellow card against Sanchez for deliberate handball, but no foul or yellow card was given.

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 WEST BROMWICH.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST SANCHEZ.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

73:52 Johnny Evans (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Just Sanchez was about to receive the ball Evans came from behind and tripped him, but Arsenal maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
74:24 Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Just as Sanchez passed the ball to Flamini inside the West Bromwich half, Yacob came from behind and tripped Sanchez badly. This should have been a foul because Yacob was persistently fouling and did not received any card. But instead the referee wrongly played an advantage.

 

This was Yacob’s 5th non cautionable foul of the game. Yacob should have been given a yellow card for persistent fouling. This was second time this match that the referee failed to give a yellow card against Yacob for persistent fouling. But the referee did not give Yacob any card.

 

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

 

WRONG ADVANTAGE PLAYED AGAINST WEST BROMWICH.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD FOR THE SECOND TIME AGAINST YACOB FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

75:24 James Morrison (West Bromwich) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was in control of the ball inside the West Bromwich’s half when Morrison came from behind and pushed Campbell hard down to the ground. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

 

Also this was Morrison’s 4th non cautionable foul of the game. Morrison should have been given a yellow card for persistent fouling but the referee did not give Morrison any card.

Now Morrison received a first yellow card earlier in the game at minute 42:45 which means this should have been his second yellow card and he should have been sent off, but it did not happen.

 

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

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST MORRISON FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

NO RED CARD AGAINST MORRISON.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

77:39 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Saido Berahino (West Bromwich) Bellerin jumped in the back of Berahino while trying to head the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (FOUL)
80:11 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Craig Gardner (West Bromwich) Flamini tripped Gardner inside the center of the field. This should have been a foul for West Bromwich but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

-1 (FOUL)
82:15 Chris Brunt (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was in the penalty box trying to receive a flying through pass when Brunt came from behind and grabbed and pulled Sanchez by the upper body to the ground.

CORRECT PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST BRUNT.

3 (PENALTY)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

83:34 Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich)

Chris Brunt

(West Bromwich)

Just as Cazorla was about to take the penalty kick 2 West Bromwich players had stepped at least 4 yards in to the penalty box. This is a clear infringement of the penalty kick laws.

Now the two players that had stepped in to the penalty box far enough and infringed the penalty kick laws were Olsson and Brunt. Both of these players were teammates of the goalkeeper. And the penalty kick by Cazorla missed the goal. Which means that according to the laws below the penalty kick should have RETAKEN, which the referee clearly failed to do so.

 

LAW 14 THE PENALTY KICK 134-135

Preparing for the penalty kick

The referee must confirm the following requirements before the penalty kick is taken:

• The kicker is identified

• The ball is properly placed on the penalty mark

• The goalkeeper is on the goal line between the goalposts and facing the kicker

• The team-mates of the kicker and the goalkeeper are:

– outside the penalty area

– outside the penalty arc

– behind the ball

 

LAW 14 THE PENALTY KICK PAGE 47

Infringements and Sanctions

 

If the referee gives the signal for a penalty kick to be taken and, before the ball is in play, one of the following occurs:

 

The player taking the penalty kick infringes the Laws of the Game:

• The referee allows the kick to be taken

• If the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken

• If the ball does not enter the goal, the referee stops play and the match is restarted with an indirect free kick to the defending team from the place where the infringement occurred.

 

The goalkeeper infringes the Laws of the Game:

• The referee allows the kick to be taken

• If the ball enters the goal, a goal is awarded

• If the ball does not enter the goal, the kick is retaken.

 

A team-mate of the player taking the kick infringes the Laws of the Game:

• The referee allows the kick to be taken

• If the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken

• If the ball does not enter the goal, the referee stops play and the match is restarted with an indirect free kick to the defending team from the place where the infringement occurred.

 

A team-mate of the goalkeeper infringes the Laws of the Game:

• The referee allows the kick to be taken

• If the ball enters the goal, a goal is awarded

• If the ball does not enter the goal, the kick is retaken

 

A player of both the defending team and the attacking team infringe the Laws of the Game:

• The kick is retaken

 

NO PENALTY RETAKE FOR ARSENAL.

-3 (PENALTY RETAKE)
85:25 Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was in control of the ball inside the West Bromwich half when Fletcher came in and charged strongly in to Sanchez throwing him to ground, without even going for the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
90:46 Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich) The ball went out of play and it was near Myhill the goal keeper. Myhill just stood there and showed reluctance to place the ball for a goal kick. He was deliberately wasting time and delaying play.

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 MYHILL.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
91:57 James McClean (West Bromwich) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was running with the ball inside the Arsenal’s half when McClean tripped him from behind. The referee correctly gave a foul.

But this was McClean’s 5th non cautionable foul of the game. McClean should have been given a yellow card for persistent fouling. This was second time this match that the referee failed to give a yellow card against McClean for persistent fouling. But the referee did not give McClean any card.

 

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 YELLOW CARD FOR THE SECOND TIME AGAINST MCCLEAN FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 6

Number of Correct Fouls for West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 5

Number of Incorrect Fouls against West Bromwich – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 7 [7 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for West Bromwich – 0

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 6

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 7 [14 points]

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against West Bromwich – 0

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

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Penalties against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 2 [6 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
59:05 Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
69:38 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich) Giroud was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
71:29 Saido Berahino (West Bromwich) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Berahino was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against West Bromwich –  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
90:17 Corner Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich) The ball last came off Olsson not Joel Campbell.

NO CORNER FOR ARSENAL.

Number of Incorrect Corners against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Corners against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [1 points]

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   
   

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 6+1+2+1+2 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions for West Bromwich  – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 12 + 2 = 14

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+1+4+3+2 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for West Bromwich  – 1+1 = 2

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

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+6+2+2+1 = 16

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against West Bromwich  – 2+1+1 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 16 + 4 = 20

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 5+12+6+6+1 = 30

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against West Bromwich  – 2+1+2 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 30 + 5 = 35

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 14/(14+20) = 41.1%

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 18/(18+35) = 33.9%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 10+12 = 22

Total Number of Correct Decisions for West Bromwich  – 8+2= 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 22 + 10 = 32

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 13+16 = 29

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for West Bromwich  – 11+2 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 29 + 13 = 42

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against West Bromwich  – 0+4 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 34 + 4 = 38

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 23+30 = 53

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against West Bromwich  – 0+5 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 53 + 5 = 58

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 32/(32+38) = 45.7%

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  42/(42+58) = 42%

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

Well, well, well…. when analysing a match you sometimes get to see the things in a different perspective then when you first watch it on a bad stream.

And during a boring hour during the last interlul I looked at a match between Sweden and Denmark with Clattenburg in charge and the difference between both matches couldn’t have been bigger. As if this was another person in this match.

We are in the season before big tournament so the head of the referees has a big moment in which he will have to decide who will be the referee representing England at the European Championship. So any Fifa badge wearing referee has to audition each time he does a match.

Clatternburg wanted to “keep the game flowing”. The holy cow of PL refereeing. But as a result alone in the first half some 13 small fouls were not called. And as a secondary result the WBA players were let off the hook for being carded for persistent fouling.

I think Clattenburg read our pre match review but he should also have read the other pre match article with the title: Push-knock-kick-shove-foul-push-kick-shove. We knew what was coming, Clattenburg seemingly not.

Looking back at the first WBA goal Arteta played the ball and went in the sliding tackle from the side with both feet next to each other with one leg longer than the other. So no, his second leg wasn’t aimed at the WBA player to bring him down.

Also if you compare his lenient way of letting WBA use all their body to dispossess Arsenal players then this thing being called looks a bit soft. So it never should have been a free kick for WBA from which they scored. I have reported in the past not giving fouls to Arsenal indicating that the other player touched the ball and made slight contact with the ball and ignored the rest of the body bringing the Arsenal player down. In this instance even a firm and clear contact with the ball was deemed to be a foul…. rather confusing Mr. Clattenburg.

About game management and keeping the game flowing you can do it like Clattenburg did and break the laws of the game or you can be strict from the off (with a team managed by Pulis the only right solution) and then blow the fouls and hand out some cards and they will get the message and stop the persistent fouling… and the flow will come.  In the first half he should have booked at least one WBA player but it was 2 Arsenal players being booked. One correct, the other not.

First time score one of the worst performances from Clattenburg since we have done the reviews: 50% correct decisions and 51% if we put weight on the decisions.

Early in the second half Arsenal should have had a penalty when a free kick was floated in the box and Olson (as usual) had his arms wrapped around Giroud in a nice wrestling move. How on earth did he not give the penalty is beyond me. He then showed two fingers as if to say that both players fouled each other…. Come on Mark be serious how on earth could Giroud have fouled Olson when Olson was completely all over and holding Giroud??? You had seen the incident (otherwise you wouldn’t have tried to escape with the two fingers indication) but you didn’t dare to take the decision.

The festival of little not given fouls continued in the second half. Well as long as the game keeps flowing never mind the laws of the game????

Let us move on to the penalty. A clear penalty foul. And finally you didn’t ignore it. The real Clattenburg coming above water for this one? But then you messed up again.  Speaking of laws of the game I want to copy the part about why the penalty should have been retaken. You were pointing to the line of the penalty area all the time when the penalty was about to be taken. And yet two WBA players were almost level with your position well inside the penalty area. Then don’t make a fool of yourself by pointing at that line and then don’t let the penalty be retaken when the players cross the line.

The laws are clear : “LAW 14 THE PENALTY KICK PAGE

Infringements and Sanctions

If the referee gives the signal for a penalty kick to be taken and, before the ball is in play, one of the following occurs:

A team-mate of the goalkeeper infringes the Laws of the Game:

  • The referee allows the kick to be taken
  • If the ball enters the goal, a goal is awarded
  • If the ball does not enter the goal, the kick is retaken”

So the penalty kick should have been retaken. That would have been the right decision. But again for some unknown reason you didn’t do this.

As a result of the letting all things go from WBA (and a few Arsenal fouls as well in the second half) the second half score was 41.1% and with weight on it, it sank down to 33.9%.

Over the whole 90 minutes the score was 45.7% and with weight only 42%.

A very, very un-Clattenburg score and performance.

PS: Technical problems hold the Tottenham review back. But it will arrive.

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16 comments to Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal

  • Kentetsu

    Usama and Walter, thanks for the review within a few days after the game. Makes remembering the various incidents a lot easier.
    I expected with Clattenburg we would have a good ref, but this is one of the worst ref performances ever reviewed on Untold. With proper refereeing I am sure we would have gained three points.
    As for the given penalty, it actually seemed Clattenburg was going to have the kick retaken. I was confused as to why as I could not see an obvious reason on TV, but was left even more confused when play continued with a goal kick. Any thoughts on this from you guys?

  • Rantetta

    Thank you for this sterling work.

    I disagree with “A very, very un-Clattenburg score and performance”.

    I see this as a typical Clattenburg performance, against Arsenal, even though the numbers suggest it’s worse than normal. Checkout his game at the Em’s in the FkCup vs totty. The one where Theo was put out of the game for more than a year! All of the kicks and barging went on throughout that match too.

    I see Clatters as a sniper. He hides in plain sight, is invairably very close to the action, and is brilliant at keeping a straight face when ignoring multiple fouls against Arsenal’s players. The speed with which he’ll penalise Ars players is magnificent. I quiver with fear anytime I see he’s doing a match in which we’re involved. Dean-like but without the dancing.

    Does he appear to have a thing for Leicester?

    Superb report. Again, thanks.

  • Pete

    I haven’t seen a replay subsequently, but one poster suggested that Mertesacker had been deliberately impeded when defending the free kick that led to WBA’s first goal, preventing him from clearing the ball and/or closing down Morrison. Given that this has not been mentioned can we assume that everything was in order inside our penalty area in that moment?

  • Menace

    The sad thing about these reviews is that there isn’t a higher authority that can deal with the standards. The FA are toothless & corrupt in their appointment of PGMO. PGMO would not satisfy any rules in sport. They are a monopoly, substandard, secret & without any answerable responsibility.

    I am not surprised by the findings & saddened that such evil cheats impact the joy of a sport loved by many in the world. They are in some ways terrorising the sport. Speak out against them & you get fined. The truth is of no consequence.

    Arsenal are not the only club having to cope with the cheats.

  • Menace

    Pete – I didn’t notice the missing event ie the actual first goal. The Review didn’t capture the blocking of Mert by Olsen in an amorous embrace during the free kick/

  • GoingGoingGooner

    @Pete my impression on WBrom’s first goal was that he wasn’t so much holding him but blocking him with his arms and body…hence – obstruction.

  • Pat

    Gasp! This is an amazing report! A stream of unpunished fouls and one of the lowest referee scores I can remember. And on top of that the penalty. And this from a referee who a few years ago we regarded as one of the fairest and best. There is only one conclusion to draw.

  • goonersince72

    Thanks Usama and Walter! The report confirms what I was seeing. Clattenburg is usually a top official and fairly impartial. But this was terrible, especially the non-call on Giroud in the box.

  • bjtgooner

    Wow! Thanks guys what an excellent report.

    A very very poor day at work by Clattenburg. Looks as if Riley has really destroyed him – if this shambles of a performance is anything to go by.

    As someone remarked in a previous thread, Pullis at Stoke seemed to get a lot of favouritism from the refs – the latter allowed his former team of thugs to totally kick the daylights out of us for quite a few years, and also probably prevented Stoke from being relegated from the EPL and being replaced by a more talented team.

    @Menace – you are right about the first WB goal – Olsson deliberately fouled our BFG – another example of the putrid Pullis black arts.

  • Kenneth Widmerpool

    Usama and Walter: such detail and analysis, bloody brilliant work lads! Just such a shame to reveal the truths of each game…

  • Mandy Dodd

    This should be classed as shocking, but sadly, it is not.
    We certainly shot ourselves in the foot during this game, but ultimately, this was a pgmol pulls stitch up job. The same used to happen when we played at Stoke, the refs seem to like the ways of Pulis.
    Maybe Wenger should have had more to say after this, not that it would get him any where.
    Strange, when we threaten to go top, or extend a lead at the top, in steps the refs.
    We rarely see this ref, after this, I hope they keep it that way. But I think our team need get wiser, make more of an issue, surround the ref, go to ground when the opponents keep fouling. Why not, anyone else would.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Pete, according to ex ref Dermot Gallagher, their equaliser shouldn’t have stood….its Olssen was offside…..think Per was impeded as well

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/west-broms-equaliser-against-arsenal-10486784

  • bjtgooner

    @Mandy – yet another wrong decision that would not have been made with the introduction of technology – resisted by Riley!

    I was wondering why Clatterburg was so biased and apparently incompetent – was it because the match was not televised live in the UK & in consequence the PGMO decided it was a good time to shaft Arsenal?

  • Mandy Dodd

    You could be right bjt.
    A lenient ref and a Pulis team is always a bad combination. Even with that, we were incredibly unlucky

  • Stevo

    Regarding the penalty, at the point of impact that Santi made with ball , 5 WBA players were encroaching into to penalty area.

  • finsbury

    PGMO Rules Football. It is, what it is.

    A different if variable (dependant upon who is playing) code.