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Ref Review : Arsenal – Tottenham

By Usama & Walter

  • ARSENAL vs. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 12
  • DATE: 8th November 2015
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson
1st LINESMAN: Michael Mullarkey
2nd LINESMAN: Stephen Child
4th OFFICIAL: Andre Marriner

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
06:20 Dele Alli (Spurs) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was running with the ball inside the Spurs half when Alli came from behind and tripped him. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
10:17 Erik Lamela (Spurs) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was in control of the ball inside the Spurs’ half when Lamela came from behind and pulled him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
16:19 Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) Ozil took the corner kick and Mertesacker and Vertonghen in the box looking to challenge for it. Both players had hands on each other’s shoulders and both of them tried to head the ball at the same time but missed it, with the ball going to an Arsenal player. But the referee gave it a foul against Mertesacker for holding when neither player was holding each other. This should not have been a foul and the play should have carried on.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
17:17 Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Sanchez delivered a cross in the box and Giroud and Vertonghen were in the box looking to challenge for it. Vertonghen used both of his hands and blocked, held and pulled down Giroud by his shirt, thus preventing Giroud from getting to the ball. This should have a clear penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Vertonghen for deliberate holding. But none of the decisions were given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 37

Direct Free Kick

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following three offences:

• Holds an opponent

• Spits at an opponent

• Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

 

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

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST VERTONGHEN.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

19:32 Eric Dier (Spurs) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was trying to receive the long ball when Dier kept pulling him from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
21:13 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Danny Rose (Spurs) Both Rose and Campbell were running after the ball inside the Arsenal’s half when Campbell’s trailing hand slightly caught Rose on face. This should have been a foul for Spurs but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR SPURS.

-1 (FOUL)
22:14 Dele Alli (Spurs) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Cazorla was in control of the ball inside the Arsenal’s half when Alli came from behind and pushed Cazorla in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
22:47 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Eric Dier (Spurs) Dier was pushed by Giroud in the back on the right wing.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SPURS.

1 (FOUL)
23:56 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Harry Kane (Spurs) Kane was running with the ball inside the Arsenal’ half with Ozil behind. Ozil gave up chasing after Kane turned quickly. Kane lost his balance in the process. But the referee gave it a foul against Ozil. This should not have been a foul because Ozil made no foul contact with Kane and the play should have carried on.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
33:00 Danny Rose (Spurs) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) A push in the back by Rose on Campbell on the right wing.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
34:25 Moussa Dembele (Spurs) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) A push in the back by Dembele on Ozil inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
34:52 Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Sanchez was in control of the ball inside the Spurs’ half. Giroud and Vertonghen were inside the Spurs penalty area. Giroud tries to make a run forward inside the 6 yard box when Vertonghen does the following:

 

1. He blocks Giroud’s run by standing in front of him creating an obstruction,

 

2. He holds Giroud from the waist using both of his hands and pulls him from the shirt, with Giroud struggling his way out of Vertonghen’s grapple.

 

3. Finally Vertonghen charges from behind on Giroud, and holding and pushing him down to the ground in a rugby like tackle.

 

Each offence of the three offences committed by Vertonghen warrants a penalty for Arsenal. The third offence by Vertonghen should also have been resulted in a yellow card. None of the decisions was given, with the referee clearly looking and then turning a blind eye.

 

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

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST VERTONGHEN.

NO RED CARD AGAINST VERTONGHEN.

-3 (PENATLY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

34:59 Jan Vertonghen (Spurs)

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Seconds after the penalty incident, Giroud reacted in a violent manner and slammed down Vertonghen with a very strong chest charge. Vertonghen at that moment grabbed Giroud’s genitals and further provoked Giroud.

 

Both players should have been sent off for clearly showing violent conduct. No red card was given to either of them. Even though the referee clearly saw what happened.

 

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 RED CARD AGAINST GIROUD.

NO RED CARD AGAINST VERTONGHEN.

-3 (RED CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

35:46 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Dele Alli (Spurs) Alli was in control of the ball inside the Arsenal half when Coquelin attempted to tackle and slightly tripped Alli. But Alli maintained his balance and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR SPURS.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
37:41 Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Dele Alli (Spurs) Debuchy pushed Alli in back and tripped him inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SPURS.

1 (FOUL)
39:00 Danny Rose (Spurs) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was tripped from behind inside the Arsenal’s half by Danny Rose.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
41:10 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Kyle Walker (Spurs) Sanchez jumps in the air with no support from any opponent player and misses the header, slightly contacting on the way down to Walker. The ball ran out of play. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal. The play should have carried on because Sanchez didn’t made any foul contact with Walker.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Fouls for Spurs – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 5

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Spurs – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 6 [6 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Spurs – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Spurs – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Spurs – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Spurs – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Spurs – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Spurs – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 3 [9 points]

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Spurs – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Spurs – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 3 [6 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
   

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
31:47 Harry Kane (Spurs) Clean goal scored by Kane.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SPURS.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Spurs – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Spurs – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Spurs  – 2+1+1 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 5 + 4 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 5 + 6 = 11

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+2+2+2 = 11

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 11 + 2 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 5+4+6+6 = 21

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 21 + 4 = 25

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 9/(9+13) = 40.9%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 11/(11+25) = 30.5%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
46:48 Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Harry Kane (Spurs) Kane was running with the ball inside the Arsenal’s half when Debuchy came running from the side and charged recklessly in to Kane throwing him to the ground. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

This should have been yellow card against Debuchy for his recklessness but no yellow card was given.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SPURS.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST DEBUCHY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

49:11 Dele Alli (Spurs) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was controlling the ball on the right wing when Alli tried grab and hold him, then tripped Campbell down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

49:48 Dele Alli (Spurs) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Alli pushed and tripped Mertesacker from behind inside the Arsenal’s penalty box. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

This was Alli’s 4th non-cautionable foul of the game. He should have been yellow card for persistent fouling, but was not.

 

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 DELE ALLI FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

50:28 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Dele Alli (Spurs) Alli controlled the ball inside the center of the field and starting moving forward when Flamini came running from behind and made a late sliding tackle deliberately bringing down Alli. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

The tackle made by Flamini was clearly a tactical foul preventing the opponent from moving forward. Flamini should have been yellow card but was not.

 

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 SPURS.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FLAMINI.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

52:50 Moussa Dembele (Spurs) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was running forward with the ball inside the Spurs half. Dembele came from behind and pushed and tripped Campbell by throwing himself on Campbell’s legs. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

The tackle made by Dembele was clearly a tactical foul preventing the opponent from moving forward. Dembele should have been yellow card but was not.

 

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 MOUSSA DEMBELE.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

53:35 Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Ozil took the freekick and delivered a cross in to the box with Giroud and Vertonghen present. Just as the ball was in play Vertonghen grabbed hold of Giroud’s shirt using his hands and pulled the shirt to the extent of removing it from the shoulders. Vertonghen also pulled back Giroud thus unsettling his attempt for the header at goal. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a second yellow card against Vertonghen who should have been sent off. But no decision was awarded.

 

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

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO THIRD YELLOW CARD AGAINST VERTONGHEN.

NO RED CARD AGAINST VERTONGHEN.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

54:40 Erik Lamela (Spurs) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Coquelin had just passed the ball when Lamela came sliding late and recklessly took out Coquelin.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST LAMELA.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

55:26 Dele Alli (Spurs) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Alli pushed Monreal in the back while challenging for the header. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

This was Alli’s 5th non-cautionable foul of the game. He should have been yellow card for persistent fouling for the second this match, but was not.

 

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 DELE ALLI FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

56:47 Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was in control of the ball inside the center of the field when Vertonghen slightly pulled him from the back. But Arsenal maintained and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
57:04 Eric Dier (Spurs)

 

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was running to chase the ball and was ahead of Dier inside the Spurs half, when Dier came from behind and deliberately pulled Sanchez thus preventing him from getting to the ball. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this should also have been a yellow card against Dier for deliberate holding and pulling a player from getting to the ball.

 

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 AGAINST ERIC DIER.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

60:25 Moussa Dembele (Spurs) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil intercepted the ball from Dembele on the right wing when Dembele pulled Ozil from the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

60:40 Danny Rose (Spurs) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Late trip from behind by Rose on Campbell inside the Spurs half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

65:38 Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Dele Alli (Spurs) Alli was in control of the ball inside the Arsenal’s half, when Mertesacker came in and grabbed Allii and held him preventing Alli from getting to the ball. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this should also have been a yellow card against Mertesacker for deliberate holding and pulling a player from getting to the ball.

 

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 SPURS.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MERTESACKER.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

77:37 Moussa Dembele (Spurs) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Dembele was constantly pulling Ozil from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

79:58 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Danny Rose (Spurs) Sanchez tripped Rose from behind near the right corner flag.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SPURS.

1 (FOUL)

 

85:29 Ryan Mason (Spurs) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) A mistimed tackle by Mason caught Coquelin inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

85:51 Eric Dier (Spurs)

 

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Dier and Giroud were challenging for the header inside the Spurs half, when Dier grabbed Giroud using both of his hands and prevented him from heading the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

87:20 Eric Dier (Spurs)

 

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez received the ball and turned quickly inside the Spurs half when Dier tackled him from. Sanchez lost his balance slightly but moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

87:42 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Heung Min Son (Spurs) The ball was inside the Spurs box bouncing and Sanchez and Heung Min Son were looking receive it, when both of the players raised their foots at the same time to chest high level. Both of the players ending up missing the ball and slightly came in to contact. But the referee gave a foul against Arsenal. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal and the play should have carried on.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

88:31 Eric Dier (Spurs)

 

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was tripped and pushed by Dier from behind inside the Spurs half. The referee correctly gave a foul

 

This was Dier’s 4th non-cautionable foul of the game. He should have been yellow card for persistent fouling, but was not. Also this should have been his second yellow card of the match which means that by now Dier should have been sent off. No card was awarded.

 

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 DIER FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

91:10 Joshua Onomah (Spurs) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Onomah stopped Coquelin’s pass accidentally with his trailing arm.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

91:30 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) Giroud and Vertonghen were challenging for the header inside the Spurs half when jumped above Vertonghen without any contact and cleanly headed the ball. But the referee gave a foul against Giroud for a trailing arm hitting Vertonghen. There was no trailing arm by Giroud. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal and the play should have carried on.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

93:03 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Moussa Dembele (Spurs) Flamini jumped in the back of Dembele without heading the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SPURS.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 11

Number of Correct Fouls for Spurs – 5

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 16 [16 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Spurs – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Spurs – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Spurs – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Spurs – 0

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 6

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Spurs – 3

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 9 [18 points]

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Spurs – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Spurs – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Spurs – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Spurs – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
47:15 Harry Kane (Spurs) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Harry Kane was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
58:13 Erik Lamela (Spurs) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Lamela was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
64:49 Harry Kane (Spurs) Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Harry Kane was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
74:48 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SPURS.

1 (OFFSIDE)
79:12 Dele Alli (Spurs) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Alli was in an offside position.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Offsides for Spurs – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 5 [5 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Spurs –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
76:03 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Gibbs scored from a cross.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Spurs – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Spurs – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
46:00 Corner Moussa Dembele (Spurs) The ball last came off Dembele not Debuchy.

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 – 11+2+1+4+1 = 19

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Spurs  – 5+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 19 + 6 = 25

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 11+2+2+4+3 = 22

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Spurs  – 5+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 22 + 6 = 28

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+6+2+1+1 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Spurs  – 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 14 + 3 = 17

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+12+6+3+1 = 26

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Spurs  – 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 26 + 6 = 32

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 25/(25+17) = 59.5%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 28/(28+32) = 46.6%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+19 = 24

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Spurs  – 4+6= 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 24 + 10 = 34

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+22 = 27

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Spurs  – 6+6 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 27 + 12 = 39

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 11+14 = 25

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Spurs  – 2+3 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 25 + 5 = 30

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 21+26 = 47

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Spurs  – 4+6 = 10

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 47 + 10 = 57

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 34/(34+30) = 53.1%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  39/(39+57) = 40.6%

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

 

The Tottenham defenders and Vertonghen in particular could do what they wanted in their penalty area as if they knew that they would not get a penalty against them. Probably they did know I think. Also in the field Atkinson did all he could to give fouls against Arsenal and ignore fouls from Tottenham players. As we predicted.

On 2 occasions in the first half Arsenal could and should have had a penalty. But Vertonghen got carte blanche to manhandle Giroud by pulling an dragging him all over the penalty area.

One of the main incidents was of course in minute 35. Vertonghen grabbed, pulled, pushed, shoved Giroud while the ball was in play and Atkinson ignored it. Giroud then got so pissed off he lost his common sense for a moment and barged in to Vertonghen. I think Atkinson knew what had happened before and didn’t really dare to send him off as that would show him to be completely biased against Arsenal in an open way.

Vertonghen then showing his really ugly side by grabbing Giroud by the…balls. Of course Atkinson didn’t see anything at all. Of course if he had given a penalty for Arsenal (OK I know I am pushing it very far by even imagining this) then Vertonghen would have stopped his dirty tricks. And Giroud wouldn’t have reacted in a stupid way. But one can almost understand the Giroud reaction. Not that I agree with it, but one can sympathise that if the laws are broken so blatantly and one sided one sees no other option than to react.

Nothing wrong with the Tottenham goal by the way.

Score in the first half of this non performance by Atkinson : 40.9% and if we put weight on it it drops to a staggering 30.5%. Long live the PGMO. (sarcastic mode).

On to the second half and more of the same. But now he not only stayed biased but also let Arsenal off the hook on a few occasions when he should have given a yellow card against a few Arsenal players but didn’t. Mind you he also left his cards mostly in his pocket against Tottenham players so not just biased but also incompetent.

The most important decision or better said non-decision was when Giroud headed against the crossbar. If you look at the replays you can see that Vertonghen was pulling Giroud by his shirt so Giroud couldn’t make a run like he wanted to do. Vertonghen let go just before Giroud was going to head the ball so people might have missed it. But not us reviewers. The pulling was so strong that the shoulder part of the shirt of Giroud was pulled down on his arms. One can wonder if Giroud wouldn’t have been fouled if his header wouldn’t have gone in as then he wouldn’t have been unbalanced in his run. So another penalty missed by Atkinson in favour of Arsenal.  As I said: as predicted.

Because of all the fouling from Vertonghen he could and should have been sent off, even more than once one could say but now he was the one who didn’t get a card.

Atkinson could do nothing about the Arsenal equaliser so he had to give it.

The final score in the second half was 59.5% and when we put weight on it he scored 46.6%.

If we look at the whole 90 minutes we see he had a score of 53.1% and if we put weight on it his score drops to 40.6%. In total 30 wrong decisions in this match! 25 against Arsenal and 5 against Tottenham. Long live the PGMO (sarcastic mode…)

As I said in another article the PGMO referees who are wearing a Fifa badge are wrestling each other in order to please the man who will decide which ref will go to France next summer for the European championship. And what better way to please Mike then to screw Arsenal one could say… Is it a strange coincidence that now Arsenal is considered as genuine title contenders by everyone that the refereeing performances have reached new lows? The combination of the two things working together doesn’t bode well for the future.

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14 comments to Ref Review : Arsenal – Tottenham

  • WalterBroeckx

    The first lines of the comment went missing I think.

    I wrote: We predicted what would happen and it did happen on the field. Atkinson doing all what we said he would do and showing a big bias against Arsenal.

  • Kentetsu

    Surprised to learn Mike Riley decides which ref goes to the Euros. I thought this was – and should – the responsibility of the organiser, i.e. UEFA. Not that UEFA is any better in ref selections (Kassai shouldn’t ever come close to an Arsenal match again) but at least it makes some sense.

  • Al

    I think this is another ref we would need a petition not to do our games. Terrible terrible referee.

  • Usama Zaka

    There is a proverb in Urdu and Punjabi. “Andho mein kana raja”

    The literal translation of this is “One-eyed man is the ruler among the blinds” It is also known in English as “A figure among ciphers”

    Its meaning is that a person with little ability is favored among people with no or lesser ability. This proverb nicely fits on Mike Riley ruling the PGMO, Greg Dyke running the FA, Platini running UEFA.

  • Gord

    In the overnight (to me) corruption news, was a statement from the Swiss Attorney General, that FIFA reform was likely to take (at least) 5 years. So Usama, we are stuck with Dyke for probably another 5 years, and fixing Riley 😈 by corruption reform is likely to take longer to filter down to him.

    This is toooooo long!

    The Guardian had an article about Gilberto Silva which was mostly about corruption (he is working in Brazil on corruption issues). But, apparently he told Wenger (jokingly) that if he could find some boots for him, he would stand in for Coquelin. He quite liked what Coquelin does for Arsenal.

  • Pete

    Usama – the English version is: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”.

    Having said that, my son’s football manager is blind – and he is absolutely outstanding!

  • omgarsenal

    Kentetsu………..the PIGMOB do not decide who goes to any international competition, they neither nominate or authorize English officials participation in those tournaments, only the FA does and by nominating FIFA referee candidates (among the 7 officials england nominated each year) then EUFA/FIFA can choose who they want to give games to. However there are intense politics to navigate before you get a game and I imagine FIFA/EUFA watch EPL games to decide who they might like, since they can’t use a national referee to officiate their home country’s games.

  • Rantetta

    Don’t forget, the head of Uefa refs hates Arsenal too!
    Just as Riley got his top job after screwing us, the same happened at Uefa.

    There are amazing coincidences when it comes to ref selections both here and in Europe. Some a English refs have had Stinkers when reffing matches abroad. One such had major controversy in his match on the Weds or Thurs, then came back to do a match at Stamford Bridge, which, being a numerical landmark game for Mr Wenger – spawned all kinds of pseudo congrats, followed by a shambles of a performance from the officials, and then sky & co. were in heaven. Vanga Ooot, they screamed.

    Even when we’ve beaten totty the attempts to slant the pitch have been disgusting. This game was no different. Send refs who have the balls to make the desired result. If it goes well, you’ll maybe get brownie points towards Disneyland in summertime.

    And that’s just spurs!

    Any news of retro punishment for the pit-push?

    Like ****! there is…

  • DavyD

    Somebody needs to get out more!

  • Mandy Dodd

    So that’s the third time this season we have had a ref gerting 40/50%.
    Now, that’s three games in a row where by far inferior teams have taken points off us, in the EPL,basically, because they knew they could foul us off the park. Even footballing Norwich saw what Spurs,and west Brom got away with and acted accordingly. No media outcry against dier or alli in the way there was against Coq after the palace game I notice.
    It seems in general refs are letting a lot go this season, which I am told is very mike Riley but what is happening to us is beyond ridiculous.
    But what is really getting me angry is the club …..and I don’t mean the manager…. But the board and officials seemingly just accepting it. How much worse does it have to get for them to act…..not as if their silence is helping us much is it? What more can they do without exposing their bias/agenda even more ?
    Ivan, I am calling you out on this. Our players are getting hurt, our fans that pay or invest emotionally expect a level playing field are being cheated, yet you appear to do nothing. I always had some notion that this club stood for some degree of integrity, as I believe the manager does. But I am starting to wonder if maybe some unwritten belief in the expectation of a top four finish buys silence and obedience. Maybe these days, the critics are right, maybe money talks louder than it should be at AFC
    The corrupt in the game in Europe at least have reason to fear. Ivan, maybe contact from our lawyers, the ones who overturned the Eduardo ban might make a few sit up and think.
    This is directed at the board, not the manager who is on a hiding to nothing every time he opens his mouth.All I would say to Wenger is that with the recent success these lesser clubs are getting against us, it is not going to stop. Ozil will be next on the hit list this weekend. I think maybe if Ivan and co won’t back you in the corridors of power, maybe you need to go against a few principles and recruit a player or two that will be clever enough to stand up to this without seeing red all the time. We used to have a few of those, admittedly in another era….and yes, I know they did sometimes see red. That, and FFS tell the players to surround the ref, use fingers to point out to him the number of fouls.
    Our path is not working, players are suffering…..time start responding a bit more to this?

  • Pat

    Terrible ref score again. I never liked that Vertonghen by the way. I’m glad we never signed him as people said we should.

    Mandy, we don’t know what Gazidis says behind the scenes. Whether he does or not, it is obvious that there is a very powerful collection of forces involved in all this. This must be why Arsene Wenger has decided the only way to win is just to play the best we can. Arguing, complaining, appears to do no good. A petition of 100,000 fans had no effect.

    I love our manager and I love our players because they still keep fighting, fighting in the right way, and because I still think WE CAN DO IT! Be strong!

    And Untold will carry on giving us the analysis and telling the truth.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Yes Pat, have been noticing that Spurs have been getting away with more and more against us.
    I love our players and their philosophy as well, but the fact is , they don’t appear to be protected. Agree, there are powerful forces, North South thing, giant northern clubs, preservation of the English way of playing as opposed to Wenger ball, the media, influential managers, ambitious refs under pressure, and I do not doubt for a moment refs on the payroll of undesirables.
    Yes, all very powerful, but so is our CEO. And on a global sports level, our majority shareholder. You are right we do not know what Ivan may be doing behind the scenes, where he is a powerful and influential man, but from here it does not look like enough as our refs are getting worse.
    Have a feeling this little recent salvo from the refs is a result of mike Dean being made to look a fool at Stamford bridge.
    I am sure Ivan knows what he is doing, and what he is up against, or at least I hope so, but sometimes, even corporates and politicians need to say enough is enough.

  • hrishi

    Come on Walter.. That 35th minute incident between Giroud and Vertonghen was nothing more than unusual than the normal grappling mini-match most strikers and defenders take part in every game. Every one of his Vertonghen’s three infringements deserved a penalty?

    First, if Vertonghen was blocking a run, defenders might as well let attackers pass by and simply watch. Second, Giroud gave as much pushing as he got from Vertonghen. Put Costa and Koscielny in there and we wouldn’t have blinked if the violence was claimed to be from the striker. Third, the charge from Vertonghen, perhaps the most punishable offence of the three (if the others were punishable at all), could have been interpreted as Giroud trying to win a penalty unfairly, although that might be an attempt to balance the scales a bit too much.

    The following two incidents, however, deserved red cards- though I am not sure about the referee spotting them clearly. Though the shoulder charge was fairly obvious to most viewers, few people would have been aware of the genital squeeze that followed, apart from the perpetrator and the unfortunate victim.

  • bjtgooner

    I expected Atkinson to favour the Spuds, but my goodness, he was really appalling, biased and incompetent.

    Vertonghen is a thug & often pushes his luck & thanks to the PGMO boneheads gets away with cheating nearly every match.

    Until Riley goes & the FA idiots are cleaned out the development of English players will only progress as far as the unrestricted thugs allow.

    Riley, his sympathizers of thuggery & his FA backers must go!