Southampton v Arsenal 26 December 2015 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
The Table of Shame – valid to matchweek 14
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||19|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||11|
Before the Man City Game one of the comments asked How I got to the figure of 11 points which I consider should have been awarded to Arsenal. Here is my breakdown (and you are of course quite at liberty to disagree).
|ARSENAL vs. WEST HAM UNITED ref review|
Referee Martin Atkinson. Min37 Tomkins should have been sent off second yellow, Min43, West Ham scored from a free kick for a ‘phantom foul’ and Min 62 Noble should have been dismissed for a second yellow. Arsenal playing for 53 minutes against 10 and 28 minutes against 9 men would almost certainly have scored one goal to match the single valid goal from West Ham. Should have been draw rather than loss. 1 Point loss to Arsenal.
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool|
Referee Michael Oliver. Min8 Ramsey goal wrongly ruled out for offside – he wasn’t. Goal should have counted. Min72 Lucas fouled Giroud in penalty area, no penalty given. Should have been Arsenal win not draw. 2 point loss to Arsenal.
|Ref Review : Chelsea – Arsenal. How Mike Dean & Co screwed an entire game|
Referee Mike Dean. This was an absolute travesty of a piece of refereeing, still makes my blood boil! Suffice it to say that Chelsea should have been down to 10 men in Min33 with the score at nil – nil. Arsenal win rather than loss. 3 point loss to Arsenal.
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Tottenham|
Referee Martin Atkinson again. Min35 Vertonghen should be dismissed for red card assault on Giroud in penalty area, neither given. Arsenal one-nil down at this point. Should have gone to one all (on balance of probabilities) Arsenal scored in the second half against 11 Man Spurs, would have scored at least one moal against 10 man Spurs should have been Arsenal win not draw. 2 point loss to Arsenal.
|Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal|
Referee mark Clattenberg. Min34 West Brom goal scored from free kick awarded for ‘phantom foul’. Min 46 Ollson wrestled Giroud to the ground in the penalty area no penalty awarded. Min84 the Arsenal penalty should have been retaken as both Ollson and Brunt were illegally encroaching in the penalty area. Min 46 Ollson should have second yellow card and Min 75 Morrison should have had second yellow card for persistent infringement. Should have been Arsenal win instead of loss. 3 point loss to Arsenal.
Five games 11 points. Of course none of that happened and we are now in second place, two behind Leicester and four ahead of City and everything to play for.
Our Boxing Day match officials are :-
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Assistants – M Mullarkey and S Child
- Fourth Official – R Madley
We last had Mr Moss on 29th November
|Ref Review : Norwich – Arsenal – these acts of thuggery must be stopped|
57% Overall weighted score, bias against the teams 8/92 and three wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow Cards, Red Cards, Penalties and Goals)…
Min 40 Bennett pushed Alexis when he was in the air and unable to react. He landed in a camera pit almost certainly causing his injury from which he still hasn’t recovered. Mr Moss failed to even call it a foul. Should have been a red card for Bennett.
Mr Moss is also incapable of keeping track of the number of fouls committed by individual players and didn’t issue yellow cards to Norwich players for persistent infringement O’Neil should have had his second in Minute57 or in Min 90+1. Despite Mr Moss’ efforts we drew 1 – 1. I haven’t added any points in this game as lost against Arsenal (although in retrospect I probably should have done so).
Mr Moss was also on hand on 12 September when we beat Stoke 2 – 0 at the Emirates
|Ref Review Arsenal – Stoke|
71% Overall score, every single wrong decision he made was in favour of Stoke. Rather surprisingly he only made two wrong Important Decisions. In Min 90+2 Pieters should have been dismissed for a deliberate foul on Giroud in the Penalty area. Red card + Penalty not given.
Jonathan Moss has history with Arsenal players being injured in injuries after the ball has gone . Last year he was in charge when Debuchy was pushed into the advertising hoardings by Arnautovic when Stoke came to visit. A clear red card incident that resulted in a lengthy spell out for our player and probably one from which he will never fully recover.
For more details of his performances in previous years please go to my preview for the Stoke game – Arsenal v Stoke 12 September 2015 – The Match Officials
- It is shocking that as a School Head Teacher Mr Moss is incapable of simple mental arithmetic and consistently fails to keep track of the numbers of minor fouls players are committing. The Untold general view is that four is a reasonable number to start giving yellow cards (fewer if committed one after another).
- It is also shocking that in the past two seasons we have lost two players to long term injury on Mr Moss’ watch due to cowardly pushes after the ball is out of play. Those were assaults Mr Moss, and if committed anywhere else other than a football pitch would probably result in criminal assault charges. You are in charge on the pitch and such behaviour must result in the perpetrators being summarily dismissed. Yet you do not evensee them as being fouls! Next time do your job!
- At best in recent games Mr Moss is barely adequate, at worst he is dangerous to our players.
- The only good thing I can say is that we usually win with him in charge. Against that, points robbed from us might be important to the current media darlings Leicester, and I have no doubt that Mr Moss will be quite capable of doing his duty to his PGMO masters (Leicester kick off at 15:00 away at Liverpool and our game is at 19:45).
Two games from the past
- 26 December 2000: Thierry Henry’s first hattrick in a 6-1 win against Leicester. Vieira, Ljunberg and Adams got the other three. The score meant that Arsenal had scored 16 goals in four consecutive league games, conceding just two.
- 26 December 2003: Arsenal 3 Wolverhampton W 0 The 18th league match of the unbeaten season. Henry, Aliadière and Vieira scored as Wolverhampton accumulated five yellow cards. The result was a relief after three draws and a 1-0 win in the previous four games.
It’s taken us over five year of campaigning but at last Premier League look ready to accept that refereeing accuracy is not all it might be, as they seek to adopt video refereeing.