Arsenal v Bournemouth 28 December 2015 – The Match Officials.
by Andrew Crawshaw
- Referee – Roger East
- Assistants – L Betts and D Cann
- Fourth Official – D Deadman
Roger East, is from Wiltshire. He was appointed to the Elite group for the start of the 2013-14 season, having refereed first on 1 September 2012 when he took charge of Swansea v Sunderland.
According to the official Premier League website he has officiated 36 times in the Premier League issuing 36 red and 109 yellow cards. This will be his 11th game this season, to add to the 16 in 2014/15, 5 in 2013/14 and 5 in 2012/13 so the numbers do add up.
First time this year for Arsenal to have either Roger East or Mr Deadman. Here is the performance table from last year showing Roger East with a disappointing score of just 68% correct so virtually one decision in three was wrong. Note these are unweighted figures and based on all decisions made regardless of importance.
|Referee||Correct total||Wrong total|
So Mr East is not likely to be the best referee we will have ever seen.
Last year we had him only once, the 2 – 2 home draw against Hull
|Referee review : Arsenal – Hull : East, West not the best|
62% Overall score (weighted), bias against both teams 82/18 and one wrong Important Decision (second yellow, red cards, penalty and goal) when in Minute 17 Hull scored despite a clear foul on Flamini in the buildup. Goal shouldn’t have stood and it should have been an Arsenal win not a draw.
In both 2013-14 and 2012/13 Mr East refereed just five times in the Premier league, none of them an Arsenal Game. There were two reviews of non-Arsenal games in 2012/13
65% overall weighted score, Bias against both teams 36/64 and 2 wrong Important Decisions Swansea should have had a penalty in Minute 3 and Sunderland should have had a penalty in Min 49.
|Match Review: Roger East – Fulham Vs West Bromwich Albion (3 – 0) [15/09/2012]|
87% overall weighted score, bias against both teams 82/18 and no wrong Important Decisions
I have no flags against Mr Betts but have one against Mr Cann when he failed to flag Wayne Rooney offside in Min 33 of our home game against United.
Darren Deadman is a Peterborough based official whose day job is listed as a Civil Servant. This will be his second outing as Fourth Official this year in the Premier league, strangely his previous appointment was also in a Bournemouth game, their 2 – 0 home win against Sunderland on 19 September. Darren normally referees in the Football League.
- Mr East is relatively new to the Premier League and as he has only refereed a single Arsenal League game, there are few meaningful statistics to indicate how he might react on Monday.
- In his only previous Arsenal game he gave a less than stellar performance with a totally underwhelming 62% weighted score which cost us two points last season when he failed to whistle for a clear foul on Flamini in the buildup to the Hull goal in Min 17.
- The two reviews of non-Arsenal games from his first season 2012/13 are mixed, a decent game Fulham v West Brom (never likely to be a difficult game) and a poor performance in the Swansea v Sunderland game where he failed to award two penalties (one to each team)
- We should give him the benefit of the doubt at this stage but our crowd in the stadium must be ready to call him out at the first signs of incompetence or bias.
28 December 1997: Tottenham (at this moment bottom of the League) 1 Arsenal 1. Arsenal were in 6th position. Game 21 of the 2nd Double Season. Ray Parlour scored. The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.
28 December 1999: Vieira made his return from suspension for the 2-0 win over league leaders Leeds United, who were eight points in front of Arsenal at the time. Ljungberg and Henry got Arsenal’s goals.
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