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Ref Review: Aston Villa – Arsenal

By Usama and Walter

ASTON VILLA vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 16
  • DATE: 13th December 2015
  • VENUE: Villa Park (Birmingham, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Kevin Friend
1st LINESMAN: David Bryan
2nd LINESMAN: Darren Cann
4th OFFICIAL: Jon Moss

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
06:27 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott received a through ball and dribbled past Hutton inside the penalty box when Hutton deliberately tried to pull him back from and stop the run. The referee correctly gave the penalty.

 

But this should also have been a yellow card against Hutton for deliberate holding and stopping a promising attack which was not given.

 

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 PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST ALAN HUTTON.

3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

08:33 Joel Campbell (Arsenal)

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) Ayew intercepted the ball from Campbell and evaded Campbell’s sliding tackle and then was slightly caught off balance by Ramsey’s extended leg. Ayew stood tall and kept running in to space inside the center of the field when the referee stopped the game for a foul. This should not have been a foul, it should have been an advantage played for Aston Villa which did not happen.

 

NO ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ASTON VILLA.

WRONG FOUL GIVEN AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)

-1 (FOUL)

09:38 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) Sanchez was in control of the ball inside the center of the field when made a reckless slightly stud up challenge from behind. The referee correctly gave a foul.

But this should also have been a yellow card against Ramsey for his reckless tackle on Sanchez which was not given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 119

“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.

• A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

17:29 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) Slight trip by Ramsey on Gueye inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)
18:50 ???? (Aston Villa) ???? (Arsenal) No live footage or replay of the foul shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

23:17 Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Gestede jumped in the back of Monreal inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

26:13 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Hutton was pushing and pulling Walcott from behind inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
26:29 Jordan Vertout (Aston Villa) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey was tripped by Vertout inside the Arsenal’s half but Arsenal recovered the ball and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
28:32 Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Sanchez stuck in a leg to kick the ball but tripped Campbell inside the Villa’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
32:41 Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Bacuna pulled Campbell’s arm from behind but Arsenal moved forward and lost the ball immediately

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

1 (FOUL)

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for Aston Villa – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Aston Villa – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Aston Villa – 1

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
38:48 Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Sinclair was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Darren Cann made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
45:56 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Walcott was just one step in an onside position Giroud made the pass. He immediately scored the goal but was ruled wrongly by the Assistant Ref David Bryan.

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
07:29 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud scored from a penalty.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
37:02 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey scored from inside the box.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
45:56 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Refer to Minute 45:56 OFFISDES.

WRONGLY DISSALLOWED GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Goals for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]


First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+2+1+1+2 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Aston Villa – 2

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 11 + 2 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+2+3+1+3 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Aston Villa – 2

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 14 + 2 = 16

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Aston Villa – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 4 + 2 = 6

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1+2+1+3 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Aston Villa – 1+2 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 3 = 10

 

 

 First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 13/(13+6) = 68.4%

 

 First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 16/(16+10) = 61.5%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
51:59 Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Just as Ozil passed the ball on the left wing he push from behind by Ayew but Arsenal kept attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
64:59 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Gibbs was pushed and shoved in the back by Hutton inside the Arsenal’s half. Assistant Ref David Bryan made the call together with the main ref.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
66:50 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Chamberlain was trying pull Bacuna from behind inside the Villa’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

73:13 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Carles Gil

(Aston Villa)

Monreal tripped Gil from behind inside the Villa’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

78:01 Jordan Vertout (Aston Villa) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Vertout pulled down Giroud from side inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

85:22 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Giroud blocked the run of Okore by obstructing his during the corner kick for Arsenal.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Fouls for Aston Villa – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
50:34 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Giroud was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Darren Cann made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
53:22 Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Gestede was in an offside position. Assistant Ref David Bryan made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
57:43 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Campbell was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Darren Cann made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
82:18 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Darren Cann made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ASTON VILLA.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Aston Villa – 3

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0


Second Half Referee Report

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Aston Villa – 3+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 4 + 6 = 10

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Aston Villa – 3+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 4 + 6 = 10

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 0

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 0

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 10/(10+0) = 100%

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 10/(10+0) = 100%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 11+4 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Aston Villa – 2+6 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 15 + 8 = 23

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 14+4 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Aston Villa – 2+6 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 18 + 8 = 26

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+0 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Aston Villa – 2+0 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 4 + 2 = 6

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 7+0 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Aston Villa – 3+0 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 3 = 10

 

 

 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+6) = 79.3%

 

 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  26/(26+10) = 72.2%

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 FAVOUR 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

It is always difficult for a ref to be faced with the fact that your first decision is about a penalty or a sending off. Now the first foul ref Friend had to call was a penalty. Maybe that is why he was slightly hesitant in giving it? But the most important thing is that he made the right decisions. Hutton pulled Walcott back and because of this Walcott lost his balance and a good opportunity to score. Not a clear goal scoring opportunity as in the centre defenders came rushing on.

The only thing we can bad about the ref was that he should have given Hutton a yellow card and he didn’t do that. It was a promising attack, borderline to become a goal scoring opportunity so a yellow card would have been appropriate.

But ref Friend didn’t want to give too many yellow cards it seemed as minutes later he let Ramsey off the hook when he made a late tackle in midfield. He came in with a slight angle from behind and only made contact with the Villa player. Ramsey should have been booked.

The second Arsenal goal was almost bringing an end to the contest. Aston Villa tried to play it rather clean, not using extra force or going in dangerously.

But at the end of the first half the ref lost some extra valuable points. Giroud played the ball to Walcott who scored with a curler like he did against Manchester City only to see it ruled out for offside. Walcott was onside when Giroud played the ball and the assistant made a mistake. But as all points end up at the feet of the ref, it is ref Friend who gets the bad points for this wrong decision.

The first half score was 68% and when we put weight on the decisions it goes down to 61.5%. The disallowed goal costing him points.

What we saw in the second half was Arsenal being happy with the score line and not making too much trouble for themselves by committing themselves forward too much. And Aston Villa trying to get something going but not really being successful in it. Bot teams playing well within the laws of the game for most of the time.

This resulted in only 6 fouls in total in the second half and all very well called or given advantage when he could. A faultless performance from the ref in the second half. And from his assistants of course.

So the second half score for the ref was 100% also when weighted.

The final score for the entire 90 minutes was 79.3% and when we put weight on it the score goes down to 72.2%.

In a match where both teams played it fair and square each mistake counts double one could say. And this resulted in a score that is lower than could have been expected.

A good match from the ref and more of the same please.

This is the second review in a row where referees had excellent half time scores. Now for the full 90 minutes would be nice.

More anniversaries  (full list of today’s history, on the home page)

  • 29 December 1982: Vladimir Petrovic joined from Red Star Belgrade for £45,000.  He played 13 league games for Arsenal before moving on to Royal Antwerp.  After finishing playing in 1988 he gradually moved into management, and has managed both national and league teams including Red Star Belgrade.
  • 29 December 1990: Andy Cole made his only appearance for Arsenal in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Utd.  In 1991 he went on loan to Fulham, before being transferred to Bristol City in 1992.

The Untold Arsenal Banner is now on permanent display inside the Emirates Stadium

 

 

 

3 comments to Ref Review: Aston Villa – Arsenal

  • goonersince72

    Usama and Walter
    Thanks for the hard work, as always. The incorrect offside on Walcott didn’t hurt, fortunately. But isn’t it sad that we’re practically celebrating when the officials get it right for 45 minutes? The full ninety would be nice, just once. And as others have posted already the officiating all over the League is just appalling. It seems as if every game played on Monday had a horrendously wrong decision or two. A reminder that Arsenal are not the only side that get it from the refs. Even without bias (ha ha, the quality of officiating is getting poorer every season. Of course the FA do nothing about it. And I don’t have to mention the unPGMO (un for unprofessional). I’m not a big fan of video review because I’m worried about slowing the game down and interrupting the flow. American sports like baseball and especially American football have video review of almost everything and it’s unwatchable. Don’t want that to happen to the beautiful game. But something has to change with the officiating.

  • Menace

    Great work again from Usama & Walter. Thank you.

    Remember these reviews are from TV footage & there are several off the ball incidents not captured while the reviewer has more time to decide than the referees. They give an honest view of the officials work.

  • Usama Zaka

    Thanks Menace.