Arsenal v Newcastle Saturday 2 January 2016 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Following Usama and Walter’s latest two Referee reviews here is the Table of Shame updated to matchweek 16
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||19|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||11|
Mr Madley made two mistakes in the whole game (both in the first half) scoring a magnificent 90%. We can effectively ignore bias. Unfortunately one of the errors was a not given penalty to us when Kaboul fouled Giroud but it cost us no points. If only all refereeing were to this standard Walter, Usama and I would have a lot more free time!
Kevin Friend had an “iffy” start to the game, he somehow managed to get the penalty decision on Walcott correct in Minute 7, but failed to give Hutton the yellow card he deserved for the deliberate foul.
He failed to allow an advantage to Villa in minute 9 when Ayew evaded a foul from Ramsey and in Min10 should have given Ramsey a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Sanchez. After that he was exemplary until Min 45+1 when he was let down by his Assistant David Bryan who wrongly flagged Walcott offside as he scored a damn fine goal.
His second half was perfect 100%. but his overall scores were let down by the four first half errors only giving him 72% overall. The weighted bias score was 70/30. A refereeing performance better than the raw numbers suggest and something of a return to his historic good performances in Arsenal games. I have noted the error by Mr Bryan for future reference.
For Saturday the Match Officials are
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Assistants – S Burt and P Kirkup
- Fourth Official – S Martin
Mercifully only the second time we have the “pleasure” of Mr Taylor this season (mind you that is two times too many!)
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Man Utd, more of the same|
59% overall, bias against both teams 97/3 and five wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals).
Min 4 Not given penalty to Arsenal for foul by Schweinsteiger on Gabriel for which he should also have been booked, Min 45+1 Schweinsteiger should have second yellow for persistent fouling, Min 45+2 ditto, Min 73 Fellaini should have second yellow for persistent fouling and in Min 90 Fellaini is still at it with a fifth foul in 33 minutes. Despite Mr Taylor we won the game quite convincingly but he showed scant regard for the laws of the game and allowed United to foul us with impunity.
Last Season (2015/15) we had him in charge six times, five full games and as a substitute in our home game v West Ham.
|Ref review Leicester – Arsenal|
61% overall score (weighted), bias against the two teams 7/93 and three wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow or Red cards, Penalties or Goals).
In Minute 50 Arsenal should have had a penalty when Hammond pushed Cazorla in the box, Minute 58 Moore should have had a second yellow card for a ‘professional foul’ against Sanogo (his first booking should have been in Min 35 when he dived looking for a penalty) and in Minute 84 Hammond should have had a straight red card for deliberately stepping on Ramsey’s legs as he was on the ground. Two points robbed.
|Untold ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal, the Anthony Taylor horror show. “Shockingly bad”.|
59% overall performance (weighted), bias against the two teams 0/100 (yes every wrong decision against Arsenal) four wrong Important Decisions.
In Minute 28 Crouch should have had a second yellow card for elbowing Mertesacker, or again in Minute 45 for another elbow (for which he got his first yellow card, Minute 77 Chambers was wrongly sent off (his first yellow card was incorrect in Min 60), Minute 83 Adams should have had a straight red card for impersonating a wrestler and applying a ‘sleeper’ hold on Alexis for which he was only awarded a yellow.
The Stoke goal in Minute 45 should not have counted as Shawcross pushed the Ox with both arms, Crouch headed the ball against the Ox which fell to Walters to tap in. Clear foul on defender in penalty area goal shouldn’t have counted. The two linesmen on the day I Hussin and R East ruled out another Stoke ‘goal ‘ for offside and awarded Arsenal a penalty so well done to them both – Mr East is Fourth Official on Sunday. Taylor was diabolical and without doubt cost us three points on the day.
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa. Arsenal commit two fouls in 45 minutes.|
A good performance from Taylor with an overall weighted score of 85%. Mind you all of the bias was against Arsenal 100/0 so not so good there. He missed a yellow card for Sanchez for an arnm in the face of Giroud but there were no wrong Important Decisions just a totally dominant display from Arsenal who doninated from the start and gave Taylor no opportunity to influence the game.
|Ref Review(s) : Arsenal – West Ham, two for the price of one|
73% Weighted score for the time he was on the pitch and a bias of 83/17 with no wrong Important Decisions. Again he missed giving a yellow card for Collins for a high foot into Giroud’s stomach.
Possibly handball in the Liverpool penalty area ignored in the opening exchanges, just a corner awarded. Bellerin opening the scoring in Min 36, Özil adding a second 2 minutes later from a correctly awarded free kick 5m outside the ‘Pool penalty area. Alexis made it three just before half time.
Sterling awarded a penalty on 75mins – three one. Arsenal wrapped up the scoring in the first minute of added time with Giroud. Could easily havebeen 5 but Wellbeck wrongly called offside when well placed. Our talisman the Belgian Gooners in town for another fine win. Taylor being his usual twattish self at times but again unable to tilt the field enough to affect the result.
Arsenal – Sunderland, 0-0 only a complete disaster can keep us away from 3rd place. Taylor typically myopic when it came to Sunderland fouls, Ramsey pulled back outside the Sunderland penalty area but on Taylor’s blind side, Defoe trying to take off Bellerin’s shirt. Cattermole making foul after foul with impunity. Arsenal dominant but Sunderland kept us out with last minute blocks and their keeper, Pantillimon as man of the match. No indication from the report that Taylor actually cost us points.
So six games that almost certainly cost us five points. Where we took control of the games early he was unable to affect the overall result.
Looking at his games from 2013-14 and (surprisingly we only had him once) – the opening game of the season v Aston Villa. Mind you that was enough for all Gooners!
Arsenal v Aston Villa 17 August 2013. If you really need to see how a biased referee operates then please go to the Arsenal Player on Arsenal.com and watch the game again. You might need to sign up as a Digital Member – but that’s free – and you then have access to all of the past matches on the site whenever you want them.
Arsenal 1 – Anthony Villa 3 A bent result from a totally biased referee almost certainly gifting the points to Villa. The club must have made serious representations because we didn’t have him in charge again that season.
Going back one more year to 2012/13 and there are reviews for Arsenal but not Newcastle
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Arsenal Vs Queens Park Rangers (1 – 0) [27/10/2012]|
71% overall score (weighted), bias against both teams 81/19 and 1 wrong Important Decision when in Minute 57 Granero should have had a second yellow card for a foul and dissent. Another game where Arsenal’s task was made a lot harder by Mr Taylor not properly applying the rules and failing to send off a player.
Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Reading Vs Arsenal (2 – 5) [17/12/2012] 70% overall score (weighted), bias against both teams 16/84 but no wrong Important Decisions
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Sunderland v Arsenal (0 – 1) [09/02/2013]|
58% overall score (weighted) bias against both teams 11/89 and 2 wrong Important Decisions with Mr Taylor failing to send off two Sunderland players Cattermole in Min 21 and Larsson in Min 62. No cost to Arsenal in terms of points but a pathetically low score
The two Assistants Mr Burt and Mr Kirkup are both from Northamptonshire and I have no flags against either of them, I suspect they will have to be alert and prepared to advise Mr Taylor when he gets things too wrong.
For Stephen Martin this will be his fourth time as Fourth Official this year and his first visit to the Emirates. He is from Staffordshire and is on the National Group of Referees normally refereeing in the Football League.
- The Appearance of Mr Taylor in an Arsenal game is never a good sign. He is kind of a ‘light’ version of Dean.
- He does however have limits and if we can get a couple of goals quickly can then become relatively ‘honest’.
- Where a game remains tight then he is quite capable of fully influencing the outcome of a game by inventing reasons to send off Arsenal players or award penalties, awarding ‘phantom’ fouls giving attacking opportunities etc. He is not afraid of being quite blatant in his actions.
- He has an extremely well developed blind eye which he employs on the majority of fouls on our players. I am always glad at the end of his games if we have no-one injured and particularly fear for Özil as he will get absolutely no protection if Newcastle decide to kick him off the park.
- His competence numbers rarely rise above the minimum acceptable level of 70% and are frequently well below that level.
- His anti-Arsenal bias is legendary usually well above 80% against and frequently much higher.
- Penalties for Arsenal are not likely.
From the archives
- 2 January 1989: Arsène Wenger made his first visit to Highbury, dropping in to watch a match while returning to Monaco from watching a game in Turkey in preparation for a European tie. Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0. It launched his friendship with David Dein.
- 2 January 1993: For the second time in 22 years, Arsenal were drawn against Yeovil away in 3rd round of FA Cup, and once again go on to win the cup. Ian wright scored a hat trick in what was Cup Match 5 of Arsenal’s Cup Double season