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Ref Review: Arsenal – Man City

By Usama & Walter

ARSENAL vs. MANCHESTER CITY

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 17
  • DATE: 21st December 2015
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Andre Marriner
1st LINESMAN: John Brooks
2nd LINESMAN: Mick McDonough
4th OFFICIAL: Craig Pawson

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
01:19 Aleksander Kolarov (Man City) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Just as Koscienly tried to play a pass forward inside the center of the field Kolarov pulled him from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
04:08 Fernandinho (Man City) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Flamini made a pass to Ozil and just as he received the ball Fernandinho came from and charged and tripped Ozil inside the Man City’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
07:32 David Silva (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Silva stuck out a leg to tackle but tripped Ramsey in the process inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
08:17 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) David Silva (Man City) Ramsey lost and then quickly stuck out to tackle but tripped Silva in the process inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)
11:30 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was shielding the ball right near the left corner flag alongside Otamendi. Otamendi kept pulling Giroud’s shirt from behind to the extent of removing it. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
12:45 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott had intercepted the ball from De Bruyne inside the Arsenal’s half when De Bruyne made a very late sliding tackle from the side, with his studs catching Walcott on the right foot. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against De Bruyne for a reckless tackle made on Walcott which was not given by the referee.

 

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 ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAISNT KEVIN DE BRUYNE.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

18:51 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Aguero stuck out a leg and tripped Campbell inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

21:33 Fernandinho (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) The ball was slightly in mid-air inside the Man City’s half when Giroud tried to lift it up. At the same time Fernandinho came from the front and raised his foot higher the Giroud and caught Giroud on the left foot. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
23:33 Aleksander Kolarov (Man City) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Arsenal intercepted Man City’s corner kick and started a counter attack with Walcott and Ozil running forward. Ozil was running forward with the ball when Kolarov came from the front and stuck out a leg and tripped Ozil inside the Arsenal’s half and stopped Arsenal’s attack in the process. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Kolarov for committing a deliberate attack stopping foul, but no yellow card was 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 FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KOLAROV.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

24:56 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Yaya Toure (Man City) Giroud tripped Toure from behind inside the Man City’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)
28:02 David Silva (Man City) Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Flamini was trying to reach out for the ball inside the Arsenal’s half when made a very late and a scissor like two footed tackle clipping Flamini’s right leg. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Silva for a reckless tackle made on Flamini which was not given by the referee.

 

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 ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST DAVID SILVA.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

30:04 Aleksander Kolarov (Man City) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Kolarov tripped Campbell inside the center of the field, Campbell lost his balance but recovered at the same time.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
30:06 Fernandinho (Man City) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Just a second a Campbell recovered his balance and made another run forward Fernandinho came from the front and pushed him deliberately. Ozil who was nearby recovered the ball and continued the attack. The referee correctly played another advantage.

But the foul committed by Fernandinho was a deliberate and attack breaking one, and so he should have been yellow carded 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 ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

30:21 David Silva (Man City) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Mertesacker intercepted the ball but Silva pushed him inside the Arsenal’s half. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But the referee then gave a yellow card against Silva for committing three fouls in 30 minutes. The referee’s interpretation was poor in two of these three fouls. Silva should not have been yellow carded for this foul because this was his only second non-cautionable foul of the first half. Therefore he was not persistently infringing the Laws of the Game.

The yellow card which should have been awarded to Silva earlier for a reckless foul was wrongly awarded for this incident.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST DAVID SILVA

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

36:13 Aleksander Kolarov (Man City) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was trying to dribble past Kolarov on the right wing Kolarov, when Kolarov started flailing his hands and caught Campbell on the face. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given by the referee.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

38:51 Fabian Delph (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) A late trip by Delph on Ramsey on the right wing inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

42:54 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Slightly late standing tackle by Otamendi on Giroud inside the Man City’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

45:02 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) David Silva (Man City) Walcott pushed Silva in the back inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 9

Number of Correct Fouls for Man City – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 12 [12 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 5 [10 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
01:45 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Bacary Sagna (Man City) Giroud was in an offside position. The call was made by Assistant Ref John Brooks.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN CITY.

1 (OFFSIDE)
25:48 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) ???? (Man City) No correct angle or replay shown. Assumed correct. The call was made by Assistant Ref John Brooks.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN CITY.

1 (OFFSIDE)
38:47 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Aguero was in an offside position. The call was made by Assistant Ref Mick McDonough.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
43:46 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Ozil was in an offside position. The call was made by Assistant Ref John Brooks.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN CITY.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Man City – 3

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
32:42 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott scored from a long shot.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
45:53 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud scored from inside the box.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0


First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+2+1+2 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Man City – 3+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 6 = 20

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+2+1+6 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Man City – 3+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 18 + 6 = 24

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+4 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 1 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+8 = 12

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Man City – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 2 = 14

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 20/(20+9) = 68.9%

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 24/(24+14) = 63.1%

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
47:05 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was trying to receive a long pass inside the Arsenal’s half when Otamendi came rushing from behind and jumped in the back of Giroud with leading elbow.

 

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 ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST OTAMENDI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

52:21 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) De Bruyne jumped in the back of Walcott inside the Man City’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
53:42 Raheem Sterling (Man City) Sterling controlled the bouncing ball inside the Arsenal’s half with his right hand.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
54:02 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) David Silva (Man City) Just as Ramsey lost the ball to Silva inside the Arsenal’s half, he deliberately got in the way of Silva and blocked his run forward. The referee correctly gave a yellow card.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Ramsey for preventing the opponent from getting to the ball but he was not given a yellow card.

 

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 MAN CITY.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

55:42 Fernandinho (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Fernandinho charged in to the back of Ramsey inside the Man City’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
57:15 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Sergio Aguero (Man City) Koscienly made a slow sliding tackle on Aguero inside the Arsenal’s half but tripped Aguero before getting the ball. Assistant Ref John Brooks made the call.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)
58:50 Fernandinho (Man City) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Bellerin intercepted the ball from Fernandinho inside the center of the field, when Fernandinho started to pull and hold Bellerin back. But Bellerin kept moving forward and the referee correctly played an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a second yellow card against Fernandinho for committing his 4th non-cautionable foul in 60 minutes. This was an act of persistent fouling. This also means that he should have been sent off. No card was given by the referee.

 

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 ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FERNANDIHNO.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

60:08 Fernandinho (Man City) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was running forward towards the Man City’s penalty area when Fernandinho came charging from the side and took out Campbell by charging recklessly on to him. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a second yellow card against Fernandinho for a reckless and attack preventing challenge on Joel Campbell. This also means that Fernandinho should have been sent off by now again. No card was given by the referee.

 

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 SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

63:39 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) De Bruyne slightly tripped Ramsey from behind inside the Arsenal’s half, but Ramsey recovered.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
65:09 Bacary Sagna (Man City) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Sagna fell on Ozil who had control of the ball while challenging for the ball inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

70:44 Raheem Sterling (Man City)   Sterling and Mertesacker were in the Arsenal penalty box. Sterling dribbled past Mertesacker’s standing tackle but Mertesacker’s tackle made no contact with Sterling then threw himself to the ground and appealed for a penalty. This should have been a yellow card against Sterling for diving but was not given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

• Attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)

 

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAHEEM STERLING.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
71:35 Yaya Toure (Man City)   Toure and Ramsey were in the Arsenal penalty box. Toure dribbled past Ramsey’s standing tackle which made no contact at all. Toure then threw himself to the ground in a theatric manner and appealed for a penalty. This should have been a yellow card against Toure for diving but was not given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

• Attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)

 

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST YAYA TOURE.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
91:50 Yaya Toure (Man City) Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Chambers from trying to shield the ball within the playing distance inside the Arsenal’s half when Toure pulled him to the ground.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 7

Number of Correct Fouls for Man City – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Man City – 0

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 5 [10 points]

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Man City – 0

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

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
58:01 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Aguero was in an offside position. Assistant Ref John Brooks made the call.

CORRECT OFFISDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
81:35 Yaya Toure (Man City) Yaya Toure scored from a longshot.

CORRECT GOAL FOR MAN CITY.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Man City – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

 

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 7+2+1+1 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Man City – 2+1 = 3

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 11 + 3 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 7+2+2+1 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Man City – 2+3 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 5 = 17

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 6 + 1 = 7

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 8+6 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Man City – 2

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

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 14/(14+7) = 66.6%

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 17/(17+16) = 51.5%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 14+11 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Man City – 6+3 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 25 + 9 = 34

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 18+12 = 30

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Man City – 6+5 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 30 + 11 = 41

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 8+6 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Man City – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 14 + 2 = 16

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 12+14 = 26

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Man City – 2+2= 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 26 + 4 = 30

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 34/(34+16) = 68.1%

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  41/(41+30) = 57.7%

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

A bit of mixed feelings after this referee review. Excellent things mixed up with some bad things. And sometimes at the same moment in the match.

In the first 15 minutes the ref let two clear fouls go on Özil and one on Giroud. But the first real miss was when he didn’t book De Bruyne who planted his studs on the foot of Walcott who tried to run away with the ball. A late tackle making contact studs on the foot, should have been booked.

A bit later the ref again was showing no cards when Kolarov stopped Özil from launching a possible counter. Spotting the foul was well done from the ref but again no card.  And within the first half hour he let another player off the hook when Silva made a scissor tackle on Flamini. A reckless tackle but again the card was kept in the pocket.

He then later gave a card to Silva when he bumped in to Mertesacker… that was just a little foul but maybe the card was given for persistent fouling? He should have given the card for the scissor tackle and let this foul go without a card in our opinion.

Fernandinho also escaped when the ref gave an advantage after two attempted deliberate fouls on Campbell. Should have gone back to the foul when the ball was out of play and give a card then. Kolarov was also not punished when he used his hands against the face of Campbell to stop him going past him.

The goals from Arsenal were correct so no problem there for the ref.

The first half score was 68.9% and if we put weight on the decisions it goes to 63.1%.

In the second half he started with not giving Ramsey a yellow card for stopping Silva from starting a possible dangerous attack after Ramsey had lost the ball.  And he kept on keeping the yellow cards in his pocket when Fernandinho was pulling and grabbing Bellerin in order to prevent him to go on a run. That should have been his second yellow card.

And minutes later Fernandinho committed another deliberate foul when Campbell was on a run and just hacked him down again the cards stayed in the pocket.  The ref was determined to not give cards it seemed.

Then Manchester City started a kind of diving contest. First Sterling went down and not even a minute later Yaya Toure did the same in the Arsenal penalty area. On both occasions it was great from the ref to not fall for the dives but…. diving for a penalty and claiming a penalty after a dive should always result in a yellow card. Again the ref let it go without any card.  The good thing is he didn’t give a penalty for either dive.

The goal for City was a valid goal, no complaints about that.

The score in the second half was 66.6% but when we put weight on it the score drops to 51.5%. Mostly because of the not given yellow cards and certainly the ones for the dives are real bad moments for the ref.

The overall score over the 90 minutes was 68.1% and when we put weight on the decisions it drops to 57.7%.

The fact that he wanted to keep his cards in his pockets costing him a lot of points. His decision making for the fouls was rather fine and can even be called excellent but the next part in his job after calling the foul (or not calling it) was something that he didn’t do at all.

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Earlier today: 

And more anniversaries

  • ?4 January 1892  (Exact date uncertain, but very likely 4th or 5th) The court hearing in which George Davie takes club to court for wrongful dismissal.  Royal Arsenal win the case but the issue raises discussions concerning the ability of the committee to handle the complexities of running the club
  • 4 January 1896: Final game for David Howat (the man who was our first ever substituted player).  He played 72 times for Arsenal but what happened after he left the club is a total mystery.

 

12 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Man City

  • Usama Zaka

    Nicely summed up Walter. Andre Marriner’s foul decision making is fine compared to others but just like everyone else he failed in the cards department.

  • Gord

    Next EPL assignments are out, I am still looking for FA Cup assignments. We are _lucky_ enough to get Mike Jones for our visit to Liverpool.

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    19:45 Chelsea – West Brom _ _ _ _ _Anthony Taylor _ S Long _ _ _D Cann _ _ _P Tierney
    20:00 Liverpool – Arsenal _ _ _ _ _Mike Jones _ _ _ G Beswick _ A Garratt _ R Madley
    19:45 Man City – Everton _ _ _ _ _ Roger East _ _ _ S Beck _ _ _H Lennard _ M Oliver
    19:45 Southampton – Watford _ _ _ _Craig Pawson _ _ D Bryan _ _ M Scholes _ K Friend
    20:00 Spurs – Leicester _ _ _ _ _ _Lee Mason _ _ _ _L Betts _ _ I Hussin _ _J Moss
    19:45 Stoke – Norwich _ _ _ _ _ _ _Neil Swarbrick _ S Ledger _ _M Salisbury M Clattenburg
    19:45 Swansea – Sunderland _ _ _ _ Andre Marriner _ M Mullarkey M Perry _ _ G Scott

  • Gord

    Thanks for the report Walter.

  • Pete

    Gord – Can you or someone remind me of our record under Jones? See he comes from Cheshire which is not a good start as that ain’t far from Liverpool (or Manchester)… A Yorkshire or North-East ref would surely be more appropriate (obviously wouldn’t get anyone further south than that…)? Wikipedia states:

    “…On 1 January 2015 Jones awarded Liverpool two disputed penalties in a 2–2 draw with Leicester City. Liverpool’s first penalty was given for a handball against Wes Morgan, though replays showed the ball clearly struck Morgan in the face.”

  • Pete

    And this blogetta claims he does in fact support…. Liverpool:

    http://sabotagetimes.com/football/who-does-howard-webb-really-support

  • Usama Zaka

    Mike Jones is from Cheshire, North West England. Cheshire is nearby Merseyside. This adds weight to the thought that he supports Liverpool.

  • bjtgooner

    Another excellent review.

    With a weighted score of 57.7% and a bias of 26:4 against Arsenal – it would be hard for anyone to suggest Marriner was fit for purpose.

    Re our Liverpool match – keep an eye on Garrett – the man who “failed” to see the “hand of Vidic”.

  • It's Grim Oop North

    Cheshire is a mere tram ride away from Manchester – Altrincham and district is in Cheshire, and almost all the residents support either City or United, so maybe you ought to worry about the bias coming from a different direction?

    Certainly outside of North London just about everyone cannot stand the Arsenal to do well, no wonder you never get any decisions going your way, I would be very concerned if i was a Gooner 🙂

  • serge

    Pete

    Sabotage Times? C’mon now!
    I still make him a Rotherham supporter.
    Anyway what difference does it make now?

  • Pete

    Grim – My Northern geography isn’t the best, but I should have been clearer that he apparently comes from Chester. Which on my map is much closer to Liverpool than Manchester…

    Serge – there is not much we can do other than highlight potential issues as much as we can in the hope that the media, fans etc take it up. In this case, it may curtail obvious signs of bias and/or make PIGMOB think twice about making future appointments involving Jones and Liverpool.

  • Florian

    I would also add that Jones is a “no-balls” home ref, who is likely to call the fouls and card the players unevenly based on their shirt color. The latest matches he reffed with us (not “for” us 😉 were unbalanced contests anyway, so he didn’t have much influence on the final result, even if he tilted the pitch as much as he could (last year’s Leicester game at Emirates).

  • the mickster

    Good review, and pretty much as I saw it, he called most things correctly, apart from the Cambell face thing, athough the lino could of helped there.
    He did seem reluctant to get his cards out, which I feel generally suits the away side, it will be fascinating to see how lenient Jones is against the mickey mousers !