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Ref Review : Southampton – Arsenal

By Usama & Walter

SOUTHAMPTON vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 18
  • DATE: 26th December 2015
  • VENUE: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Jon Moss
1st LINESMAN: Michael Mullarkey
2nd LINESMAN: Stephen Child
4th OFFICIAL: Graham Scott

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
04:16 Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was about to receive the ball on the turn inside the Southampton’s half when Van Dijk tripped him from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
13:00 James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Ward-Prowse pushed Walcott in the back inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
15:01 Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was trying to reach out to a long ball forward inside the center of the field when Van Dijk came from the side and pushed Giroud down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
20:13 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Southampton) Ramsey attempted a late tackle from behind but slightly caught Mane who kept running forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
22:49 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Shane Long (Southampton) Long was try to receive the ball in the air inside the center of the field when Koscienly came charging in from the back and charged in to Long with a leading elbow. This should have been a foul for Southampton but no foul was given. This also should have been a yellow card against Koscienly for a reckless challenge.

 

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

 

NO FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KOSCIENLY.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

26:20 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Shane Long (Southampton) Both players were trying to challenge for the header inside the Arsenal’s half when Koscienly leading arm caught Long in the face before he headed the ball. This should have been a foul for Southampton but no foul was given

NO FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

-1 (FOUL)
28:05 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Southampton) Flamini jumped in the back of Mane before heading the ball inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
30:09 Shane Long (Southampton) Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Long charged in to Flamini from the left side inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
30:52 Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil received a pass and tried to turn quickly when Wanyama came from behind and pushed Ozil using the both of his hands. This occurred inside the center of the field. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
31:21 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Steven Davis (Southampton) Ozil tripped Davis inside the Southampton’s half but Southampton recovered the ball and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
32:58 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Ramsey attempted a tackle from behind but slightly caught Wanyama who kept on running.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
33:10 Shane Long (Southampton) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Mertesacker was shielding the bouncing inside the Arsenal’s penalty box from Long when Long came in and shoved Mertesacker from behind and then pulled him to the down round before getting to the ball.

 

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.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST LONG.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

36:16 Shane Long (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Long left a trailing arm which hits Koscienly in the face while challenging for the header.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

44:46 Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil tried to play a 1-2 pass from Giroud inside the Southampton’s half when Wanyama clearly obstructed Ozil’s run and stopped him without even looking at the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
44:54 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Southampton) Ramsey pushed Mane to the ground from the side inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for Southampton – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Southampton – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Southampton – 3

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Southampton – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Southampton – 1

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

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
00:25 Shane Long (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Long was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
05:38 Shane Long (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Long was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
06:37 Shane Long (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Long was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

18:16 Steven Davis Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Just as Jordi Clasie made the pass, Davis was very slightly in an offside position, with his shoulders ahead of Koscienly. This should have been an offside for Arsenal but no offside was given by Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey.

NO OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)

 

Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Offsides for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
18:25 Cuco Martina (Southampton) REFER to OFFSIDE at Minute 18:16 The buildup of attacking play from that offside pass allowed Southampton to score a goal. The referees wrongly gave a goal against Arsenal.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+1+3 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Southampton – 2+3 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 9 + 5 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+2+3 = 10

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 10 + 5 = 15

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 3+1+1 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Southampton – 2+1 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 5 + 3 = 8

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

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

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 4 = 11

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 14/(14+8) = 63.6%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 15/(15+11) = 57.6%

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
48:54 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Southampton) Mane was running forward with the ball on the counter attack inside the Arsenal’s half, when Koscienly charged in to him, totally missing the ball and committed an attack breaking foul. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a second yellow card against Koscienly for committing a deliberate attack breaking foul. This also means that by now Koscienly should have been sent off, but no cards were given against Koscienly.

 

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 SOUTHAMPTON.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST KOSCIENLY.

NO RED CARD AGAINST KOSCIENLY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

51:30 Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was trying to head the goal kick taken by Cech inside the Southampton’s half when Wanyama came jumping in from behind with leading arms and caught Giroud in the face. This should have been a foul for Arsenal nut no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
53:20 James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)   Ward-Prowse was trying to shield the ball from Monreal within playing distance just outside the Arsenal’s penalty area. Ward-Prowse then suddenly went down without any foul contact from Monreal (push, pull, trip, kick, charge, shove) This was a clear act of simulation and Ward-Prowse should have received a yellow card but no card was 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 WARD-PROWSE FOR DIVING.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
53:51 Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) While applying pressure on Campbell inside the Arsenal’s half, Bertrand pushed him from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
54:15 Shane Long (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Southampton were on the counter attack with Mane and Long forward. Mertesacker and Koscienly were the defending players behind. It was a 2v2 situation. After receiving the pass from midfield Long passed it to Mane on the right wing. Just after the pass both Koscienly and Long were looking to get in the box to defend and attack respectively.

 

Koscienly who slightly ahead of Long was clearly tripped from behind by Long just outside the Arsenal’s penalty box. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
58:23 James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal was trying to control the ball inside the center of the field when Ward-Prowse brought him with a left arm in the face. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
61:49 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) While to receive the pass Campbell accidentally tripped Bertrand outside the Southampton penalty area.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
62:44 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Cuco Martina (Southampton) While trying to intercept the high bouncing ball inside the center of the field both players raised their foot high. But Walcott slightly caught Martina on the right foot.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
72:08 Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey had just won the ball from Mane inside the center of the field when Wanyama came sliding in and took out Ramsey with a reckless tackle. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Wanyama for committing a deliberate reckless foul which the referee did not give.

 

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

 

Just as the tackle was made on Ramsey by Wanyama, Ramsey got up and tried to play a free kick when Wanyama intentionally and deliberately attempted to kick Ramsey in the groin region with the studs of the left foot. This was a clear act of Violent Conduct by Wanyama. He should have been sent off but was not.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 129

Violent Conduct

A player is guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball.

 

He is also guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against a team-mate, spectator, match official or any other person.

 

Violent conduct may occur either on the field of play or outside its boundaries, whether the ball is in play or not.

 

Advantage should not be applied in situations involving violent conduct unless there is a clear subsequent opportunity to score a goal. The referee must send off the player guilty of violent conduct when the ball is next out of play.

 

Referees are reminded that violent conduct often leads to mass confrontation, therefore they must try to avert this with active intervention.

A player, substitute or substituted player who is guilty of violent conduct must be sent off.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST WANYAMA FOR RECKLESS TACKLE.

NO RED CARD AGAINST WANYAMA FOR VIOLENT CONDUCT.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

73:22 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Steven Davis (Southampton) Just as Davis passed the ball inside the Southampton’s half Monreal mistimed his tackle and tripped Davis.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
73:59 Steven Davis (Southampton) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey was controlling the ball inside the Arsenal’s half and made a pass to a teammate when Davis mistimed his tackle and tackle Ramsey instead. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
74:10 Oriol Romeu (Southampton) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Romeu tripped Chamberlain from behind inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
75:17 Oriol Romeu (Southampton) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was controlling the ball inside the center of the field when Romeu came in with tackle and failed to kick the ball thereby tripped Giroud. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
75:53 Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal was trying to run forward with the ball when Wanyama pulled Monreal by the arms and tripped inside the Southampton’s half. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a second yellow card against Wanyama for persistently fouling by committing 4th non-cautionable foul of the game. This also means that by now Wanyama should have been sent off, but the referee did not give any cards.

 

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 FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST WANYAMA FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

NO RED CARD AGAINST WANYAMA.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

78:06 Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Just as Giroud was about to head the ball inside the Southampton’s half, Van Dijk pushed him from behind. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

84:15 Calum Chambers (Southampton) Oriol Romeu (Southampton) While running forward to tackle Chambers slipped and fell down on Romeu thus bringing him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)

 

85:39 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Juanmi (Southampton) Juanmi was moving with the ball inside the Southampton’s half when shoved down by Chamberlain.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)

 

87:06 Juanmi (Southampton) Calum Chambers (Southampton) Chambers was running with the ball inside the center of the field when Juanmi tried to tackle him but caught him slightly. Chambers recovered and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
89:26 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Shane Long (Southampton) Koscienly tripped Long from behind while challenging for the bouncing ball inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for Southampton – 7

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 12 [12 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 5

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 5 [5 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Southampton – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 4 [8 points]

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Southampton – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 3 [9 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
49:37 Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal)

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal)

Van Dijk was head and shoulders well ahead of Flamini and Koscienly just as the free kick was delivered. Van Dijk scored from the header. But then the Assistant Ref Stephen Child made a very quick and correct decision to disallow the goal.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
63:32 Shane Long (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Long was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stephen Child made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
80:09 Sadio Mane (Southampton) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) No correct angle or replay shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Stephen Child made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
86:40 Shane Long (Southampton) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Long was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stephen Child made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Offsides for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
49:37 Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) REFER to OFFSIDES Minute 49:37

CORRECT DISALLOWED GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

3 (DISALLOWED GOAL)
54:20 Shane Long (Southampton) REFER to FOULS at Minute 54:15 The foul made by Long allowed him to run freely in the box without defenders trying to stop and score a goal. The referees clearly allowed a wrong goal against Arsenal.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-3 (GOAL)
68:20 Jose Fonte (Southampton) REFER to GOALKICKS/CORNER at Minute 67:39 The wrong corner kick awarded by the referees allowed Southampton to score from it. The referees clearly allowed a wrong goal against Arsenal.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-3 (GOAL)
91:35 Shane Long (Southampton) Long scored a clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

3 (GOAL)
   
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Goals for Southampton – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Goals against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 2 [6 points]

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
67:39 Goal Kick Jose Fonte (Southampton) Fonte played a long ball forward towards Koscienly and Long. Koscienly successfully shielded the ball from Long within playing distance and allowed the ball to leave field. But then the referee and Assistant Ref Stephen Child give corner kick which was the wrong decision because the ball did not touch Koscienly or Long, the last touch clearly came off Jose Fonte. This should have been a goal kick for Arsenal not a corner kick.

WRONG CORNER AGAINST ARSENAL.

Number of Incorrect Corners against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Corners against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Corners – 1 [1 points]

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+1+4+1 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Southampton – 7+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 11 + 8 = 19

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+1+4+3 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Southampton – 7+3 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 13 + 10 = 23

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+3+2+2+1 = 13

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Southampton – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 13 + 2 = 15

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 5+6+6+6+1 = 24

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Southampton – 2+3 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 24 + 5 = 29

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 19/(19+15) = 55.8%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+29) = 44.2%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+11 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Southampton – 5+8 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 20 + 13 = 33

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 10+13 = 23

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Southampton – 5+10 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 23 + 15 = 38

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+13 = 18

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Southampton – 3+2 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 18 + 5 = 23

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 7+24 = 31

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Southampton – 4+5= 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 31 + 9 = 40

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 33/(33+23) = 58.9%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  38/(38+40) = 48.7%

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 COLOUR.

NOTE: The word ‘FOR’ is used to show IN FAVOUR OF.

This match not only turned out a nightmare for Arsenal but it also was a nightmare for referee Moss. On a few occasions in the past praised as one of the best in the PL by Untold reviews, this time he had an absolutely shocking performance.  Not just his fault but still…. he pays the price.

We know Moss lets go a lot of fouls at times and this time he was really letting too much go. And in this case at the start he was letting too much go from Koscielny who also had a nightmare in this match. Koscielny should have been booked for fouls on Long but the ref let it go.

From Southampton players he let fouls go from Van Dijck and Wanyama on more than one occasion. But the most important decision was of course the fact that they (he and his assistant) missed the offside from Davis in the build up for the first Southampton goal. That put Southampton in a very comfortable position for the rest of the match. And alas for the ref there was worse to come.

First half score was 63.6 % and when we put weight on the decisions it goes down to 57.6%.

Early in the second half Moss should have given Koscielny a second yellow card when he made a late tackle on Mane. Poor work from Moss who hadn’t booked him in the first half and now again let it go.

Wanyama also continued his fouling and Moss continued missing them. Ward-Prowse dived to win a free kick and again Moss missed the chance to give a yellow card.

The worst moment for me was the second Southampton goal. Mane was on his own with no player near him that could make a foul and close to the assistant. So Moss had that position covered by the assistant who could have signalled any foul to him as it was close to the assistant. But Moss kept looking in the direction of Mane and thereforE missed Long tripping Koscielny in the middle of the field. Mane passed to Long who had an easy tap in as Koscielny was fouled by him before. That was bad technical refereeing. Really, really bad.  A second goal that shouldn’t have counted but was given by the officials.

Surely a third one couldn’t be give but it was. Koscielny shielded a ball out for a goal kick but the ref gave a corner. A wrong decision and as Southampton scored from the corner this was the third goal for Southampton that shouldn’t have counted. I really cannot remember this happening before in our reviews.

Southampton leading with 3-0 and all goals should have been disallowed. Unseen before.

Not unseen before was the lenient way of Mr. Moss handing Wanyama. Wanyama making a reckless foul on Ramsey was already enough to see him yellow carded. But then Wanyama tried to kick Ramsey in the groin region. That was an act of violent conduct. Even just attempting it should be punished with a red card. But missed again by the ref.

The rest of the match was more or less the same with some Southampton players having a licence to foul and not get cards no matter what they did.

Oh Southampton did score a valid goal in extra time. One can wonder if the other goals would have been disallowed if Arsenal would have played like they did at that moment in the match…. I’m rather sure that if it would have been 0-0 we would have seen another performance from some Arsenal players.

The second half score for the ref was 55.8% and when we put weight on the decisions it sinks to a very low 44.2%.

Looking back at the whole match he got a score of 58.9% and if we put weight on the decisions his score sinks to 48.7%.

After the slight euphoria that got to us after having seen two more or less excellent reviews with even perfect scores in some halves we are back to the level of unacceptability from some PGMO referees.

This was there with the performances from Dean and other Atkinsons we have seen before. A really dreadful day from the whole trio on the day. It will be interesting to see when Arsenal get 3 wrongly awarded goals in their favour because well… it evens out over the season they have told us in their fairy tail world. 

Some more anniversaries

  • 5 January 1939  Ted Platt, the man who became our wartime keeper, signed for Arsenal, aged 17.  Arsenal had an obvious regular first choice goalkeeper in George Swindin, and a reserve in Alex Wilson who had joined the club in 1933.  Ted Platt was one for the future, but of course the future of football was postponed.
  • 5 January 1946: Joe Wade debut in the FA Cup which this season was played on home/away basis.  Arsenal lost 6-0 to WHU in first leg.  Joe only played irregularly but was part of the championship winning season the following year.

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20 comments to Ref Review : Southampton – Arsenal

  • Wolfgang

    No wonder Arsenal have a problem winning matches and with it the epl.
    Send this to the FA and Ref head and hope they would analyse and digest and take the appropriate action ,retrospective if need be,against errant officials.
    I have alsway maintain these officials think they are god . That’s why unless crucial errors are eliminated,we will have mo deciding who wins in football.

  • roy nutt

    best and only way is to sue the referee and linesmen for professional incompetence if a club wins in an open court and get compensation and a restraining order they don’t have to allow these referees into their grounds again

  • Gord

    Selected FA Cup appointments

    Sat 9th Jan 2016
    Arsenal v Sunderland AFC
    Officials: Martin Atkinson, M Scholes, M Wilkes, L Collins

    Fri 8th Jan 2016
    Exeter City FC v Liverpool FC
    Officials: Stuart Attwell, J Brooks, D Bryan, T Robinson

    Birmingham City F C v AFC Bournemouth
    Officials: Michael Jones, R West, J Mainwaring, D Handley

    Ipswich Town F.C. v Portsmouth FC
    Officals: David Coote, C Brook, N Davies, M George

    Manchester United FC (First Team) v Sheffield United FC
    Officials: Andre Marriner, A Nunn, S Burt, J Adcock

    Norwich City FC v Manchester City FC
    Officials: Michael Dean, S Bennett, J Collin, P Gibbs

    West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
    Officials: Anthony Taylor, C Hatzidakis, A Hopkins, K Johnson

    Chelsea v Scunthorpe United FC
    Officials: Craig Pawson, H Lennard, E Smart, L Mason

    Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City FC
    Officials: Robert Madley, A Holmes, M Mullarkey, R East

  • Pete

    Gord – Bloomin’ eck. At least Fat Sam has declared that he will be fielding a weakened side (we hope…).

  • Wolfgang
    You`re having a laugh !
    The FA review and analyse after the event,without being obliged, you must be joking!
    You are right of course that it should be reviewed, but it ain`t going to happen
    Dream on

  • Gord

    Pete, I didn’t make them. Apparently these have been known for a while, but it was hard (for me) to find them. I still don’t know where at TheFA they are. I put up ours, some of the competition, and others where Gunners might be playing (loanees).

  • redgun

    Bizarre detail for such trivial issues that cannot now be changed or over turned.
    Yes the first was maginally offside, but Merts should have cleared it better, yes the second was a trip or tangle of legs – but by your reckoning, LK would not have been on the pitch by then anyway – so he would not have touched the ball for the corner for the third goal, but TV replays show he did.
    Too much emphasis has been placed on officials and their errors and not enough on a really poor performance from Arsenal – which was totally reflected in the score.

  • Usama Zaka

    Atkinson for Saturday !?!

    http://www.hobokenpersonaltrainer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/oh-no-baby.jpg

    Given his horrible history against us in the league, I hope that he tries to do a fair job in the FA cup at least.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Gord,
    Thanks for the news re the referees for Saturday, I’ve been trying for days to find them without any success. The FA site lives up to itch initials! To be honest I was expecting Dean.

  • Pete

    I’m not sure if this is right, but I have sensed that PIGMOB referees in the FA Cup officiate in a more liberated manner. Possibly because they don’t have Riley (and possibly darker figures) breathing down their neck?

    We shall see.

  • Redgun I think if you read other articles on the site you will find that they cover the factors you have mentioned, and if you read the background to the story you might see quite why we go into detail.

  • bjtgooner

    A good review once again and once again the PGMO rep was not fit for purpose – a weighted score of 48.7% is a real disaster.

    Three wrong goal decisions – how bad can it get!

    In any other walk of life the employer would be considering the issue of a P45 – always assuming the employer was straight and not getting his employees to deliberately bend the rules!

    Re fat Sam’s recent utterances – I am not sure what he is up to, he may be trying to make excuses in advance or maybe trying to lull AW (who has an even more congested fixture list) into largely playing the under 21s.

    I suggest that no-one expect a fair deal from Atkinson – then you won’t be disappointed!

  • Al

    This kind of incompetence is unacceptable, in any other profession this would lead to a sacking.

    Pete
    Maybe so, but remember that FA cup final v Wigan where we were denied 5 penalties… these guys are always up to no good, anywhere.

  • Gord

    It’s kind of odd, it is now the end of Tuesday in the UK, and other than me stumbling across the appointments list, there is still no news on who is officiating any of the FA Cup games. And the first set of games are on Friday. Are they planning to publish this Friday morning?

  • Al

    It seems if we don’t get Atkinson in a fixture vs chelski we get him a few games before that…, is that designed to weaken us; via a suspension or allowing a player or two to be hacked to pieces?

  • Florian

    This is worse than tossing a coin. Moss’ incompetence/indecision/bias was visible even on the live stream, and funny enough the NBC Sports commentators highlighted a few events, including the offside before the 1st goal, and the wrongly allowed corner that led to the 3rd goal. Still can’t get over the aaa-type that were claiming that “there wasn’t enough offside” or “we should have defended better”. But I guess I’m not saying anything new 😐

  • Chris

    Funny,

    I quite regularly see Untold links on the NewsNow.co.uk feed site.
    But i have NEVER seen a link to a ref review….
    On the other hand they link to all sorts of crap
    Which can only mean they do not want to show these reviews.

    Old boys club…..

  • finsbury

    It’s plain for all to see.

    Fascinating observation from Chris above, thanks.
    And thanks for the reviews too. Much appreciated.

  • OlegYch

    it seems you mixed up some goal/nongoal decisions
    arsenal conceded four, three of them were incorrectly given

  • OlegYch

    first one on minute 15 was from an offside pass
    there was a probably correctly ruled out goal around that time (Long pushed Mertesacker afair)
    i don’t remember the nongoal decision after offside around 49:37 so not sure if it was correct or not
    second one was after a foul by Long
    third one was after an incorrect corner