by Andrew Crawshaw
The statistics – all in one place
In the first half of the season the PGMO have used 19 referees in the Premier League. There have been 190 games in total so, if all referees had been given an equal workload, one would expect the an average of about 10 games per referee.
In the PGMO ‘real’ world, Martin Atkinson has been the busiest with 18, Simon Hooper was seen in the opening week and has since disappeared into a black hole. Nine referees have done fewer than 10 games and five have done three or less.
Aston Villa must be as sick of Mike Dean as we are, and West Ham fed up with seeing Martin Atkinson – both have done four of their games the most of any combination of Team and Referee. Whilst I’m glad it hasn’t been us this year, four times in 19 games is ridiculous. Neil Swarbrick has had only six games yet half of them have been for Swansea – how in God’s name can that be allowed to happen!
Looking at the referees in descending order of games refereed
|Games||Multiple visits||Home County FA|
|Martin Atkinson||18||Chelsea, West Brom||West Ham||West Riding (Yorkshire)|
|Mike Dean||16||Norwich, West Brom,||Aston Villa||Cheshire|
|Anthony Taylor||16||Liverpool, West Ham||Cheshire|
|Mark Clattenberg||15||Chelsea, Man City, Man United,||Durham|
|Craig Pawson||14||Everton, Leicester, Liverpool||Sheffield & Hallamshire (Yorkshire)|
|Robert Madley||13||Man City, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea||West Riding (Yorkshire)|
|Jonathan Moss||13||Arsenal||West Riding (Yorkshire)|
|Kevin Friend||11||Leicestershire and Rutland|
|Graham Scott||2||Berks and Bucks|
Phil Dowd and Lee Probert are included in the Select Group but neither have been seen as a referee this season.
Here at Untold we have always held the position that no team should have any referee more than twice in a season, once at home and once away and that the PGMO should ensure that it has sufficient referees on it’s rosta to ensure that that happens. The fact that there are 22 entries in the above table that exceed this criteria in the first half of the season alone is a damming indictment of the competency of that organisation.
Simon Hooper is on the National Group Referees list rather than the Premier League Select List. His one game was Norwich (1) v Crystal Palace (3) on 8 August. There seem to have been two controversial moments. In Min 73 Jerome ‘scored’ with an overhead kick only to have the effort penalised for a high foot. Jerome made a great contact woth the ball which he met cleanly, he them made contact with the head of the Palace No2 who was aiming to head the ball to safety. The defender was behind Jerome and out of sight at the time the ball was kicked.
Pundits called the decision controversial, to me there are arguments both for and against the decision. The second was a not given penalty to Norwich towards the end of the game and here I think that Mr Hooper was wrong. For a definitive answer I asked Walter for his opinion and here is his answer :-
“The situation with the disallowed goal is something they talk about in the referee course in Belgium where I referee: when a player scores like that give him that goal unless he went in studs forward against a defender. This really wasn’t the case here. Should have been a goal for Norwich.
“The penalty was also a clear penalty for me. Palace defender just barges into the back of the attacker without even playing the ball after that. Really piss poor from the ref to not give a penalty. As you say I would be spitting blood if this would happen to an Arsenal player.
“So a bad performance from this ref who is otherwise unknown to me. Each ref can have a bad day so I would give him another chance but he has to become better than what he showed in that match.”
Unlikely then that we will see Mr Hooper refereeing at the Emirates anytime soon and Norwich were right to feel aggrieved at the outcome of the game. Here are the links to the videos of the incidents
Graham Scott is included in the Select Group Referees List. He has only refereed two games so far this year, Sunderland (0) v Watford (1) in matchweek 16 and Norwich v A Villa in week 19. To get a second game so soon Graham must have pleased the PGMO, and the text reviews of the Sunderland game don’t indicate anything controversial. One yellow card no reds or penalties and the goal was good.
Keith Stroud is another referee on the National Group list. He has done two games, Crystal Palace (2) v Aston Villa (1) matchweek 3 and Watford (2) v West Ham (0) in week 11. In the first game a not given penalty to Palace and a goal (rightly) ruled out for offside were the two main talking points. In the second game there were no complaints from either manager so I guess that we may well see more games from Keith in the coming weeks and months.
Stuart Attwell – Three games in weeks 5, 6 and 14. No adverse comments from any of the managers involved so again someone we are likely to see more of. He became the youngest ever Premier League referee in 2008 but following a string of poor performances was dropped from the Select List in 2012. Would seem to be slowly working his way back. His County FA is not listed in the FA official site for some reason.
Paul Tierney – Another “probie” from the National Group Referees list with three games in weeks 2, 9 and 12. A penalty shout against Huth was waved away in the Southampton v Leicester game in week 9, apart from that nothing terribly controversial so I would think he will get more games this season.
Moving up the games done list we come to
Neil Swarbrick – six games, three for Swansea (all away games) that’s half of his games! Ridiculous programming and open to all kinds of interpretation. Sunderland 1 Swansea 1 on 22 August, Villa 1 Swansea 2 on 24 October and Palace v Swansea on 28 December. No reason, as far as I can see why he shouldn’t get more games. No Arsenal game yet this season so no reviewed games.
Lee Mason – nine games including two Arsenal.
66% overall, bias 10/90 and 2 not given penalties to Arsenal
|Referee Review: Arsenal – Everton|
58% overall, bias 72/28, Deulofeu not sent off and penalty to Arsenal not given. Poor refereeing and well below the 70% minimum acceptable level.
Roger East – 11 games, 1 Arsenal. 67% overall, bias 69/31. Another performance probably better than the numbers suggest. A game of few fouls so as Walter says “errors count double”. Two penalties missed, one for each team and a yellow card not given for a professional foul by Smith on the Ox.
Kevin Friend – 11 games, 1 Arsenal.
|Ref Review: Swansea – Arsenal|
74% overall, bias 40/60 and a not given penalty to Swansea. Acceptable refereeing with a rare Important Decision in favour of Arsenal.
Andre Marriner – 11 games, 2 Arsenal.
|Ref Review : Newcastle – Arsenal|
76% overall, bias 33/67. Thauvin should have been sent off and a not given penalty to Arsenal. Acceptable refereeing.
68% overall, bias 87/13. Determined not to give cards, 7 yellow and 2 second yellow cards not given. This laxity cost him a lot of points in this game. Below the minimum acceptable level of 70%.
Mike Jones – 13 games, 1 Arsenal.
|Ref Review : Watford – Arsenal|
68% overall, bias 10/90 Capoe should have been sent off and not given penalty to Arsenal. Below the minimum acceptable level of 70%
Michael Oliver – 13 games, 1 Arsenal
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool|
67%, bias 90/10. Aaron Ramsey goal wrongly ruled out for offside, Lucas and Mignolet should both have been sent off. Below the mininum acceptable level of 70%.
Jonathan Moss – 13 games, 3 Arsenal
|Ref Review Arsenal – Stoke|
71%, bias 100/0. Not given penalty and Pieters should have been sent off right at the end of the game.
|Ref Review : Norwich – Arsenal|
57%, bias 8/92. O’Neill and Bennett should both have been sent off. Alexis pushed into camera pit whilst airborne, still not fit. Terrible refereeing.
49%, bias 22/78, Koscielny and Wanyama (twice) should have been sent off, the first three ‘goals’ for Southampton should all have been ruled out – the first for offside, the second for a foul and the third because a corner kick was incorrectly awarded instead of a goal kick. The fourth ‘goal’ was valid.
If Moss carries on like this his performance will begin single figures before the season ends and his performances used to be among the best, he has now entered into Dean/Atkinson territory.
Robert Madley – 13 games, 1 Arsenal
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Sunderland|
90% overall only 2 wrong decisions all game, one of them a non given penalty to Arsenal. The best refereeing in the first half of the season by a distance – well done and come again.
Craig Pawson – 14 games, 1 Arsenal
|Ref Review: Leicester – Arsenal, good performance from the ref|
84% overall, bias 20/80 but very few mistakes and none that were Important. Good refereeing as with Robert Madley please come again.
Mark Clattenberg – 15 Games, 1 Arsenal.
|Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal|
42% overall, bias 9/91. Ollson and Morrison should both have been sent off, Olsson should have been penalised for a penalty, the Penalty that was correctly awarded should have been retaken due to encroachment and the goal that West Brom scored in Min 34 was from a ‘Phantom’ foul and shouldn’t have counted. Apalling refereeing that directly cost us points.
Anthony Taylor – 16 Games, 1 Arsenal
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Man Utd,|
59% overall, bias 97/3. Not awarded penalty for Arsenal and Schweinsteiger and Fellaini should both have been sent off. Terrible refereeing
Mike Dean – 16 games, 1 Arsenal
|Ref Review : Chelsea – Arsenal.|
41% overall, bias 5/95. Too many errors to list. Suffice to say a petition for him never to referee another Arsenal game got over 100,000 signatures. He ensured that the three points were given to Chelsea rather than Arsenal.
Martin Atkinson – 18 games, 2 Arsenal.
|ARSENAL vs. WEST HAM UNITED|
54% Overall, bias 100/0, Tomkins and Noble should both have been sent off, West Ham ‘goal’ in Min 43 was from a free kick for a ‘phantom’ foul and should never have been given. A game we would probably have drawn rather than lost
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Tottenham|
41% overall, bias 82/18. Equal worst refereeing of the half season with Mike Dean. Vertonghen, Dier and Giroud should all have been dismissed, Arsenal should have had three penalties. Another game where the referee decided Arsenal weren’t going to win the game and manipulated it accordingly.
So the more games the referees were given by the PGMO, the worst were their performances in their games for Arsenal. A damming inditement of all of the so-called Senior Referees none of whom should ever be allowed to officiate in an Arsenal game again. Of course they are probably only following orders from their PGMO puppet masters.
Gold Medal for the best referee in the first half of the season goes to Robert Madley for the Arsenal v Sunderland game – only two wrong decisions all game.
Raspberries awarded jointly to Martin Atkinson and Mike Dean both of whom scored an appallingly low score of 41%.
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