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Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth

By Usama & Walter

ARSENAL vs. BOURNEMOUTH

COMPETITION: English Premier League

MATCH NO. 19

DATE: 28th December 2015

VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Roger East
1st LINESMAN: Lee Betts
2nd LINESMAN: Darren Cann
4th OFFICIAL: Darren Deadman

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
10:34 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) Both players were looking to head the ball inside the center of the field. Surman won the header the cleanly with Giroud within touching distance after moving in from behind. But the referee called a foul against Arsenal. This should not been a foul against and the play should have carried on because Giroud did not commit any foul contact (push, pull, charge, shove…)

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
12:59 Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Chamberlain was dribbling at speed inside the Arsenal’s half and dribble past Arter when he fell after mixing up his own feet. This should not have been a foul against Bournemouth because there was no foul contact from Arter, it was Chamberlain who fell down through his own error.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST BOURNEMOUTH.

-1 (FOUL)
15:07 Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Both players were looking to reach out to the open ball inside the Bournemouth’s half. Gosling was first to the ball and got it cleanly but was slightly tripped by Chambers, who was late.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
16:19 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Walcott intercepted the ball from Smith inside the Arsenal’s penalty area when Smith pulled him back from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
17:54 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) Gibbs slightly tripped and collided with Ritchie inside the Bournemouth’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
20:04 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) Bellerin made a slow sliding tackle from the side but failed to get the ball and brought down Pugh in a harmless manner.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
29:16 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Ramsey lost the ball inside the Arsenal’s half to Gosling and then deliberately stopped Gosling from by tripping and grabbing his legs.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

32:19 Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Just as Ozil received the pass inside the Arsenal’s half, Surman came from behind and pushed Ozil down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
38:49 Joshua King (Bournemouth) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Chamberlain tried to head the bouncing ball when King shoved him in the back inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
40:19 Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Just as Ramsey turned quickly with the ball inside the Bournemouth’s half, Gosling came from behind and pushed Ramsey down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
41:29 Joshua King (Bournemouth) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Mertesacker was trying to head the ball inside the Bournemouth’s half when King pushed him from the front. Arsenal recovered the ball and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

44:15 Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Chamberlain was running at high speed inside the Bournemouth’s half when Smith deliberately charged into Chamberlain preventing him from getting to ball forward and stopped the attack. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Smith for a clear attack breaking foul and deliberate act of preventing the player from getting to the ball. 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 ADAM SMITH.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

45:53 Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Ozil played a long ball inside the Bournemouth’s penalty box. Giroud and Francis were in the box. Giroud tried to receive the ball when Francis grabbed and pulled Giroud from behind using both of his hands. Then removing his hands to show innocence and then pulling Giroud back again using his left hand. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but was not given.

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

-3 (PENALTY)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Bournemouth – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 6 [6 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Bournemouth – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Bournemouth – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
   

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
26:46 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Gabriel scored a header from Ozil’s corner.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
05:58 Head Injury (Bournemouth) A collision of heads between Chambers and Arter caused Arter to fall down badly inside the center of the field.

CORRECT DECISION TO STOP PLAY FOR HEAD INJURY TREATMENT.

1 (HEAD INJURY)
Number of Other Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 0

Number of Other Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Other Correct Decisions – 1 [1 points]

First Half Referee Report

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 3+1+1+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 5 + 6 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+1+3 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Bournemouth – 3+1+2+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 7 = 14

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 5 + 1 = 6

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+2+3 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 8 + 1 = 9

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 11/(11+6) = 64.7%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 14/(14+9) = 60.8%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:47 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Ramsey pulled Arter from the back inside the Bournemouth’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
57:47 Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Stanislas tripped Chamberlain while trying to intercept the ball inside Bournemouth’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
58:41 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Gabriel intercepted the ball inside the Arsenal’s penalty box and tried to clear the ball in mid-air, when Gosling and came in and touched the ball forward past Gabriel, with Gabriel accidentally kicking underneath the right shin of Gosling making him fall down. This was a foul by Gabriel and should have been a penalty for Bournemouth but was not given. NO PENALTY FOR BOURNEMOUTH. -3 (PENALTY)
60:16 Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Chambers was trying to tackle the ball from Arter with a sliding tackle when he took out Arter by missing the ball slightly. The referee correctly gave a foul. Chambers initially showed some studs when tackling but just bended his leg at last moment avoiding the studs. Arter couldn’t get out of the way and contact was inevitable because of the sliding further on the wet pitch. This can be considered reckless. After the foul Chambers also protested a little in front of the referee.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST CHAMBERS.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

64:21 Joshua King (Bournemouth) Calum Chambers (Arsenal) No live footage or replay shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

66:16 Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Smith pulled down Ozil near the managers’ touchline. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

71:45 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Joshua King (Bournemouth) Chamberlain tripped King while trying to intercept the ball inside Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Fouls for Bournemouth – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Bournemouth – 1

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
71:03 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Darren Cann made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
85:03 Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Smith was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Lee Betts made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
62:03 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil scored a clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   
   

Second Half Referee Report

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

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 4 + 5 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 2+1+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Bournemouth – 3+1+2 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 6 + 6 = 12

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 1 + 1 = 2

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Bournemouth – 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 1 + 3 = 4

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 9/(9+2) = 81.8%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 12/(12+4) = 75%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+4 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 6+5 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 9 + 11 = 20

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 7+6 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Bournemouth – 7+6 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 13 + 13 = 26

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+1 = 6

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 6 + 2 = 8

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 8+1 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Bournemouth – 1+3= 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 4 = 13

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 20/(20+8) = 71.4%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 26/(26+13) = 66.6%

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 FAVOR 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 match that was played in good spirit for most of the time and thus a rather easy game to referee. But still a few errors and in such matches with few fouls they count double one could say.

First foul after 10 minutes was not really a foul but I think the ref decided that after 10 minutes not blowing the whistle it was time to do so. But it wasn’t a foul. Then The Ox fell over his own feet and he called it another foul. Our reviewers couldn’t see any contact that would have cause Ox to fall over apart from tripping his own feet when trying to get in front of the Bournemouth player.

Arsenal scored a good goal so no problems with that. Then some small pushes were missed by the ref till.  But right at the end of the first half he missed a foul on Giroud in the penalty area. I must say seeing the images it was remarkably done by the Bournemouth defender to embrace Giroud then let go with the arm that faced the ref and then pull Giroud with the arm that was out of view for the ref. But not for our reviewers of course. That should have been a penalty for Arsenal.

First half score was 64,7% and with weight on it he got a score of 60.8%. Not that good but as I said in such matches with low foul numbers each error counts double.

In the second half even fewer fouls. And the ref seemed determined to not give any penalties. This time Bournemouth should have had a penalty. Gabriel tried to kick the ball away in the penalty area but as Gosling was first on to the ball Gabriel connected with Gosling his leg. That was a foul but the ref ignored it like he did in the first half in the same penalty area.

Mesut Özil then scored a valid goal and that put an end to the contest. Bournemouth tried to get a goal back but didn’t really came close to scoring. And just a push on Özil was let go by the ref. Only two errors from the ref in this half and this was leading to a bias in favour of Arsenal in this half. Need to mention this as it rarely happens even in one half.

The score in the second half was 81.8% and when put weight on it it drops to 75%. As I said each mistakes counts double in such matches.

The final score over the whole match was 71.4% and when put weight on it the score was 66,6%.

The bias was 6/2 against Arsenal but when put weight on it the bias was 9/4 against Arsenal. We have seen lot worse over the years.

Not a bad match from the ref as we have seen lots worse but also not a briljant match as missing two penalties cannot be called excellent of course.

6 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth

  • Florian

    At least the ref was consistent in not giving any penalties:)

  • Harv

    Get ready for dropped points against the Cherries in the return game. At least 18 missed penalties and 4 sendings off.

  • Thank you Harv. We shall look out for these, and let you know if they occur – or indeed if they don’t

  • goonersince72

    Thanks Usama and Walter
    While it didn’t seem as if East was as blatantly biased as a lot of his brethren, still more calls went against Arsenal than for. Refereeing has been abysmal this season across the board, Boxing Day in particular. I’ve never refed at this level (I could still outrun the 8-10 year olds, lol). Walter, please explain, sans corruption and bias, why it’s so hard to get it right more than half the time. Are they looking over their shoulders worried for their positions? Is it laziness, not working to be in proper position? Is it just plain ineptitude, like looking at the ball when there’s no one near the dribbler while ignoring the fouling 10 yards away (Southampton)? I watch a lot of football on television and streaming on my computer. Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, whatever I can get. The refereeing in GB is by far the worst. Is it all down to the corruption of Riley’s lot? Walter and Usama, HELP!

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for the review.
    Not perfect refereeing, but we get, and will get worse!

  • Gord

    Thanks for the review.

    A different reviewing question. I don’t understand Poll in the Daily Mail about Mori’s goal. Someone want to explain that one?

    I believe the fine print in the Daily Mail, says that during the time Moyes was at the game, he was heard to say Ozil is still nicking a living. And today, he is looking for a job at ManU.

    Yesterday, I seen an article about refereeing in Tanzania. Apparently CAF doesn’t trust any Tanzanian referees, regardless of FIFA badges. For all the corruption news out of Africa, it is saying a lot.