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Ref Review : Liverpool – Arsenal and the push in the back

By Usama & Walter

LIVERPOOL vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 21
  • DATE: 13th January 2016
  • VENUE: Anfield (Liverpool, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Mike Jones
1st LINESMAN: Gary Beswick
2nd LINESMAN: Andy Garratt
4th OFFICIAL: Robert Madley

 

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:20 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Emre Can (Liverpool) Giroud pushed Emre Can in the back inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
00:49 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Moreno pushed Campbell in the back inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
04:21 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Moreno pushed down Campbell from behind the back inside Arsenal’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
07:53     Bellerin cleared away the offside long ball from Liverpool and Ramsey received it and Arsenal started an attack. The referee should have played an advantage for Arsenal for continuing after a Liverpool offside. But instead the referee stopped Arsenal’s buildup.

NO ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)
09:40 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Firmino removed his shirt after scoring the goal.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FIRMINO.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
10:21 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Just as Lallana passed the ball inside the center of the field Ramsey came from front and tripped him, but Liverpool kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
12:12 Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was trying to receive Bellerin’s pass when Sakho pushed down Giroud from behind the back inside Liverpool’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
16:50 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Mistimed tackle by Firmino on Flamini, thus tripping him inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
20:00 1.Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

 

2. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

1.Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

 

2. Emre Can (Liverpool)

1.       Firmino pushed Ramsey in the back from behind inside the Arsenal’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

2.       At same moment Ramsey who was pushed from behind fell down on Emre Can’s feet tripping down. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal because it was not a foul contact by Ramsey but an unavoidable fall due to Firmino’s push. But the referee gave a foul against Arsenal.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

22:57 Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Both players were looking to the head the ball inside the Liverpool’s half. Giroud tried to head while standing whereas Sakho jumped. Sakho jumped in a clean manner but before heading the ball Sakho’s right arm hits Giroud in the face. This was a foul contact and should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

Sakho then fell down on Giroud after heading the ball. Now the referee gave a foul against Arsenal. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal because it was Giroud who was fouled not Sakho.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

24:06 Jordan Ibe (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Just as Monreal crossed the ball inside the Liverpool’s half, Ibe came from the side and pushed him down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
24:16 Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey takes a shot by chipping over the keeper and then Mignolet was late on the ball and clatters in to Ramsey. But Sakho who was on the line clears the ball away.

 

Untold Arsenal’s Walter Broeckx’s insight:

 

“Technically it is a foul. Mignolet is late on the ball, gets beaten by the attacker and clatters in Ramsey. Foul and penalty and yellow card (defenders on the line so no red)   BUT in those incidents one can give the benefit of the doubt to the keeper as he made an attempt to play the ball and not the man. One could say he tried to play the ball. And then he couldn’t disappear in thin air after the ball had been played. Most refs take that option.”

DOUBTFUL PENALTY INCIDENT.

 
31:06 Emre Can (Liverpool) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Emre Can tripped Ramsey from behind inside the Liverpool’s half but Arsenal kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
32:44 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell tried to play a 1-2 pass with Ramsey by making a run inside the Liverpool’s penalty area. Just as Ramsey passed the ball to Campbell, Moreno used his right hand and deliberately pulled Campbell from behind causing him to fall down. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Moreno for deliberate prevention of gaining possession but no penalty or 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

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MORENO.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

34:30 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Henderson pushed down Campbell inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
36:16 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) After passing the ball to Firmino, Lallana pushed down Flamini inside the center of the field and paved way for Firmino to run forward. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
42:53 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was in control of the ball inside the Liverpool’s half when Lallana came from behind and charged him down in the back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
44:56 Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was in control of the ball inside the Liverpool’s half when Sakho came from behind and pushed and tripped him. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Fouls for Liverpool – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 10

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 10 [10 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Liverpool – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Liverpool – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

 Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
03:04 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Gary Beswick made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
07:53 James Milner (Liverpool) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Milner was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Andy Garratt made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
12:56 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Lallana was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Andy Garratt made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
20:28 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Moreno was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Andy Garratt made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
35:09 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) Giroud was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Gary Beswick made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.        

1 (OFFSIDE)
41:01 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Kolo Toure (Liverpool) No correct angle or replay shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Gary Beswick made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
43:32 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Kolo Toure (Liverpool) Giroud was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Gary Beswick made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.        

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Offsides for Liverpool – 4

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 7 [7 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
09:07 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Clean goal by Firmino.

CORRECT GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL.

3 (GOAL)
13:27 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Clean goal by Ramsey.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
18:51 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Clean goal by Firmino.

CORRECT GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL.

3 (GOAL)
24:42 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal by Giroud.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Liverpool – 2

Total Number of Correct Goals – 4 [12 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
42:59 Drop-Ball REFER to FOUL at minute 42:53. Drop ball was clearly the wrong decision because the referee had missed the foul on Ozil. WRONG DROP BALL AGAINST ARSENAL. -1 (DROP BALL)
Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Liverpool – 0

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

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 2+1+1+3+2 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Liverpool – 2+1+4+2 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 9 + 9 = 18

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 2+1+2+3+6 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Liverpool – 2+1+4+6 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 14 + 13 = 27

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 10+1+1+1+1 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 14 + 0 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 10+1+2+3+1 = 17

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 17 + 0 = 17

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 18/(18+14) = 56.2%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 27/(27+17) = 61.3%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
48:10 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Giroud jumped in the back of Henderson while trying to head the ball inside the Liverpool’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
49:01 Jordan Ibe (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal tackled the ball cleanly away from Ibe near the left corner flag inside the Arsenal’s half. The ball was going towards for a throw-in both Monreal and Ibe were not within playing distance of the ball. Monreal tried to run for the ball when Ibe charged and blocked him off from getting to the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given. This happened right in front of the Assistant Ref Gary Beswick.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
49:29 Emre Can (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Emre Can tripped Walcott inside Arsenal’s penalty box.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
52:21 Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) Monreal was trying to run past Clyne inside the Liverpool’s half by kicking the ball forward when Clyne sticks out his right hand and stops the ball deliberately.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 121

Handling the Ball

Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into consideration:

• The movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)

• The distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)

• The position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement

• Touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

• Hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

 

Disciplinary sanctions

There are circumstances when a caution for unsporting behaviour is required when a player deliberately handles the ball, e.g. when a player:

• Deliberately handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession

• Attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball

 

A player is sent off, however, if he prevents a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This punishment arises not from the act of the player deliberately handling the ball but from the unacceptable and unfair intervention that prevented a goal being scored.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST CLYNE.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

56:52 Emre Can (Liverpool) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell intercepted the ball from Emre Can just outside the Liverpool’s penalty area and tried to run forward when Emre Can deliberately preventing for gaining possession by blocking and holding him down from behind. The referee correctly gave the foul for Arsenal.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Emre Can for deliberately pulling an opponent back away from the ball, but no 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 EMRE CAN.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

63:33 Jordan Ibe (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Ibe used both of his hands to push down Monreal inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
69:11 Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell intercepted the ball from Clyne inside the Liverpool’s half and was controlling it when Clyne swung his foot and kicked Campbell on the knee. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a second yellow card against Clyne for committing a reckless foul and thus he should have been sent off by now. But the referee gave no cards.

 

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 SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST CLYNE.

NO RED CARD AGAINST CLYNE.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

72:19 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)   After a throw-in inside the Arsenal’s half Henderson reacted angrily and protested strongly against the Assistant Ref Gary Beswick both verbally and by actions. This was a clear act of dissent shown by Henderson and should have been given a yellow card but was not given any card by the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 126

Showing Dissent by Word or Action

A player who is guilty of dissent by protesting (verbally or non-verbally) against a referee’s decision must be cautioned.

The captain of a team has no special status or privileges under the Laws of the Game but he has a degree of responsibility for the behaviour of his team.

 

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST HENDERSON FOR DISSENT AND PROTEST.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
77:13 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Henderson trips Flamini from behind inside the Arsenal’s half. Flamini who was trying to kick the ball lost his balance and missed the kick. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
80:48 Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was in control of the ball inside the center of the field when Sakho came in late from behind and brought down Giroud with a reckless scissors like tackle. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Sakho for committing a reckless foul but no yellow card was shown.

 

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 SAKHO FOR A RECKLESS FOUL.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

82:37 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Flamini made a grounded tackle on Henderson but slightly caught him. Henderson kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
87:25 Kolo Toure (Liverpool) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Toure tripped down Giroud inside the Liverpool’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
87:41 Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Trip by Arteta on Firmino inside the Liverpool’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
88:22 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) Clyne was speeding through inside the Arsenal’s half when Koscienly brought down Clyne by standing in the way Clyne. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Koscienly for committing a tactical foul, but no 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 LIVERPOOL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KOSCIENLY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 6

Number of Correct Fouls for Liverpool – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 3 [3 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Liverpool – 0

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Liverpool – 1

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

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
77:58 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Lallana was in an offside position. This should have been offside for Arsenal but was not given by Assistant Ref Gary Beswick.

NO OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
81:47 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Kolo Toure (Liverpool) Gibbs was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Andy Garratt made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

82:55 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Firmino was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Gary Beswick made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

   
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Offsides for Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
54:27 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal scored by Giroud.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
89:34 Joe Allen (Liverpool) Clean goal scored by Allen.

CORRECT GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Liverpool – 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 – 6+1+1+1 = 9

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 9 + 6 = 15

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+2+1+3 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Liverpool – 3+1+1+3 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 8 = 20

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 3+4+1+1 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 9 + 1 = 10

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+8+3+1 = 15

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Liverpool – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 15 + 2 = 17

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 15/(15+10) = 60%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 20/(20+17) = 54.05%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+9 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Liverpool – 9+6 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 18 + 15 = 33

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 14+12 = 26

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Liverpool – 13+8 = 21

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 26 + 21 = 47

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 14+9 = 23

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Liverpool – 0+1 = 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 23 + 1 = 24

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 17+15 = 32

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Liverpool – 0+2= 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 32 + 2 = 32

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 33/(33+24) = 57.8%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  47/(47+32) = 59.4%

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 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

Sometimes one wonders how some things are possible. This happened at the end of this review. I have seen too many wrong decisions once again and some real strange interpretations of the laws of the game. But one thing is for sure… the outcome didn’t really favour Arsenal.

For some strange reason pushing in the back seems to be allowed in some matches. In this match this was the case. I want to remind the refs that charging a player in the back = a foul! A shoulder charge is allowed if not used or done with excessive force. But on numerous occasions Liverpool players were allowed to barge in the back of Arsenal players and almost never a foul was called. How can you try to play football when this type of fouling is not punished? That is more rugby than football then. There is a difference between both sports and not just the shape of the  ball.

This lead to a very strange decision. Llalana barged in the back of Özil in the first half. Özil fell on the ball as a result. The ref did nothing but as things got a bit out of hand he blew the whistle. Every person that knows the laws of the game said: push in the back, free kick in favour of Arsenal. No, Mr. Jones came up with the solution: pushing in the back is allowed and a dropped ball as the ball was unplayable. Really, Mr. Jones????? Is it that interpretation of the laws of the game the PGMO teaches you?????? If it wasn’t so tragic, I might found it funny but sorry this is outrageous refereeing.

Arsenal had two penalty shouts. One when Ramsey lobbed the ball over Mignolet and Sakho could head it away before the line. Mignolet trying to block the ball ended up bumping in to Ramsey and bringing him down. This is if you look at the laws of the game a foul and thus should have been a penalty. Now the instructions are so that if a referee deems that the player had no other intention than to play the ball and didn’t attempt to foul the attacker but to play the ball and could not vanish in thin air he can deem the foul as a not deliberate foul. So in the light of this instruction I can understand why Jones didn’t give a penalty. But if he had blown his whistle and given one he had every right to do so and it would have been a correct decision.

The second penalty shout was much clearer. Campbell went for the return ball to finish a 1-2 and was pulled while running in the penalty area. It was close to the assistant, Jones wasn’t that far away but maybe a bit unsighted. The assistant was too weak to help the ref I think (more on that assistant later on) and didn’t fulfil his duty. That was a clear foul inside the penalty area and should have been a penalty for Arsenal. Looking at the final score 2 points robbed by this non decision.

Too many fouls let go by the ref in the first half leading to a score of 56% and when put weight on the decisions the score goes to 61% mostly thanks to the 4 valid goals. If not for these goals the score would have been a real catastrophic score.

Alas no improvement in the second half or only a marginal improvement. Still barging in the back was allowed and hardly punished. A bit of improvement one could have thought when the ref booked Clyne for a deliberate handball when he was stopping Monreal going past him and trying to start a dangerous attack on the flank. But he let Can off the hook a bit later so he only did the obvious yellow cards it seems.

But then the ref did himself no favours (well from the report point of view) when he allowed Clyne to kick in a wild way towards Campbell. No chance of playing the ball just a wild swing of the leg aimed at the knee of an opponent. Always a yellow card but Mr. Jones decided otherwise. Poor from the ref. Backing away from the important decisions. As if he was frightened to give something in favour of Arsenal. Clyne should have gotten his second yellow card there.

Henderson then shouting and showing dissent against the assistant and again the ref let that go without a yellow card. As if the refs have been instructed to keep the cards in their pockets????? Why???? Mr. Riley please come up with the answer on that as I have seen too many of such incidents lately. Or does Mr. Jones thinks it is a good example of professional players openly swearing and waving their arms in the direction of refs and assistant-refs??? Get rid of that please!

The assistant who didn’t signal the penalty foul on Campbell then let an offside go that…. well was inexplicable. LLalana was not just a bit offside but about 1-2 meters offside when a cross came his way and he played the ball. The assistant kept his flag down and Mertesacker had to come to the rescue and clear for a corner. This really was unbelievable to miss that call by the assistant.  A bit too much pressure??? Poor, poor, poor….

As to the score in the second half: a score of 60% and when we put weight on the decisions it goes down to 54%.

Looking at the whole 90 minutes we get a score of 57.8% and when we put weight on the decisions it goes to 59.4%.

But this is a very flattering score as without the 6 all valid goals the score would have gone down well below the 50%.

In short the 2 matches against Liverpool have cost us 4 points in referee decisions. The not given goal from Ramsey in the first match and now at least one penalty not given in the second match. 4 points in two matches against the same team. Now  who is still saying: oh but the errors will even out in the end??? Once again we have proven : it doesn’t even out in the end.

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43 comments to Ref Review : Liverpool – Arsenal and the push in the back

  • Pete

    That’s what happens when a home fan refs the game…

  • I’ve received several comments from readers who have stated that the analysis is completely wrong etc etc. It’s clear that the writers haven’t had a look at the normal rules of commentary on the site, so I thought I’d write out one point here.

    We’re very happy to publish contrary views but if you want to be published here you need to provide some evidence as to why your view is right and the writer’s view is wrong. Not too sure why today’s little flurry of comments occurred suddenly but we’ve been here doing reviews for the past six years, having our work discussed by the BBC, pushing the PGMO very slowly towards change, and getting 6 million page views in the last year along the way etc etc, but still, nice that you’ve found us eventually.

    On the other hand the notion that one might write into a site, call the writers various names, and then expect that the publisher would actually publish the comment, is so bizarre it does give us an occasional laugh. But we’ve got to get back to work now.

  • Al

    Another disaster from the pigmob representatives. Emre Can looks like a thug, he could fit into the Stoke team seamlessly. The two reviews we have seen this week are a disaster, and I’m sure the Stoke review will just be the same if not worse. That we have managed 5 points out of a possible 9 from these is testimony to how strong this current team is mentally. Nobody, and I mean nobody, gets fouled in this league as much as Giroud but you don’t see any sulking in him. He doesn’t get any penalties either. He just gets on with the job.

    Just seen a headline on the daily wail saying the Giroud/Ozil partnership is only second to Neymar/Suarez in Europe. I recall Bootoomee highlighting this stat about a month or so ago, and I concurred that you wouldn’t know it if you relied on what you read in the media. The only partnership that was the flavour of the month then was the Mahrez/Vardy one. But on this list in the daily wail that partnership is placed a distant 6th (even worse than Lukaku/Deulofeu [3] or Ighalo/Deeney[5]). How many knew that the Leicester duo were that low?? Supports the article by Tony yesterday that the football world that is reported in the media is totally different to the one we fans experience.

  • Usama Zaka

    AI,

    Giroud is not the most fouled player, he is the second most fouled. Guess who’s the most fouled player. 🙂

  • Andy Mack

    You do appear to have missed Can hacking Theo which resulted in him losing the ball and Liverpoo scoring the 1st goal…..

  • Usama Zaka

    Andy,

    Emre Can didn’t make any foul contact on Walcott in the buildup to the first goal. Emre Can tried to tackle Walcott from behind but missed and then Walcott miscontrolled the ball and lost his footing.

  • Al

    Usama,
    I’m inclined to think it could be either Ozil or Sanchez then? Could be wrong.., but sure the answer will be an interesting one if neither of these two 🙂

  • Usama Zaka

    In the last 3 games Giroud has been fouled around 9-10 times.

    Meanwhile Joel Campbell has been fouled around 19 times in last 3 games!

  • Al

    Ah yes, Joel Campbell 🙂 I thought so but then thought he hasn’t played that many games.. But agree 100%, I commented during the game with Stoke that I’d lost count of number of times he’d been bundled over. I’m sure if someone did an analysis of most fouled players in PL they could find that the top five could be all from Arsenal.

  • Oluwatoba

    This is an outrage only traceable to the pigmob. As for Joel Campbell, I only wish they don’t break his leg.

  • Al

    Although the stats might be distorted due to the fact that what will be deemed a foul will be when the ref blows his whistle, which doesn’t happen that often when it’s an Arsenal player concerned…

  • colario

    OT

    In the blog about ‘stadium saga’ I referred to Mr Kronke owner of American Football team (not soccer) Missouri Rams. He is moving the team out of Missouri to Los Angeles.

    Here is a link with more info on this.

    Note the use of the phrase ‘ruthless Mr Kronke’ and ‘Clever Mr Kronke.’

    Which I wonder is the more important question?

    ‘What do we know about Mr Kronke?’

    or

    ‘What don’t we know about Mr Kronke?’

    So far the only certainty we have is that he has taken £6 million out of the club for ‘advice’!

  • colario

    Sorry I forgot to click for the link!!

    a.curbed.com/archives/2016/01/nfl_stadium_inglewood_los_angeles_rams.php

  • John

    Yes ot but dont be making any remarks about our billionaire owner on here.Its only the cheating referees were allowed to debate.

  • colario

    @John

    I am in full agreement with Untold’s stand against bad refereeing in the Premier League.
    The media’s cry is ‘It all evens out in the end’. There is no evidence for this.

    In Chelski’s last weekend game against West Brom in extra time chelski scored making the score 3-3. Nothing wrong with chelski scoring except that in this case a chelski player was not two centimetres off side but two meters off side but the goal was given. As a result of ‘bad refereeing or what? West Brom were robbed of two points, That has happened to them before at Chelski.

    The FA do absolutely nothing about the poor refereeing that we witness game after game.

    The media tell us the Premier league is the best league in the world what they don’t say and if they have a gram of integrity in their observations, reporting and comments is something like this.

    ‘The Premier League is the best league in the world but the standard of refereeing is not second to none but rather second to everyone. It’s appalling.’

  • Usama Zaka

    Andy,

    I have another replay of that from the side, where its clear that Can didn’t make foul contact with Theo. But I am not sure about posting it here.

  • Jerry

    @Walter and Usama,
    Excellent work as usual! Sad if the officiating was anywhere near even, Arsenal would be run away leaders right now (4 points between the Liveerpool games + 1-3 from the Chelsea games, etc..)

    @colario,
    The fear of Stan is a little over the top because of him moving the St. Louis Rams NFL team. The Rams originally played in Los Angeles from 1946 until 1994 when they were forced to move due to lack of support from the local government to build a modern stadium. Stan Kroenke is essentially moving the team back to where they came from.

  • Andy Mack

    Usama, you can see where the contact by Can knocks Theos right leg into his left leg which causes the stumble and loss of the ball. He didn’t lose his footing, he was knocked off his stride (a bit like a rugby ‘tap tackle’).

  • Andy Mack

    Usama the contact happens at 8.57

  • Barry L

    Pushing in the back seems to be the foul of choice aT the moment. It’s rarely penalised because defenders often raise their hands to suggest they couldn’t stop. Even if the ref spots it and gives advantage the attacker is on the floor so out of the game.
    We did indeed see much of the same tactic from the Orcs of Mordor. What can be done about this? We have experienced two serious injuries – Debuchy and Alexis – from pushes like this.

    The other foul that is hardly ever penalised is when defenders physically manhandle forwards in the box at corners. You see one or two of these in every game
    COYG

  • bjtgooner

    Another excellent analysis, you guys are really working very hard at these. The accuracy and detail is really appreciated.

    As for Mr Jones – another Riley clone not fit for purpose.

    As for the Dippers – they were certainly up for the match – fouled us from the start of the match and then the whole way through – and thanks to the sympathetic PGMO plonker robbed us of two points – AGAIN!

    I had hoped Klopp would straighted the Dippers out and steer them towards attractive football and away from the thuggery and diving of their past – obviously that is not yet on his agenda.

  • Usama Zaka

    Andy,

    I got it, after a long half hour search, I somehow stumbled upon this clip on the net. This clip is not affiliated with Untold Arsenal or with me in any way, it is just a link I found on the internet.

    http://gfycat.com/UnsungOpulentFawn

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Usama and Andy,
    The gfycat clip is reasonably conclusive but with the linesman being on the opposite side of the pitch, he could hardly be expected to see the foul which was really quite clever. The only real clue for the referee was in Can having his arms wide in one of the classic “not me gov” postures, Whenever a player holds his arms to say he didn’t commit a foul he always has made one!

  • omgarsenal

    John….and your point is what? Is Stan Kroenke now refereeing EPL games?

  • bjtgooner

    My typing is getting worse: – straighten not straighted!

  • Andy Mack

    Usama, Yes that shows the foul quite clearly as well..

  • Pete

    John – Happy to debate any subject related to Arsenal. Re Stan Kroenke – what would you like to debate?

  • Usama Zaka

    Andy,

    Hmm, well after this discussion it looks that it might have been a foul. We need expert opinion on this one. Walter and Don “Where Art Thou?” 🙂

  • Usama Zaka

    Oh silly me, it looks like the Edexcel Literature books taught us wrong in school. I thought “Where Art Thou?” means “where are you?” I just learned that it means it “why are you?”

  • colario

    @Jerry

    I don’t understand why you wrote this:
    ‘ The Rams originally played in Los Angeles from 1946 until 1994 when they were forced to move due to lack of support from the local government to build a modern stadium’

    You can’t read anything about the Rams without reading that. So why write what we know?

    Your point of just moving the Rams back home is true. But again we know this.

    Why is he doing it? This we don’t know. As eggs are eggs it wont be for philanthropic reasons.

    He is doing it at a profit to himself and loss to others.

    My suspicion is that whatever he does with Arsenal, when it comes to the crunch it will be at a profit to himself and at a loss to others. In this case ‘the others’ could be us.

    How much of the £6 million we paid him was for his trousers/pants pockets?

    How long before a trickle becomes a stream a stream becomes a river and a river becomes a flood? That’s what I want to know.

  • Jerry

    @Colario,
    The reason I included that part was because in your post you highlighted the lack of loyalty by American football teams and today highlighted phrases of the link such as ‘ruthless Mr Kronke’ and ‘Clever Mr Kronke.’ and then asked the questions:

    ‘What do we know about Mr Kronke?’

    or

    ‘What don’t we know about Mr Kronke?’

    I chose to highlight the appropriate history of St. Louis Rams (formerly and now future L.A. Rams, never Missouri Rams 🙂 )

    You asked “Why is he doing it?” It is a 100% a business decision to move to a larger city with a better stadium and marketing. He is not disrespecting the history of the Rams by going to a random city, but actually going back to where they spent most of their time in the NFL. It makes sense from an economic and club perspective.

    St. Louis did not support the Rams ambitions for a new stadium and their attendance was the worst in the NFL! http://espn.go.com/nfl/attendance

    Stan Kroenke is from the State of Missouri (St. Louis the city is about 2 hrs from where he was born). If the state that he was from, is not going to support his team, why shouldn’t he move it?

    The history of many teams in England have moved also- Arsenal, Manchester United, Wimbledon.

    The club felt this was the best route to go for ownership. Why worry? He moved 1 team back to their historical roots, but all of his other sports teams have not moved anywhere (Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Rapids (MLS)). He also owns the stadiums where those teams play like he will now with the Rams. If anything it just shows, he prefers to have total control of all aspects of the team than anything else.

  • Al

    Usama and Andy,
    I would say Can made contact; the direction of his swing and Walcott’s stumble are so synchronised that it can only mean thing. It’s like the foul on Giroud when he was about to pull the trigger in the box a few weeks ago which generated a lot of debate. Granted some of these things are difficult to pick up in real time…

  • para

    It really irritates me when the cameras focus on the managers or some “celeb” in the crowd for too long while the game is playing making us miss that part of the game. And the fact that only “selected” replays are shown but not the relevant ones, especially the ones that show the ref has made a mistake.

    There is an air of “what ever the ref decides is right” type commentary and no one questions the ref in any way at all. Because they are all doing this it is clear that this is something official.

  • Andy Mack

    Usama, I’m really surprised you didn’t pick up on the Can/Theo foul live.
    Theos body movement is all wrong for it to be a slip…

  • Pat

    Usama, where art thou does mean where are you. Your only mistake was that thou can only refer to one person. Great ref review again!

  • Gord

    Cute picture in the news, of Mohammed Elneny’s son Malik wearing an Arsenal jersey. I guess it was first sent to Mohammed’s instagram account.

    I still haven’t seen which Otis the hamster (Zelalem) is named after. I am still guessing Redding (which would make Zelalem a blues fan).

  • Menace

    Soul Gord Soul! Otis Redding was the King of Soul.

  • Menace

    Colario – Kronke is majority share holder not owner of Arsenal. He might want to take every penny he can but it can be challenged if any shareholder feels it is wrong.

    Arsenal comes under company law & has some shareholder protection. The movement of a club in US is easier than in UK. Wimbledon was moved to Milton Keynes in a similar way to the Rams but I believe again that it was wholly owned.

  • apo Armani

    Outrageous stats against the PigMOB…simply OUTRAGEOUS.

    Who the hell do they think they are!!

  • porter

    Menace , whilst it is true that Kroenke can be challenged by the rest of the board in all fairness they are unlikely to do so. Most if not all made a fair amount when he took over and then retained their positions in the club . They are unlikely to bite the hand that fed them.

  • Pete

    And the Wimbledon/MK Dons situation reverberates to this day with MK more or less ostracised by the fan movements. Winkelman is a hated figure.

  • Gord

    Menace

    Sole? We couldn’t say that Otis Redding was singing Blues for the halibut?