by Andrew Crawshaw
Here is the Table of Shame updated following the Liverpool game.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||
|Possible Cost in Points||
I count the not given penalty to Arsenal in Min 33 and the not given second yellow card for Clyne’s late and reckless hack at Campbell’s knee in Min 70 as having cost us two points. A dreadfully biased piece of refereeing with Liverpool free to foul us out of the game throughout. Also the first game when I have noted three flags against an Assistant referee, Mr Beswick had a shocker and I hope it is a long time before he comes round again.
On to Sunday and the Officials are :-
- Referee – Mark Clattenberg
- Assistants – J Collin and S Beck
- Fourth Official – R Madley
This will be the second appearance of Mr Clattenberg at an Arsenal game this year and the fourth time for Chelsea (too many). It is matchweek 23 and Mr Clattenberg has been on duty for 19 of them – that’s as many as Hooper, Scott, Stroud, Attwell, Tierney and Swarbrick combined (none of whom are yet trusted to be in charge of an Arsenal game).
West Brom v Arsenal (2 – 1) – Mr Clattenberg had the same assistant referees. He was truly awful that day scoring 42% weighted and with bias against the two teams of 9/91. There were 5 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals). In time order these were :-
Min 34 – A ‘phantom’ foul called against Arteta from which West Brom scored their first goal – there was no foul so no free kick and hence no goal.
Min 46 – Two wrong decisions. Olsson wrestled Giroud to the ground in the penalty area. Should have been a penalty to Arsenal and a yellow card to Olsson. Olsson should have had a first yellow card in Min 30 for an earlier foul on Giroud and so he should have been sent off at this time.
Min 75 – Morrison should have had a second yellow card for a foul on Campbell. He had been booked in Min 43 but was fouling persistently subsequently to that first booking.
Min 84 Arsenal were correctly awarded a penalty for a Brunt foul on Alexis, The penalty was missed but the referee should have required it to be retaken as both Brunt and Olsson were encroaching by a large distance.
Mr Clattenberg earned his match fee that day, pleasing his PGMO masters with a wonderful display of inventive refereeing that ensured that we lost a game that we should certainly have won. Valid goals were 1 – 1, West Brom should have been reduced to 9 men and Arsenal should have had two penalties. His score of 42% weighted was equal with that of Mr Dean. On the basis of these two performances, neither are fit to hold a whistle.
Last Season 2014-15 We had Mr Clattenberg twice our 2-2 draw in September at home to Man City and in February when we beat Palace 2 – 1 at Selhurst Park.
71% Overall, bias against the two teams 73/27 and two wrong decisions. In Min 45 Milner should have had a second yellow card (his first also not given should have been in Min 18) and in Min 76 City should have had a penalty when Wilshere controlled the ball with his arm.
80% overall, bias against both teams 18/82 and two wrong Important Decisions. Min 2 Özil was wrongly flagged offside, he finished the ball into the net but it was uncertain if the keeper had stopped because of the flag, Min 3 Coquelin should have had a straight red for a dangerously high foot on Campbel.
Looking back to 2013-14 where there are no formal referee reviews but here are links to Walter’s post game pieces.
Swansea v Arsenal 28 Sept 2013 (1 – 2) Goals from Gnabry and Ramsey and some good keeping from Szcz who could do nothing about the Swansea goal and no mention at all of Mr Clattenberg which argues that he did his job in an efficient and un-noticeable way.
Arsenal – Southampton 23 Nov 2013 (1 – 2) Giroud nicking the ball off Boruc and scoring into an empty net after 22 min. Southampton fouls on the border line between over-aggressive and within the law, Clattenberg letting it go most of the time. Late on Arsenal rightly get a penalty when Fonte tries to swap shirts with Mertesacker as an Arsenal corner is taken. Giroud sends Boruc the wrong way and Arsenal win 2 – 0. No other mention of the referee so big call for Arsenal correct, minor calls generally going to Southampton.
Arsenal v Man United 12 Feb 2014 (0 – 0) Vidic lucky not to be carded at least once for elbows and many minor decisions going United’s way but overall a game which we controlled but had no luck. A game where is was vital for us not to lose more than needed to win.
Back one more year to 2012-13 and looking at the referee reviews from Refereedecisions.co.uk Another season where we had him twice. There was also one review of a Chelsea game which I have included for completeness.
|Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Arsenal Vs Swansea City (0 – 2) [01/12/2012]|
72% weighted overall, bias against the two teams 93/7 but no wrong Important Decisions
|Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Tottenham Hotspur Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [03/03/2013]|
85% overall, bias against the two teams 15/85 but again no wrong Important Decisions
|Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Chelsea Vs Manchester United (2 – 3) [28/10/2012]|
85% overall, bias against the two teams 64/36 and two wrong Important Decisions – Min 67 Torres wrongly given a second yellow card for a dive, there was contact Min 74 Hernandez goal should have been ruled out for him coming back from an offside position.
I have flags against both of the Assistant Referees from the Spurs v City game in September (also under Mr Clattenberg), Mr Beck has 2 for failure to rule out two Spurs goals for Offside and Mr Collin has one for failure to rule out the City goal for offside.
- The West Brom game this year (42% weighted competence score) seems to be an aberation as it differs so far from his usual level of refereeing. He rarely slips below the 70% minimum competence level and, even in Arsenal games, has been at 80% or higher on a number of occasions. At least I hope that is the case.
- His judgement does seem suspect in not giving yellow and red cards. Concentrate on each challenge and not on the PGMO mantra of letting the game flow. Correctly given cards early in a game set a marker that both sets of players will recognise and stick to. If they don’t then they deserve a second card.
- Mr Clattenberg, I do hope that you have reviewed the West Brom game with our comments on your shameful performance and that you turn up on Sunday with your proper game plan. You are capable of being a good referee and you shouldn’t be putting in performances more suited to Mr Dean.
- The usual caveats – watch out for Phantom Fouls where Chelsea can attack our goal or get relief from an Arsenal attack. A push in the back is a foul no matter where it takes place and simulation to gain a free kick is also against the rules as is encroachment at a penalty.
- I’m sure that the bias will be around 90% against Arsenal and that Chelsea will be allowed much more leeway in making challenges and I expect 4 or 5 not given cards against Chelsea players.
- I also hope that both assistants prove up to the task and have brushed up on the offside rules.
- Overall a PGMO team that do not fill me with confidence. As ever we will be playing against 14 men and will need a good performance from our 11.
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From the anniversary files (more on the home page)
- 23 January 2006: Matt Poom joined from Sunderland as short term cover. He made one appearance and later became Arsenal’s goalkeeper coach.
- 23 January 2013: Arsenal 5 West Ham United 1. Arsenal had 24 goal attempts. The match was due to be played on Boxing Day but postponed due to a tube strike. Podolski, Giroud (2) Cazorla and Walcott got the goals.