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Referee Review: Arsenal – Chelsea

By Usama & Walter Broeckx

ARSENAL vs. CHELSEA

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 23
  • DATE: 24th January 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg
1st LINESMAN: Jake Collin
2nd LINESMAN: Simon Beck
4th OFFICIAL: Jon Moss

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:05 Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Both players were trying to head inside the Chelsea’s half when Zouma jumped in the back of Giroud and brought him down before heading the ball away. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
01:44 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Mertesacker was trying to clear the ball inside the Arsenal’s penalty area when Costa pushed Mertesacker in the back, causing Mertesacker to miss the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
03:11 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Flamini was trying to reach out for the ball inside the Chelsea’s half when he stretched his foot and slightly caught the toe end of Azpilicueta.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)
05:43 Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell received the throw-in inside the Arsenal’s half and controlled it when Azpilicueta kicked the back of Campbell’s legs and tripped him. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
06:10 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Oscar (Chelsea) Ramsey tripped Oscar inside the Chelsea’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)
10:04 Oscar (Chelsea) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Campbell was moving forward on the right wing inside the Chelsea’s half when Oscar charged in with a two-footed studs up sliding tackle, missing the ball and catching slightly on the right foot.

 

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.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST OSCAR FOR RECKLESS FOUL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

17:45 Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Diego Costa (Chelsea) Costa received the ball inside the Arsenal’s half and was almost in a 1v1 situation with the goalkeeper. When Mertesacker lunged in from behind on Costa and clearly missed the ball, Costa then went down to the ground in an exaggerating manner.

 

Untold Arsenal’s Walter Broeckx’s Explanation:

“Per came in sliding and ended up in between the legs of Costa. Costa felt it coming (played for it but that is allowed) and went down without that he really was hit. But alas for Per the fact that he dived in wild is what makes it a foul. If you dive in like that you have to be 100% sure you get to the ball first. He now missed the ball completely and would have taken Costa out if Costa hadn’t avoided the full impact. It was a foul, last defender and ref could only give him a red card once Costa went down. In the defense of Costa it is allowed to minimize the possible impact of such a tackle. You don’t have to wait as a player to be taken out completely.”

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 129

Denying a Goal or an Obvious Goalscoring Opportunity

There are two sending-off offences that deal with denying an opponent an obvious opportunity to score a goal. It is not necessary for the offence to occur inside the penalty area.

 

If the referee applies advantage during an obvious goalscoring opportunity and a goal is scored directly, despite the opponent’s handling the ball or fouling an opponent, the player cannot be sent off but he may still be cautioned.

 

Referees should consider the following circumstances when deciding whether to send off a player for denying a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity:

• The distance between the offence and the goal

• The likelihood of keeping or gaining control of the ball

• The direction of the play

• The location and number of defenders

• The offence which denies an opponent an obvious goalscoring opportunity may be an offence that incurs a direct free kick or an indirect free kick

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

CORRECT RED CARD AGAINST MERTESACKER.

1 (FOUL)

3 (RED CARD)

20:20 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) Giroud charged in the back of Mikel inside the Chelsea’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)

 

20:43 Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Azpilicueta had grabbed Campbell by the shoulders while trying to head the ball inside the Chelsea’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

23:28 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) Ramsey tripped Fabregas from behind inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)
37:17 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Diego Costa (Chelsea) Costa was trying to receive a pass inside the Arsenal’s half when Gabriel mistimed his tackle and tripped Costa from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)
40:55 Willian (Chelsea) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Willian tripped Monreal in mid-air inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
42:49 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) Campbell tripped Fabregas from behind inside the Chelsea’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)
43:57 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Willian (Chelsea) Koscienly charged in to Willian carelessly inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)
44:30 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Flamini protested against referee for the foul and showed dissent.

 

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.

 

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FLAMINI.

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Chelsea – 8

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 11 [11 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Chelsea – 1

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 2 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Chelsea – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
13:22 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Costa was in an offside position. This should have been an offside for Arsenal. Assistant Ref Simon Beck failed to make the call.

NO OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
19:03 John Terry (Chelsea) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Terry was in offside position. Assistant Ref Simon Beck made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
26:24 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Simon Beck made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
34:02 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR CHELSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
39:06 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR CHELSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Offsides for Chelsea – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
22:14 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Clean goal scored by Costa.

CORRECT GOAL FOR CHELSEA.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Chelsea – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 
 

First Half Referee Report

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Chelsea – 8+1+1+2+1 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 6 + 13 = 19

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Chelsea – 8+2+3+1+3 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 17 = 24

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 4 + 0 = 4

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 4 + 0 = 4

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 19/(19+4) = 82.6%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) 24/(24+4) = 85.7%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:34 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) Flamini made a mistimed tackle from behind on Fabregas inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)
47:16 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Laurent Koscienly   (Arsenal) Costa stopped Koscienly from jumping and try to head ball by stopping his run inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
51:33 Willian (Chelsea) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Willian charged down Walcott inside the Arsenal’s half, but Arsenal recovered and lost the ball in the next second.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

1 (FOUL)

55:43 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) Fabregas was running with the ball inside the Arsenal’s penalty area when Koscienly charged in to him and stopped his run. This was a clear foul and should have been a penalty for Chelsea, but was not given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Koscienly for deliberately breaking up a promising attack. 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

 

NO PENALTY FOR CHELSEA.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KOSCIENLY.

-3 (PENALTY) -2 (YELLOW CARD)
57:32 Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Matic tripped Gabriel inside Arsenal’s penalty area.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
58:08 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Willian (Chelsea) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR CHELSEA.

1 (FOUL)

 

59:22 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Costa tripped Ramsey from behind inside the Arsenal’s half but kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
59:31 Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was dribbling through Chelsea’s midfield when Matic charged in to Sanchez stopped his run. This was a clear act of preventing the opponent to attack.

 

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 MATIC.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

62:09 Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Fabregas pulled Ramsey’s arm from behind inside the Chelsea’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
65:26 John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Mikel tripped Ramsey from behind inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

71:19 John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mikel passed the ball to Zouma inside the Arsenal’s half and Sanchez sprinted forward to chase it, when Mikel stretched out his arm deliberately and stopped Sanchez at high momentum. This was reckless and prevented the Sanchez from 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 JOHN OBI MIKEL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

75:00 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) Ramsey made a slow controlled sliding tackle from the side on Fabregas inside the Arsenal’s half. He caught Fabregas first and then touched the ball slightly. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this was Ramsey’s 4th foul of the match and this was an act of persistent fouling. He should have been yellow carded but no card was given.

 

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 CHELSEA.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY FOR PERISISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

81:17 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) Ramsey tripped Fabregas from behind inside the Arsenal’s half. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this was Ramsey’s 5th foul of the match and this was an act of persistent fouling. He should have been yellow carded but no card was given.

 

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 CHELSEA.

NO YELLOW CARD FOR THE SECOND TIME AGAINST RAMSEY FOR PERISISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

82:35 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Hazard charged Chamberlain from the side inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
83:56 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was trying to head the ball when Hazard jumped in the back of his head.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
90:06 Loic Remy (Chelsea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez received the ball inside the Chelsea’s half when Remy started pulling Sanchez left arm to point of removing the sleeve of the shirt. Arsenal kept control of possession. The referee correctly played an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Loic Remy for deliberately pulling the opponent 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 ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST LOIC REMY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

90:35 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Willian (Chelsea) Ramsey was trying to control the ball near the corner flag inside the Chelsea’s half and Willian came in with a sliding tackle but made no contact. Ramsey was trying to stretch to stop the ball from going out ended up using his hand to stop the ball. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this was Ramsey’s 6th foul of the match and this was an act of persistent fouling. He should have been yellow carded but no card was given.

 

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 CHELSEA.

NO YELLOW CARD FOR THE THIRD TIME AGAINST RAMSEY FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

93:46 Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Ivanovic pushed Koscienly in the back inside the Chelsea’s half, but Arsenal kept possession and attacked forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 9

Number of Correct Fouls for Chelsea – 5

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 14 [14 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Advantages for Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 2 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Chelsea – 4

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

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Chelsea – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
48:39 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Costa was slightly ahead of Gabriel in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
49:23 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Costa was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
53:15 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Simon Beck made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR CHELSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
56:39 Diego Costa (Chelsea) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Costa was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
74:43 Loic Remy (Chelsea) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Remy was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
78:19 Loic Remy (Chelsea) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Remy was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
89:41 Loic Remy (Chelsea) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Remy was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Jake Collin made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 6

Number of Correct Offsides for Chelsea – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 7 [7 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Chelsea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+4+2+6 = 21

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Chelsea – 5+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 21 + 6 = 27

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+4+4+6 = 23

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Chelsea – 5+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 23 + 6 = 29

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Chelsea – 4+1 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 1 + 5 = 6

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Chelsea – 8+3 = 11

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 2 + 11 = 13

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 27/(27+6) = 81.8%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 29/(29+13) = 69.0%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 6+21 = 27

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Chelsea – 13+6 = 19

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 27 + 19 = 46

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 7+23 = 30

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Chelsea – 17+6 = 23

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 30 + 23 = 53

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+1 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Chelsea – 0+5 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 5 + 5 = 10

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+2 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Chelsea – 0+11= 11

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 6 + 11 = 17

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 46/(46+10) = 82.1%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  53/(53+17) = 75.7%

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 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

In the first few minutes you could have thought that Clattenburg was not already completely focussed. Missing  3 fouls on Arsenal players in the opening 6 minutes. But after that he showed he was full awake.

After 10 minutes Oscar got a correct yellow card for a reckless challenge on Campbell. And then we move on to the moment that decided the match: the sending off.

I know a lot of debate has been going on about “contact” or not.  I have said it before in the last 5 years: contact is not always needed to make a foul. Bringing a player down is a foul and we all know that but “trying to bring a player down” is also a foul. And that is what Per did. He tried to bring Costa down. I know that Costa used this to go down very easily but for once I want (or rather have) to be critical of Per his action. As the last man and he knew he was the last man you have to be extra cautious what you do. Per was not careful enough and gave Costa the chance to go down.

The fact that it was only the faintest of contacts or not is not important in this case. Per threw himself in the path of Costa and as a result the Chelsea player went down when he was going to be one on one with Cech. Clattenburg had no other option then to send him off. How much I dislike the decision as a referee I can only agree with it.

Looking at it with my Arsenal supporters hat on I will advize Per to trust his keeper more as it wouldn’t have been certain that Costa would have gone past Cech and will tell him that going behind after 17 minutes with 11 vs 11 is no disaster.

Back to my referee hat.

There was nothing wrong with the Chelsea goal. Kos and Costa tangled up a bit when the first cross from the left came in but both trying to play the ball so no foul. The Arsenal defence not organised completely after the sending off  and Costa took advantage of it.

The only other talking point might have been that one of the assistants had missed an offside from Costa in the first 15 minutes. But that was the only wrong offside call all match.  So good work from the assistants.

The first half score of the ref was 82.6% and when we put weight on the decisions it goes up to 85.7%.

On to the second half. The first real important decision Clattenburg had to make was the clash between Koscielny and Fabregas. For me this was a clear foul. Koscielny moved in the path of Fabregas and a penalty should have been given for Chelsea. And a yellow card against Koscielny.

For the rest of the match the referee review is getting boring. Because Clattenburg spotted the fouls correctly. Ramsey made several fouls and was lucky not to have been booked after a while.

We can still debate the Mikel foul on Alexis. Looking back at the incident a yellow card was the correct decision in the end. His arm was not really  used as a weapon and that is needed to get send off when it comes to arms and elbows being used in the wrong way. Meaning if you just stick out an arm it is not used as a weapon. When you throw in the arm and speed up the movement towards the head it becomes a different story. But Clattenburg got it right for us.

The second half score of the ref was 81.8% and when we put weight on it the score goes down to 69%. This is because of the non-given penalty and yellow cards against Ramsey who really should have been booked in this match.

If we look at the whole match we get a score of 82.1% and when we put weight on the decisions the score is 75.7%.

I know that in the past we have been critical when the bias numbers swing too much against one team. Well at the end of this match the ref made 10 wrong decisions according to our review. 5 against Arsenal and 5 against Chelsea. And the important wrong decision was more against Chelsea than against Arsenal.

No I don’t blame Clattenburg for our defeat. As I have been watching referees very closely in the last 5-6 seasons I can say that he was the Clattenburg I have learned to like. He did his job in a fair way. Not screwing us. Looking at the expression on his face I even had the impression that he hated the fact to send Per off the field.  He knew he was more or less killing the match but he had no option. He was there to look at the laws of the game, he was not there to look after Arsenal.

Finally a last word to people who have said in the past that when we lose we blame the refs and give them low scores. In this review the final score of Clattenburg is one of the highest of the season. As we have done in the past seasons and are still trying to do: we give the refs the score they deserve based on the images we see.  Win or lose… we just look at the decisions, judge them and then at the end the score is what it is.

You can call us biased all day long, this review shows that we do our reviews in an independent way and in a what I would call rather professional way. A bit like Clattenburg did his match.

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21 comments to Referee Review: Arsenal – Chelsea

  • Usama Zaka

    Very well written Walter.

    OFFTOPIC
    Everton lost the tie against City thanks to an illegal goal by City, where Sterling played a cross from outside the line of field. Atkinson allowed the goal.

    This was what Martin Atkinson told to Everton defender Jagielka after the goal.
    “He told me my defending was brilliant,” said Jagielka.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35431109

  • Josif

    Speaking of killing the match off, Clattenburg gave a red card to Boyata within first five minutes of our 3:0 victory at Etihad in 2010-11. Personally, I prefer this sort of approach by the ref. If it is a red card offence in 1st second of the game, issue the red card and move on.

    From what I have seen in the last few years or more, there is a Howard Webb school of thought that an early red card spoils the game. He let De Jong of the hook for that scandalous flying kick on Xabi in WC Final, he let Eto’o go with a dangerous tackle against Liverpool in the 1st minute of the game in 2013-14 (Eto’o eventually scored a goal for Chelsea)and didn’t punish Sterling for touching him in our FA Cup clash against Liverpool.

    Not to mention Yaya Toure who should have been sent off twice in 2013-14 but Atkinson and, I think, Moss didn’t want to issue a red card in games City played against us and Norwich respectively. Then, last season Yaya tried some of his tricks in the European game and was sent off. It was a valuable lesson on why English clubs don’t do well in Europe. I blame Webb’s school of thought for that.

  • Josif

    @Usama- why I’m not surprised with such a shameful Atkinson’s response? He knows he is a part of the organization that is virtually untouchable.

    English football screams for Calciopoli. Maybe the main problem is that Clattenburg is not Collina.

    Florian, didn’t the Romanian league once employ referees from abroad?

  • Alex

    BBC asked PIGMOL for comment after Atkonson’s another horror show during League Cup semifinal, guess their response:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35431109

  • Florian

    Josif,

    Yes they did, on a handful of occasions, at high-stakes matches between the notable Romanian clubs (Steaua, Dinamo and Rapid Bucharest). This mostly happened many years ago, when the scandals were chaining in the Romanian football. There were suspicions of match fixing, and foreign refs were being brought occasionally, once or twice a season. But that didn’t seem to affect or improve the local refs’ performance, owing mainly to the convoluted way the choice was made and to the Mob-like influence the big clubs’ owners had anyway. Contrary to England, the Romanian refs’ org is subordinate to the FA, so they are not entirely independent. The problems were at a higher level. Once the guilty parties went to jail, the match fixing suspicions decreased, and there haven’t been foreign referee appointments that I know of in the last few years.

  • Josif

    @Florian – thanks for a quick response. 🙂 So, once they had “cleaned the head of fish, it stopped stinking”.

    I was talking today about how Greg Dyke called Manchester City winning the league ahead of Liverpool in 2013-14 “depressing”. It was a scandalous comment for someone on his position. FA is supposed to be neutral.

    @Alex – arrogance is the correct word. Usually, however, arrogance of those who think they are untouchable turns into their greatest weakness.

  • omgarsenal

    A fair and thorough referee review and agree with almost all of it. I felt that the red card for Per was harsh and even believe that had Chelsea left Clattenburg alone, he might have only given a yellow but we’ll never know. Referees do not judge intent anymore, it is the resulting effect they judge so Per tackling from behind and not touching the ball, as well as Costa’s histrionics ensured Clattenburg had no choice.

  • Mandy Dodd

    A very fair review and one to shut up the critics. Must admit, I thought Costa dived ….end of…..and posted to that effect.
    But it seems, overall, well done ref Clattenberg.
    Think the next time they play Chelsea, Arsenal might have to start with a clean slate, less pumped up, more relaxed, but with some of the refs we have had in this fixture, I can see why they try so hard…..maybe too hard.
    They all need to see this as just another game, then the results will come

  • Jerry

    @Walter & Usama,
    Excellent ref review of the match. The only point I was wondering about was at min 17:38 it looked like Costa pushed Per in the back right before he makes the run, would this be considered a foul?

  • Florian

    Josif,

    The fish still has many rotten parts, a chronical disease like this doesn’t get healed overnight. But yes, virtually all the heads of Romanian football and big clubs are now behind bars, and one could say that while the overall player quality hasn’t improved much, if at all, at least the refs are under less pressure.

  • Florian

    *chronic, duh

  • Florian

    Mandy,

    I actually thought we were overly relaxed and so sure to succeed that we had less than 100% focus. To me it seemed like we were set up to score with our first attack, and we almost did, had Campbell not missed the shot. From that point on the match would have been entirely different. But the score stayed 0-0, and we continued making tiny mistakes that eventually allowed Chel$ea to get their noses in front. The ref didn’t seem to have a good day, but then there’s a reason why Walter and Usama are professional referees and I’m not 🙂 Hopefully Mr. Clattenburg wil keep it up, because he had a big hole to dig himself out of.

  • Robert

    Kudos to Walter and Usama for their professionalism.

  • Crovax

    Wow, is this the first time in history of ref reviews that more incorrect decisions were made against Arsenal’s opponent, rather than against Arsenal?

  • Josif

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3421869/Roberto-Martinez-demands-showdown-talks-referee-s-chief-Mike-Riley-Everton-s-semi-final-exit-Manchester-City.html

    Very, very interesting.

    @Crovax – if I recall well, Howard Webb gave Arsenal-biased performance in that 8:2 defeat of ours at Old Trafford.

  • Florian

    Crovax,

    Also, Kevin Friend had at least one half of positive bias towards us in the recent Swansea away match.

  • norman14

    Yesterday’s announcement by PGMOL that they intend to “make Assistant Referee’s full time professionals to improve standards” made me smile.

    So basically, lines persons are going to be made the same level as the Hollywood referees – which is NOT an improvement IMHO.

    What PGMOL should do is become more transparent, not hide behind the wall of silence that currently exists.

    Martin Atkinson – typical of the arrogance fostered by Riley!

  • bjtgooner

    A very fair review indeed. I wonder if technology had been in use would our BFG still have been sent off – or would Costa have received a well deserved yellow for diving?

    I note the comment that Clattenburg was not completely focussed initially and subsequently wakened up – I would qualify that thought slightly – after the BFG was sent off we were totally screwed – and Clattenburg could then referee reasonably fairly, safe in the knowledge that his boss would be happy with the outcome – and there was only going to be one outcome.

  • thierryhenry22

    Yes we’ve got to just take this one on the chin. Mertesacker (without help from Flam, Rambo & Kosc i’ll add) messed up the game for us but we still played pretty decent after that. Now we’re underdogs again we can hopefully march to the title in relative peace.

  • Pat

    Interesting review. I am relieved that Clattenburg had a decent game even though I say so through gritted teeth. It is good to know there is still the odd fair referee. Especially after Clattrnburg’s last terrible performance when refereeing us.

  • arse_or_brain

    The card for diving would have been number two, so he wouldn’t be on the park to score, a massive decision. Later the deliberate handball to gain advantage also would have been a second yellow.
    Although the major incidents were covered in the review, there were many small incidents that were going to the away team.
    No matter what the % the refs mistakes still had a major impact on the game.
    The real indictment is that we are saying this is good performance compared the usual crap.
    Until we look at this as a performance that had a major impact on the game, so not good enough, we will never have consistently efficient officials.