by Andrew Crawshaw
Here is the Table of Shame updated following the Stoke referee review
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||30|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||15|
The lowest weighted score ever recorded by our reviewers (and we have had some abysmal scores in the past) 34% and a bias of 5% against Stoke and 95% against Arsenal. Mr Pawson (and the voice in his ear) made 42 errors in 90 minutes – one every two minutes. Two were in favour of Arsenal and 40 in favour of Stoke.
There were a record high eight wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals), two penalties not given to Arsenal and 6 not given second yellow cards: Wollsheid in Min 52, Shawcross in Min 58 and four times for Pieters (in Min 62, 71, 80 and 90+1). Not one yellow card was issued at any time in the match – unbelievable!
I always maintain that you can tell within the first 5 or 6 decisions if the game is being refereed in an unbiased manner. In this game these were the first 7 incidents that the referee had to deal with.
|1:10||Foul by Wollscheid on Theo||Foul correct but a professional foul deserving a yellow card which wasn’t given|
|2:38||Foul by Flamini on Joselu||Correct|
|3:36||Foul by Shawcross on Giroud||Not given/Not Correct|
|4:57||Foul by Pieters on Campbell||Not Given/Not Correct|
|7:25||Foul by Ramsey on Joselu||Correct|
|8:06||Foul by Pieters on Campbell||Not given/Not Correct|
|8:25||Foul by Monreal on Walters||Correct|
Three fouls by Arsenal players – all quite correctly called and no complaints there.
Four fouls by Stoke players only one called correctly, but even that one wasn’t satisfactory as a ‘professional foul’ deserves a yellow card in the second minute just as much as at any other time of the game. Not to give one tells the players that they can get away with it which Stoke did all game. Neither Referee or Fourth Official should ever be allowed near a football stadium again.
On to Tuesday Night and our officials are:-
- Referee – Lee Mason
- Assistants – A Halliday and M Wilkes
- Fourth Official – C Pawson
Here’s hoping that Mr Pawson keeps his new-found ‘wisdom’ to himself and doesn’t try to influence things again.
I have no flags against either Mr Halliday or Mr Wilkes.
This will be our third visit this year from Mr Mason
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1 – 2) His scores that day were 66% weighted overall, bias against the two teams 10/90 and two wrong Important Decisions – both penalties.
Min 7 Puncheon fouled Alexis by pulling his arm and shirt and in Min 84 Delaney barged Giroud in the back. Neither were given. As we won the game no points lost but the denied penalties could be costly at the end of the season if goal difference becomes important.
Arsenal v Everton (2 – 1) His scores on the day were 58% with bias figures of 72/28 and there were two wrong Important Decisions . In Minute 77 Deulofeu should have had a second yellow card for diving (his second of the match) and in Min 82 Mirallas should have conceded a penalty for a foul on Bellerin. As we won the game despite these errors no points were lost.
In neither game was Mr Mason particularly good, in fact he failed to achieve the minimum 70% acceptable score in both. Fortunately we did enough in both games to win despite him.
Last Year 2014-15 we only had him once when we beat Newcastle 4 – 1 at home in December
His scores that day were 76% overall with a 100% bias against Arsenal and again there were two wrong Important Decisions. Min 8 Tiote with a dreadful challenge on Alexis where his studs went into Alexis’ chest, straight red card not given and in Min 15 a perfectly good Wellbeck goal was ruled out for a ‘phantom foul”.
- Whilst he may not record the record low scores that we have been seeing recently, Mr Mason is still a piss poor referee, usually failing to achieve the minimum acceptable 70% score.
- He is particularly bad at recognising penalties having failed three times this season alone. Don’t put money on one on Tueaday would be my suggestion.
- His bias figures are also typical and usually run at 90% or more against Arsenal.
- He is not above the old ‘phantom foul’ trick when needed to balance the play a bit so our players will have to be alive to that one.
- Whilst better than some, he will allow Southampton to get away with more in challenges than Arsenal, their players being excused cards where ours aren’t.
- Like a number of PGMO employees he seems to take an opportunity for a cheap card or sending off at Arsenal’s expense.
- Despite the above, we do have a decent record with him in charge so I hope that will continue and we will get out title challenge back on track.
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