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Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth

By Usama & Walter

  • AFC BOURNEMOUTH vs. ARSENAL
  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 25
  • DATE: 7th February 2016

VENUE: Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Kevin Friend
1st LINESMAN: David Bryan
2nd LINESMAN: Peter Kirkup
4th OFFICIAL: Neil Swarbrick

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
03:56 Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) A mistimed tackle from Gosling resulted in a kick to Ramsey inside the Bournemouth’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
05:00 Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Pugh tried to pull Bellerin from behind inside the center of the field but Bellerin kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
07:29 Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Gosling made a heavy first touch inside the Arsenal’s half and Flamini saw the chance to intercept the ball. Flamini lunged in two footed from the front of Gosling and played the ball cleanly with some distance in between him and Gosling. Flamini then made slight contact with Gosling on the follow through. Even though Flamini made clean contact with the ball, his attempt to win the ball was reckless and could have been a red card offence if he had totally missed the ball and made dangerous contact with the opponent.

 

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 BOURNEMOUTH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FLAMINI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

11:05 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) Both players were chasing the ball inside the Arsenal’s half with Afobe in front of Monreal. Monreal got close to Afobe but did not make any foul contact (push, kick, trip, etc.). Afobe tangled his own legs and tripped himself down by mistake. Assistant Ref David Bryan the incorrect call for the foul. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal but the referee gave a foul.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
14:14 Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was running on the left wing and made a sharp stop when Smith’s slow sliding tackle brought down Ozil in the process. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
14:22 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Ramsey tripped Gosling from behind inside the Bournemouth’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
30:24 Marc Pugh (Bournemouth)   Gabriel stopped the long ball on his back leg and the ball was slightly in the air when Pugh controlled the ball with his hands. The handball was not intentional or deliberate but his hands were high and well in front of his chest. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
34:10 Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Smith tried to turn inside the Arsenal’s half when Monreal came in with a tackle and Smith went down without any contact and looked for a foul. Arsenal recovered the ball and counter attacked with the referee correctly playing an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Smith for diving, but was not given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

• Attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST SMITH FOR DIVING.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Fouls for Bournemouth – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Bournemouth – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Bournemouth – 0

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

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
20:33 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Sanchez was in onside position behind Smith. Assistant Ref Peter Kirkup made the wrong decision.

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
33:13 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Steve Cook (Bournemouth) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Peter Kirkup made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
42:03 Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Afobe was in an offside position. Assistant Ref David Bryan made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
42:26 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Peter Kirkup made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Bournemouth – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
22:10 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Clean goal scored by Ozil

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
23:35 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Clean goal scored by Chamberlain.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Bournemouth– 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0


First Half Referee Report

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 2+1+2 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 6 + 5 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 1+2+1+6 = 10

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 10 + 6 = 16

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 5 + 0 = 5

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+2+1 = 6

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 6 + 0 = 6

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 11/(11+5) = 68.7%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 16/(16+6) = 72.7%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:36 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) Ramsey tripped Afobe while he was turning inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
47:28 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) Giroud charged in the back of Surman inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
52:01 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Ozil pulled Gosling slightly from behind inside the Bournemouth’s half, but Gosling carried on.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
55:15 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Smith was running forward with the ball inside the center of the field. Giroud was close by him and hesitated to tackle Smith, which caused Giroud to kick Smith on the foot in reckless manner. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Giroud for attempting a reckless on Smith but no card was given.

 

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 BOURNEMOUTH.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST GIROUD.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

57:04 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Ramsey pulled Gosling from behind inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
58:19 Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Francis charged in to Ozil from the side inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
62:06 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) Ritchie misplaced his foot in the pitch and therefore he slipped himself. Ramsey fell over him as Ritchie suddenly was down on the floor in front of him and as a result lost his balance and landed on top of him. Ritchie went down before any contact was made with Ramsey so Ramsey made no foul. The ref should have let the game carry on as neither player made a deliberate action to trip the other player.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

66:13 Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Stanislas charged late in to Ramsey inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
67:51 Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Gabriel was looking to head the ball inside the Arsenal’s half when Afobe charged in to him from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
77:23 Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Arter tripped Ramsey from behind inside the Bournemouth’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
92:57 Joshua King (Bournemouth) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) King pushed Monreal in the back inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Fouls for Bournemouth – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 8 [8 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Bournemouth – 1

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

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
60:27 Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Peter Kirkup made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
64:27 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref David Bryan made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
67:17 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Giroud was in an offside position. Assistant Ref David Bryan made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
78:53 Joshua King (Bournemouth) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) King was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Peter Kirkup made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
86:03 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Steve Cook (Bournemouth) Ozil was level with Steve Cook. Assistant Ref David Bryan made the wrong call.

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Bournemouth – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Second Half Referee Report

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 4+1+2 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 6 + 7 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 4+2 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Bournemouth – 4+1+2 = 7

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

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+1 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 3 + 1 = 4

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 3 + 2 = 5

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 13/(13+4) = 76.4%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 13/(13+5) = 72.2%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 6+6 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 5+7 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 12 + 12 = 24

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 10+6 = 16

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 16 + 13 = 29

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+3 = 8

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 1 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 6+3 = 9

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 2 = 11

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 24/(24+9) = 72.7%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  29/(29+11) = 72.5%

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

As I was about to give up on PL referees completely this breath of fresh air made me live in hope. Maybe Mr. Friend will regret a few of his decisions as he might get a backlash from his bosses in the next weeks or so. We will keep an eye on that one of course.

Let us start with the first big decisions. The Flamini tackle. It was a foul. As a frontal tackle is always a foul. And the ref gave a yellow card and that was in our opinion the correct decision. If you look at the picture when Flamini made clear and clean contact with the ball, you can see that there is at least one meter between both players.

Flamini

Is it a tackle I like to see? No, I don’t like those tackles but as can be seen from the picture the tackle was made with complete focus on the ball, studs pointed towards the ground and the ball and not aimed at the Bournemouth player.  If his feet would have been above the ball and his studs would have been pointing at the Bournemouth player then it would have been a red card. But now the ref made the correct decision. It is a foul never mind he played the ball first and it is reckless and so a yellow card is the correct verdict. I would however ask Arsenal player to not make such tackles and leave that to the real thugs.

Friend then missed a few decisions. The most notable one when Özil out tricked his opponent and was brought down on the edge of the Bournemouth penalty area but the ref somehow missed the clear foul.

After Arsenal scoring two valid goals the ref missed a handball from Pugh. Pugh almost got a shooting chance from taking the ball with his hand but luckily Bellerin came back at high speed to give a little nudge on the ball to prevent Pugh from possibly scoring.  Adam Smith diving for a free kick was ignored by the ref but he also ignored the yellow card one should give for diving.

But all in all not that many fouls from both teams in the first half. One of the assistants missing an offside call when he judged Alexis offside but that was it really. The score in the first half for the ref was 68.7% and with weight on it the score goes up to 72.7%.

The second half more of the same. Not many fouls and so the game was just getting along fine. Giroud then stepped on the ankle of Smith. The ref probably thinking that the match was in control only spoke to Giroud. Giroud should have been carded as it was a reckless challenge. It looked more accidental than intended but that is not really for the ref to make up. Missed points for the ref.  And again I ask Arsenal players to be more careful out on the field. No harm was done in the end but it could have caused an injury to Smith and I don’t like to see that at all.

After that the ref only made two mistakes according to the images we could see. One was where a Bournemouth player lost his footing somehow when turning and went down and by falling in front of Ramsey he made Rasmey go down on top of him. As the player was going down first without any contact because of the slip of his back foot this wasn’t a foul but the ref gave a foul against Ramsey.  Afobe pushing Gabriel a bit later was the only other foul the ref missed in the second half.

His assistant cost him points as they called a wrong offside against Özil late in the match. But that was about it. Not many decisions to make for the ref and his score in the second half was 76.4% and with weight on it the score goes down to 72.2%.

Looking at the whole match his score was 72.7% and with weight on it the score was 72.5%. Compared to other referees this was excellent refereeing. With that score it shouldn’t be considered that way but this is what we are looking at for the moment.

Bias was largely in favour of Bournemouth but he also missed a few decisions against Arsenal so rather moderate home bias one could say.

On another note. The witch hunt that has been opened on Flamini and Giroud by the media looks a bit strange to me. I have seen these things happening all the time in the PL and nobody asked for red cards, the Flamini tackle on more than one occasion not even being called a foul…   and nobody in the media feeling the need to mention it. It surely can’t be because the players who did the fouls are wearing Arsenal shirts or …because of them being French that now suddenly the media is in uproar?

How far has it come that one should almost hope that our players even don’t make any tackles that could be used against our team to avoid media witch hunting, tackles that are not even being shown or mentioned if other teams make them. Arsenal players should realise that they have no room for error at all. And on any other day with any other ref they might have (mis) used it to send them off. Let us make sure they don’t have any excuse to send an Arsenal player off the field in the future. I don’t like such tackles or fouls and certainly when they are in midfield areas and not needed to make. Using your head is as important as using your feet.

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17 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth

  • Usama Zaka

    Very nicely explained Walter. Also good job putting a decisive image showing the incident.

    Earlier this week I was watching the Valencia vs. Barcelona Spanish Cup Semi Final Second Leg. Valencia’s stadium is more 55,000 in capacity, but that day it was near to empty, much thanks to the Super Neville Bros.

    In the second half of the match something caught my eye, when Munir El Haddadi (20Yrs) of Barcelona made a lunging tackle from the front, two footed, with his feet down and cleanly the tackled but his follow through caught the player slightly, the referee (Carlos Velasco) immediately called it a foul and gave a yellow card. Of course the player asked why a yellow card, he kept pointing out the he got the ball, and by the actions of the ref it looked like he said that you cant slide in from the front with like that.

    This immediately reminded me Flamini, and how badly the media, papers, Tv, aaa and all others kept spouting that Flamini should have been sent off.

  • Menace

    Walter/Usama – I asked a question earlier. I will ask it again. When Ozil scored, there were 2 Bournemouth players with 2 footed off the ground lunges at Ozil. Look at the footage. I would appreciate a view of what your opinion is. Why does something so nasty not get picked up by TV & by most of those who watch a game?

  • tunnygriff

    Flamini was a yellow card. On another day or a split second later and it could have been a red.

    It was a bit brainless tbh. He was giving the ref a chance to make a decision. It could have cost us dearly

  • Menace

    This footage shows it but there was a better side on footage that showed it better. Can’t find it on u tube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9TFtKasOTc

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    It show s how far refereeing standards have slipped this year whe n a score barely above the minimum acceptable 70% level can be regarded as quite good. The photo of the contact for Flamini on the ball should knock on the head any talk of him being lucky not to get a red. As you say, a foul and a yellow the right decisions but with that separation never a red.

    I still wish he would’nt use that style of tackle though, it gives a clear opportunity for a ref with a full on agenda to send him off.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Nice one Walter.
    In general, two teams that try and play the right way, so not the hardest to referee.
    We all know why there is a witch hunt on our players in the media . We all know why they don’t even mention when other players do far worse and avoid red. We all know why a Southampton player can commit 9 fouls against Arsenal players without being carded., or mentioned in the media….and at the Emirates!
    Not the worst performance Mr Friend, but if your bully boy bosses are upset with you over Flamini, I hope you have the courage and integrity to carry on doing your job the the best of your ability, unlike the spineless, useless, and unfit Mr Mason.

  • Al

    The way Arsenal players are vilified in this country for honest mistakes or error of judgement, and the keenness to throw the book on the part of officials when that happens, while thugs like Costa(only because he plays for Chelsea), Barton, etc,. are allowed to get away with murder on a weekly basis borders on the xenophobic and is sickening. Flamini makes one mistimed tackle and the whole country bays for blood, when scholes and Gerrard used to make such tackles on a daily basis they were called meaty tackles.

    When one looks at the foul Coq made that led to the massive witch hunt, I think it was a little pull or something like that,when he was on a yellow already. Yet we saw some horrific fouls against our players go unpunished. Rosicky had his nose broken by Agbonlahor from a swinging elbow, and it was called an accident. Wasnt mentioned in the media at all. Arteta lost a tooth and it was called an accident. Debuchy’s Arsenal career was literally ended by a cowardly push by a Stoke thug (foreign player but OK because he plays for Stoke) who wasn’t even booked. Sanchez was shoved into a pit by another English thug. I just mentioned four horrific assaults on our players from the last 12 months or so that were not even deemed worthy of a booking, or mention in the media. Yet when Coquelin pulls a player in the centre of the pitch there’s a national outcry. Flamini mistimed a tackle which he was duly booked for but they were not satisfied with that, they wanted blood.

    It’s this kind of arrogance that holds England back from success at the international level. And that is what makes people the world over celebrate whenever England fails at the international stage. When Spain won the world cup most people outside of Holland were genuinely happy for them. I very much doubt that would be the case were it England. And don’t ask me why. And don’t mistake this for a rant, just stating a few facts.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Just update the Table of Shame following the two ref reviews. 5 wrong Important Decisions favouring Arsenal, 72 favouring our opponents, and by my reckoning 17 points robbed to date. We aren’t going to be allowed to win the league and I have a horrible feeling that Dean is lined up for the Cup match.

  • Ando

    Well said, Al

  • Rich

    Well, the reaction to Flamini’s tackle is now complete. Commentators, pundits, former refs, journalists, pgmol.

    Seems pgmol rung up Howe to tell him it should have been red. Wonder if Wenger got a similar call after game 50, or on any of the dozen occasions apologies were due over 20 years? Really doubt it.

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/cherries/clubnews/14274431.AFC_Bournemouth_boss_Eddie_Howe_told__Mathieu_Flamini_should_have_been_sent_off/?

    The dislike, bias, or whatever the hell it is, is real and so entrenched now.

  • @Swales1968

    Andrew Crawshaw is there any chance of a table of these decisions just so I can use it against the many Arsenal fans who tell me day in and day out “it evens itself up over a season” and “we get just as many dubious decisions as other teams we are playing, look at……”

    Or should I just look through the ref reviews myself?

  • Mandy Dodd

    Andrew, Dean may well be lined up for a cup match, but I am also convinced he is lined up for WHL, whatever he does there, it will meet the approval of the media…..and a section of our own …so called fans…

    Dean at WHL
    Taylor at OT, unless they let Oliver redeem himself
    Atkinson at City
    Mason at Everton

  • Menace

    Why even bother with appointing minions? Riley the master cheat should just award walkovers. It is unbelievable that such blatant cheating is going unhindered. Media are chicken or complicit in the fraud.

  • finsbury

    Thanks for the review. And for clarifying the Flamini call, beyond any doubt. Sure no one would’ve been groaning too hard, like some kind of trolling Groaner or sad pigMOB employee (?) if he’d have been sent off but it was a good call or judgment on that play from from the official.

    He might’ve had a hiccup here or there on occasion and there but overall when the people who sit near me ask me for the Refwatch Preview summary when pgMOB representative Mr.Friend is in N5 I have been able to say in the past:

    “Mr. Friend is more friendly then the average craven crow that we get, we can focus on the footy.” and I’m not a soothsayer or a prophet I simply read these Untold reviews and previews. Marvellous innit?

    Indeed Mr.Friend appears to be one of the few, one or two, on Riley’s roster who can be addressed as: ‘Referee’.
    I suppose that explains why The Arsenal haven’t and won’t be seeing him for more then two league games in a season, ever!

    What are the odds we’ll be seeing the like of fast rising superstar Apprentice Taylor for three or more matches? Deano *gollum gollum* ? What odds would I on officials’ appointments on the Thai betting (black) market?

  • Jambug

    Usama and Walter

    Thanks again for all the hard work.

    I, like many I think, was waiting eagerly to see your analysis of the Flamini incident. You possibly read my conclusion that I thought it was a red, and gave my reasons, but I did add the caveat that I would like to see how you evaluated it against the ‘Laws of the Game’, which is what the Referee should do. And if you do that then it seems a Yellow was correct.

    You quote the relevant law:

    “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.

    I must admit I thought ‘Reckless’ was a red. I was mistaken, and although I hate to see challenges like that it does appear that in this case a Yellow card was the correct decision, not that you would believe that given what Rich relays. (see bellow).

    Al

    Fantastic post.

    “It’s this kind of arrogance that holds England back from success at the international level. And that is what makes people the world over celebrate whenever England fails at the international stage.”

    Exactly. It’s what makes ME celebrate whenever England fail !!

    Andrew

    “Just update the Table of Shame following the two ref reviews. 5 wrong Important Decisions favouring Arsenal, 72 favouring our opponents, and by my reckoning 17 points robbed to date. We aren’t going to be allowed to win the league and I have a horrible feeling that Dean is lined up for the Cup match”

    It is incomprehensible that this level of bias/cheating can be allowed, but it is, hence I have to agree with your conclusion that we will simply not be allowed to win the PL.

    PS. I think they will save Dean for either United or Spurs.

    @Swales1968

    “Andrew Crawshaw is there any chance of a table of these decisions just so I can use it against the many Arsenal fans who tell me day in and day out “it evens itself up over a season” and “we get just as many dubious decisions as other teams we are playing, look at……”

    I have done this many times. They shake there heads, mumble something about how bad the refs are, then get back to signing there next fantasy player.

    Worse, the very next time we’re in the mess room talking football they all continue with the same old same old. ‘It all evens out in the end’ (Oh, except for there team of course who always get a rum deal), and of course there’s always the ‘big teams get all the decisions’ (which definitely includes us by the way), which is still endlessly repeated, no matter what.

    But please try it and let us know what happens. It will be interesting to see if you get the same reactions I get.

    Rich

    “Seems pgmol rung up Howe to tell him it should have been red.”

    If that is true it just goes to show how bad it is, as if we didn’t already know.

  • Rich

    Jambug

    Howe really seems one of the more decent managers around, so I can only think what he says is true.

    “Questioned on Wenger’s view, Howe told the Daily Echo: “The only thing I need to say is that I got a call from the assessor who looked at the game and discussed the incident.

    “They all believe in retrospect that it should have been a red card so I think that puts an end to it.””

    Who is the ‘they’?

    It seems yet another area where pgmol run things poorly. I’m guessing managers (let alone the public) have no access to these assessors reports, so it is yet another lever they can pull behind the scenes with no formal processes (other than whatever the hell their internal ones are) in place.

    If one manager gets a call when assessors believe a mistake has been made, it needs to happen every time. Anything else is wrong, so of course that’s how they do it.

    Thing is, we don’t know 100% whether or not Wenger got a call for, say, Mcnair or Cahill’s challenge, Atkinson giving 4 mins injury time at West Ham when ten was the true figure (explain that!), Smith not being sent off on Diaby, Mason allowing the injured player to stay on the pitch, etc,etc, back to game 50.

    I’d guess no, never. Remember reading in Poll’s book that after a performance the club were extremely unhappy about, Poll offered to come to the club and talk things over, he was told, ‘no thanks, just do your job right’. Maybe that hints at where some of the dislke comes from.

    Interestingly, if we don’t get those calls- how clear must that make it to Wenger that things are not right at Pgmol and that he is actively disliked.