by Andrew Crawshaw
I have had a request from one of our readers to add a ‘WALL OF SHAME’ to my referee previews showing exactly how bad it gets sometimes.
The referee reviews analyse all of the decisions made (or not made) by the referee and his team of assistants during the course of the game, notating them against the time the incident occurred. We then prepare summary statistics for each half and the game as a whole. These include both correct and incorrect decisions for and against each team.
We don’t expect the refereeing to be perfect, although historically we have found some games that were, (unfortunately not involving Arsenal) but you will all know by now that we regard a Weighted score of 70% as the absolute minimum that we expect to see from any referee in a professional football match.
Our scoring system is:-
|Key Decisions in the Match||Points|
|Incorrect Goal Kick||1|
|Other (Ref Positioning, Injuries, Time Wasting, etc.)||1|
For the purpose of this article here are links to all of the referee reviews before the Leicester game where the Weighted Score has been less than 50%. At this performance level we would all expect to do better simply tossing a coin to make a decision.
Without further ado then here is the Referee WALL OF SHAME
|Weighted Score||Bias against teams h/a||Link to Ref Review|
|Craig Pawson||Stoke||v||Arsenal||34||5/95||Ref Review – Stoke v Arsenal|
|Lee Mason||Arsenal||v||Southampton||34||80/20||Ref Review Arsenal v Southampton|
|Mike Dean||Chelsea||v||Arsenal||41||5/95||Ref Review Chelsea v Arsenal|
|Martin Atkinson||Arsenal||v||Spurs||41||82/18||Ref Review Arsenal v Tottenham|
|Mark Clattenburg||West Brom||v||Arsenal||42||9/91||Ref Review West Brom v Arsenal|
|Anthony Taylor||Arsenal||v||Newcastle||48||9/91||Ref Review Arsenal v Newcastle|
|Jonathan Moss||Southampton||v||Arsenal||49||22/78||Ref Review Southampton v Arsenal|
Honorable Mentions go to Jonathan Moss and Anthony Taylor for their pathetic performances against Southampton and Newcastle respectively.
Mr Moss made no fewer than 6 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow card, red card, penalty and goal decisions) with three of Southampton’s four goals being wrongly awarded. I have not counted the referee as costing us points.
Mr Taylor surprisingly only made one wrong Important Decision, he was diabolical with his routine decision making though. We won the game despite the referee.
Runners up medals go to Mark Clattenburg, Martin Atkinson and Mike Dean for their roles in the West Brom, Spurs and Chelsea games
Mr Clattenburg made 5 wrong Important Decisions in the West Brom game and ensured that we lost rather than won that game
Mr Atkinson made 8 wrong Important Decisions in the Spurs game, failing to award 3 penalties to Arsenal and failing to send off Vertonghen (twice), Dier and Giroud. A game we drew rather than won.
Mr Dean was so bad that a petition against him got over 100,000 signatures – 9 wrong Important Decisions, all against Arsenal. A game where he decided that no matter what the cost Chelsea were to gain all three points.
The Winners (so far this season) are Lee Mason and Craig Pawson (with help from his fourth official Mike Dean) for their roles in the home game against Southampton and away game against Stoke. Both have the diabolically low score of just 34%. That is half of the minimum acceptable performance. In any normal field of employment both would be summarily dismissed. If they were doctors they would be killing two patients out of three.
Mr Mason made 6 wrong Important Decisions – Tadic should have been dismissed twice in Minute 56 or in Min 66. Arsenal should also have been awarded 4 penalties – Min 56 Tadic on Campbell, Min 60 Fonte on Giroud, Min 70 Fonte on Giroud and Min 71 Bertrand on Koscielny. Any one of those would have ensured an Arsenal win rather than a draw.
Mr Pawson (and Mr Dean in his ear) made 8 wrong Important Decisions – Stoke should have had players sent off on 6 occasions; Min 52 Wollscheid, Min 58 Shawcross, Min 62, 71, 80 and 90+1 Pieters. Arsenal should have been awarded a penalties in either Minute 51 0r Min 52 (both for fouls by Wollscheid). Again a game we should have won rather than drawn.
I am sure that I will be returning to this table sooner rather than later, I propose to do so as part of the normal ref Previews when additions need to be made. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see it as a weekly inclusion.
Insult of the day (just in case you need one)
You go so much backward when you fight (All’s well that ends well)
You might also enjoy…
- Bob Wilson writes for Untold Arsenal: that most unforgettable of days
- And coming soon – an article by another Arsenal double hero – John Radford
And two more anniversaries
- 16 February 1955: Arthur Milton sold to Bristol City. A most relaxed, down to earth man he was the last of the twelve men ever to play international football and test cricket for England. He married the daughter of his landlady while at Arsenal.
- 16 February 1957: Bournemouth of Division 3 (south) managed by ex Arsenal man Freddie Cox, beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1. Aside from the League Cup and a friendly Bournemouth had to wait until 2015 to play Arsenal.