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Ref Review: Arsenal – Leicester

By Usama & Walter

ARSENAL vs. LEICESTER CITY

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 26
  • DATE: 14th February 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson
1st LINESMAN: Michael Mullarkey
2nd LINESMAN: Stephen Child
4th OFFICIAL: Roger East

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
03:30 Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Okazaki made a sliding challenge to intercept Bellerin’s pass inside Leicester’s half. Okazaki’s stretched arm whilst sliding blocked the pass.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
04:04 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was dribbling and turning at speed inside the Leicester’s half when Drinkwater came in late and swung a late foot hitting Sanchez slightly above the foot. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Drinkwater for committing reckless foul. Drinkwater was late, had no chance of playing the ball or coming near the ball and in the end swung his left foot on Sanchez. 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 ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST DRINKWATER.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

07:11 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Wes Morgan (Leicester) Morgan was in control of the ball inside the Leicester’s half and was trying to shield the ball from Giroud. Giroud was trying overcome the shielding done by Morgan. Giroud raised his hands so to avoid any push or pull contact. Giroud also kept his legs at good distance away from Morgan’s legs to avoid trip or kick. Giroud used only his body to overcome the shield. But the referee then wrongly gave a foul against Arsenal. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal because Giroud made no foul contact at all.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
08:50 N’Golo Kante (Leicester)   Chamberlain controlled the ball just outside the Leicester’s penalty area and tried to play a pass to Giroud who was inside the penalty area, when Kante raised his left arm before the pass was played and then moved his arm towards the path of the ball, thereby blocking the ball. This handball happened inside the penalty area. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but was not given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Kante for committing a deliberate handball stopping a promising attack. But no card was given.

 

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Handling the Ball

Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into consideration:

• The movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)

• The distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)

• The position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement

• Touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

• Hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

 

Disciplinary sanctions

There are circumstances when a caution for unsporting behaviour is required when a player deliberately handles the ball, e.g. when a player:

• Deliberately handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession

• Attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KANTE.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

12:52 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) N’Golo Kante (Leicester) Coquelin made a standing tackle from behind but slightly caught Kante and tripped him inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
14:39 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was charging with a tackle and his arms in a stretched position away from the body. Drinkwater chipped the ball and it hit Sanchez’s stretched left arm.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
22:01 Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil received the long pass from Cech inside the Arsenal’s half and was moving on the counter attack, when Okazaki came in sliding very late with one foot up and took out Ozil. Arsenal recovered the ball and moved forward. The referee correctly played an advantage.

 

Two seconds late Arsenal lost the ball to Leicester. The advantage played by the referee should have been converted in to a foul for Arsenal, but the referee failed to do so.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Okazaki for being reckless in his challenge and also trying to break the Arsenal’s attack forward. 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 FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST OKAZAKI.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

25:59 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Monreal tripped Mahrez from behind inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
27:25 Danny Simpson (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Just as Ozil received the ball inside the Leicester’s half, Sanchez was trying to make a run past the Leicester’s defensive line when Simpson tripped him off the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
29:08 Danny Simpson (Leicester) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) The ball was in the air and Ozil was looking to control the ball when Simpson grabbed Ozil using both of his hands and deliberately pulled him away from the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Simpson 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

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST SIMPSON.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

35:16 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Mahrez was running with the ball inside the center of field and Coquelin was chasing him. Coquelin jumped in with sliding tackle. Mahrez went down very easily but Coquelin had moved his leg in front of Mahrez, he also had raised his foot up and down to make sure Mahrez would not get past him.

 

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 LEICESTER.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST COQUELIN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

37:00 Robert Huth (Leicester) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Huth and Giroud were in the box for the corner. Huth had held and pulled Giroud by the shirt and arm throughout the flight of the ball. This resulted in a mistimed header from Giroud. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but was not given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Huth for deliberately holding and pulling the opponent away from 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

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST HUTH.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

43:03 Wes Morgan (Leicester) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) The ball was in the air inside the Leicester’s half and Ozil was waiting for it to drop down, when Morgan came from behind and jumped in the back of Ozil causing Ozil to miss the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
43:13 Lauren Koscienly (Arsenal) N’Golo Kante (Leicester) Kante was on the counter attack at speed inside the Arsenal’s half when Koscienly went charging in and jumped in with a head first tackle, that took out Kante in the process. This was a reckless challenge and also an attack breaking challenge by Koscienly.

 

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 LEICESTER.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST KOSCIENLY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

43:16

 

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Vardy was on the counter attack. Monreal was defending in a 1v1 against Vardy. Vardy moved forward towards the goal and kicked the ball away to his right, at the same time Monreal who was inside the penalty box stretched out a foot to tackle the ball but missed it. Monreal quickly retracted his foot and tried to move away from Vardy. Vardy instead of going towards the ball, deliberately ran in to Monreal and made contact with Monreal even though Monreal moved back away from Vardy. The referee gave a penalty against Arsenal. This should not have been a penalty against Arsenal.

 

This should have been a foul for Arsenal because it was Vardy who made foul contact not Monreal.

 

WRONG PENALTY AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-3 (PENALTY)

-1 (FOUL)

46:30 Danny Simpson (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez received the ball and turned quickly on the first touch inside the Leicester’s half when Simpson was late and tripped Sanchez. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
46:46 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Just as Okazaki was about to receive the ball inside the Arsenal’s half, Ramsey went in with a scissor’s like sliding tackle and brought down Okazaki. This was a clear reckless tackle from Ramsey.

 

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 LEICESTER.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Fouls for Leicester City – 5

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 7

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Leicester City – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Leicester City – 3

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 3 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 5

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Leicester City – 0

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

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 3 [9 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
01:59 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Vardy was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stephen Child made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
13:24 Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Okazaki was marginally offside, with his head and shoulders slightly forward than Mertesacker. Assistant Ref Stephen Child made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

13:58 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Robert Huth (Leicester) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

18:18 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Robert Huth (Leicester) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

30:54 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Wes Morgan (Leicester) Giroud was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

41:50 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Robert Huth (Leicester) Chamberlain was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Michael Mullarkey made the call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Offsides for Leicester City – 4

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 6 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0 [0 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
44:19 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) REFER to FOUL at Minute 43:16. The goal should not have stood because the penalty that was awarded for this goal was wrong.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against Leicester City– 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

First Half Referee Report

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Leicester City – 5+1+3+4 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 5 + 13 = 18

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 2+1+2 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Leicester City – 5+1+6+4 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 5 + 16 = 21

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 7+5+3+1 = 16

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 16 + 0 = 16

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 7+10+9+3 = 29

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 29 + 0 = 29

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 18/(18+16) = 52.9%

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 21/(21+29) = 42.0%

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
46:25 Danny Simpson (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Simpson jumped in the back of Sanchez and pushed forward inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
48:35 Danny Simpson (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was making a run forward inside the Leicester’s half. He was running at speed and was in a 1v1 with Simpson. Simpson made a challenge from the front of Sanchez by charging in to Sanchez recklessly with a leading foot. Simpson totally missed the ball and took out Sanchez in the process. The referee correctly gave a foul. This was a clear act of recklessness and breaking of attack. The referee also correctly gave a yellow card.

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

 

But this should have been Simpson’s second yellow card for a bookable offence earlier. Which means that by now he should have been sent off, but no red card was shown by the referee.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST SIMPSON.

NO RED CARD AGAINST SIMPSON.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

49:26 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)   Mahrez was dribbling inside the Arsenal’s penalty area. Monreal was close Mahrez. Mahrez then made a quick sharp turn close to Monreal. Monreal quickly raised his hands and backed away from Mahrez, when Mahrez threw himself to the ground and went down without any foul contact. This should have been a yellow card against Mahrez for diving but no card was 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)

 

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MAHREZ FOR DIVING.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
51:12 Christian Fuchs (Leicester)

 

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Arsenal were on the counter attack inside the Leicester’s half and just as Giroud made a first time pass, Fuchs came in sliding, missed the totally and took out Giroud recklessly.

 

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

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FUCHS.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

53:29 Danny Simpson (Leicester) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Monreal took a throw-in towards Giroud inside the Leicester’s half when Simpson grabbed, held and pulled Giroud using both of his hands. He continued this for 4 second until he brought down Giroud. This was a clear act of preventing the opponent getting to the ball.

 

Simpson was correctly given a second yellow card and was correctly sent off.

 

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 SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST SIMPSON.

CORRECT RED CARD AGAINST SIMPSON.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

3 (RED CARD)

54:35 Wes Morgan (Leicester) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Just as the freekick was delivered inside the Leicester’s penalty box, Morgan grabbed Giroud and rammed him in to Huth, thereby bringing Giroud down in the box. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but was not given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Morgan for deliberately holding and pulling the opponent, 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 ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST WES MORGAN.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

55:47 N’Golo Kante (Leicester) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was on the counter attack inside the center of the field when Kante kicked Ozil from behind and brought down Ozil. This was a reckless and attack breaking foul The referee correctly gave a foul and a yellow card.

 

But this should have been Kante’s second yellow card of the match, which means that by now he should have been sent off. But no red card was given by the referee.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST KANTE.

NO RED CARD AGAINST KANTE.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

58:25 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Drinkwater jumped in with a careless challenge on Ramsey and brought him down inside the Arsenal’s half. This should have been a foul Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

60:49 Marc Albrighton (Leicester) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Albrighton pushed down Monreal from the side inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
69:15 Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Wasilewski pulled down Sanchez inside the Leicester’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
70:54 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey was going towards the open ball inside the Leicester’s half, when Drinkwater came lunging in from the side with his right foot, full studs up, and made very strong contact right above Ramsey’s right calf. This tackle fulfilled all the criteria for it to be considered “Serious Foul Play”

 

1. Drinkwater used excessive force by lunging at speed.

 

2. Drinkwater’s tackle endangered Ramsey’s safety, because the contact was very bad.

 

3. Drinkwater clearly missed the ball.

 

4. Drinkwater made contact with nearly all of studs on Ramsey’s leg.

 

The referee Martin Atkinson reported after the match that this was clean and not a harmful challenge.

 

This should have been a foul for Arsenal and a red card against Drinkwater, but nothing was given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 128

Serious Foul Play

A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play.

 

A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play.

 

Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play.

 

Advantage should not be applied in situations involving serious foul play unless there is a clear subsequent opportunity to score a goal. The referee must send off the player guilty of serious foul play when the ball is next out of play.

 

A player who is guilty of serious foul play should be sent off and play is restarted with a direct free kick from the position where the offence occurred (see Law 13 – Position of free kick) or a penalty kick (if the offence occurred inside the offender’s penalty area).

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST DRINKWATER.

-1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

71:35 Theo Walcott (Arsenal)   Walcott rushed towards the referee and shouted verbal and non-verbal protest. This should have been a yellow card against Walcott but no card was given.

 

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.

 

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST WALCOTT FOR DISSENT.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
72:14 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Robert Huth (Leicester) Huth was trying to clear the through ball away with his head, when Chamberlain was late with his attempt to shoot with the foot and made slight contact with Huth’s upper body.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
73:07 Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Wasilewski slightly tripped Sanchez inside the Leicester’s half, but Arsenal kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYER FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
74:23 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Slight block and push by Ramsey on Drinkwater inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
91:40 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Vardy slide tackles down Ozil inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

93:42 Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Wasilewski jumps in to face of Monreal with leading arm and hits him quite recklessly.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST WASILEWSKI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

94:50 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) After scoring the goal Welbeck jumped the perimeter of the fence and went in to the crowd.

 

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Celebration of a goal

While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive.

Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases.

A player must be cautioned if: • in the opinion of the referee, he makes gestures which are provocative, derisory or inflammatory • he climbs on to a perimeter fence to celebrate a goal being scored • he removes his shirt or covers his head with his shirt • he covers his head or face with a mask or other similar item

 

Leaving the field of play to celebrate a goal is not a cautionable offence in itself but it is essential that players return to the field of play as soon as possible. Referees are expected to act in a preventative manner and to exercise common sense in dealing with the celebration of a goal.

 

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST WELBECK.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 8

Number of Correct Fouls for Leicester City – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 10 [10 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Leicester City – 1

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 6 [12 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Leicester City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 3 [6 points]

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Red Cards for Leicester City – 0

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

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 3 [9 points]

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
51:18 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Wes Morgan (Leicester) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stephen Child failed to make the call. NO OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER. -1 (OFFSIDE)
68:39 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stephen Child made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Offsides for Leicester City – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Leicester City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points[

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
69:50 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott scored a clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
94:29 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Welbeck scored a clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Leicester City– 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
90:02 Corner Robert Huth (Leicester) The ball last came off Huth not Giroud.

NO CORNER FOR ARSENAL.

Number of Incorrect Corner against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Corner against Leicester City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Corner – 1


Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 8+2+5+1+2 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Leicester City – 2+1+1 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 18 + 4 = 22

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 8+2+10+3+6 = 29

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Leicester City – 2+2+1 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 29 + 5 = 34

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+2+3+1+1 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Leicester City – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 9 + 2 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+4+9+3+1 = 19

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 19 + 3 = 22

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 22/(22+11) = 66.6%

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 34/(34+22) = 60.7%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+18 = 23

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Leicester City – 13+4 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 23 + 17 = 40

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+29 = 34

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Leicester City – 16+5 = 21

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 34 + 21 = 55

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 16+9 = 25

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Leicester City – 0+2 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 25 + 2 = 27

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 29+19 = 48

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Leicester City – 0+3= 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 48 + 3 = 51

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 40/(40+27) = 59.7%

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  55/(55+51) = 51.8%

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 ref preview I think Andrew pointed at Atkinson being lenient towards other teams when he has to give yellow cards. He showed that after 4 minutes. Drinkwater (not that kind of guy you know) came in with a wild kick from behind. No chance of playing the ball. This was the kind of kick ‘to let the opponent know you are there’. Atkinson not giving a yellow card gave a clear signal to Leicester at that moment that they could do as they liked when it comes to kicking Arsenal players.

His next decision was the complete opposite. Morgan shielding the ball and Giroud not using his arms and legs but just his body to disposes Morgan but this time Atkinson gave a foul. The difference between what team was allowed physical contact will be made even clearer when we come to talk about the Leicester goal.

But let us move on to the first big match changing decision. The Kante handball. Kante had moved his arms upwards to make himself big. He was not running at full speed when moving your arms up to shoulder height is natural. No Kante was more or less standing still in his penalty area and then moved his arms up. This is what we call a deliberate action. When the Ox tried to pass the ball to Giroud who was behind Kante, Kante moved his arm in the direction of the ball and stopped it with his arm.

Maybe Atkinson was unsighted but surely his assistant should have reported the handball to Atkinson. And if Atkinson was unsighted it will have been because of bad positioning on the field being too close to the side line on that part of the field. He should have been in a more central position where he could have a good look at what was going on and then he would have spotted it. Surely this cannot be because of physical problems being in the wrong position that early in the match? The final result however was that Arsenal was not given a penalty.

The remainder of the first half was Leicester committing fouls that went mostly unpunished and also Okazaki and Simpson not being given yellow cards for clear fouls and an off the ball foul and a holding foul.  Huth was holding Giroud after a corner for seconds and stopped him from rising for a header. Giroud still touched the ball but he was clearly held by Huth and holding an attacker in the penalty area is a foul. But most referees turn a blind eye for this and so did Atkinson.

Let us move on to the penalty for Leicester. The thing that pissed me off most is not the penalty itself. No what made me so angry was what happened seconds before at the other end. Morgan just jumping wildly in the back of Özil who wanted to control the ball just outside the Leicester penalty area. How on earth can any FIFA referee miss such an open and blatant foul????

Was it because of Özil not going to ground that he didn’t give a foul???? Well in that case I want to remind the ref that a player doesn’t need to go to the ground to give the foul. If a player is clearly impeded by the defender jumping and hanging all over a player and this was the case, then you should call the foul regardless of the fact that the player is trying to stand strong on his feet. I really don’t know what Atkinson would have done if Özil would have gone to ground. Would he than have given the foul? So is Atkinson in fact inviting the players to go to ground?

But as a result Atkinson pointed to the spot seconds later at the other end. In a way I can accept the decision itself. In the split second you look at it you see Monreal sticking out a leg and Vardy going down. In the replays you see Monreal sticking out a leg, retracting it quickly, turning himself away from Vardy and then Vardy sticking out his left leg to make sure there is contact with Monreal. I don’t blame Atkinson for being tricked by Vardy. I blame Atkinson for not calling the foul on Özil seconds earlier. THAT is where he went wrong. And that is another example on how not doing your job on one end of the field results in a mess at the other end.

At the end of the first half we could say one penalty handed on a plate by Atkinson in favour of Leicester and two penalties in favour of Arsenal not given. No wonder the ref got booed off at half time by the Arsenal crowd.

First half score : 52.9% and when we put weight on the decisions we get a score of 42%. When we look at the bias we see 16 incorrect decisions in the first half…all going against Arsenal.

On to the second half. A different ref at first sight? Simpson finally getting his yellow card he should have received in the first half. Mahrez looking for another penalty gift from Atkinson but he had enough of it, so it seemed. Booking Mahrez would have given a clearer signal though.

Fuchs being yellow carded after giving a good advantage was another piece of fine refereeing. But then he gave much to my surprise the second yellow card when Simpson was holding Giroud and stopped what could have been a promising attack. Simpson had done enough by now to have earned his second yellow card.

But then Atkinson again backed out of important decisions. Giroud was being held and pushed by Morgan when the free kick was given but again no penalty against Leicester. Kante with a bad foul on Özil stopping a promising attack resulted in him getting a yellow card. Should have been his second if Atkinson had done his job better in the first half. Drinkwater (not that kind of guy) jumping in wildly but not spotted by Atkinson this time.

Arsenal then scored a good goal and that was the signal for some Leicester players to add a bit more steel to their game.

Drinkwater (I have mentioned him a few times before)  came in with a flying tackle. His studs flew in well above ball height and made contact with the calf of Ramsey. Luckily the foot of Ramsey was not planted in to the ground and so his leg could give way a bit. But flying in with studs above the ball and making contact with the player is a red card offence.   Please referees: no more, do your job.

Back to this match. Again I noticed a difference from the ref after the Drinkwater assault. He again did the correct thing after that. And I think most Leicester players wanted to do the same as in a period of almost 15 minutes neither team committed a foul!

The ref made one mistake when Huth headed a ball in to corner but Atkinson gave a goal kick. And that was in minute 90. Only 4 minutes of extra time was a real joke. With all the time wasting that went on (unpunished again) this was terrible. The substitution of Mahrez alone took more than one minute and Schmeichel…well he wasted some 10 minutes on his own I think.

But luckily he did see and punished the wild challenge from Wazilewski on Monreal with some 18 seconds on the clock. He allowed some extra time for the free kick to be taken. For those Leicester supporters who would argue that the winning goal came at 94:29 minutes on the clock they are right that it was outside the minimum time indicated. But I could freshen up their memory by saying that in the first half in almost the same situation he allowed Leicester to take a free kick well behind the end of the extra time in the first half. This was application of the rule that a team that has made a foul cannot benefit from that foul. So he had to let the free kick be taken and certainly as it was in a promising situation.

Welbeck was nicely onside when Özil delivered the free kick and he deserved his yellow card for jumping over the fence to celebrate his goal with the supporters.

Second half score for the ref: 66.6% and when we put weight on it the score ends up at 60.7%.

Over the whole match we see a score of 59.7% and with weight it drops to 51.8%.

The bias numbers are not that good. 27 incorrect decisions over the whole match. Way too much. But 25 of them against Arsenal and only 2 against Leicester. The Arsenal supporters who stopped celebrating for a few seconds at the end of the match and started booing when Atkinson left the field had every right to be unhappy with his performance.

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55 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Leicester

  • Wolfgang

    Understand that Clattenburg has been demoted following his wrong award of a penalty against City in the Spurs game.This detailed analysis shd act as an impartial guide to the performance of refs.
    Then its up to the FA to take action against error prone refs. The punishment shd be more severe especially with regard to the award of penalties.
    This is a game changing decision.

  • Tom

    I went straight to the penalty decision for the Monreal foul on Vardy and I was surprised to find this: “.. Monreal who was inside the penalty box stretched out a foot to tackle the ball but missed it. Monreal quickly retracted his foot and tried to move away from Vardy….”

    Except he didn’t retract his foot and that’s why Vardy was able to initiate contact with Monteal’s outstretched leg.

    I have no problem with you calling it a dive, although all referees on record who looked at it called it a pen, but I have to question your description of the play. It is simply inaccurate.

    Just strange.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Shocking, but now par for course.
    The romantic, heartwarming, feel good story of Leicester City, and Spurs who clearly mirror their tactics and disrespect for the game.
    I am intrigued to know what changed at half time, I suspect this inept ref knew Leicester were making a mug of him, and despite clear orders, he at least attempted to salvage what is left of his reputation and professional pride.
    Well done the crowd, we need more of this.
    And Ozil and co, sorry to say this, but it has got to the juncture……when you are fouled, go down. Put pressure on these refs, it may not work, but the only way we stand a chance.
    This is what football ….and refereeing in this country has come to.
    Expect more of the same at Everton, Hull, Spurs , Utd and City

  • rich

    So much to look at with this one. Got to start with the sending off. It represents a big challenge to my beliefs.

    Basically, no way, no way, no way will you get that from Atkinson- or at least that was my belief. Nearly 40 minutes left of a huge game, us losing that game. I can’t explain it at all.

    The idea that it came about because he was embarrassed by the first half showing, annoyed about being conned by Vardy, worried about looking bad, or shaken after being blasted by Wenger…none of that works as an explanation for me.

    The opportunity was there on a plate to try manage the 2nd half towards what would be an immense win for Leicester and a crushing defeat for us…so what the hell happened?

  • Andy L

    This link leaves me with foreboding for tomorrow http://www.turkish-football.com/controversial-turkish-referee-to-officiate-arsenal-v-barcelona-champions-league-clash/ it appears we have a referee who is rated third in Europe behind Rizzoli and believe it or not Atkinson!!!. Ye gods what chance have we got.

  • Mandy Dodd

    what the hell happened indeed Rich.
    Maybe a combination of factors causing meltdown?
    Seems I get a dislike every time I mention Spurs and Leicesters cheating approach- perhaps a fan of Dele “Kick in the belly” Alli on here?

  • mk

    Tom, you need to watch it again as that is completely incorrect.

    Not only was Monreal retracting his foot when Vardy dived over his leg he was also turning away from the player.

    You can easily tell it is a dive by the way Vardy made contact with his left leg, the one furthest from the ball swung wider towards Monreal and there was no attempt by Vardy to even turn or move towards where he actually played the ball.

    Even lots of the media and commentators were saying Vardy was ‘clever’ in winning the penalty, a term reserved solely for English players when they take an obvious dive.

    The apologist former refs always stick together when it comes to decisions against Arsenal and barely knew the rules before they retired let alone now.

  • Dave

    Walter, I always thought that a defender whose feet are planted BEFORE an attacker gets to them and drag their legs across them for a penalty(aka Vardy), gets the benefit of the fact that his foot is set and not moving. I saw it as Monreal having placed his foot on the ground and Vardy then doing as I described. please can you explain what the situation with that is according to the rules, as that is the case in other sports like basketball too. If a defender is set when an attacker goes past them and they don’t move, it is the attackers responsibility to ensure there is no contact…..

  • rich

    Tom

    Can you offer up a better, more accurate description of what happened then?

    Here’s mine. Monreal makes an uncharacteristic error in even going for that ball. Quite hard to explain but for some reason he has his body in the wrong position while Vardy is far enough away to correct it. Almost certainly this is a consequence of the chaotic events immediately before this bit of action.

    Vardy exploits this superbly- if you like that sort of thing- by driving directly at Monreal, leaving the ball there to tempt the defender, who moves forward with his wrong foot, his body turned the way it shouldn’t really be, and his weight not right either.
    Vardy reaches the ball comfortably with his great speed, touches it off to the right but obviously has not the slightest intention of pursuing it and never did. He weighed up the situation at some point in that second or so and had his mind set on penalty. He commits fully to earning that pen with his last decisive movements by making as much contact as possible, working hard to connect with some force with his left leg against Monreal’s right.

    The best shot, if there’s anyone in the world honestly struggling to understand what Vardy was up to would be the front view of Vardy just as he takes that last touch. If he had any thought of something other than penalty, his hips and body weight would have continued twisting to the right after that touch, but no, the work is complete after that touch and the trap is set, now just for the finishing detail of carrying on into Monreal and making it look as good as possible.

    You’re quibbling and putting the main emphasis- instead of even stating firmly that you think it was a dive (just strange)- on whether Walter is correct to say Monreal retracted his foot seems odd to me.

    Technically, you may be rightish and maybe Walter could have found a way to word it with more precision or something (I don’t know; it was good enough for me; I saw what happened and am an Arsenal supporter who is pissed off when my team are cheated).

    More accurate might have been : ‘at the first possible instant he could after his move towards the ball, Monreal began moving his foot back and turning his body away; but unfortunately it was too late; this all takes place in a fractions of a second and it was completely impossible to get away from Vardy, charging at speed into him; Monreal did all he could to make clear he had not initiated the contact, but he had been well and truly done by ‘clever ‘ Vardy.

    Now, would that have satisfied you,Tom? Would you have had to move your magnifying glass elsewhere if it said that.

  • rich

    Mandy

    I have absolutely no idea! Combination of factors is the best logical guess, but it still leaves me not able to imagine what they were.

    The rare instance of Mike Dean not taking the excellent chance to send off Kos is more understandable. You and I both felt he would be on better behaviour than normal this weekend. I think a generally sound performance, two good pens denied and that generosity for Kos adds up to that (though it’s pretty hard to even know ,from our perspective, what kind, average or normal refereeing looks like at this stage)

  • john-L

    Mark Bright (the player who broke Andy Linighan’s nose with a deliberate elbow in 1993)has stated that Vardy cheated in diving into Monreal in order to win the penalty.

    There must be a keen rivalry between Atkinson and Dean for the PGMOL award of who can inflict most injustice on Arsenal.

  • Mick

    Rich/mk
    Predictably Tom has to find extenuating circumstances to mitigate the severity of the oppositions misdemeanors whilst simultaneously shifting all or some of the blame back onto the team he supposedly supports.

  • rich

    Mick

    Quite comical. Take Walter’s description, and the dispute is with the wording of that one bit- ‘Monreal quickly retracted his foot’- all the rest, either equally vital to the overall picture or more important, is ignored.

    ‘Vardy moved forward towards the goal and kicked the ball away to his right, at the same time Monreal who was inside the penalty box stretched out a foot to tackle the ball but missed it. Monreal quickly retracted his foot and tried to move away from Vardy. Vardy instead of going towards the ball, deliberately ran in to Monreal and made contact with Monreal even though Monreal moved back away from Vardy’

    I guess if it’s good enough for top lawyers and media people it’s good enough for us humble fans and commenters to do the same.

    Was there a foul, i.e if Vardy were playing honestly would there have been any contact or foul, and can it be a foul if it requires a player to take actions to create the supposed ‘foul’ against him, is surely the main thing to think about.

  • Mick

    Rich.
    Spot on mate.

  • WalterBroeckx

    I have taken some pictures of the Vardy/Monreal incident and Monreal planted his foot, retracted his leg and turned away from Vardy. Vardy ran in to the back of Monreal and stuck out his left leg.
    Alas I can’t publish the pictures in a comment as this is not allowed by the software.

  • Mick

    Walter
    You do not have to try to justify yourself to most of us, just the few doubting Thomas’s who persistently seek to undermine your excellent work.

  • hrishi

    Walter,
    I don’t disagree with you on Monreal retracting his leg. The only problem?- his retraction came a little late- there was no way he could have avoided Vardy’s left leg then.
    The top 3 pictures on this link indicate that.
    http://s17.postimg.org/ysehqb0tb/Clever_Jamie_Vardy.png

    The position of Monreal’s leg left little room for Vardy to turn and go in the direction of the ball. The fact that Vardy made little attempt to do so is another matter. He made sure that Monreal’s ‘crime’ was magnified as much as possible by going straight into him. Hardly original stuff and nor have we seen the end of it.

    In situations such as these, the referee should consider if Vardy’s momentum would have allowed him to dodge the leg if he wanted to do the sporting thing. He reckoned not.
    In a match full of inept refereeing, Atkinson got that one right, at least, in my humble opinion.

  • @Swales1968

    29 minutes that is how long the ball was in play in the first half. 29 minutes was how long the ball was in play in the second half but the ref decided that there was only 5 seconds of time to be added on (if you take away substitutions, goals and freekicks) how? How did the officials not see all the time wasting that was going on, one throw in took over 25 seconds to take. It’s becoming a joke now, time keeping needs to be taken out of the refs hands, giving him one less thing to worry about.

    The given penalty I can see why it was given, Vardy played for it and the ref fell for it but as has been pointed out the foul on Ozil should of been given and so no yellow to Kos and no penalty to LCFC. After looking at other penalties that have been given over the past few months you have to question why Arsenal are getting so few, I can’t wait for the game that all these decisions even themselves up in happens

  • Mick

    The thing is IF just IF once in a while we were to be given such decisions perhaps we would not make so much fuss of these things.
    Sadly the fact is we are almost never given these sort of calls in our favour.
    Lately I wonder how clear cut fouls and handballs in the area need to be for us to be awarded a penalty. It cannot be because the officials are always unsighted. The laws of averages must dictate that the officials saw at least some of them so why do we not get at least an occasional decision go our way.
    The officials must be aware that unlike a lot of other teams our players are not renowned divers.
    It’s a mystery and it’s costing us dear.

  • WalterBroeckx

    3 remarks: I think I said that I could understand Atkinson giving the penalty. It looked like one. I’m not even crucifying him for that decision. The not given foul on Özil that lead to the penalty is why I dislike him.

    Second remark: I see some reactions saying things like “biggest pile of shit” and so. That will not get your comment published. You could always try to bring argument to the debate.

    3rd remark: also a few comments saying that we always moan when we lose a match…. for those who have missed it: Arsenal won this match 2-1…and yes still we moan about the ref. Because we want him to do the right things and not just run away with the points and keep silent when we win. As most other fans do.

  • And the Mahrez trip in Arsenal’s box? Still looking but am unable to find a commentary on the thwarting of that goal-scoring oppo here.

    Again, the Koscienly ‘take-down” of Kante was a clear red. Vicious assault with intent long after the ball was released. Had such violence occurred in public a GBH charge would quickly follow.

  • porter

    From season 2010/11 to date. Penalties awarded as far as I can see.
    Man city 42………………………………………………..Liverpool 39
    Chelsea 38………………………………………………..Man Utd 36
    Arsenal 28………………………………………………..Spurs 26
    Everton. 24

  • Mick

    porter
    Given the number of players Spurs have had over the years who are/were not averse to the occasional dive it appears they are hard done by as well.

  • Usama Zaka

    Looks like Arsenal are starting to take note of major decisions going against us. For the second time this week, Adrian Clarke of Arsenal.com mentions the failure of the referee to award a penalty for Arsenal.

    In the video “Breakdown vs. Hull City” This is what he said.

    ‘So looking back, Mike Dean’s failure to award a clear penalty in the 7th minute proved to be a determining moment. Walcott’s pass to ElNenny from the corner is in an inventive spot but the block made the Hull player is definitenly illegal. Leaning into the path of the ball, Alex Bruce diverted the goal bound effort with his left arm and found himself very lucky to have got away with it.’

  • Usama Zaka

    In other news, Martin Atkinson is named as the second best referee in the world. Sorry for the next line but… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAH 😀 My word, My word.

    http://www.turkish-football.com/cuneyt-cakir-named-the-worlds-third-best-referee/

  • bjtgooner

    Another superb report, highlighting not only the PGMO incompetence and horrendous bias but also the professional cheating that the Foxes resort to – nearly in the Chelski class!

    We did not lose points – but no thanks to Atkinson – it was a close run finish.

  • Usama Zaka

    Also in the other other news, fans of Turkish club Trabzonspor marched and protested in tens and thousands in the streets against the referee and against Turkish Football Federation.

    The reason they protested in numbers is because in the match against Galatasaray, their team had 4 players sent off, and lost the match in the 90th minute when the referee awarded a penalty against them. (Sounds like a Turkish Mike Dean 🙂 )

    Also the referee for our match against Barcelona tommorrow is from Turkey. His name Cuynet Cakir.

    https://twitter.com/tribundergi/status/701493991435595776

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnuh-xXiZ90

  • Jerry

    That is surprising that Cüneyt Cakir is going to be the ref again. He was the official for the Arsenal-Bayern (2-0) match and the Barcelona-Roma (6-1) match. I thought there was better rotation in Champions League.

  • Zedsaunt

    It’s absolutely right that people are picking it up now. Every poor decision from the referee rots a larger chunk of the authority of referees.

    As I saw it – I forced myself back to the screen to watch the second half after Atkinson had delivered on Vardy’s con – Atkinson was clearly in a state of panic. All cool had gone. He had to get the game back to level pegging because he’d shoved it so hard towards Leicester.

    That penalty he’d given could decide the title.

    If that stood, he wasn’t the only one up for it. He’d take down the rest of the mob with him. That was why I was certain he’d been rung up at halftime and told to get his finger out and recover the situation because he was blowing their ship out of the water.

    The bias was so evident, so in your face, all trust that the refs would interpret the rules fairly, this goes out of the window. You could start to put your bets on how biassed the ref would be. You might even get some jokers posting articles about how football exists as a sideshow to the real football game – how referees run football.

    A week later I’m remembering a trial back in the day. Michael Mansfield was the lawyer for the defence. The judge was summing up at the end of the trial before sending the jury out to reach a verdict. The judge was going through the trial evidence and the rule of law as it applied to the evidence.

    Right in the middle of the summing up Mansfield rose to his feet and in the loudest, clearest, voice you’ve ever heard, he told the judge – ”You are not being fair.”

    The judge started squirming. Sweat poured down his face. Mansfield took apart what he had just said, showed the bias of it. The jury got the message – the judge could not be trusted. The jury acquitted.

    Football is a dream. It is an idea. It provides moments of indescribable beauty. It sits at the pinnacle of human achievement. It is a multi-billion industry. It has to be fair.

  • Jambug

    Usama Zaka

    Unbelievable.

    Where can we find the analytical data that has been used to make this judgement?

    Nowhere I would bet. My guess is it’s done arbitrarily by one individual, but maybe somebody can show me otherwise.

    Worse, maybe they make there decision on data sent to them by PGMOL?

    Surely not. Wouldn’t surprise me though to be honest.

    Alas, it seems the official assessors are as secretive as the odious PGMOL.

    All this is in stark contrast to untolds assessments which are open to scrutiny. Open to intelligent challenges. Open to reasoned debate. People could, if they so wished, challenge Untolds analysis with equally in depth analysis of there own. The fact is though, they either chose not to, or simply cannot.

    Just disagreeing with one phrase or conclusion here and there, or just pronouncing that ‘this is bullshit’ is not a convincing counter argument, as much as some would like to think it is.

    I really wish one of the assessors critics would do one of there own. A proper one. One where they highlight each decision, there interpretation of it, accompanied with the relevant ‘Law of the game’ to support there conclusion.

    A counter view to Untolds.

    Take my word for it. It will NOT happen.

    .

  • Gord

    Thanks Walter and Usama. You guys are getting really good at this. This would probably make for very good training material for referees.

    Some of the next referee appointments are out. Three games missing as I write this. One being ours against ManU. Perhaps you can gleam the reasons.

    Saturday 27 February 2016
    K.O. _MATCHES _ _ _ _ REFEREE _ _ _ ASST. REF. 1 _ _ASST. REF. 2 _ _4TH OFFICIAL
    15:00 Leicester – Norwich _ _ _ _ Neil Swarbrick _ S Ledger _ _H Lennard _ S Attwell
    15:00 Southampton – Chelsea _ _ _ Martin Atkinson _M Mullarkey S Child _ _ A Marriner
    15:00 Stoke – Aston Villa _ _ _ _ Kevin Friend _ _ S Beck _ _ _P Kirkup _ _E Ilderton
    15:00 Watford – Bournemouth _ _ _ Anthony Taylor _ S Burt _ _ _D Cann _ _ _M Clattenburg
    17:30 West Brom – Crystal Palace _Jonathan Moss _ _G Beswick _ M Wilkes _ _L Mason
    12:45 West Ham – Sunderland _ _ _ Mike Dean _ _ _ _J Brooks _ _S Long _ _ _M Jones
    Sunday 28 February 2016
    K.O. _MATCHES _ _ _ _ REFEREE _ _ _ ASST. REF. 1 _ _ASST. REF. 2 _ _4TH OFFICIAL
    00:02 Liverpool – Everton _ _ _NONE!
    00:02 Newcastle – Man City _ _ NONE!
    Sunday 28 February 2016
    K.O. _MATCHES _ _ _ _ REFEREE _ _ _ ASST. REF. 1 _ _ASST. REF. 2 _ _4TH OFFICIAL
    14:05 Man Utd – Arsenal _ _ _ _NONE!
    14:05 Spurs – Swansea _ _ _ _ _ _ Mike Jones _ _ _ A Garratt _ M McDonough L Mason
    Tuesday 1 March 2016
    K.O. _MATCHES _ _ _ _ REFEREE _ _ _ ASST. REF. 1 _ _ASST. REF. 2 _ _4TH OFFICIAL
    19:45 Aston Villa – Everton _ _ _ Roger East _ _ _ G Beswick _ H Lennard _ N Swarbrick
    19:45 Bournemouth – Southampton _ Mike Dean _ _ _ _J Brooks _ _M Perry _ _ K Friend
    19:45 Leicester – West Brom _ _ _ Mark Clattenburg S Beck _ _ _J Collin _ _J Moss
    19:45 Norwich – Chelsea _ _ _ _ _ Lee Mason _ _ _ _M McDonough D Eaton _ _ M Oliver
    19:45 Sunderland – Crystal Palace Anthony Taylor _ S Bennett _ D Bryan _ _ C Pawson
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
    K.O. _MATCHES _ _ _ _ REFEREE _ _ _ ASST. REF. 1 _ _ASST. REF. 2 _ _4TH OFFICIAL
    19:45 Arsenal – Swansea _ _ _ _ _ Robert Madley _ _P Kirkup _ _S Burt _ _ _K Friend
    20:00 Liverpool – Man City _ _ _ _Martin Atkinson _M Mullarkey S Child _ _ C Pawson
    20:00 Man Utd – Watford _ _ _ _ _ Mike Jones _ _ _ I Hussin _ _R West _ _ _J Moss
    19:45 Stoke – Newcastle _ _ _ _ _ Neil Swarbrick _ L Betts _ _ E Smart _ _ G Scott
    19:45 West Ham – Spurs _ _ _ _ _ _Andre Marriner _ S Ledger _ _D Cann _ _ _M Dean

  • Usama Zaka

    Gord, Walter, Everyone brace yourself for another tag team performance against Man Utd on Sunday.

    Craig Pawson will be the referee against Man Utd and Mike Dean will be the 4th official. They are back again after putting out the worst performance of the season in the match against Stoke. Un-f**king-believable.

    For anyone who is confused or did not know what happened when these appeared together, here it is http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/49757

  • Gord

    Still nothing up at PremierLeague.com (or should that be .con ?) on those 3 games. I guess the EPL is still looking for some kind of excuse to give the medja.

  • Steve Vallins

    Regarding Vardy’s penalty decision when has it been that a defender has to get out of the way of an attackers he surely can stand his ground and as long as he does’nt move into the attacker path no penalty should be given , unless as Vardy’s did purposely ran into the defender to make the referee make a decision ( he had already lost the ball pushed it too far away ) he had nothing to lose and everything to gain knowing Atkinson’s history

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Good Review!!

    I agree, Walter…I can understand why Monreal got called for a foul on Vardy. I might not agree but at full speed…meh..What got me was the foul that wasn’t called on Oezil in the build up. It wasn’t a 50/50 challenge…the guy came through and on top of Oezil from behind…I can only understand Coquelin’s foul IF other yellows had been handed out to Leicester players earlier. Apparently they get a talking-to for their first foul and our man doesn’t, unless we are to understand that the Leicester foul counts as a warning to all players on the pitch like foul starts used to in the 100m dash. And lastly, how does Drinkwater’s foul on Ramsey not get called? Was it Ramsey’s fault that he was there first? Was the ball slippery and poor Drinks slid over it by accident? Was it a 50/50 thingo…in which case my brother was right all those times when he took the bigger piece of cake? Bizarre.

  • Gord

    If a defender is not moving, he may have a claim to the ground he is “standing” on. If he is moving, I think the usual presumption is that the defender is at fault.

    But, if a person was to stand with one leg outstretched (not a natural position) and another player was to fall over the extended leg, it is likely the stationary player is still at fault.

    Monreal is (according to testimony above and other) trying to avoid contact by retracting the out of natural position leg. He was not successful in avoiding contact. Likely because Vardy moved in such a way as to incite contact.

    So, maybe that explains circumstances better? I think that some referees will call the foul, and some may not. I don’t think many would not call the foul, but would issue a yellow for simulation.

    But it is probably better to look at the non-call on Ozil earlier. The proper call there, would have stopped this play from happening.

  • Jambug

    It’s getting worse.

    It feels like they’re saying:

    ‘Yep, we are screwing you, and guess what? We don’t give a f**k who knows it, because nobody else gives a shit.

    In fact everybody else loves it.’

    Down to 10 men.

    At least one bad injury.

    As I say, it feels as bad as it’s ever been this year, and it’s only going to get worse.

  • Ralph77

    Now the only match still without an appointment- it’s a bit odd innit?

  • rich

    That’s a sick touch to have Dean in as 4th official for Sunday. Riley is clearly so f***ing confident that he can still get away with this shit; that or he’s desperate.

    It is absolutely set up for them to try for a classic pgmol job where United get away with a ton of fouls, don’t get properly punished for those that are called, don’t get done for any fouls they might make in the box…while we are screwed if the slightest opportunity to award them a pen of a sending off occurs.

    It was too soon for Dean to do the game and he did not feel he could reintroduce him for it, but he just had to have him there, miked up and offering any guidance Pawson needs throughout the day.

    Makes me sick. Utd are there for the taking and in a clean properly officiated match we’d have a superb chance to do so, maybe in real style.

    With what we’ll have instead it will be much more difficult and is to a certain extent out of the players hands. They shouldn’t have to get an early goal to have a really good chance of winning, but they do. They should get a pen if one occurs, but they won’t. They should have a ref calling all the fouls he sees, and issuing cards appropriately, but they won’t.

    What we’ll have instead are these fucks doing their very best to screw us yet again, with our players less safe than they should be, and injustice only being avoided if we have real luck to go with good play.

  • Gord

    Well, PremierLeague.con (led by TheFA.con) is now verifying the Pawson/Dean partnership for our game, the other 2 games still not showing officials.

    > 14:05 Man Utd 0 – 0 Arsenal Craig Pawson L Betts M Perry M Dean

  • Mandy Dodd

    Dean miked upto the ref at Utd…..no surprise at all, is it spoon le he could do WHL as well……if not there , then City?
    All entirely predictable, the more of a threat we are, the more the team get screwed…and the club, if not the manager just seem to accept it…..
    Maybe our execs need to wake up a bit, this could cost the club money, and players, as I am sure everyone knows what goes on with the refereeing Arsenal get…..our opponents certainly do as Leicester , Chelsea, Stoke, Spurs, Southampton and others demonstrate.
    why are those in Europe who are jealous of the wealth of the EPL so silent, surely it would be in their interests to bring this all down?

  • austinpaul

    Great analytical work! Commenters hve said it all nd am amazed dat refs in England can be so openly biased witout conscience; wat do these refs hve against Arsenal? Its wat I cannt fathom,its so comprehensively disgustiing! What’s Arsenal’s crime? Playing beutiful futball? Being run nd doing well witout Oil Sheiks?is it d state of d art Ems?is it d iconic French boss?wat really is going on?why is Arsenal board silent?does d law forebid teams frm protesting glaring injustice of officiating officials-refs;?am baffled.Bravo Untold for d gud work, bt I tink we nid to kno why these refs hve decided they wiill be d 12th player in every Arsenal match nd maybe we nid more social net working to highliight PGMOL’s refereeing foolery !!

  • GoingGoingGooner

    @austinpaul agree with your comments but I find it difficult to understand your spelling/text talk.

  • norman14

    Why have we got Dean two games in a row? Surely the FA can’t allow this to happen! We need cameras permanently on Dean and another on Pawson. Or Arsene needs to place somebody right next to Dean and record everything he says!

  • Jambug

    Al

    The problem we have is we will just be laughed at.

    I’ll explain.

    I know what I SEE every week, and every week I read what I believe to be accurate, and fundamentally unbiased reviews on Untold that more or less confirm what I thought I saw.

    I know what I read and hear in the media. The bias. The double standards. The hypocrisy.

    The problem we have is people who aren’t as passionate as us simple absorb the headlines.

    They are just not interested in the kind of in depth analysis carried out by Untolds assessors. That’s for nerdy paranoid types.

    All they care about is there own team, the next result and who to buy in the next ‘fantasy league’ transfer window. They don’t care about trivial things like ‘facts’. They believe what they want to believe, and basically that’s the shit poured down there throats every day by the media.

    They still fundamentally believe:

    -It all evens out.

    -The big teams get all the decisions.

    -Arsenal get loads of penalties.

    -Arsenal players always dive.

    -Arsenal are a dirty team.

    -Arsenal players are too soft.

    -Arsenal players should surround the ref more.

    -Arsenal players are a bunch of whingers.

    -Same old Arsenal always cheating.

    -The little teams get screwed.

    -Wenger never sees it.

    -Wenger is the biggest whinger out there.

    -Every other manager always ‘has a point’

    -Arsenal always bottle it.

    -Arsenal haven’t had a leader since Adams.

    -Arsenal have actually always had as much money as everyone else.

    -Arsenals ticket prices are the most expensive.

    -Arsenal don’t get screwed by referees they get favoured, ergo Le Coq and Flamini getting away with murder.

    -Wenger is an out dated coach.

    -Wenger doesn’t do tactics.

    -Wenger hasn’t got a plan B.

    -Arsenal always try to walk it in.

    -Wenger buys shit keepers.

    -Wenger buys shit centre halves.

    -Wenger makes the wrong substitutions at the wrong time.

    -Arsenal have the most injuries.

    -Wenger injures his own players.

    -Our players get themselves injured.

    -The pitch at the Emirates is to blame for our injuries.

    -Wenger is a control freak.

    -Wenger panic buys.

    -Wenger dallies over transfers.

    There’s probably more but that’s just off the top of my head, as to the criticism, lies and abuse that gets thrown at Wenger and Arsenal every single minute of every single day it seems, and it seeps into the public psyche.

    Show that list to any average fan and ask them to tic what they think is true and I guarantee you that most boxes will get a tic.

    Despite all the factual data we have produced about penalties, cards, expenditure, wages, ticket pricing, injuries etc. that debunk 90% of that, nobody is interested.

    As hard as it might be to face up to, despite the dozens and dozens of Referee reviews done to a depth that any University would be proud of, without a shred of counter evidence, they will be dismissed out of hand as the ravings of a paranoid fan.

    The really sad and unpalatable truth of the matter is, to the average fan ,what they hear on Talkshite, SKY and BTSport, or read in the sun and Mirror is THE truth.

    They may say things like ‘you cant believe a thing you read in the papers these days’ but subconsciously it still becomes the truth to them.

    If you could take one of these ‘average’ fans for a couple of hours and run through all the data we have. Show them the video of game 49, and how it was accepted as all fair and above board. Show them how the stats changed so dramatically from almost that day onwards and how it aligns with the appointment of Riley. Show them the secrecy of PGMOL, the geographical bias, the acceptance of ‘Northern’ style refereeing. The limited pool of Referees. The total lack of London Referees.

    They may ‘tut tut’.

    Run them through some referee reviews and they may shake there heads.

    Show them some of the leg breakers we’ve endured and you may hear a sharp intake of breath.

    I bet, at the end of the day they will not quite believe a lot of what they have seen.

    Equally I bet they still don’t give a shit.

    Why should they, it’s only Arsenal and after all, when all’s said and done it’s still only THERE team that really gets screwed.

    Bottom line is, why the media hate us and treat us like they do we haven’t got a chance of changing a thing.

  • Menace

    Usama & Walter -thanks once again for your good work. There were several tackles from behind where contact was made with opponent & then ball (foul & cardable) that you seem to omit.

    Paul clinton – Mahrez cheated, dived got caught & grinned like a kid with his hands in the cookie jar.

    Kos didn’t touch Kante. Kante should have had a red card much earlier as he had more contact with opponents from the rear (without touching the ball) than a rutting buck.

    hrishi – your humble opinion is wrong. The cheat was aided & abetted by the PGMO cheat. Both contrived to obtain unfair advantage by foul means.

  • Gord

    Unless my machine is refusing to download an up to date copy, that pair of games (not involving us) still has no officials assigned. Has anyone seen them assigned elsewhere?

  • Menace

    I’m calling these cnuts out on Twitter. #PGMOcheats is the tag. I use some quaint language.

  • Gord

    Liverpool v Everton postponed due to League Cup requirement.

    Newcastle v Man City also postponed.

    So, all games to be played accounted for. Now back to your regular programming.

  • Gord

    Thanks Usama.

  • Al

    Jambug
    I’m afraid you’re absolutely right. It’s so frustrating to say the least. You can tell just from the way some of our so-called fans subject the meticulous reports done by Walter and Usama to a critical analysis with a fine tooth comb and pick on the tiniest insignificant detail such as where Monreal’s foot was pointing and latch onto that as a basis to dismiss whole report, not commenting on the other 20-30 important issues raised in the report.

    We can point out which ref we’re likely to get for future fixtures, and accurately predict what will happen and yet these people still need to be convinced there’s something wrong??? What kind of people are these?? It’s frustrating that, I’m not a violent person, but I sometimes really wish I could meet these idiots face to face.

  • Jambug

    Al

    That is spooky.

    Word for word covering every point I was venting to poor Mrs Jambug yesterday.

    Frustrating doesn’t even begin to cover it.

  • finsbury

    Well we all see the kind of advice Dean *gollumn gollumn* gave to his hapless colleague last week:

    ‘Yup. It’s 5pur2 (I did one of those games you know! You all remember my hop skip and dance?) The ball hit the player somewhere near the armpit. Definitely a penalty!’

    Riley’s Rotters in action.
    It’s a good thing there’s no one from the south of England the county with the most volunteers and amateur football clubs who is competent enough to referee top flight pgMOB football.
    &
    2+2 = 5
    🙂