by Andrew Crawshaw
First the up to date Table of Shame following the Leicester review
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||33|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||17|
To be honest the final performance figure from Mr Atkinson was better than I expected. From my seat in the East Stand I was expecting him to get another entry on the Wall of Shame but a better second half performance meant he escaped with a score of 52. Still appallingly bad for a FIFA referee but not quite bad enough.
He still managed to get seven wrong Important Decisions including all four penalty decisions, Leicester should have had Drinkwater sent off for the awful challenge on Ramsey and the Leicester penalty goal shouldn’t have counted as it was never a penalty. Those decisions raise the number of wrong Important Decisions to 79 so far this year (and counting), that’s still averaging three a game!
Here is the current Wall of Shame
|Ref||Game||Weighted Score||Bias against (h/a)||Link to Ref Review|
|Craig Pawson||Stoke||v||Arsenal||34||5/95||Review Stoke v Arsenal|
|Lee Mason||Arsenal||v||Southampton||34||80/20||Review Arsenal v Southampton|
|Mike Dean||Chelsea||v||Arsenal||41||5/95||Review Chelsea v Arsenal|
|Martin Atkinson||Arsenal||v||Spurs||41||82/18||Review Arsenal v Spurs|
|Mark Clattenburg||West Brom||v||Arsenal||42||9/91||Review WBA Vv Arsenal|
|Anthony Taylor||Arsenal||v||Newcastle||48||9/91||Review Newcastle v Arsenal|
|Jonathan Moss||Southampton||v||Arsenal||49||22/78||Review Southampton v Arsenal|
On to Sunday and the Match Officials are
- Referee – Craig Pawson
- Assistant Referees – L Betts and M Perry
- Fourth Official – Mike Dean
So a return for the Pawson/Dean combo who combined so brilliantly on 17 January against Stoke earning a place right at the top of the Wall of Shame. A return visit only 5 weeks after that rape. Chance of honest officiating on Sunday – Nil.
This will be the third visit this year from Mr Pawson, his first was the away match at Leicester with Mr Madley as Fourth Official which he did in an honest manner getting an admirable score of 84, no Important Decisions wrong. Leicester v Arsenal
The second visit was essentially a learning experience for Mr Pawson as he was paired with Mr Dean to ‘educate him’ in the ways of refereeing an Arsenal game. He duly learned and made eight wrong Important Decisions, two not given penalties and six non awarded second yellow cards, Wollschied, Shawcross and Pieters on no fewer than 4 occasions should have got their marching orders. The link to the review is above in the Wall of Shame.
Last year 2014-15 we had Mr Pawson twice, our three nil home win against Burnley and our two nil loss away at Southampton
|Review : Arsenal v Burnley|
72% overall, bias against both teams 84/16 and two wrong Important Decisions both relating to the incident in Min 20 when Boyd deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area preventing a goal, should have been a penalty and sending off, nothing given by either Pawson or the assistant Mr Bryan.
|Review Southampton v Arsenal|
78% overall, bias against both teams 16/84 and again two wrong Important Decisions, in Min 22 wanyama should have had a second yellow card (his first should have come in Min 9); in Min 66 Gardos was only issued a yellow instead of a red card for a last man offence.
- The PGMO are further checking on the loyalty of Mr Pawson, appointing him for the second time to an Arsenal game in 5 weeks. To check on his loyalty they have sent one of their most trusted Lieutenants Mr Dean to monitor his progress.
- After a good performance in matchweek 7 it was 15 weeks before he got another Arsenal game.
- Five weeks ago the two combined to a season low score of 34% getting no fewer than 42 decisions wrong during the course of a game. That they are considered appropriate to officiate another game only 5 weeks later shows the contempt that PGMO hold for fairness and honesty.
- We will have seen Mr Dean 3 times since mid-January. Mind-blowingly blatant cheating by the PGMO.
- Expect an engineered United win in an attempt to prevent any possibility of us winning the League this year.
- United will be allowed to kick the shit out of our players, any Arsenal player getting within touching distance of United will be penalised.
- Unless United turn up carrying and using Uzis the chance of a penalty to Arsenal is Nil, A dive in our penalty area will probably win both penalty and red card.
- The only chance of fair refereeing will be for Mr Pawson to tell Dean to “shut up and let me get on with the game” and I just can’t see that happening.
- Our away fans will have to be very vocal and in the Officials ears.
The Untold Books
The latest Untold book is Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970 with a Foreword by Bob Wilson, available both as a paperback and as a Kindle book from Amazon. Details of this and our previous and forthcoming titles can be found at Arsenal Books on this site.
- Arsenal in the 70s, Part 21: Jan to June 1978
- Transfans who say, “If Flamini plays another game for Arsenal, I’m supporting Leicester”.
27 February 2010: Ramsey was seriously assaulted by Shawcross on the pitch causing a double fracture of Ramsey’s lower right leg, breaking the tibia and fibula. He did not play against until 23 November when he played in a reserve game. Shawcross was immediately given a place in the England squad and at subsequent games large numbers of Stoke fans booed Ramsey.
27 February 2011: Arsenal 1 Birmingham 2. League Cup final. The referee was Mike Dean. RVP scored Arsenal’s goal and Birmingham’s second came from a mix up between Szczęsny and Laurent Koscielny.