by Andrew Crawshaw
Here is the Table of shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||33|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||17|
Here is the current Wall of Shame (unchanged since the Leicester Referee Review)
|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|
Here are Wednesday’s Officials
- Referee – Robert Madley
- Assistants – P Kirkup and S Burt
- Fourth Official – Kevin Friend
Second time this year for Mr Madley and for the first he was absolutely brilliant, only two wrong decisions in the whole game (mind you one was a non given penalty to us)
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Sunderland|
I have a single flag against Mr Kirkup this year for a (close) not-given offside decision against Mitrovic in our away game against Newcastle. Mr Burt has no flags at all. As Mr Madley gained FIFA Accreditation this season, there is no reason to appoint a ‘Minder’ as Fourth Official and I have no reason to suspect that Mr Friend will try and interfere.
In 2014-15 we had Robert Madley only once – the last game of the season when we enjoyed a comprehensive 4 – 1 win over West Brom. Unfortunately there is no full referee review of that game but here is Walter’s post-game piece.
Prior to that we only saw Mr Madley as a Fourth Official in the League and in three Cup games, last year he was in charge as we beat Hull in the third round and the year before in the fourth round when we beat Coventry 4 – 0. The year before that he was in charge in the third round of the League Cup when we drew against West Brom 1 – 1.
- There is very little statistical data to go on regarding Robert Madley and Arsenal, this will only be his sixth game. What little there is is really quite encouraging.
- All five previous games have been against teams that we would expect Arsenal to beat and we have a W4, D1 record, the draw being in a League Cup game where we fielded a less than full strength team.
- His only game with a full referee review got the highest score we have seen in the past two years. In that game he made only two mistakes all game.
- If he performs anything like that on Wednesday night it should be a game when we can just watch and enjoy the football which will be a fantastic change.
- 1 March 1987: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2. League cup semi-final, 2nd leg. This was the one when the announcer at half time told supporters of Tottenham how to get cup final tickets. Anderson and Quinn got the goals.
- 1 March 1993: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 0. Arsenal scored four goals in 14 league matches between 21 November and this game. During that period Arsenal won just two league games, both away, both 0-1 against Man City and Oldham.
Also on this day, Nostradamus’ Book of Centuries was published in 1555. Depending on how you read it, it predicts the fire of London in 1666, the fall of the French monarchy in the 18th century, two global wars and the coming of the anti-Christ from the deserts of Persia in the 20th century. Or not, as the case may be
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