by Andrew Crawshaw
No referee reviews so an unchanged Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||33|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||17|
Wall of Shame (also unchanged)
|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 Saturday kick-off 12:45 London Time
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Assistants – M Mullarkey and S Child
- Fourth Official – R East
This will be Mr Oliver’s 18th game this season, his second for Arsenal but fourth for Tottenham (home v Chelsea 0 – 0 and Palace 1 – 0 and away at Everton 1 – 1).
His previous Arsenal game this year was our 0 – 0 draw with Liverpool
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool|
67% weighted score, bias against both teams 90/10 and three wrong Important Decisions which certainly cost us two points. In Min 8 Aaron Ramsey scored a goal which was wrongly ruled out for offside, Min 72 Lucas fouled Giroud in the penalty area – nothing given and Min 86 Mignolet was correctly given a yellow card for timewasting, he should have had a first yellow in minute 58 for deliberately kicking the ball away so this should have been a second yellow card.
Looking back to 2014-15 when Mr Oliver refereed two Arsenal matches
|REFEREE REVIEW: Arsenal – Tottenham|
66% weighted score, bias against both teams 85/15 and two wrong Important Decisions almost certainly costing Arsenal 2 points.
Min 30 Rose fouled Wilshere in the penalty area nothing given and in Min 72 Mason should have had a straight red card for a foul on Özil. There were also 4 not given yellow cards to Tottenham players, Lamela in Min 7, Mason in Min15, Rose in Min 20 and Chadli in Min 68. Adabayor was wrongly booked in Min 68 and Chambers was wrongly booked in Min 86.
There was another penalty incident in Min 18 when Kaboul seemed to jump into the back of Welbeck. No proper replays were available to Walter when he did his review and he had to give the referee marks for not giving the penalty when we were all certain that a penalty should have been given but that is the rule in the referee review, we will only say a decision is wrong when there is definitive proof.
|Ref Review Liverpool – Arsenal. Someone put something in the ref’s tea at half time|
67% weighted score, bias against the two teams 0/100 with his customary 2 wrong Important Decisions costing Arsenal two points. In Min 46 Sterling should have had a yellow card for a dive, Debuchy was wrongly given the card for being the nearest Arsenal player.
This became important as in Min 61 Sterling should have had a second yellow card for deliberate handball in our penalty area and should have been dismissed.
In Min 90+1 Borini was wrongly given a yellow card for a dreadful challenge on Cazorla which should have been a straight red. As it was a second yellow card it made no difference to the outcome of the game but a one match ban didn’t fit his crime. Mr Oliver had a great first half (albeit one where he didn’t have to do much) 16 decisions made, 14 correct for a 90% weighted score. Unfortunately it all went wrong in the second half.
Going back one more year to 2013-14 we had Mr Oliver in three games. There were no referee reviews for that season so I have linked Walter’s post game pieces to get some context.
No particular comments referring to Mr Oliver, so I guess he was adequate in these games, he certainly wasn’t responsible for the Liverpool result, we managed that one entirely by ourselves!
In 2013-13 there were Referee Reviews and there was one Arsenal game
|Match Review: Michael Oliver – Everton Vs Arsenal (1 – 1) [28/11/2012]|
70% weighted score, bias against the two teams of 21/79 and no wrong Important Decisions.
Regarding the Assistant Referees, I have a flag against Mr Mullarkey for failure to flag Classie offside in the buildup to Southampton’s first goal in their 4 – 0 victory on Boxing Day, I have nothing against Mr Child.
- In the four games refereed by Mr Mason this year featuring Spurs and Arsenal, no team has scored more than a single goal and three have been draws.
- Mr Mason has failed to reach the minimum 70% score in his last three Arsenal games. He is not good enough to be a referee at this level and I see little chance of him being any better on Saturday.
- His bias against Arsenal in the last three games has been 85, 90 and 100% so unlike the common chant of “you don’t know what you’re doing” he clearly does, he just choses to do it in a way to harm Arsenal like a good PGMO Employee.
- By refusing to issue a straight red card for a chest high challenge by Borini on Cazorla (which was sufficient to rip Caz’s shirt and cut his chest) or a penalty for a clear kick on Wilshere’s shin in the penalty area Mr Mason shows that he is a coward and unwilling or unable to stand up for player safety on the pitch.
- Expect Spurs to pull, push, hold shirts and generally try and disrupt Arsenal from playing with no fear of reprisal from the referee.
- Chance of an Arsenal penalty – minute.
- Chance of a dive from a Spurs player resulting in a booking, penalty or free kick in a dangerous position – odds on.
- Probable outcome – draw (but with wrong decisions effectively having cost Arsenal the win).
The insult of the day (for Professional Game Match Fixers)
You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate as reek o’ the rotten fens, whose loves I prize as the dead carcasses of unburied men that do corrupt my air, I banish you. (Coriolanus)
From the anniversary files (the index to over 4500 anniversaries is at Arsenal on this day)
- 4 March 1987: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2. League Cup semi-replay. Clive Allen put Tottenham ahead in all three of the “one nil down, two one up” semi-final games. Ian Allinson scored the first for Arsenal and Rocastle scored in injury time.
- 4 March 2008: Arsenal became the first English team to beat Milan in the San Siro thanks to a Fabregas free kick.
- 4 March 1933: Franklin D Roosevelt is inaugurated as US president and say “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
- Is it the Super League, the International Champions pre-season tourney, or the CL on tour. Or not.
- Arsenal going backwards, but are we alone in this?
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