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Ref Review: MU – Arsenal: again no penalty for Arsenal

By Usama & Walter

Untold note: In case you have not seen this before, this is part of a series of referee reviews that goes back a number of years, which provides the data from which is used for the referee previews.  Also, given that PGMO have stopped providing their own publicly available analysis of how their referees perform, it allows us to measure their accuracy and comparative competence levels.

MANCHESTER UNITED vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 27
  • DATE: 28th February 2016
  • VENUE: Old Trafford (Manchester, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Craig Pawson
1st LINESMAN: Lee Betts
2nd LINESMAN: Marc Perry
4th OFFICIAL: Mike Dean

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
01:43 Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Herrera stepped on Ramsey’s boot from behind inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
02:54 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Coquelin made an attempt at a standing tackle from behind on Herrera inside the United’s half and intercepted the ball cleanly, but the referee the wrongly gave a foul. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
03:58 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Ramsey was trying to take the ball away from Lingard when Lingard lost his balance and pulled Ramsey’s shirt strongly to stand still. Lingard could not stand still and Ramsey fell over him. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but the referee wrongly gave a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

08:01 Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Herrera pulled down Ozil inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
08:32 Guillermo Varela (Man Utd) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez dribbled past Varela when Varela pulled down Sanchez by grabbing him from behind. This was an act of deliberate attack breaking foul by Varela.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST VARELA.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

09:39 Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Just Gabriel headed the ball out of the Arsenal’s half, Rashford charged into him carelessly and brought him down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
11:06 Memphis Depay (Man Utd) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Depay jumped in the back of Welbeck.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
12:11 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Marcus Rashford (Arsenal) Rashford was running into the box at speed and Gabriel turned and stuck out leg just outside the penalty box. Rashford jumped and dived straight in to the box in a theatrical manner looking for a penalty. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal but the referee gave a foul. This also should have been a yellow card against Rashford for diving and pretending to be fouled.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST RASHFORD FOR DIVING.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

15:34 Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Coquelin stretched to kick the ball inside the United’s half when Herrera charged in to Coquelin with a leading arm. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
15:58 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Marcos Rojo (Man Utd) Welbeck tripped Rojo inside the United’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
21:26 Michael Carrick (Man Utd) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Welbeck got to the ball first and took a strong touch when Carrick came in sliding two footed on Welbeck and took out Welbeck at speed. This was a clear act of recklessness from Carrick.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST CARRICK FOR RECKLESS FOUL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

24:03 Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Lingard tripped Coquelin from behind inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
26:43 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Memphis Depay (Man Utd) Bellerin was holding and pulling Depay slightly inside the United’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
32:39 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd) Ozil pushed Schneiderlin in the back inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
35:16 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd) Ozil slightly pushed Schneiderlin in the back inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
37:20 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Marcos Rojo (Man Utd) Just Rojo cleared the ball away inside the United’s half, Welbeck stuck out a foot slightly away from Rojo to block. Welbeck made no contact with Rojo. But then the Assistant Ref Marc Perry wrongly gave a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
39:13 Juan Mata (Man Utd) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mata tripped Sanchez from behind inside the United’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
41:04 Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Schneiderlin jumped in the back of Ramsey inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
41:34 The referee correctly played advantage from an offside for Man United.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
42:09 Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Herrera pushed Coquelin in the back inside the center of the field.

 

This should have been a yellow card against Herrera for committing the 4th foul of the match. This was a clear act of persistent fouling. But no card was shown.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Persistent Infringement

Referees should be alert at all times to players who persistently infringe the Laws. In particular, they must be aware that, even if a player commits a number of different offences, he must still be cautioned for persistently infringing the Laws.

 

There is no specific number of infringements which constitutes “persistence” or the presence of a pattern – this is entirely a matter of judgement and must be determined in the context of effective game management.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST HERRERA.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

44:30 Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Schneiderlin clearly tripped Coquelin from behind inside the United’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
44:40 Daley Blind (Man Utd) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Blind grabbed Welbeck from behind and pulled him down to the ground inside the United’s half.

 

This should have been a yellow card against Blind for committing a clear attack breaking foul. 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 FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST DALEY BLIND.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

46:22 Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)   Ozil delivered a corner in the box and Schneiderlin miss hits his clearance which results the ball going in to direction of the goal, when Rashford who was standing on the goal line clears the ball by hitting the ball with his right arm. This was clear act of denying goal by handling the ball and it should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a red card for Rashford. But no decision was given by the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 121

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

 

A player is sent off, however, if he prevents a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This punishment arises not from the act of the player deliberately handling the ball but from the unacceptable and unfair intervention that prevented a goal being scored.

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST RASHFORD.

-3 (PENALTY)

-3 (RED CARD)

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 10

Number of Correct Fouls for Manchester United – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 14 [14 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 8

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 8 [8 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 2 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Manchester United – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Manchester United – 0

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

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
22:12 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Daley Blind (Man Utd) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (OFFSIDE)
41:34 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Daley Blind (Man Utd) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (OFFSIDE)
46:45 Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Lingard was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Lee Betts made the correct call

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Manchester United – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
28:18 Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) Clean goal by Rashford.

CORRECT GOAL FOR MAN UNITED.

3 (GOAL)
31:04 Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) Clean goal by Rashford.

CORRECT GOAL FOR MAN UNITED.

3 (GOAL)
39:37 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Clean goal by Welbeck.

CORRET GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Goals for Manchester United – 2

Total Number of Correct Goals – 3 [9 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

 

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
19:28 Throw-in Marcos Rojo (Man Utd) Rojo failed to keep the ball within the field of play. This should have been a throw in for Arsenal but was not given.

NO THROW-IN FOR ARSENAL.

Number of Incorrect Throw-ins against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Throw-ins against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Throw-ins – 1 [1 points]


First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 10+2+1+1 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Manchester United – 4+1+2+2 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 9 = 23

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 10+4+1+3 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Manchester United – 4+1+2+6 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 18 + 13 = 31

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 8+3+1+1+1 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 14 + 0 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 8+6+3+3+1 = 21

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 21 + 0 = 21

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+14) = 62.1%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 31/(31+21) = 59.6%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
50:47 Marcos Rojo (Man Utd) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Rojo tripped Walcott inside the United’s half while he was turning.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
53:49 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Ozil tripped Lingard inside the Arsenal’s half by sticking out a leg.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
56:32 Juan Mata (Man Utd) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Gabriel chipped the ball over Mata inside the center of the field when Mata caught him on the foot.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
63:26 Daley Blind (Man Utd) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Just as Ozil turned with ball inside the United’s half Blind pushed him. Ozil kept moving forward. The referee should have played an advantage for Arsenal, but didn’t.

NO ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)
69:47 Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Just as Ramsey passed the ball Herrera came late from behind and tripped Ramsey.

 

This should have been a yellow card against Herrera for committing the 5th foul of the match. This was a clear act of persistent fouling. But no card was shown.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 127

Persistent Infringement

Referees should be alert at all times to players who persistently infringe the Laws. In particular, they must be aware that, even if a player commits a number of different offences, he must still be cautioned for persistently infringing the Laws.

 

There is no specific number of infringements which constitutes “persistence” or the presence of a pattern – this is entirely a matter of judgement and must be determined in the context of effective game management

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST HERRERA FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

69:49 Ander Herrera (Man Utd)

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Seconds after the previous incident, Ramsey gets up and both players confront each other. Herrera tries to poke Ramsey in the face while Ramsey pushed Herrera. Herrera fell down while Ramsey was poked. Both players unsporting behaviour and caused great distraction away from the game. The referee made the correct decision to caution both the players.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 125

Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour

• Acts in a manner which shows a lack of respect for the game

• Verbally distracts an opponent during play or at a restart

 

But for Ander Herrera this should have been a second yellow card and he should have been sent off. But no red card was shown by the referee.

 

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST HERRERA.

NO RED CARD AGAINST HERRERA.

2 (YELLOW CARD)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

72:50 Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Memphis Depay (Man Utd)

 

El Nenny made a late scissors like sliding on Depay inside the Arsenal’s half. This was a clear act of recklessness from El Nenny.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST EL NENNY.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

73:30 Memphis Depay (Man Utd) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Depay made late contact on Bellerin causing him to lose slight balance inside the Arsenal’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
74:11 Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Lingard tripped Monreal inside the United’s half from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
74:19 Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Lingard pushed down Ozil from behind inside the United’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
74:37 Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was in control of the ball and turned quickly when Herrera lunged in late from behind two footed on Sanchez, catching him in the process and bringing him down. The referee correctly called a foul.

 

But this should have been a second yellow card against Herrera for committing a reckless foul. Which means that by now he should have been sent off. But no cards were given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO SECOND YELLOW CARD AGAINST HERRERA FOR RECKLESS FOUL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST HERRERA.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

75:10 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Memphis Depay (Man Utd)

 

Monreal was holding Depay’s arm inside the center of the field. This should have been a foul for United but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

-1 (FOUL)
75:18 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Guillermo Varela (Man Utd) Giroud trips Varela inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

`1 (FOUL)
81:38 Adnan Januzaj (Man Utd) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Januzaj trips down Monreal before getting the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
84:51 Guillermo Varela (Man Utd) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Varela pushed Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
86:50 Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) El Nenny was going for the ball when he missed it and slightly stepped on Lingard’s shoe.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED.

1 (FOUL)
90:11 Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd) Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Schneiderlin pushed El Nenny from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
90:45 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Ramsey was trying to go for the ball in the air alongside Lingard who jumped in the air. Ramsey slightly leaned his hand towards Lingard but did not made a pushing contact. The referee then wrongly gave a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
91:48 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Guillermo Varela (Man Utd) Ozil charged recklessly in to Varela near the electronic boards, Varela was sent flying in to the boards.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN UNITED,

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST OZIL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

92:35 Adnan Januzaj (Man Utd) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Januzaj swung his arm in to the face of Koscienly while challenging for the ball inside the Arsenal’s half. This was a clear act of recklessness.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAISNT JANUZAJ.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 10

Number of Correct Fouls for Manchester United – 5

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 15 [15 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 3 [3 points]

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Manchester United – 3

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

 

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 2 [4 points]

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 2 [6 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
55:32 Memphis Depay (Man Utd) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Depay was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
64:02 Ander Herrera (Man Utd) Clean goal by Herrera.

CORRECT GOAL FOR MAN UNITED.

3 (GOAL)
68:40 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Clean goal by Ozil.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Goals for Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Manchester United – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

 

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 10+2+1+1 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Manchester United – 5+3+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 9 = 23

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 10+4+1+3 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Manchester United – 5+6+3 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 18 + 14 = 32

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+1+2+2 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 7 + 1 = 8

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+1+4+6 = 13

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Manchester United – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 13 + 1 = 14

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+7) = 76.6%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 32/(32+14) = 69.5%

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 14+14 = 28

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Manchester United – 9+9 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 28 + 18 = 46

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 18+18 = 36

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Manchester United – 13+14 = 27

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 36 + 27 = 63

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 14+7 = 21

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Manchester United – 0+1 = 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 21 + 1 = 22

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 21+13 = 34

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Manchester United – 0+1= 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 34 + 1 = 35

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 46/(46+22) = 67.6%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  63/(63+35) = 64.2%

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.

 

Another match, another ref but more of the same as usual. That is in short what we can get and expect from the PGMO officials these days.  Craig Pawson was the ref for this match  with Mike Dean as the 4th official looking over his shoulder.
The match started with a few smaller fouls against Arsenal players not being given. Also a pattern we have registered a lot this season.
The first real major incident was very difficult to spot and as a result the ref got it incorrectly. Rashford ran in between the space of Bellerin and Gabriel and went down just inside the penalty area. Replay clearly showed that neither Bellerin or Gabriel made any contact with Rashford. This was as clear as a dive can get. 10/10 at the Olympics for this dive. Luckily for Arsenal the ref didn’t give a penalty but still it was just a dive and nothing else. British players don’t dive they said… Rashford should have had a foul against him and a yellow card. Any video ref would have informed the ref about this.
Meanwhile Herrera was fouling around and by the end of the first half should have been warned by the ref. But as usual nothing happened.
Moving on to the last seconds of the first half. The match changing decision for Arsenal and for the ref.
Rashford stops a ball going in to the goal with his arm/hand. A clear movement towards the ball so should have been a penalty and a red card as the laws say preventing a goal by making a handball foul should be punished with a red card. Again the ref was blind. One really starts to wonder what on earth has to happen before Arsenal will get another penalty and justice will be done.
At the end of the first Half the score was 62.1% and 59.6% (Weighted) Well below average and poor.
Onto the second half. Not much happening apart from some more small fouls until around the 70th minute. Herrera came in late on Ramsey who didn’t like that at all. The ref gave a foul. Then Herrera waved his hand in the direction of Ramsey his face who pushed him away. Herrera went to ground as if being shot. Maybe that was what Van Gaal was showing Dean on the side line??
Anyway Herrera should already have had a yellow card for persistent fouling, another late foul might have earned him another booking and then trying to get things going by waving his arms in the direction of the face of Ramsey should have earned him another yellow card. But because of the ref letting things go too far Herrera only got one yellow card in total and could stay on the field for the whole match. Another moment where a player playing against Arsenal escapes a sending off for two yellow cards. Business as usual one could say….
For the rest only some minor mistakes from the ref and that resulted in a score for the second Half of 76.6% and 69.5% (Weighted). Slightly above average and nearly good.

Looking at the whole 90 minutes the score drops to  67.6% and 64.2% (Weighted). So in general well below average and poor. 22 wrong decisions in total is not really great to be honest.

There were a total of 4 wrong major decisions. The handball/penalty/red card at the end of the first half and that was a real game changing decision and then Herrera not being send off. All wrong decisions against Arsenal. So nothing new there. The bias score in total was 21 wrong decisions against Arsenal and 1 against Man United. That is a bias score of 95/5 against Arsenal.
Another regular performance of a PGMO ref no matter who the ref on the field is.  It’s not because Arsenal have a poor day that we should accept the ref having a poor day and costing us. Once again…
Extract from today’s Anniversaries file.   Today’s full list is on the home page.
  • 11 March 1980: Arsenal 0 Bristol City 0.  Although this was the fifth game without defeat the crowd of 21,599 showed that there was a lack of belief in Arsenal.  Bristol City were relegated at the end of the season; the highest crowd of the season at Highbury was 55,546 for the visit of Tottenham.
  • 11 March 1998: Wimbledon 0 Arsenal 1; after blackouts and security alerts for what should have been the 19th league match of the season, the game was finally played and marked the start of the 10 consecutive victories that ended with the title.  Wreh scored.

And also… 11 March 1952: Birth of Douglas Adams, who along with PG Wodehouse revised and re-defined humour in English literature.  Not a day passes without Douglas being sadly missed.

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19 comments to Ref Review: MU – Arsenal: again no penalty for Arsenal

  • It is so consistent there has to be intention behind it. This kind of poor and biased officiating is by design. In many ways the refs are getting better at reffing like this. They are consistently able to spot all the fouls that Arsenal commit and none of the fouls the other team commits.

    Late in the game Ozil commits a foul because he is frustrated. Sometime an Arsenal player is going to snap due to this biased style of reffing.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Mark, and the day an Arsenal player will take justice in his own hands (or feet) the media will be all over him and brand Arsenal as a dirty team.

  • rich

    Don’t feel like thinking too deeply about this one, yet glad to see the review for it.

    I felt on the day the ref was a fair bit better than the worst we receive, but ultimately that isn’t saying too much in a ref’s favour.

    Apart from the pen call, the thing I wondered about was whether I’d missed, in my disappointment, anyone escaping bookings for persistent fouling. Seems that was the case with Herrera and he was the one I had in mind at the time.

    Also yet another day,then, when the ref appears to have decided there is no such thing as a foul for pushes on Ozil. A clear and worrying trend and one I can only hope we factor into our play : i.e never expect free kicks for it and be prepared for the opposition to break dangerously on us in those situations.

    The main theme,though, you are absolutely correct to finish with this ‘It’s not because Arsenal have a poor day that we should accept the ref having a poor day and costing us’

    I was so disappointed with the performance that I struggled to keep that in perspective, yet that call for the pen encapsulates the extra difficulty for us in pursuing a title relative to other top teams, and especially to Utd over the years.

    In a similar situation, there is every reason to believe Utd would have got the pen and the sending off; and from there they would be in a great position to go on and win, with everyone forgetting the poor performance beforehand and labelling it afterwards as the stuff of champions to come back.

    I remember a period a few years back (Ferguson’s final year?) when for two weeks in a row at the season’s end their games turned on penalties for Ashley Young dives, one of which saw a QPR defender sent off, maybe in the first half.

    So it amounts to a big extra obstacle for us and I’m glad you guys can keep doing what you do even on those sort of days.

  • rich

    Good time also to dish up one of the more interesting ref quotes I’ve seen over the years. From Vialli’s excellent book which has a section dedicated to the subject.

    Graham Poll:

    ‘we worked with a sports psychologist who talks about the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is what we can control. You’re not going to say “ I’m going to give this penalty because it’s manchester United and not give it because it’s Southampton” That would compromise your independence. But what happens in your subconscious mind is not something you can control. In fact, it’s something you seldom control. So we try to deal with it by acknowledging that this is a real danger and because it’s a danger we put it to the front of our mind. We have to acknowledge it. There is a very real possibility it can happen. Because of the way the media report things, it’s far more newsworthy if Manchester united are denied a penalty’

    Lot of food for thought in there, and a reminder that it is quite amazing that despite the incredible increase in football coverage and talk, no one is interested in these topics whatsoever. Though, on reflection, I guess it makes sense that the media aren’t. Only if the media was a healthy place would they be willing and interested in discussing these things.

    You can see why Poll fell out with that crowd and also why they pay the hush money.

  • Pete

    Completely OT, but I felt important.

    Have checked the UEFA club coefficient points and it looks as if, barring an unlikely recovery by Juventus against Bayern, or a long run by Lazio in the Europa League, that English teams have just about done enough to stay ahead of Italy this season and therefore retain 4 CL places at end of 2016/17 season.

    http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/uefarankings/country/index.html

    But no publicity for this anywhere – so belongs with Untold – repository of important but widely ignored news about football.

  • Al

    Not surprising that fouls on Ozil aren’t getting called, even when committed blatantly right in front of the ref. We have had at least one in each of our last recent matches. The same thing was happening with Sanchez last season, to the point we all started wondering does another player have to take Sanchez out with a physical weapon before they get cautioned. It shows one pattern though, our in-form player will be targeted by the other team for the obvious reasons that he’ll be the danger man. And the pgmol abets by just being mere bystanders. It’s no coincidence that this seems to happen to any of our in-form player more than others; teams do their homework and will know you can foul Arsenal players with no chance of getting booked.

  • finsbury

    After you Utd win the PL that year without a midfield fair to say that thereafter anything is possible in the House of Riley.

    They had Carrick who was playing as well as Arteta at that time when we saw the Arteta-Rambo combo. But at least that was a combo, a central midfield that played consistently well. Unfortunately Arteta’s career came to end with the uncalled unpunished stamp from former Gazprom hack Ba.

    After seeing that squad win a title it is fair to conclude that anything is possible in the House of Riley. Except maybe a successful national football (association football not Rugger) team.

  • finsbury

    As the entire Arsenal home crowd saw last month Rotters like Atkinson are not restricted to the PL, the reaction of many inside the ground after fifteen minutes of the barca game says more then I ever could.

    You can dress up a turd with bells and whistles but at the end of the day there’ll still be a bad smell. 🙂

  • finsbury

    Looks like the Newcastle supporters trust have got their wish: to be living the dream after getting rid of Pardeaú.

  • Gord

    In the news. TH apparently now has his A license. Whether this will make his muppeting more accurate, I doubt it.

    Benitez has moved back to England. Bye-bye McLaren.

  • WalterBroeckx

    This shows what is really wrong with English football (and refereeing who never actd against it.
    Paul (can’t tackle) Scholes said yesterday on BT Sport about Lallana showing technical skills : “It’s the quality and lack of fight. I see Lallana stud-rolling after an hour, he’s almost taking the mickey. Someone go and tackle him, smash him!”

    This neanderthaler approach to football would not be allowed to say in most countries without raising a storm of protest from the football authorities. In England they find this normal and nod in agreement.

  • bjtgooner

    Another fine review.

    The Pawson/Dean combo has twice resulted in indefensibly poor refereeing against Arsenal – surpassed in incompetence/bias only by Dean on his own.

    A wrong decision ratio of 21:1 could be described as incompetence – but it would be hard for the PGMO to argue that it was not deliberate bias.

    I noted a lot of fouls against Ozil – the playmaker – and also against Coquelin – as if the latter was deliberately being provoked & the Manure plan was to get him sent off.

    A very difficult match for us, at the time I felt we did not play well – but the Pawson/Dean combo really tilted the game against us.

    Dean, as we are aware, made the transition from being a reasonable referee to being a total prat not long after Riley was promoted – unfortunately this anti Arsenal prat is now being used to corrupt the new generation of refs.

  • Who is behind this anti Arsenal conspiracy ? Is it some Asian betting syndicate or is it Ferguson working behind the scenes ? Im not much bothered and like to stick to the facts, they beat us that day largely because we didnt turn up for the umpteenth time.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for the hard work that has gone into this excellent review…..but they make depressing reading these days.
    I know things on the ref front have not been great all season, but since we beat City and became favourites, they seem to live up to the idea in my head….the more Arsenal threaten for the title, the more they get screwed.
    I am slowly coming to the conclusion that senior figures at the club, and I do not mean Wenger in this, are some how acquiescent in what is going on. Maybe they know there is something in it for them if they accept it…..perhaps something that brings in thirty to fourth million a year and the odd shiny thing. To a hard nosed business man, that may appeal.
    That is the only way I can rationalise a very influential CEO and a rich, and in terms of assets, pretty powerful owner clearly not rocking the boat behind the scenes.
    It seems to me that the people who control the refs have a plan A, a plan B, then, if they fail, an oiler to win the league. We are not in these plans, making it very difficult to compete…..I dread to think what these refs do to player morale…or even to chances of attracting the top players…..the world is seeing this, the world saw what Dean did to us, what Atkinson tried to do against Leicester before he changed at half time. I would love to know what changed him

  • austinpaul

    I am still amuzed dat d ref did not make a call on d delibrate pulling on Olivier’s top almost tearing it off his body in d last match against Hall City- replay; dis PGMO people are really destroying d league nd as sum1 commented, I hope heavens will nt fall wen an arsenal player reacts out of frustration, anger nd petulance nt too long from now bcos its building up in every match ,I hope Riley or watever d head of PGMO is called does sumtin urgently to halt d trend; its quite disgusting nd nervy? Wats arsenal’s offence? D bias is just too glaring.

  • Chris D

    I’m looking at the anniversaries and the 1997/98 season.
    That Wimbledon replay. To me, sitting in a pub in a cold and foggy rural Herefordshire in that Christmas period, that was how it came later to feel – a replay. The Christmas game was a real game of attrition. We could easily have lost points on that night and I secretly wonder if a goober pulled the plug… Arsenal just couldn’t make their technical skill count for anything… and then the lights went out. I’d been staying with the in laws in Hereford (Liverpool supporters in the main plus one Sunderland) and they were surprised to see my early return to Stoke Edith. Did they chuckle… At least we had the last laugh. But my, it was hard work in those days…
    Keep up the good work.
    Your blog offers insightful and evidence-based opinions and is so much the better for so doing.

  • Bard, there is only an anti-Arsenal conspiracy to reveal that someone is behind, if you think there is.

    On the other hand if you perceive the only referee organisation that is as secretive as PGMO, and which is one that uses very few referees and puts gagging orders on refs, you might instead ask why the organisation is behaving in this way.

    Or you might care to read any of the articles on this site about Type III match fixing – the sort of thing that happened in Italy and over which there were all the court cases, removal of trophies and bans. But we’ve covered that so often it is getting a bit of a dull subject.

  • Mick

    Bard

    You said…
    ‘Im not much bothered and like to stick to the facts,’

    In that case do you agree that the ‘fact’ of a not given penalty and red card for the goal preventing handball played a major part in determining the final result, irrespective of how well or poorly we played.

  • dieter

    Al; I’m afraid the reason behind Özil not getting all the calls are still due to his lack of physical strength. He’s certainly no diver, but nevertheless guite easily off his feet and therefore it’s hard to judge the nature of each challenge he faces.

    Walter; Although tv replays failed to attest it I’ve seen several photos (and a poor-quality home video) showing clear contact by Gabriel on Rashford. Not that it matters much.

    As for Herrera, I couldn’t agree more. He is a serial fouler like Fellaini, only with less elbows.