by Andrew Crawshaw
Following our Referee reviews of the United and Swansea games, here is an updated Wall of Shame and we see an entry in third place for Robert Madley.
In his previous game this year he scored 90% and made only two mistakes in the whole game. Clearly he had been given a stern talking to by his bosses and reminded of his obligations as a FIFA accredited referee. There really isn’t any logical explanation for a referee to put in two performances that were so different.
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|
|Robert Madley||Arsenal||v||Swansea||38||93/7||Ref Review : Arsenal – Swansea, when is it going to start to even out?|
|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|
Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||38|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||23|
The number of wrong Important Decisions favouring our opponents keeps on growing. In 28 games the average number is just over three a game. Let that sink in – three game changing decisions against us every single game on average and in some games we have seen seven. No team can cope with that level of bias. There is absolutely no wonder that at times we play safety first football when every time we are within touching distance of an opposition player we are called for a foul.
The number of points we have been robbed of has gone up by 6. The penalty and two sendings off at United should have resulted in a win rather than a loss and neither of the Swansea goals were valid so two wins instead of two losses. We should be 13 points ahead of Leicester not 11 points behind.
In the Swansea game, neither of their goals were valid, the first came from one of the most obvious fouls on Özil you will ever see, but a FIFA accredited referee looking straight at it refuses to give it.
The second was offside, just maybe but in the Watford game the linesman had no trouble in flagging Giroud for the same degree on offside. The second half saw 10 correct decisions and 19 wrong ones – two in three decisions were wrong! For God’s sake this is the same referee who only got 2 wrong in an entire game earlier in the season.
OK Rant over – now on to Saturday
- Referee – Mark Clattenberg
- Assistants – S Beck and R West
- Fourth Official – J Moss
This will be the third time this year with Mr Clattenberg one of our other FIFA referees.
42% overall weighted score,bias against both teams 9/91and 5 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals). Three points taken from Arsenal and awarded to West Brom. A goal from a ‘phantom’ foul in Min34, two not given penalties to Arsenal (minutes 46 and a re-take of the one we were awarded in Min 84 due to encroachment) and two West Brom players wrongly remaining on the pitch (Min 46 Olsson and Min 75 Morrison) Clattenberg displaying the full gamut of refereeing tricks of the trade in this game – a masterful performance in how to tilt the pitch.
76% overall, bias against both teams 35/65 and more importantly only one wrong Important Decision when in Min 56 Kos fouled Fabregas in our penalty area and the penalty to Chelsea wasn’t given. See all you doubters we do call wrong decisions against Arsenal!
The key decision was in the first half when Costa persuaded Mertesacker to foul him, last man red card correct decision despite little or no contact. After that no need for further assistance to be given and Mr Clattenberg showed that he can be a good referee.
Last Season 2014-15 we had Mr Clattenberg twice
71% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 73/27 and two wrong Important Decisions In Min 45 Milner should have had a second yellow card and in Min 76 Wilshere should have conceded a penalty in favour of City for handball in our area.
80% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 18/82 and one wrong Important Decisions when in min 3 Coquelin should have been dismissed for a high foot on Campbel. I counted this as three points given to Arsenal, a game we should probably have lost.
Again Mr Clattenberg for two games but no reviews for this year. We beat Swansea away 2 – 1 in September and Southampton at home 2 – 0 in November. Here are links to Walter’s post game pieces for context
And for completeness here is the one match from 2012-13
|Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Arsenal Vs Swansea City (0 – 2) [01/12/2012]|
72% overall weighted score, bias against both teams 93/7 but no wrong Important Decisions.
Regarding the other Officials I have a flag against both Assistants this year. Mr Beck for not flagging Costa when he was offside in Min14 of our home game v Chelsea and a possible flag against Mr West for a wrong offside against Ramsey in our 3 – 0 win at Watford. The other official was Mr Holmes and the report didn’t identify who was at fault.
- A referee that is difficult to predict, capable of both good and terrible numbers in Arsenal games.
- He doesn’t like awarding penalties, only doing so in extreme events.
- He knows every trick in the referee’s book on how to influence a game and is quite prepared to use them.
- In the five reviewed games over four seasons he had made 9 wrong Important Decisions but 5 of them came in one game. His bias numbers against Arsenal have been 93, 91, 82, 73 and 65 so only once has he got anywhere near neutral (I regard a score within 60/40 as one which most fans would regard as neutral).
- I think that we should expect more of the same from the PGMO this weekend, a one sided performance designed to put another nail in the coffins of both Arsène and Arsenal.
- Everton players being given Carte Blanche to foul us anywhere on the pitch, clever use of ‘phantom’ fouls, inappropriate advantages, our players called for fouls when within touching distance of Everton.
I’m sorry for the downbeat note of this preview but to answer Walter’s question in the title of the Swansea review I don’t think it is going to even out any time soon, we may get better results for the last 6 games of the season when it will be practically impossible for us to win the league but it is still too soon for that to happen yet.
On the anniversary of Gedion Zelalem singing a new Arsenal contract in 2014… Arsenal scout Danny Karbassiyoon answers Untold readers’ questions on being a scout for Arsenal
Anniversaires – the full index is to be found here
- 18 March 1898: Sunderland manager Bob Campbell accepted post as manager of Arsenal but then changed his mind.
- 18 March 1910: Woolwich Arsenal went into liquidation. Fortunately Henry Norris was on hand to bail the club out, and he eventually paid all the debts (including non-football debts and debts that were not disclosed at this moment). Such behaviour is utterly unknown among football clubs today. See also here.
Today in history… (there’s one on the home page most days)
18 March 1950: Roger Bannister runs the first four minute mile