by Andrew Crawshaw
Following the review of the West Ham Game here is the updated Table of Shame and yes the wrong Important Decisions against Arsenal have now reached 100 and the cost in points is 27
Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||44|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||27|
The referee Craig Pawson never had a grip of this match once he only brandished a yellow card for Carroll for his scything challenge on Kescielny in the fourth minute. That decision affected the whole game and without him on the pitch West Ham would certainly have not scored any of their three goals – they couldn’t as Carroll got every one of them. I’m not going to go over the other wrong decisions because after the first one none actually mattered.
With a score of 42%, Pawson gains a second place on a revised Wall of Shame
Wall of Shame
|Ref||Game||Weighted Score||Bias against (h/a)||Link to Ref Review|
|Craig Pawson||Stoke||v||Arsenal||34||5/95||Stoke v Arsenal|
|Lee Mason||Arsenal||v||Southampton||34||80/20||Arsenal v Southampton|
|Robert Madley||Arsenal||v||Swansea||38||93/7||Arsenal – Swansea|
|Mike Dean||Chelsea||v||Arsenal||41||5/95||Chelsea – Arsenal|
|Martin Atkinson||Arsenal||v||Spurs||41||82/18||Arsenal – Tottenham|
|Craig Pawson||West Ham||v||Arsenal||42||23/77|
|Mark Clattenburg||West Brom||v||Arsenal||42||9/91||West Brom v Arsenal|
|Mark Clattenburg||Everton||Arsenal||43||6/94||Everton v Arsenal|
|Anthony Taylor||Arsenal||v||Newcastle||48||9/91||Arsenal – Newcastle|
|Jonathan Moss||Southampton||v||Arsenal||49||22/78||Southampton v Arsenal|
On to Thursday and our officials are :-
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Assistants – A Halliday and S Bennett
- Fourth Official – M Jones
This Season this will be Mr Moss’ fourth Arsenal game, and the first for some time. His previous three games were getting worse every game, I just hope that is a trend that will rapidly reverse.
|Ref Review Arsenal – Stoke|
We started with a home win, 71% overall, bias 100/0 and two wrong Important Decisions (second Yellow Cards, Red Cards, Penalties and Goals) both relating to one incident in Min 90+2 when Pieters should have seen Red and a penalty awarded to Arsenal for a deliberate foul on Giroud (points won by then so it didn’t cost us).
|Ref Review : Norwich – Arsenal – these acts of thuggery must be stopped|
This one was a one-all draw. 57% Overall rating, bias against the two teams of 8/92 and three wrong Important Decisions, all sending off offences for Norwich players. Min 40 for Bennett pushing an airborne Sanchez into a camera pit, Min 57 O’Neill should have a second yellow, and Min 90+1 O’Neill again for another foul on Giroud. This was matchweek 14 on November29th and possibly when our season really started to go to pieces. Two points lost to the PGMO.
|Ref Review : Southampton – Arsenal|
This was the 4 – 0 loss. 49% overall and an entry on the Wall of Shame. Bias 22/78 and six wrong Important Decisions. Southampton’s goals in Minute 19 (offside), Min 54 (foul by Long on Kos and Min69 (corner wrongly given to Southampton instead of goal kick). Min 49 Koscielny should have been sent off for a second bookable offence, Min 73 Wanyama should have had a straight red for attempted assault on Ramsey’s groin and Min 75 Wanyama should have had a second yellow card for persistent fouling. Southampton’s fourth goal was OK and we should have been down to ten men so I haven’t counted any points lost but an appalling example of refereeing.
For West Brom it will also be the fourth appearance, so far he has officiated:-
Crystal Palace v West Brom – 3 Oct 2015 (2 – 0)
West Brom v Spurs – 5 Dec 2015 (1 – 1)
West Brom v Palace – 27 Feb 2016 (3 – 2)
Last Season 2014-15 for Arsenal
|The Untold Referee review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace|
81% overall, bias against the two teams 100/0 and three wrong Important Decisions, Min8 Ramsey pushed in the penalty area, Min64 Chamakh should have had a second yellow card rather than a talking to and Min 72 Hangerland pulled Giroud to the ground by his neck in the penalty area. Again we won so no points cost
|REF REVIEW Arsenal – Stoke|
72% overall, bias against the two teams 90/10 and two wrong Important Decisions. In Min10 Arnautovic pushed Debuchy off the pitch resulting in an initial three month injury and effectively ending his Arsenal career. We won the game so no points lost but a big cost to the club and player.
Going back one more year there are no Referee Reviews but these were the Arsenal games :-
Arsenal v Cardiff – 1 Jan 2014 (2 – 0)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace – 2 Feb 2014 (2 – 0)
Hull v Arsenal – 20 April 2014 (0 – 3)
- In my last referee review I wrote that I believed the refereeing after the Palace game would revert to the merely bad rather than the appalling once Spurs had a sufficient advantage to make us catching them highly unlikely. With the appointment of Mike Dean for the Sunderland game on Sunday I now think that statement was overly optimistic. I now think that ‘the powers that be’ are determined that we will end up in sixth place at best and if they can engineer either Southampton or Liverpool above us they will.
- So far we have had 100 wrong Important Decisions against us. That is an absolutely unbelievable number and way beyond anything that could happen at random.
- Mr Moss is not the greatest of referees and got a lot of stick for his handling of the Leicester game at the weekend. He is most unlikely to make any mistakes for his masters on Thursday. We will be screwed.
- He allows assaults on our players to go unpunished, don’t be surprised if we see a stretcher probably with Özil on it.
- West Brom will park the bus and foul and wrestle us in their area with impunity however, unless they actually turn up with machetes we won’t get a penalty.
- West Brom will be physical and look to hit us on the break, they are likely to be aided by a referee with an educated blind eye and one able to tilt the pitch as required.
- It’s going to be a long tough game.
- The 29 players signed by and linked to Arsenal 10 weeks before the transfer window!
- REF REVIEW WEST HAM – ARSENAL: A new entry in the table of shame
- Group 2 of our potential manager list: Dragan Stojkovic, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp
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