Sunderland v Arsenal Sunday 24 April 2016 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
No new referee reviews since the last preview so
Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||44|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||27|
Remember these figures are for the games up to West Ham, so 33 games. An amazing bias against Arsenal averaging 3 wrong Important Decisions per match against Arsenal. Breaking it down – on average our opponents should have had two players sent off every game, should have conceded one penalty per game and in every third game should have had a goal disallowed.
It is stretching credibility to suggest that this is merely the manifestation of poor refereeing. Were that the case the number of decisions favouring Arsenal would be far greater than 7. The bias figures in these decisions is 94/6% against Arsenal, outrageous but really not that dissimilar to the bias we see in all decisions every week.
Here is the 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||West Ham v Arsenal|
|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|
None of the referees on this list are newcomers, all are highly experienced in the Premier League and many are, either now or in the past, FIFA accredited. Again to suggest that they are on the list by chance is stretching credulity to breaking point. For so many experienced referees to disregard the laws of the game to this degree can only indicate that this is what they have been instructed to do. Never in all the years of Untold doing referee reviews has there ever been a list such as this.
On to Sunday and as you probably all know by now our match officials are
Referee – Mike Dean
Assistants – S Long and M Salisbury
Fourth Official – Mike Jones
This will be Mr Dean’s fifth game in 8 days, three as referee and two as fourth official. In this run he has had a hand in the following results.
|16 April||R||Chelsea – Man City||0 – 3|
|17 April||F||Arsenal – Palace||1 – 1|
|18 April||F||Stoke – Spurs||0 – 4|
|20 April||R||West Ham – Watford||3 – 1|
|24 April||R||Sunderland – Arsenal||?|
Now as I didn’t watch any of the non-Arsenal games I cannot say how much influence he exerted in these five games but suffice it to say that all of our rivals got maximum points whilst Arsenal dropped two points largely to a not given penalty.
What is extraordinary is that any referee, let alone one with such a history against Arsenal, should be given this much opportunity to affect results of both us and teams directly above and below us in the table in such a short space of time. I asked Walter, with all of his years of experience in European refereeing to confirm that it would be unheard of ‘sur le continent’ – here is his response:-.
I can’t imagine such a thing happening anywhere in the world.
Also the fact a ref has 3 matches in 8 days is somehow stupid. Certainly for a ref who is 47.
He can no longer have a FIFA badge (lost it 2 seasons ago due to age) and in other countries he would be on the down side of his career.
In many countries referees who lose their Fifa badge also stop being a ref and go in to other positions.
But for a man who is 47 doing so many high profile matches can lead to fatigue physical and also mental for being the 4th official and so lots of traveling and running around.
And a tired ref is a ref who makes mistakes.
I could write pages detailing how he has treated us in past games, but we all know that history. For any newcomers just enter Mike Dean in the search here box in the header banner of the site and you will get page after page with all of the articles that we have published on him down the years.
He has refereed one Arsenal game this year and that resulted in more than 100,000 people signing a petition demanding that he never ever again be allowed to being charge of an Arsenal game. A few Spurs supporters agitated for a Leicester based referee to be moved from their game on Monday and the PGMO/FA bend over backwards to accommodate that change. The result of that game a 4 – 0 win for Spurs!
When it comes to Arsenal I believe Mike Dean to be incapable of displaying anything like honesty. Frankly he cheats, bending the rules to minimise every opportunity for Arsenal to progress. He sends off our players, allows opposition players to commit assaults that would result in criminal charges if committed off the football pitch, uses the advantage rule to the benefit of our opponents but never Arsenal. He will award ‘phantom‘ fouls against Arsenal and generally use every trick in the referee’s book to tilt the pitch to that of a ski slope.
If Arsenal get any points with this man in charge it will be a fabulous result, should we emerge with all three it will be little short of a miracle.
Footnote from the publisher: I now am spending so much time each day answering people who write in and say that this data would only be of value if we analysed the results of other clubs, and had other referees doing the analyses, that I am going to stop publishing/answering such comments. I have written 100 times before that we did exactly this for a year, used referees who supported lots of other PL clubs, and analysed the results of multiple matches not involving Arsenal, and put all the results on the internet on the Referees Decisions website.
We could only do it for one year because of the massive amount of energy and time involved, and the fact that of course we had no sponsor. All further comments along these lines, will be not be published, because the point has been wrongly made and fully answered so many times before and the whole thing is getting far too boring.
- Oh God forgive me when I whine…
- Analyzing the table of shame
- Desperate transport, desperate journalism, Win No 500. Arsenal v Pulis’ mob – Being there.
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