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Ref Review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace: again no penalty for Arsenal

By Usama & Walter

ARSENAL vs. CRYSTAL PALACE

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 33
  • DATE: 17th April 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Roger East
1st LINESMAN: Richard West
2nd LINESMAN: Mark Scholes
4th OFFICIAL: Mike Dean

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
02:42 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Connor Wickham (Palace) Bellerin had a little pull on Wickham from behind inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

07:08 Pape Souare (Palace) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Souare tripped Sanchez from behind but Arsenal maintained attacking possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

09:36 Yannick Bolasie (Palace) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Bolasie slightly tripped and pushed Coquelin from behind inside the Arsenal’s half. Arsenal maintained attacking possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

17:57 Yohan Cabaye (Palace) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Just as Coquelin received the ball, Cabaye came in late with a reckless sliding tackle and took out Coquelin. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Cabaye for committing a reckless challenge. But no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST CABAYE.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

20:58 Yannick Bolasie (Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal jumps in the air to head the ball when Bolasie looks back at him and gets in his way by blocking his jump.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

23:46 Damien Delaney (Palace) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) During Arsenal’s corner kick Delaney used both his hands and grabbed hold of Koscienly from neck, pulled him away from the direction of the cross and kept pulling and holding him until the ball was cleared. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Delaney but nothing 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

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST DELANEY.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

26:29 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Joe Ledley (Palace) Ledley looked to head the ball slightly lower when Bellerin came close and slightly raised his knee but avoided it. The referee then gave a foul against Arsenal but no reason. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal because Bellerin did not make any contact or foul contact at all.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

29:14 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Connor Wickham (Palace) Trip and slight push by Koscienly on Wickham.

CORRECT FOUL FOR PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

36:39 Joe Ledley (Palace) Petr Cech (Arsenal) Ledley held Cech back and then pushed him in the back during the corner kick.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

37:16 Scott Dann (Palace) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Slightly mistimed tackle by Dann made Welbeck trip forward.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

39:19 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Scott Dann (Palace) Gabriel tried to stop the bouncing ball with his feet in a stepping down motion but stepped on Scott Dann by mistake. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this should have been a yellow card against Gabriel because he was reckless in his approach to gain possession of the ball. But no card was given.

CORRECT FOUL FOR PALACE.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST GABRIEL.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

43:53 Jason Puncheon (Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Puncheon tripped Monreal from behind inside the Arsenal’s half. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

43:57 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Jason Puncheon (Palace) Seconds later from the previous incident Coquelin cleanly tackled the ball away from Puncheon. But the referee called it a foul. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

46:25 Joe Ledley (Palace) Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Joe Ledley raised his foot very high which made slightly contact with El Nenny’s shoulder. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Fouls for Palace – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Palace – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Palace – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Palace – 1

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Palace – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
13:17 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Pape Souare (Palace) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed Correct. Assistant Ref Richard West made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR PALACE.

1 (OFFSIDE)
13:55 Connor Wickham (Palace) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed Correct. Assistant Ref Mark Scholes made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSDE)
22:34 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Pape Souare (Palace) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Richard West made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR PALACE.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Palace – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
45:20 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Palace – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0


Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
23:52 Ref Positioning Monreal was looking to attack forward just the outside the Palace’s penalty area when the Referee got in his way and tripped himself and slightly disrupted with Arsenal’s attack.

BAD POSITIONG FROM REFEREE INTERFERING PLAY AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (REF POSITIONING)
Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Palace – 0

Total Number of Other Incorrect Decisions – 1 [1 points]

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 4+2+1+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Palace – 3+2 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 8 + 5 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 4+2+1+3 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Palace – 3+2 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 10 + 5 = 15

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+2+1+1 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Palace – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 1 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+4+3+1 = 12

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Palace – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 2 = 14

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 13/(13+9) = 59.0%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 15/(15+14) = 51.7%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
48:35 Yohan Cabaye (Palace) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Cabaye tripped Coquelin from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

52:31 Connor Wickham (Palace) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Wickham tripped Coquelin from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

55:20 Bakary Sako (Palace) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Sako pushed Iwobi down from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

56:55 Joe Ledley (Palace) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was making a forward run deep inside the Palace’s half when Ledley deliberately tripped him down from behind breaking an attack.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST LEDLEY

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

60:54 Yannick Bolasie (Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Bolasie slightly pulled and tripped Monreal while challenging for a high ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

63:41 Pape Souare (Palace) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mistimed tackle from Souare resulted in a trip on Sanchez. Nothing reckless.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

67:19 Joe Ledley (Palace) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal’s heel came in contact from behind with Ledley’s legs while running, This was not a deliberate foul, but a careless one from Ledley.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

70:45 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Pape Souare (Palace) Koscienly made a very late sliding tackle from behind on Souare while chasing him from behind. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Koscienly for committing a reckless challenge. But no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR PALACE.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KOSCIENLY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

72:00 Scott Dann (Palace) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Dann made a very late and reckless tackle on Welbeck, bringing him down very badly while on the attack. This was a clear act of recklessness from Dann.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST DANN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

73:15 Yohan Cabaye (Palace) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Just as Ozil passed the ball to the wing Cabaye tripped him from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

79:20 Joel Ward (Palace) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Ward slightly tripped Sanchez, but Arsenal kept attacking forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

86:23 Emmanuel Adebayor (Palace) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Adebayor tripped Gabriel from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

87:58 Joel Ward (Palace) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was dribbling forward when Ward stuck out a leg and tripped down Giroud. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

89:52 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Emmanuel Adebayor (Palace) Koscienly carelessly charged down Adebayor.

CORRECT FOUL FOR PALACE.

1 (FOUL)

 

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 9

Number of Correct Fouls for Palace – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 11 [11 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Palace – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Palace – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Palace – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
68:34 Emmanuel Adebayor (Palace) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed Correct. Assistant Ref Richard West made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
78:39 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Damien Delaney (Palace) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed Correct. Assistant Ref Mark Scholes made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR PALACE.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Palace – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
81:01 Yannick Bolasie (Palace) Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR PALACE.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Goals for Palace – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Palace – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+1+2+1 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Palace – 2+1+1 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 13 + 4 = 17

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+1+4+1 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Palace – 2+1+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 15 + 6 = 21

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Palace – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 2 + 1 = 3

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Palace – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 2 + 2 = 4

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 17/(17+3) = 85.0%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 21/(21+4) = 84.0%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 8+13 = 21

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Palace – 5+4 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 21 + 9 = 30

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 10+15 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Palace – 5+6 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 25 + 11 = 36

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 8+2 = 10

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Palace – 1+1 =2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 10 + 2 = 12

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 12+2 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Palace – 2+2 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 14 + 4 = 18

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 30/(30+12) = 71.4%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 36/(36+18) = 66.6%

 

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.

 

Roger East was the ref with Mike Dean whispering in his ear.

The first half of the ref was rather poor. Too many little fouls were missed. Most missed incidents favoured Crystal Palace. In fact only 1 error was in favour of Arsenal and the other 8 were in favour of Palace.

And then we come to the major incident in this match: the not given penalty for Arsenal. In fact this should now be no longer a surprise but we still have to mention it as once again the ref refused to give Arsenal a penalty for a blatant foul on Koscielny. Arsenal got a corner and Delaney grabbed Koscielny and was holding him back and prevented him from making the run he was willing to make. Holding a player by grabbing him with both arms around the neck/chest is a blatant foul. But it seems that Palace is somehow set free from this law of the game and can do what they want in the penalty area without the ref(s) doing anything about it.

Another game and match changing decision going against Arsenal is the final result.

The score in the first half was 59.0% and 51.7% (Weighted) because of the missed penalty.  Very poor.

In the second half we had a big improvement. Only 3 errors in the second half. So a much better second half and this is going against what we usually see when reviewing referees.

The score in the second half was 85.0% and 84.0% (Weighted).  Excellent second half ! Huge improvement.

Over the whole 90 minutes we got an overall score of  71.4% and 66.6% (Weighted). So in total marginally average performance.

As said there was only one major error. At minute 23:46 Arsenal should have had a penalty when Delaney fouled Koscienly.

It was good to see the referee improve greatly in the second half. It is often the second halves where the refs drop in performance.The question still remains when will we get a penalty.  But still has there ever been a season in the history of Arsenal where we were not awarded a penalty at home???
Looking at the incorrect decisions we see that the ref made 12 incorrect decisions in total (one game changing incident) and 10 of those incorrect decisions were against Arsenal and 2 in favour of Arsenal.  So even when the ref’s score wasn’t completely bad we still were facing a very biased performance from the ref. But that should no longer be a surprise for people who have been following the referees this season.

7 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace: again no penalty for Arsenal

  • Pat

    Even with this better ref performance we still have a crucial mistake – the penalty – which, assuming we had scored it, might have won us the game, and gained us two points.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Pat, another two points lost because of… er… Wenger! 😉

  • Pat

    Ha ha ha Walter!

  • Gord

    I just stopped by TheFA to see if they have any new announcements about the Chelsea-Tottenham game.

    I got a message back that service was unavailable.

    Story of The FA’s existence, no service is available.

  • bjtgooner

    Another good review.

    As Pat noted – not quite so many errors this time, but the PGMO still probably managed to cost us two points.

  • none

    Walter I know you dont look at other teams but it would interesting to see your review of the Chelsea v Spurs match. I wonder how many of those yellow cards should have turned into red.

  • WalterBroeckx

    None,
    as I don’t watch other matches anymore I certainly don’t record them. Only saw the last 7-8 minutes or so as what we were watching had finished and I thought to have a look to see how their title bid fell apart. So don’t have the match at my disposal (not sure if would find the time to be honest).
    But I know that even the media in Belgium say that the spuds have gone over the line more than once…. and they usually love their Belgian spuds….