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Ref Review: Man City – Arsenal: A tale of Jekyll and Hyde

MANCHESTER CITY vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 37
  • DATE: 8th May 2016
  • VENUE: Etihad Stadium (Manchester, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Anthony Taylor
1st LINESMAN: Lee Betts
2nd LINESMAN: Stuart Burt
4th OFFICIAL: Mike Jones

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
02:09 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Aguero charged in to Bellerin from the side without getting the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

03:20 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Gael Clichy (Man City) Giroud had a slight tug and pull of Clichy’s shirt. It was enough for it to be called a foul.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)

 

08:35 ???? (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed Correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

12:38 Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Trip from behind by Mangala on Sanchez.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

15:59 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Gael Clichy (Man City) Bellerin grabbed Clichy slightly from waist. But Man City kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR MAN CITY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

16:16 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Trip by Aguero on Sanchez.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

17:29 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Fernando (Man City) An accidental slip by Giroud resulted in a mistimed tackle on Fernando.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)

 

21:46 Bacary Sagna (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed Correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

26:35 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Fernando (Man City) Ramsey slightly tugged Fernando from behind, but City kept attacking forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR MAN CITY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

27:46 Fernandinho (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Fernandinho jumped in the back of Ramsey before heading the ball. The ref took his time but made the correct decision.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

29:05 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Jesus Navas (Man City) Iwobi made a late swiping like sliding tackle on Navas. The referee correctly called a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Iwobi for committing a reckless tackle, but no card was given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 119

“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.

• A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST IWOBI.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

38:50 Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Iheanacho was holding Ramsey from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

39:18 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Otamendi pushed Giroud in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

39:57 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Fernando (Man City) Wilshere made a sliding challenge, which made slight contact with Fernando who evaded it and started a counter attack.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR MAN CITY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

45:26 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud tried to control the long ball on his chest but made contact with his left arm before controlling it.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 7

Number of Correct Fouls for Man City – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 11 [11 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Man City – 3

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Man City – 1

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

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
25:07 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stuart Burt made the correct cal.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN CITY.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Offsides for Man City – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
07:30 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Clean goal by Aguero.

CORRECT GOAL FOR MAN CITY.

3 (GOAL)
09:30 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal by Giroud.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Man City – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
35:45 Head Injury Giroud had collision of heads with Mangala and fell down looking in pain. Ref made the correct to decision to stop play.

CORRECT DECISION TO STOP PLAY FOR HEAD INJURY.

1 (HEAD INJURY)
Number of Other Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 1

Number of Other Correct Decisions for Man City – 0

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

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 7+1+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Man City – 4+3+1+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 9 + 9 = 18

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 7+3+1 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Man City – 4+3+1+3 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 11 + 11 = 22

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 1 + 1 = 2

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Man City – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 1 + 2 = 3

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 18/(18+2) = 90.0%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  22/(22+3) = 88.0%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:45 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Fernandinho (Man City) Fernandinho was on the counter attack when Ramsey came from behind and pushed him down. The ref correctly called a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Ramsey committing a deliberate 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 MAN CITY.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

49:02 Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mangala lunged in two footed from the side with a sliding tackle on Sanchez. The referee correctly called a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Mangala for committing a reckless tackle, but no card was given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 119

“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.

• A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MANGALA.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

49:37 Eliaquim Mangala (Man City)

Fernandinho (Man City)

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

During the Arsenal’s free kick two foul incidents occurred inside the penalty box, just as the ball was kicked.

 

First Mangala pulled and kept holding on to Giroud’s shirt. This occurred slightly behind ball but inside the box.

 

At the same moment Sanchez who was the closest Arsenal player trying to attack the lobbed ball was pulled back by Fernandinho. Fernandinho had deliberately grabbed hold of Sanchez’s hands and kept pulling him back. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but no penalty was given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Fernandinho for deliberately holding and pulling Sanchez away from the ball. 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

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

56:52 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Just as Iheanacho headed the ball, he was pushed in the back by Gabriel. This should have been a foul for Man City but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

-1 (FOUL)

 

58:52 Fernando (Man City) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Fernando charged down Wilshere from the side without getting the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

59:16 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Wilshere played a through ball forward when Otamendi missed his tackle and brought down Wilshere. But Arsenal kept attacking forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

60:04 Fernandinho (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Fernandinho tripped Ramsey from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
63:42 Fernandinho (Man City) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Wilshere played a through ball forward when Fernandinho missed his tackle and brought down Wilshere. But Arsenal kept attacking forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

63:50 Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey was running forward when Iheanacho tripped him slightly, but Ramsey maintained his balance and kept running forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

66:05 Fernando (Man City) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Just a Ramsey turned with ball Fernando tripped him from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

67:25 Fernandinho (Man City) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Wilshere played a pass when Fernandinho charged in from the front and brought Wilshere down. Arsenal kept possession and the ref played an advantage.

 

But this was the 4th non-cautionable foul committed by Fernandinho in a period of 45 minutes. This should have been a yellow card against Fernandinho for persistent fouling. Which means that by now he should have been sent off. But no cards were given.

 

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.

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

69:52 Fernando (Man City) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Fernando dragged down Wilshere from behind inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

70:41 Raheem Sterling (Man City) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) While Bellerin was trying to go forward Sterling held him back by using his hands on Bellerin’s chest. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

70:54 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Gabriel missed his tackle and brought down the counter attacking De Bruyne.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST GABRIEL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

74:23 Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Mangala was holding Giroud by the waist.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

77:28 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Fernandinho (Man City) Monreal pushed Fernandinho in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)

 

79:41 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Sergio Aguero (Man City) Wilshere tripped Aguero from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)

 

80:02 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) Sanchez tripped Otamendi from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)

 

82:01 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Fernandinho (Man City) Ramsey tripped Fernandinho from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR MAN CITY.

1 (FOUL)

 

83:13 Yaya Toure (Man City) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Toure tripped Coquelin from behind inside the center of the field. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

85:04 Fernandinho (Man City) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez had dribbled past two players inside the Man City’s half and was on the attack when Fernandinho came from behind and tackled him down. The ref correctly gave a foul.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Fernandinho for committing an attack breaking foul. Which means that by now he should have been sent off for the second time in this match. But no cards were 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 FERNANDHINO.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

87:00 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) De Bruyne flicked the ball inside the Arsenal’s penalty box and the ball deflected off Gabriel’s upper leg. There were loud appeals for handball, as it looked to have hit on the hand. But the referee was correct to judge it as not a penalty because no part of hand came in contact.

CORRECT NON-PENALTY DECISION FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-PENALTY)
90:21 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was on the counter attack when Otamendi went sliding from the front, missed the ball and took out Sanchez in a reckless manner.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST OTAMENDI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

91:06 Fernandinho (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was controlling the ball inside the City’s half when Fernandinho lashed out a deliberate kick in disguise of a tackle on Giroud. The ref correctly gave a foul and yellow card against Fernandinho.

This should have been Fernandinho’s 4th yellow card of the match, which means that by now he should have been sent off for the 3rd time in this match, but red no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

92:34 Fernandinho (Man City) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was in control of the inside the center of the field when Fernandinho kicked Giroud badly from behind and tripped him. The ref correctly called a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Fernandinho for committing a reckless tackle, which means that by now he should have been sent off for the 4th time in this match, but no cards were given.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 119

“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.

• A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FERNANDINHO.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 9

Number of Correct Fouls for Man City – 6

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 15 [15 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Advantages for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Man City – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 5

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 6 [12 points]

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 4 [12 points]

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for Man City – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
47:49 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
52:13 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) De Bruyne was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
56:15 Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Iheanacho was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
59:29 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Gael Clichy (Man City) Giroud was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Lee Betts made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN CITY.

1 (OFFSIDE)
85:41 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Fernandinho (Man City) Koscienly was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Lee Betts made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR MAN CITY.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Offsides for Man City – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 5 [5 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
50:55 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Clean goal by De Bruyne.

CORRECT GOAL FOR MAN CITY.

3 (GOAL)
67:37 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Clean goal by Sanchez.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Man City – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Man City – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
63:59 Corner Theo Walcott (Arsenal) The last touch of the ball was off Walcott not Mangala.

WRONG CORNER AGAINST MAN CITY.

Number of Incorrect Corners against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Corners against Man City – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Corners – 1 [1 points]

 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
57:01 Ref Positioning Wilshere was trying to play a pass forward to Iwobi when the ref Anthony Taylor got in the path of the ball and blocked the pass. Arsenal lost the ball and Man City immediately started a counter attack.

BAD POSITIONING STOPS ARSENAL’S ATTACK.

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

Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Man City – 0

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

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+4+2+1+3+1 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Man City – 6+1+2+1 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 20 + 10 = 30

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+4+4+3+3+3 = 26

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Man City – 6+2+2+3 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 26 + 13 = 39

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 3+5+4+1+1 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Man City – 1+1+1 =3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 14 + 3 = 17

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+10+12+3+1 = 29

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Man City – 1+2+1 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 29 + 4 = 33

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 30/(30+17) = 63.8%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  39/(39+33) = 54.1%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+20 = 29

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Man City – 9+10 = 19

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 29 + 19 = 48

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 11+26 = 37

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Man City – 11+13 = 24

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 37 + 24 = 61

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1+14 = 15

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Man City – 1+3 =4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 15 + 4 = 19

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1+29 = 30

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Man City – 2+4 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 30 + 6 = 36

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 48/(48+19) = 71.6%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  61/(61+36) = 62.8%

 

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.

Anthony Taylor was the ref in this match. A ref from Manchester doing a match almost at his front door.

But it didn’t show in the first half at all. No, a great performance of the ref. One of the highest scores of the season if not the highest first half score of this season.

So not much to say about that apart from the first half score that was 90.0% and 88.0% (Weighted). A really excellent first half.

Even the bias was amazingly even. Only two mistakes and each against each team. In fact when we put weight on the bias in the first half the bias score was giving a slight advantage in favour of Arsenal as an Arsenal player (Iwobi) should have been booked.

Moving on to the second half and… then it all went away. Not for the first time this season we have to come to the conclusion that the ref from the first half and the same ref in the second half look like Jekyll and Hide.

Suddenly all and everything went against Arsenal. Apart from the first poor decision when Ramsey should have been booked right after the start of the second half.

But then in minute 49 it all went wrong. A two footed challenge on Alexis but no yellow card but at least he gave the foul and the free kick. Özil floated it in and two Arsenal players were blatantly held by their defenders. Giroud was held by his shirt and Alexis was pulled back by the arm so neither of them could challenge the ball with Alexis coming closest to the ball.

You could say biased Untold Arsenal ref reviewers only would give a penalty (you can’t give two penalties alas….) but even former referees were amazed that he didn’t give a penalty for one of the clear fouls. Well one even came up with this ridiculous excuse: as it was the second last match of the season now wouldn’t have been the moment to call such fouls.

Sit down and try to understand what he said. He said: as the refs have been letting go all these fouls during the whole season, you can’t do it at the end of the season. This is leaving me rather speechless to be honest. So what have they been doing there all season? It sure seems that by saying it like that this former referee agrees with our findings and confirms our reviews. The referees have done a poor job all season and nobody really gave a damn. Apart maybe us Untolders….

Oh well… after the not given penalty for Arsenal we came to the Fernandino do as you like festival. Poor challenge after poor challenge went unpunished with the much deserved yellow card. In fact he should have been given a yellow card of the penalty foul and then should have been sent off for one of his numerous fouls near the end of the match. But it wasn’t an Arsenal player so no media fuss and of course Taylor being the Taylor we know and not the unfamiliar Taylor of the first half so nothing happened. The Fernandinho second yellow should have been given in min 67, 85, 91.. you can pick what suits you best.

The second half score was 63.8% and 54.1% (Weighted). We can only say that this was poor and very poor weighted.

Looking back at the whole 90 minutes he saves his score a bit and ends up with a score of 71.6% and 62.8% (Weighted). Very average.

There were a total of 5 major errors. The not given penalty and forgetting to send of Fernandinho on 4 occasions. It looked like Poll at one moment but he even gave the second yellow card without sending him off.

A few conclusions: A top class first half performance by Taylor gave him a chance to produce the best percentage of any ref this season.

The failure to give out yellow cards, red cards and the penalty in the second half brought his percentage to poor and average levels again.

And a special nomination should go to Fernandinho for being possibly the dirtiest player in the league alongside Eric Dier. If you check the review for Arsenal vs. Man City earlier this season at Emirates, you will see the same thing, Fernandinho escaping yellow cards and red cards.

It seems some players can do as they like and the referees just don’t have the balls to stand up to them…. but that is the story of the PGMO I guess.

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7 comments to Ref Review: Man City – Arsenal: A tale of Jekyll and Hyde

  • Rantetta

    That indeed is the work of pgmob.

    Your work is far better. Thank you.

  • colario

    We can’t be the only team that gets a North West regional referee when playing a team from the North West.

    If only we could provide a ref’s report of this high standard on such a game. For example Man City v Southampton. Then publish it on the web.

    Clearly it is not just Arsenal that gets this kind of treatment.

  • bjtgooner

    An excellent report.

    Did the ref receive a phone call or text at half time? The fact that Taylor was quite good in the first half shows that he can referee reasonably fairly when he puts his mind to it – but where was his mind in the second half?

  • Pete

    This was the game where I predicted that Taylor might be unusually fair or even biased towards Arsenal given that he is not just a local – but actually lives a stone’s throw from Old Toilet. Given the prevailing positions in the League, a positive result for Man City would directly impact Man Utd’s ability to qualify for the CL. In the event MC’s point in this game DID, in fact, prove decisive.

    Nevertheless, his second half performance exhibited the usual anti-Arsenal bias. So, what to make of it?

    Possible conclusions could be:

    – Taylor just hates Arsenal so much, that this emotion clouds even his support for MU.
    – He is NOT actually a MU fan and just likes all his local teams against those nasty southerners.
    – MC are superior at the “dark arts” to MU…?

  • Rich

    Crazy how much Fernandinho got away with in comparison to Coquelin’s infringements against Palace, and all without a word from the commentators or the rest of the media.

    Fits with the season as a whole where refs seemed extra lenient in the big games with frequent foulers in midfield, apart from- surprise surprise- when it’s our players.

    Standout for me was Wanyama in the away game. He probably made about ten unpunished challenges- nip at the ankle without touching ball,etc- which were very similar to Coq’s one against Palace which sent the player yelping to the ground; then the rest which were called and were easily enough for two bookings. A funny touch was that he was sent off twice in the weeks immediately after playing us.

    I’ve cooled off thinking about it for a couple of weeks but it’ll be the same old story next year- easy bookings for our midfielders with the main defensive responsibilities (Xhaka, you’re in for a shock), huge leeway for the opposition players with the same roles.

    At least it was similarly messed up elsewhere this year, with the desire seemingly increased for special premier leagian refereeing almost across the board. Again, though, if Xhaka or any of our players try base their game on what others- Dier, Wanyama, Fellaini,etc- get away with it will end badly for them.

    I’m cheered at least by the fact we now have a great range of options for the midield in total and for the defensive roles especially. Could save us a few double yellows.

  • Goonermikey

    @ Rich

    And if Vardy signs he’ll be in for a shock too. Let’s see how many penalties he would be awarded then…….

  • Rich

    Goonermikey

    Was my first thought when I heard about Vardy.

    I’d bet on more yellows for diving than pens if he were to join.

    You rarely get a chance to catch the refs (or media) red-handed in their bias towards us as, alas, no two decisions are identical and everything can be argued over, but that- a complete turnaround, with Vardy getting no pens, being pinged constantly for niggly fouls, and being criticised by the media for his approach- would be one that comes close.

    Still, people would argue against it- that it was luck, randomness,etc- but it would provide some grim fun hearing it.

    Few times when the discussion went deep on the site about why our and Leicester’s respective penalty stats could be right (yeah, those guys) it was put forward that we somehow attack wrong (for pens), that our movements in the box don’t have the speed and sharpness which cause fouls. There’d be no better way to test it than with mr pen in the team. Ok, Rooney would have been even more fun to watch.

    Would be so intriguing. Must admit, i’m unsure about whether it would be a good move,though. Looks uncertain now anyway.