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Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa: did we see any change in referee approach in the last game of the season?

ARSENAL vs. ASTON VILLA

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 38
  • DATE: 15th May 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg
1st LINESMAN: John Brooks
2nd LINESMAN: Andy Halliday
4th OFFICIAL: Roger East

 

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
07:10 Jordan Lyden (Aston Villa) Sanchez was in control of the ball inside the Villa’s box, Lyden was very close to Sanchez looking to defend. Sanchez lifted the ball over Lyden, which struck the right hand of Lyden. Lyden had a defensive stance and his hands were away from the body. But there was no motion of the hands going towards the ball. And the incident happened in very close range, such that Lyden couldn’t have avoided the ball. Considering all of the above we give the benefit of the doubt to the referee.

 

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT PAGE 121

Handling the Ball

Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into consideration:

• The movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)

• The distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)

• The position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement

• Touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

• Hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement

 

Disciplinary sanctions

There are circumstances when a caution for unsporting behaviour is required when a player deliberately handles the ball, e.g. when a player:

• Deliberately handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession

• Attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball

 

A player is sent off, however, if he prevents a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This punishment arises not from the act of the player deliberately handling the ball but from the unacceptable and unfair intervention that prevented a goal being scored.

 

CORRECT NON-PENALTY DECISION FOR ASTON VILLA.

3 (NON-PENALTY)

 

09:55 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) Koscienly jumped in the back of Sinclair.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

11:22 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Jordan Lyden (Aston Villa) Sanchez tried to pull Lyden’s arm and tripped him.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

11:53 Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Just as Coquelin intercepted Bacuna’s pass and chased forward the ball, Bacuna stretched out his arms and continuously swung back in the face of Coquelin. This should have been a foul for Arsenal.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Bacuna for deliberately preventing the opponent from getting to the ball. But no card was given.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST BACUNA.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

12:07 Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Ayew tripped Coquelin from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

17:59 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) Giroud jumped in the back of Sanchez before heading the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

18:39 Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Cissokho was trying to pull Wilshere from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

22:32 Kevin Toner (Aston Villa) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Sanchez lobbed in a cross for Giroud in the box. Giroud tried to control the ball when Toner grabbed Giroud from behind and pulled him down deliberately. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but no penalty was given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Toner for deliberately preventing the opponent from getting to the ball. But no card was given.

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST TONER.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

24:11 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Idrissa Gana Gueye (Aston Villa) Coquelin tripped Gana from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

38:30 Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Sanchez deliberately pulled back Coquelin from behind on a counter attack. But Arsenal maintained possession. Sanchez was correctly booked later for this attack breaking foul.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST SANCHEZ.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

38:36 Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Sanchez tripped Ozil with a late standing tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

42:05 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) Coquelin tripped Ayew with a stretched out foot.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Fouls for Aston Villa – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 8 [8 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Aston Villa – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Aston Villa – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Aston Villa – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
07:55 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref John Brooks failed to make the call.

NO OFFSIDE FOR ASTON VILLA.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Aston Villa – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
04:28 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) REFER to Goal Kicks at Minute 04:03. In the build up to the goal, the ball had crossed the goal kick line, but ref failed to give it as a goal kick. This allowed Arsenal to continue to build up their attack and score the goal.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ASTON VILLA.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Aston Villa – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
04:03 Goal Kick Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Cazorla played a pass forward to Ozil. The ball had crossed the line the moment Ozil kept it in play. This should have been a goal kick for Villa.

NO GOAL KICK FOR ASTON VILLA.

Number of Incorrect Goal Kicks against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goal Kicks against Aston Villa – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Goal Kicks – 1 [1 points]

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 4+1+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Aston Villa – 4+1 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 6 + 5 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 4+1+2 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Aston Villa – 4+3 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 7 = 14

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Aston Villa – 1+1+1 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 4 + 3 = 7

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1+4+3 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Aston Villa – 1+3+1 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 8 + 5 = 13

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 11/(11+7) = 61.1%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  14/(14+13) = 51.8%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
47:34 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Kevin Toner (Aston Villa) Giroud tried to volley the ball with a high foot but accidentally made contact with Toner.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

49:16 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) Giroud tripped Lescott from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

50:58 Kevin Toner (Aston Villa) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Ozil delivered a cross in the box for Giroud. Just a Giroud was about to shoot the ball Toner used both of his hands and pushed him in the back. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but no penalty was given.

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

-3 (PENALTY)

 

53:13 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Idrissa Gana Gueye (Aston Villa) Wilshere pushed down Gana from the side. This should have been a foul for Aston Villa but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

-1 (FOUL)

 

53:46 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Ashely Westwood (Aston Villa) Bellerin went in with a sliding challenge from the front on Westwood. Bellerin maintained his height of studs on level with the height of the ball. Bellerin made slight contact with ball and tackled it but his follow through took out Westwood with contact on his tip of the boot. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Bellerin for committing a challenge in a reckless manner but no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST BELLERIN.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

54:40 Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Bacuna dragged Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

56:54 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Sanchez was trying to pull Bacuna from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

57:36 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Kevin Toner (Aston Villa) Ozil pushed Toner slightly in the back while he was shielding the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

65:55 Idrissa Gana Gueye (Aston Villa) Gana stopped the long ball on his right arm while trying to chest it,

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

70:36 Idrissa Gana Gueye (Aston Villa) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Gana tripped Cazorla from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

75:31 Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez pushed Sanchez whilst Sanchez passed the ball forward. Arsenal kept possession of the ball.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

82:23 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Cazorla tripped Bacuna from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (FOUL)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Aston Villa – 6

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Aston Villa – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Aston Villa – 1

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
   

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
77:45 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
79:39 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean Goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
91:54 Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) Own Goal off Arteta’s shot.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Aston Villa – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 3 [9 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Aston Villa – 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
66:15 Head Injury Micah Richards head accidentally collided with Sanchez while tracking back. Richards looked in pain. Ref correctly stopped the match.

CORRECT DECISION TO STOP PLAY FOR ASTON VILLA.

1 (INJURY)
Number of Other Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 0

Number of Other Correct Decisions for Aston Villa – 1

Total Number of Correct Decisions – 1 [1 points]

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 3+1+3 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Aston Villa – 6+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 7 + 7 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+1+9 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Aston Villa – 6+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 13 + 7 = 20

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Aston Villa – 1+1 =2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 1 + 2 = 3

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Aston Villa – 1+2 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 3 + 3 = 6

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 14/(14+3) = 82.3%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  20/(20+6) = 76.9%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 6+7 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Aston Villa – 5+7 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 13 + 12 = 25

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 7+13 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Aston Villa – 7+7 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 20 + 14 = 34

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Aston Villa – 3+2 =5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 5 + 5 = 10

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 8+3 = 11

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Aston Villa – 5+3 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 11 + 8 = 19

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 25/(25+10) = 71.4%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) =  34/(34+19) = 64.1%

 

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.

So for this last match of the season we had ref Mark Clattenburg in charge.

The first Arsenal goal shouldn’t have counted. The ball had crossed the goal line in the build up and Arsenal kept possession of the ball till they scored. The assistant missed that call but it comes on the account of the ref. Such are the rules. But hey a decision really going completely in Arsenal’s favour…. a rarity!

But that is where it ended. A first call for a penalty for Arsenal was considered to be rightfully dismissed. Alexis lifting the ball against the outstretched arm of a Villa defender was a 50/50 decision. In good PGMO tradition the call went against Arsenal but I don’t complain too much about that decision.

I do however want to complain about the foul on Giroud that was not given a bit later. He was clearly pulled back when he tried to steady himself for a shot. That was a clear foul, in the penalty area so the only decision should have been a penalty and a yellow card.

At the end of the first half we had a score of 61.1% and 51.8% (Weighted). Mostly because of the wrong important decisions regarding the penalty and goal from Arsenal. A score we could call poor and very poor when weighted.

On to the second half and a continue of the “you will not give a penalty in favour of Arsenal” saga. This time Toner pushed Giroud in the back with both hands. Again a clear foul and nothing given. I also would like to point out that most of the time the players don’t even turn to the referee anymore when clear fouls are made. As if they have accepted that they will get not penalty.

But this was a match with no real interest anymore for Villa so they kept it rather clean. In fact Bellerin the only player to really go over the line with a frontal sliding to the ball. He got a bit of the ball but sliding in with your studs showing is not a good idea. Lucky for him he stayed on the ground with his foot or otherwise it could have been really dangerous. Clattenburg not giving a yellow card for this was wrong.

Not many decisions to make in the second half and so the score went up to  82.3% and 76.9% (Weighted). A good improvement and nice to see.Good work from the referee.

The score over the whole 90 minutes ended at 71.4% and 64.1% (Weighted). An average score but well below average when weighted.

We had 3 major errors.

1. At minute 04:28 The first goal that Arsenal scored was illegal, as the ball had crossed line for a goal kick in the build up to the goal. But the ref failed to give the goal kick and Arsenal build up from that and scored later.

2. At minute 22:32 Arsenal should have had a penalty when Giroud was fouled by Toner.

3. At minute 50:58 Arsenal should have had a penalty when Giroud was fouled by Toner.

So all in all a mixed performance again, one half poor, one half good, with the overall resulting in being average. But still far better than what we have seen for at least 90% of the season.

Now my conclusion to this ref performance is that, in a match with apparently the best ref in England, not many decisions to make, comfortable & clean football played from both sides, nice ground atmosphere, sporting attitude from players…. the ref still managed to failed to give two easy peasy penalty decisions, that were clear even when watched for the first time. Two conclusions can be made…

1. The ref is not up to the standard and has very poor judgement.

2. Or he is being influenced by his bosses/others to not give a penalty.

If you have a third conclusion please give it in the comment section of this last ref review of the season.


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19 comments to Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa: did we see any change in referee approach in the last game of the season?

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for the review, and memories of a happy day, the day the WOB/medias team of choice for the season, supposedly at their best since 1961, contrived to implode and finish below a team, apparently at their absolute worst and held in contempt by said bodies.
    But, that aside…how long can our attacking play go without a penalty at home? My guess, the PGMOB will embarrass themselves, and the two year mark will be reached, especially when up against so many media darlings next season.
    The press say Vardy is having second thoughts on joining Arsenal, if so, maybe it is because he has been reading Untold ref reviews

  • Usama Zaka

    Thanks Mandy, and thanks to everyone who has been reading and complimenting us throughout.

    Well this wraps up the reviews of refs for the 2015-16 English Premier League Season. Now anyone use this info and data, and bring up findings of their own and share with Untold Arsenal.

    I am also working slowly on sorting and organizing data in a big excel sheet.

    If next season we see even 1/3 of less worse refereeing against us, I am very confident that we will win the league.

    And please if any of you reading have any ideas, tips, improvement, errors, mistakes, changes, etc… to tell us about don’t hesitate to mention.

    P.S The foul at minute 75:31 when read quickly is quite funny to be honest 🙂

  • GoingGoingGooner

    I wonder if in the calculation of the worth of a major error (penalty, yellow, red cards, goal) if it is possible to prorate the effect of the error as a red card in the 10th minute is not the same as a red card in the 87th minute. Just thinkin’

    Keep up the good work.

  • Pete

    Usama – brilliant work this season. Thank you for all your time and effort – and Walter too of course for his analysis (and Andrew for his further analysis in the previews!).

    Really, really appreciated.

  • Usama Zaka

    GoingGoingGooner,

    That might be difficult to do on an individual review basis. But when looking overall on all the ref reviews it is possible, time consuming but possible.

  • colario

    Mr. Riley we see you as you are, not as you promote yourself.

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1950018/players-heart-mike-rileys-love-game-keeps-him-focused-job

    Mr Riley the day will come when you can’t hide anymore.

  • bjtgooner

    Another fine review to round off a season of excellent reviews.

    Clattenburg has degenerated as a ref from being a fairly good ref a few season ago to a very poor one now – and why no penalties for Arsenal – again?

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    @ GoingGoingGooner, the timing of wrong Important Decisions is one of the factors I took into account in the points column of the Table of Shame, particularly in respect of sending offs (or more usually non sendings off).

    I’ve been without home broadband for the past two weeks thanks to the lack of competence of BT and/or their contractor Openreach. One of the things I’ll be working on is an expanded rationale of that column as a full article.

  • Menace

    Excellent reviews with whatever is available via broadcasts. The effort & time spent is appreciated.

    The referees either don’t see or choose not to see or just plain cheat.

    My view after all these years of watching football, at many different levels, in many countries, is the PGMO are cheats as are their bosses the FA. If a cricketer is jailed for spot fixing, the PGMO should be treated similarly for total abuse of office.

    Roll on the next big bang. It will be then that things might change!

  • Pat

    Thanks Usama, thanks Walter.

    You offer us fans a unique service. All this hard work is well appreciated. It lets us see things most fans still don’t see, unfortunately.

    Let’s hope Untold gets even more followers next season.

  • finsbury

    One reason why it’s been difficult for AFC’s hunky lump to get a run in behind the defenders is that officials kept on cLling him off when he was on.

    The same thing has just happened in the France Romania game, pass from Pogba and the big lump was away. A very close call, sure, but then tpdont the fans and atheletes and officals derserve some help in such instances.

    Half way through 2016 and IFAB have only allowed goal line tech, used at Wimbledon in the early 1980’s. It’s a reffing joke. On all of us.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Congratulations Kos and Og. Difficult game, tricky opponent, a few strange decisions? OG fought like a demon, and got his rewards against some silly boo boys.

  • Al

    ITV commentators said very little in the way of praise for Giroud; they reminded us how he went on 4 months without a PL goal, how he lacked pace, how French fans booed him, how he was about to be subbed (five minutes before he scored goal, and he also stayed to finish the match). I’m pretty sure all the other players on the pitch had 2 or 3 negative things the commentators could have said about them, but we will never know as they chose not to focus on that with those other players, except Giroud. You’d think these people would get off our players’ backs when on international duty… shocking.

    I just once to enjoy the footbal for once without being distracted by biased commentary, is it too much to ask ??

  • Mick

    Al
    I completely agree. There seems to be a Giroud obsession with the media, any negative and they will milk it to the extreme.
    You are right, last night the predominant subject as far as the commentary team was concerned appeared to be Giroud and his perceived shortcomings.
    The ineffectiveness of Griezmann was hardly mentioned such was the focus on Ollie.
    Well I thought Ollie had an excellent game, as did Kos.
    Hoddle is downright embarrassing as a pundit, I suppose we will have to suffer him in all the England games as well.

  • Tyldesley is a known Man U fan and Hoddle used to play for you know who?.So knocking an Arsenal player is not new.Giroud has had his problems but has worked hard on his game to be chosen to play for France.His work ethic is always 100%.Give him some credit

  • Florian

    Many thanks Walter and Usama for the reviews, and here’s to many more years coming.

  • Gideone

    Your great works are appreciated Walter, Usama, Andrew and everyone else who has one input or the other into these reviews (the commenters too). To say that I am more enlightened about footballing matters is an understatement. I am actually in a fix now. I want to commence my PhD 2017 September (funding allowing). I am now torn between Management Science and Operations (Revenue Optimization/Stochastic Modelling) and Sport Management and the Business of Football (Impact of Refereeing Decisions on Club Finance and League Quality [with these Untold Research/Reviews as a starting point]).

    Finger crossed 🙂

  • Gord

    Gideone

    I think the first topic looks better. In large part, because I think the referee aspect of the second is not solvable.

    That the minor in my M.Eng. was Statistical Mechanics is secondary.

    Good luck in your studies.

  • Gideone

    Thanks Gord.