by Andrew Crawshaw
With all of the referee reviews for the season now published (and my broadband re-connected by BT) here is the final Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||49|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||31|
A final total of 110 wrong Important Decisions against Arsenal and 8 in our favour – it doesn’t exactly even out in the end.
Referees failed to do their duty in sending off our opponents for foul play on 66 occasions (second yellow and straight red cards). We were denied 33 penalties and had 11 goals either wrongly ruled out or wrongly scored by our opponents.
Without doubt these incompetent gentlemen (and I use the term gentlemen loosely in some cases) cost us the championship. By my count a minimum of 31 points. My breakdown of the games where these points occurred is as follows (and you are quite at liberty to disagree with me).
Firstly I have no games where any of the eight wrong Important Decisions resulted in Arsenal gaining points which we shouldn’t have had. The games where the referees cost us points were :-
Arsenal v West Ham finished 0 – 2 but the West Ham ‘goal’ in minute 43 shouldn’t have counted as there was no foul by Ramsey so the free kick leading to the goal shouldn’t have been given. In Minute 37 Tomkins should have been sent off for a second yellow card and in Min 62 Noble should have joined him. I believe that with 53 minutes against 10 men Arsenal would have scored at least one goal and that the result should probably have been a draw. One point to the referee
Arsenal v Liverpool finished 0 – 0 but in Minute 8 Ramsey had a perfectly good goal wrongly ruled out for offside – he wasn’t. In Minute 72 Lucas fouled Giroud in the penalty area nothing given and in minute 85 Mignolet was given a yellow card for timewasting, this should have been his second (his first should have been in Min 58 for deliberately kicking the ball away). Final score should have been one or two nil to Arsenal. Two points to the referee.
Arsenal v Tottenham finished 1 – 1 but in Min 18 Vertonghen should have conceded the first of three penalties all for fouls on Giroud (Min 18, 25, and 54), he should have been sent off for each of the second and third penalty incidents. both Giroud and Vertonghen should have been sent off for their altercation over the second not given penalty (but if it had been given the reaction shouldn’t have occurred). A game Arsenal should have won by three goals to one. Two points to the referee.
Liverpool v Arsenal finished 3 – 3 but in Min 33 Moreno should have conceded a penalty for a foul on Campbell and in Min 70 Clyne should have had a second yellow card for a kick on Campbell. Should have finished 4 – 3 to Arsenal. Two points to the referee.
Stoke v Arsenal finished 0 – 0 but in Min 51/52 Woolsheid should have conceded a penalty for fouls on Giroud and Walcott (for which he should have had a second yellow card). Stoke should have been reduced to nine men in Min 58 (Second yellow for Shawcross professional foul on Giroud), eight men in Min 62, Min 80 and Min 90+1 (second yellow for Pieters dive, Pieters on Campbell and Pieters again on Campbell). Arsenal should have been one nil up and with Stoke down to eight men with half an hour to play probably more. Two points to the referee.
Arsenal v Southampton finished 0 – 0 but there were four not given Arsenal penalties, Min 56 Tadic on Campbell, Min 68 and 70 Fonte on Giroud and Min 70 Bertrand on Kos. Tadic should have received a second yellow card for the Min 56 foul and again in Min 66 for deliberate time-wasting (kicking the ball away). A minimum of one goal to Arsenal and probably more. Two points to the referee.
Spurs v Arsenal finished 2 – 2 but Lamela should have been sent off in Min 65 and Dier should have joined him in Min 79. The man advantage for Arsenal for 35 minutes and two man advantage for the last 11 minutes should have enabled Arsenal to gain an advantage. Two points to the referee.
West Ham v Arsenal finished 3 – 3 but in Min 4 Carroll (who went on to score all of West Ham’s goals) should have been sent off for a foul on Kos (he was wrongly given a yellow card). With the score at nil all and down to ten men there is no way that West Ham would have got a draw. Two points to the referee.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace finished 1 – 1 but in Min 24 Delaney should have conceded a penalty for a foul on Kos. Should have finished 2 – 1 to Arsenal. Two points to the referee.
Man City v Arsenal finished 2 – 2 but in Min 50 Mangala should have conceded a penalty for a foul on Giroud, Fernandinho should have been sent off four times with second yellow cards (Min 68 on Wilshere, Min 86 on Sanchez, Min 90+2 and 90+3, Giroud). Arsenal should have won 3 – 2 and possibly more with City reduced to ten men for 22 minutes. Two points to the referee.
Arsenal v Swansea finished 1 – 2 but neither of the Swansea ‘goals’ should have counted, the first in Min 32 came as a direct result of a non given foul by Anat on Özil and the second in min 74 Williams was offside. In addition in Min 47 Anat should have had a second yellow card, in Min 73 (or 84) Ayew should have joined him. Arsenal scored the only valid goal in the game and should have won. Three points to the referee.
Chelsea v Arsenal finished 2 – 0 but this result was as a result of a Mike Dean Special. In Min 33 Costa should have been sent off, in Min 45 he should have been joined by Fabregas who was orchestrating the efforts to get Gabriel sent off, They should have been further reduced to eight men in Min 63 when Oscar fouled Kos. This is all ignoring the Costa incident in Min 43. With Costa sent off in Min 33 when the score was nil all there is no way way we would have lost the game. Three points to the referee
West Brom v Arsenal finished 2 – 1 but in Min 34 Arteta was wrongly called for a foul on Rondon (it wasn’t) and West Brom scored as a direct result of this wrong decision. In Min 46 we should have been awarded a penalty for an Olsson foul on Giroud and the penalty that we were correctly awarded in Min 84 for a Brunt foul on Alexis should have been retaken as a result of encroachment by both Brunt and Olsson. Should have finished 3 – 1 to Arsenal. 3 points to the referee.
Manchester United v Arsenal finished 3 – 2 but in Min 45+2 Rashford should have both conceded a penalty and been sent off for deliberate handball. In Min 70 (or 75) he should have been joined by Herrera who should have had second yellow cards. Assuming we scored the penalty it should have been two all at halftime and I’m sure that with a man advantage for the whole of the second half we would have emerged as winners. Three points to the referee.
To update the overall picture of the individual performances by all referees here is an extract from my spreadsheet listing all of the games and sorted in ascending weighted performance score (so the worst are at the top and the best at the bottom). I have included the links to the referee reviews. The top 11 rows form the Hall of Shame. I have also included the Chelsea v Spurs game.
|Home||Away||Score||Date||Ref||Link to Ref review||Overall Weighted Perf %||Bias against Home / Away|
|Stoke||Arsenal||0 – 0||17 Jan 2016||Craig Pawson||Ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal: who is that voice whispering in my ear….?||34||5/95|
|Arsenal||Soton||0 – 0||2 Feb 2016||Lee Mason||Ref Review: Arsenal – Southampton; Mason doing the PGMO job and doing worse than if he had given decisions at random||34||80/20|
|Chelsea||Spurs||2 – 2||2 May 2016||Mark Clattenburg||Special referee review: Chelsea – Tottenham||37.8||70/30|
|Arsenal||Swansea||1 – 2||2 Mar 2016||Robert Madley||Ref Review : Arsenal – Swansea, when is it going to start to even out?||38||93/7|
|Chelsea||Arsenal||2 – 0||19 Sep 2015||Mike Dean||Ref Review : Chelsea – Arsenal. How Mike Dean & Co screwed an entire game||41||5/95|
|Arsenal||Spurs||1 – 1||8 Nov 2015||Martin Atkinson||Ref Review : Arsenal – Tottenham||41||82/18|
|West Brom||Arsenal||2 – 1||21 Nov 2015||Mark Clattenburg||Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal||42||9/91|
|West Ham||Arsenal||3 – 3||9 Apr 2016||Craig Pawson||REF REVIEW WEST HAM – ARSENAL: A new entry in the table of shame||42||23/77|
|Everton||Arsenal||0 – 2||19 Mar 2016||Mark Clattenburg||Ref Review: Everton – Arsenal, more of the terrible the same….||43||6/94|
|Arsenal||Newcastle||1 – 0||2 Jan 2016||Anthony Taylor||Ref Review : Arsenal – Newcastle||48||9/91|
|Soton||Arsenal||4 – 0||26 Dec 2015||Jonathan Moss||Ref Review : Southampton – Arsenal||49||22/78|
|Arsenal||Leicester||2 – 1||14 Feb 2016||Martin Atkinson||Ref Review: Arsenal – Leicester||52||94/6|
|Arsenal||WHU||0 – 2||9 Aug 2015||Martin Atkinson||ARSENAL vs. WEST HAM UNITED ref review||54||100/0|
|Spurs||Arsenal||2 – 2||5 Mar 2016||Michael Oliver||Ref Review: Tottenham – Arsenal : not the consistency we are asking for||56||14/86|
|Norwich||Arsenal||1 – 1||29 Nov 2015||Jonathan Moss||Ref Review : Norwich – Arsenal – these acts of thuggery must be stopped||57||8/92|
|Arsenal||Everton||2 – 1||24 Oct 2015||Lee Mason||Referee Review: Arsenal – Everton : the dead sparrow review||58||72/28|
|Arsenal||Man City||2 – 1||21 Dec 2015||Andre Marriner||Ref Review: Arsenal – Man City||58||87/13|
|Arsenal||Man U||3 – 0||4 Oct 2015||Anthony Taylor||Ref Review : Arsenal – Man Utd, more of the same||59||’97/3|
|Liverpool||Arsenal||3 – 3||13 Jan 2016||Mike Jones||Ref Review : Liverpool – Arsenal and the push in the back||59||6/94|
|Man City||Arsenal||2 – 2||8 May 2016||Anthony Taylor||Ref Review: Man City – Arsenal: A tale of Jekyll and Hyde||62.8||16/84|
|Man U||Arsenal||3 – 2||28 Feb 2016||Craig Pawson||Ref Review: MU – Arsenal: again no penalty for Arsenal||64||3/97|
|Arsenal||Aston V||4 – 0||15 May 2016||Mark Clattenburg||Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa: did we see any change in referee approach in the last game of the season?||64.1||58/42|
|Arsenal||WBA||2 – 0||21 Apr 2016||Jonathan Moss||Ref Review Arsenal – WBA||65||82/18|
|Crystal P||Arsenal||1 – 2||16 Aug 2015||Lee Mason||The most detailed Referee Reviews in the history of football: Crystal Palace – Arsenal||66||10/90|
|Arsenal||Watford||4 – 0||2 Apr 2016||Anthony Taylor||Ref Review : Arsenal – Watford, a game of two halves…||66||45/55|
|Sunderland||Arsenal||0 – 0||24 Apr 2016||Mike Dean||http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/53101||66||0/100|
|Arsenal||Liverpool||0 – 0||24 Aug 2015||Michael Oliver||Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool||67||90/10|
|Arsenal||Bournmth||2 – 0||28 Dec 2015||Roger East||Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth||67||69/31|
|Arsenal||Crystal P||1 – 1||17 Apr 2016||Roger East||Ref Review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace: again no penalty for Arsenal||67||22/78|
|Watford||Arsenal||0 – 3||17 Oct 2015||Mike Jones||Ref Review : Watford – Arsenal||68||10/90|
|Arsenal||Stoke||2 – 0||12 Sep 2015||Jonathan Moss||Ref Review Arsenal – Stoke||71||100/0|
|Aston Villa||Arsenal||0 – 2||13 Dec 2015||Kevin Friend||Ref Review: Aston Villa – Arsenal||72||30/70|
|Bournem.||Arsenal||0 – 2||7 Feb 2016||Kevin Friend||Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth||72||18/82|
|Swansea||Arsenal||0 – 3||31 Oct 2015||Kevin Friend||For the first time ever… Ref Review: Swansea – Arsenal and look – A major decision in Arsenal’s favour! A historic moment.||74||40/60|
|Newcastle||Arsenal||0 – 1||29 Aug 2015||Andre Marriner||Ref Review : Newcastle – Arsenal||76||33/67|
|Arsenal||Chelsea||0 – 1||24 Jan 2016||Mark Clattenburg||Referee Review: Arsenal – Chelsea||76||35/65|
|Leicester||Arsenal||2 – 5||26 Sep 2015||Craig Pawson||Ref Review: Leicester – Arsenal, good performance from the ref||84||20/80|
|Arsenal||Sund’land||3 – 1||5 Dec 2015||Robert Madley||Ref Review : Arsenal – Sunderland||90||100/0 (2 decisions)|
In only eight games was the referee’s score above the 70% acceptable point, 30 games with unacceptable scores just about sums up the season.
Who is in contention for the Referee of the season
Robert Madley gave the best individual performance with an excellent game rated at 90% in our 3 – 1 win against Sunderland in December, unfortunately that must be tempered with a dismal 38% in Swansea’s 2 – 1 win in March.
Craig Pawson had 84% in our 5 – 2 win away at Leicester but was helped by Mr Dean to a worst score of 34% in our 0 – 0 away draw at Stoke.
Mark Clattenburg had the equal third highest score of 76% in our 1 – 0 home loss to Chelsea but spoiled that with two scores of 42% and 43% in our away games against West Brom and Everton.
Andre Marriner had the equal highest score of 76% in our away win at Newcastle but also got 58% in our home game against City. Not bad enough for an entry in the Hall of Shame but still well below acceptable.
But the only referee who exhibited any degree of consistency in the year was Kevin Friend. His three games all were given scores in the ‘Acceptable’ range, 74, 72 and 72%. For that reason he gets my vote for the best referee of the season. None of his games were terribly good but equally none were bad and his bias figures were far from the worst
The worst referee of the season
Here you can take your pick of any of the referees at the top end of the above table. Pawson and Mason have the worst individual scores, but for me there is absolutely no excuse for a FIFA Accredited referee (who happens to be one of the two England referees at the Euros) to have three of the worst performances of the year. Worst referee of the season – Mark Clattenburg
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