By Usama and Walter Broeckx
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Untold proudly presents it new series where we not just take a look at the referee decisions in Arsenal matches. Now as you may have seen we are going to go one step further. The first article in the series was published this morning. Here I am stepping back and giving a detailed review of what we are doing, in case anything is not clear.
The key point is that from now on we will try to have a look at the major incidents and decisions in the whole PL.
As I am writing this article I feel that I should point out that the biggest work behind the scenes is done by our contributor Usama. It is he who came up with the idea and worked it out. A big thanks goes for him and his effort.
We will try to give you all the information that you might find interesting about referees and their decisions in this series. Lots of information. First we will give you the general information as can be found on the official PL sites. In this we just mention the names of the referees and assistant referees who did the matches and the final score. This is what you see in the first table.
Referee Appointments and Results Match Day #01
|Hull City vs. Leicester City [2-1]
Referee – Mike Dean
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
|Burnley vs. Swansea City [0-1]
Referee – Jon Moss
1st Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
Fourth Official – Anthony Taylor
|Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich [0-1]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
2nd Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official – Robert Madley
|Everton vs. Tottenham [1-1]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official – Jeremey Simpson
|Middlesbrough vs. Stoke City [1-1]
Referee – Kevin Friend
1st Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
2nd Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
Fourth Official – Nigel Miller
|Southampton vs. Watford [1-1]
Referee – Roger East
1st Assistant Referee – Richard West
2nd Assistant Referee – Mark Scholes
Fourth Official – James Linington
|Manchester City vs. Sunderland [2-1]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup
2nd Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick
|Bournemouth vs. Manchester United [1-3]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
Fourth Official – Roger East
|Arsenal vs. Liverpool [3-4]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Craig Pawson
|Chelsea vs. West Ham United [2-1]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
Fourth Official – Michael Oliver
So far for the “boring stuff”.
Let us move on to what goes wrong in the PL. And below we find the first real interesting list. The list with the major errors made by the refs in the opening day of the season.
And to be honest we noticed 15 wrong decisions in 10 matches. That is on average 1.5 wrong decisions per match. Terrible.
List of Major Errors on Match Day #01
- Wrong Goal Against Arsenal – The foul that resulted in the freekick being scored was incorrect. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
- Wrong Goal Against Liverpool – Chambers was offside when he scored. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
- No Red Card Against Wollschied (Stoke) – Wollschied struck his arm in the back of the head of the player. [Ref – Kevin Friend]
- No Second Yellow Card Against Ward (Burnley) – Ward committed 2 yellow card offences but was only booked for one. [Ref – Jon Moss]
- No Red Card Against Lamela (Spurs) – Serious injury inducing foul play by Lamela. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
- Wrong Penalty Against Hull City – Foul occurred outside the penalty box. [Ref – Mike Dean]
- Wrong Goal Against Hull City – the penalty that caused this goal was incorrect. [Ref – Mike Dean]
- No Red Card Against Bolasie (Palace) – Very high foot with studs showing on the head of Olsson. Serious dangerous play. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
- No Red Card Against Jedinak (Palace) – Clear attempt and act by Jedinak to punch the player. Violent conduct. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
- No Red Card Against Capoue (Watford] – Very high foot with studs making contact on the head of Ward-Prowse. Serious dangerous play. [Ref – Roger East]
- No Second Yellow Card Against Costa (Chelsea) – Costa showed clear dissent on two different occasions but was only booked once. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
- No Penalty Given For Chelsea – Reid clearly pushed Oscar off the ball. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
- No Red Card Against Costa – Costa made a leg breaking, serious injury inducing foul. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
- No Penalty Given For Chelsea – Byram clearly handled the ball, with his arm moving towards the ball. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
- No Second Yellow Card Against Kante – Kante made two reckless tackles but was only booked for one. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
But when there is error, there is also correct. And so we find some major decisions that refs made that were correct. And when we slate people we also should applaud them for making the correct decisions.
Alas the list is much shorter this time. Only 8 major decisions were judged correct. We like to point at the fact that correct goal decisions are left out of this list. As in most cases goals are down to players efforts and not referee efforts we do not mention and count them. After all the ref didn’t score the goal. If he would, we would mention if of course.
List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #01
- Correct Penalty For Arsenal – Moreno clearly fouled Walcott. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
- Correct Non-Penalty For Arsenal – Bellerin did not handled the ball. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
- Correct Non-Penalty For Swansea – There was no foul contact by Fer and it was outside the box. [Ref – Jon Moss]
- Correct Penalty For Man City – Van Aanholt clearly fouled Sterling. [Ref – Robert Madley]
- Correct Non-Penalty For West Brom – Bolasie fell just outside and there was no significant foul contact. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
- Correct Red Card Against Watson (Watford) – Watson (last defending player) brought down Long outside the penalty box. [Ref – Roger East]
- Correct Non-Penalty For Watford – Hojbjerg went in looking for contact with Zuniga. [Ref – Roger East]
- Correct Penalty For Chelsea – Antonio clearly fouled Azpilicueta inside the box. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
Next we look at the wrong decisions made by each referee and list them in a table. Contrary to what we said earlier before the list of correct decisions, we now have to mention goals that have been given as a result of referee mistakes. Because when a ref gives a wrong penalty or misses a clear foul on a player and a goal comes from it, we have to count them as their error. It will be interesting to see how many wrong errors each ref will make during the course of the season. For now I only would like to point at the score of Anthony Taylor. Already made 5 major wrong decisions. in 1 (one) match! But that is his usual number of errors he produces when he does an Arsenal match. And usually all against Arsenal.
This table will become a good indication on how error prone a referee really is.
Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|Referee||Matches||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
Again we also like to point at the good decisions referees made. This also will be a good indication later on to see how good a certain referee is. As you can see Michael Oliver had a very mixed day at the Emirates. 2 wrong decisions but also 2 correct major decisions.
Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
|Referee||Matches||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total|
The next thing we do is to make a count of all the teams and their wrong decisions. In this case we start with the wrong decisions against the teams. West Ham United being the team leading this table (which you don’t want to lead at all!) with 3 major wrong decisions going against them. Again this table will give an interesting reading on to see how teams are treated.
Major Wrong Decisions Against Teams
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||2||1||0||0||3|
We also count the decisions that went in favour of a team. And in this case we see that Chelsea has had the benefit from the ref messing up for 3 major decisions. For some reason Chelsea players are allowed much more wrong aggressiveness than others. The same happened last year, Costa being the man in the spotlight once again for all the wrong reasons. When will refs teach him how to behave and show him that his thuggish behaviour has no place on a football field.
Major Wrong Decisions in Favour of Teams
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||0||2||0||2|
In the next table we try to give a view on the points that should have been won or lost if the ref had made the correct decisions. In the first table we will give the score of the current week and in the second column you can see the total of the season. Now this is the same of course. But it will be interesting to see how this evolves. In a perfect dream world scenario at the end of the season the total column should be all filled with zero’s. Because it should even out over the course of a season… shouldn’t it? For now Everton, Middlesbrough and Southampton can be unhappy with the referee decisions most as they should have had 2 extra points each.
Possible Change in Points Week-by-Week Due To Wrong Major Decisions
|West Ham United||0||0|
The next table is the league table as it stands on all the official sites who show the PL table. But of course we don’t count like that. And we have our own alternative league table. Just follow us to the bottom of this article.
English Premier League Table Official
|17||West Ham United||0|
Here it is. How the league table would have looked if the referees would make no mistakes. This is how a PL table could look if let us say video refereeing was allowed to happen. Till then, we will try to deliver that for you.
English Premier League Table Adjusted to Change in Points due to Major Wrong Decisions.
|Rank||Team||Change in Points||Points|
|17||West Ham United||0||0|
As you can see in the first column we get the change we have given teams based on our findings and then the total points and how the table would look with those changes.
For the moment not much to mention of course. As it is only based on one match day. But stay tuned of course during the rest of the season when we will update the data in these tables.
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