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Ref Review : Leicester – Arsenal

LEICESTER CITY vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 2
  • DATE: 20th August 2016
  • VENUE: King Power Stadium (Leicester, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg
1st LINESMAN: Jake Collin
2nd LINESMAN: Simon Bennett
4th OFFICIAL: Andre Marriner

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:45 Rob Holding (Arsenal) Robert Huth (Leicester) Just was as the cross was delivered in the Arsenal’s box Huth and Holding were tussling for the ball. Holding was holding Huth by the shirt, and Huth was grabbing Holding by his forearm. Both players released holding each other nearly the same time before the ball arrived.

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-PENALTY)

 

02:44 Rob Holding (Arsenal) Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) The ball was in the air and Holding was holding Okazaki a little from the side. But Leicester kept possession of the ball.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LEICESTER.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
04:13 Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Okazaki jumped in to Xhaka.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
05:51 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Drinkwater charged in to Coquelin and brought him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
13:14 Nampalys Mendy (Leicester) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Mendy pushed down Coquelin from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

14:07 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Cazorla was in control when Mahrez pulled him from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
14:10 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Nampalys Mendy (Leicester) Monreal tripped Mendy from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
15:21 Robert Huth (Leicester) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Huth jumped in the back of Coquelin.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
17:44 Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Xhaka was in control of the ball when Okazaki tripped him from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but instead the referee played an advantage for Leicester.

WRONG ADVANTAGE PLAYED AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)

-1 (FOUL)

17:49 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal was on the ground and lifted himself up to head the ball when Vardy raised his foot way above waist height and made slight but dangerous contact with Monreal’s face. This should have been a foul for Arsenal and a yellow card against Vardy for being reckless in his challenge. But nothing was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST VARDY.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

20:35 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal had just played a pass when Vardy went late sliding in two footed on Monreal and made a scissors like tackle, catching Monreal on his ankles. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

This also should have been a second yellow card against Vardy for committing a clear reckless challenge on Monreal, which means that by now he should have been sent off. But no cards were given.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST VARDY.

NO RED CARD AGAINST VARDY.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

21:58 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Coquelin had his hands forward on the back of Okazaki. Okazaki jumped to head the ball. But the referee gave a foul. This should have not have been a foul against Arsenal because Coquelin did not push/pull/charge at Okazaki.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
22:30 Marc Albrighton (Leicester) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Xhaka was being held and pulled from behind by Albrighton. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
22:51 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Coquelin made a reckless sliding tackle on Vardy. The nature of the tackle was clearly reckless and late.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LEICESTER.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST COQUELIN.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

28:41 Wes Morgan (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Morgan charged in to Sanchez from the front.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
30:15 Nampalys Mendy (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mendy tripped Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
30:48 Wes Morgan (Leicester) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Just as Cazorla lobbed the ball in the box, Koscienly tried to attack the ball but was continuously held and pulled back by Morgan inside the Leicester penalty box. Morgan clearly had both of his hands on Koscienly’s waist and upped body, meanwhile Koscienly was trying to escape Morgan’s hold. Koscienly was not pulling, grabbing or holding Morgan. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Morgan but nothing was given.

 

Holding an opponent PAGE 192

Referees are reminded to make an early intervention and to deal firmly with holding offences, especially inside the penalty area at corner kicks and free kicks. To deal with these situations:

• the referee must warn any player holding an opponent before the ball is in play

• caution the player if the holding continues before the ball is in play

• award a direct free kick or penalty kick and caution the player if it happens once the ball is in play

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MORGAN.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

32:21 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Bellerin tripped Vardy with a frontal tackle, but Leicester kept attacking forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LEICESTER.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
33:08 Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Okazaki tried to pull Sanchez, but Sanchez evaded his grasp and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
34:50 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) The ball struck the out of position arm of Xhaka in the midfield.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
38:38 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Coquelin slightly tripped Drinkwater.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
39:56 Danny Simpson (Leicester) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Simpson made a reckless sliding tackle from behind, completely taking out Chamberlain. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Simpson for being reckless but no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST SIMPSON

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

41:17 Robert Huth (Leicester) Rob Holding (Arsenal) Just as the corner kick was taken, Holding tried to attack the ball inside the Leicester penalty box, when Huth grabbed Holding’s neck and pulled his head down using both of his hands. Holding was trying to escape Huth’s hold of his neck. Holding was not pulling, grabbing or holding Huth. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card against Huth but nothing was given.

 

Holding an opponent PAGE 192

Referees are reminded to make an early intervention and to deal firmly with holding offences, especially inside the penalty area at corner kicks and free kicks. To deal with these situations:

• the referee must warn any player holding an opponent before the ball is in play

• caution the player if the holding continues before the ball is in play

• award a direct free kick or penalty kick and caution the player if it happens once the ball is in play

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINS HUTH.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

41:53 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Drinkwater was running in the Arsenal’s penalty box. The ball was open for both teams to take. Koscienly and Cech made their sliding tackles to incept and clear the ball. Cech made no contact with kicked the ball nor Drinkwater. Koscienly got a slight touch of the ball, enough to push it out of Drinkwater’s way. Drinkwater jumps and went down in the box. Koscienly made no contact with Drinkwater.

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-PENALTY)
44:19 Nampalys Mendy (Leicester) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mendy deliberately pulled down Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST MENDY.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 8

Number of Correct Fouls for Leicester – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 11 [11 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 6

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 6 [6 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Leicester – 3

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Leicester – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 5

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 5 [10 points]

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Leicester – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 1 [3 points]

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Penalties for Leicester – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 2 [6 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
21:28 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Wes Morgan (Leicester) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Bennett failed to make the call.

NO OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
42:53 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Wes Morgan (Leicester) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Bennett made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Leicester – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Leicester –  1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
   

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 8+1+1+2 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Leicester – 3+3+1+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 12 + 8 = 20

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 8+1+2+6 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Leicester – 3+3+2+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 17 + 9 = 26

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 6+1+5+1+2 = 15

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Leicester – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 15 + 1 = 16

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 6+1+10+3+6 = 26

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 26 + 1 = 27

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 20/(20+16) = 55.5%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 26/(26+27) = 49.1%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
47:20 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Nampalys Mendy (Leicester) Sanchez tripped Mendy from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
48:43 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Drinkwater slightly pulled Cazorla, but Arsenal kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
54:32 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Coquelin made a light standing tackle but mistimed it and tripped Mahrez.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

1 (FOUL)
61:03 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Koscienly tripped Vardy with a mistimed tackle.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LEICESTER.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
65:16 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Xhaka tripped Vardy with a mistimed tackle.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LEICESTER.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
70:40 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Mahrez pushed Monreal slightly from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
79:00 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Mahrez pushed Ozil from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
84:48 Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal0 Ulloa made a late reckless sliding tackle on Bellerin from behind. The referee correctly played an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Ulloa for being reckless but no card was given.

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST ULLOA.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

85:35 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) Rob Holding (Arsenal) Holding was held down by Drinkwater.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
87:34 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Ahmed Musa (Leicester) Musa was in control of the ball just outside the box when he went dribbling in. Bellerin was right next to him in the run. Both players stretched forward to get the ball, when Musa fell down. This was a highly doubtful penalty incident, where on the first look there was no visible foul made by Bellerin, and even after the first three replays it was hard to judge whether it was a foul or not, and taking the benefit of the doubt into account the Referee Mark Clattenburg made the correct non-penalty decision.

 

Referee Mark Clattenburg could also have given it as a penalty and it would have been counted as correct because the doubt of a potential foul or not still exists.

Our own rules state that in case of doubt we give the decisions as taken on the field as correct. As this was a decision so difficult to see it would be given as correct no matter what the decisions would have been.

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-PENALTY)
91:47 Rob Holding (Arsenal) Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) Holding made a mistimed reckless tackle on Ulloa.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LEICESTER.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST HOLDING.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Leicester – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 6 [6 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 0

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Leicester – 2

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Leicester – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Leicester – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for Leicester – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
57:49 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Wes Morgan (Leicester) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Jake Collin made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LEICESTER.

1 (OFFSIDE)
93:00 Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) ??? (Arsenal) Ulloa was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Bennett made the correct call

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Leicester – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Leicester –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
   

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
51:21 Ref Positioning Sanchez was in control of the ball and was trying to dribble to forward when the referee failed to get out of the way and interrupted Arsenal’s play.

POOR POSITIONING BY REFEREE AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (Poor Positioning)

 

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 3+2+1+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Leicester – 3+2+1+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 7 + 7 = 14

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+2+1+3 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Leicester – 3+2+2+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 8 = 17

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 2 + 0 = 2

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Leicester – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 3 + 0 = 3

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 14/(14+2) = 87.5%

 

 

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

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 12+7 = 19

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Leicester – 8+7 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 19 + 15 = 34

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 17+9 = 26

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Leicester – 9+8 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 26 + 17 = 43

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 15+2 = 17

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Leicester – 1+0 =1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 17 + 1 = 18

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 26+3 = 29

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Leicester – 1+0 = 1

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

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 34/(34+18) = 65.3%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 43/(43+30) = 58.9%

 

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.

NOTE: All the Laws Of The Game used are referenced directly from the following link. “LAWS OF THE GAME 2016-2017”

http://static-3eb8.kxcdn.com/documents/60/Laws%20of%20the%20Game_16-17_Digital_Eng.pdf

Lots of talking points in this match and mostly about not given penalties. We will try to go over them a bit more in depth now.

A first remark I want to give is that after the match people told that Arsenal was lucky that Clattenburg didn’t give a penalty against Arsenal. But for some reason they didn’t notice other events that should have lead to Arsenal getting a penalty. But our reviews looks closer and in more depth and tries to cover more incidents than thos who are shown on TV. This was actually a good example on how the media can set the agenda.

Let us move on to the start of the match. In the opening minute a cross after a free kick came in. Holding was holding Huth by his shirt but at the same time Huth was holding Holding by grabbing him by the forearm. As both players were both making a foul the ref let it go. Correct decision.

Then there was a period in which Clattenburg missed a few clear fouls on Arsenal players. That cost him some points. And some of the fouls like the pull from Mahrez on Santi Cazorla were rather good visible. Dissapointing that the ref didn’t give them.

Then we had a few minutes of Vardy madness. First Vardy was allowed to kick Monreal in the face when Monreal headed a ball away. That was a clear foul for dangerous play and should have been a yellow card. And then 3 minutes later Vardy came in with a two footed tackle towards Monreal and caught him late. That was again a yellow card offence but again nothing given. One should expect better from Clattenburg in such situations.

More penalty controversy soon followed. And once again the media missed it or didn’t find it worthy of further investigation. This time Morgan was holding back Koscielny so the latter couldn’t make contact with a free kick from Cazorla. This was a clear holding foul and should have been a penalty for Arsenal and a yellow card for Morgan.

And shortly before the half time break we had another penalty incident. Or better said two penalty incidents within 1 minute. First Arsenal had a corner and this time Huth put his arms around the neck of Holding who was held in a way that he couldn’t move towards the ball. A clear foul but Clattenburg let it go. And on the counter then Leicester claimed a penalty when Drinkwater went down. Going down is not enough to get a penalty. You must be fouled to get a penalty. And the foul was what was missing with the Drinkwater incident. He jumped over Cech who was on the ground and Kos who had just knocked the ball on a bit before Drinkwater pushed the ball forward to Vardy… who was in an offside positon that was missed by the assistant referee.  Or was the assistent sure it was Koscielny who had knocked the ball to Vardy and thus he wouldn’t have been offside.  Eitherway, the ref gave no penalty and that was the correct decision.

The result of missing too many calls gave the ref a bad score in the first half. An unweighted score of 55% and when put weight on the decision a score of 49.1%. And two penalties for Arsenal not given…..

On to the second half and was Clattenburg rusty after being out and not yet up to it?  But his second half he suddenly improved a lot.

Apart from a bad positioning when he stopped an Arsenal attack he made no mistakes till in the final minutes. He should have given a yellow card against Ulloa who made a sliding tackle from behind and took Bellerin out. Ref gave advantage but this was a foul that should always result in a booking.

Then we move on to the most controversial decision: the non given penalty against Bellerin. Our reviewing team was looking at it for umpteen times and came to the conclusion that they didn’t see Bellerin making a foul contact. But then another clip was shown in very very very slowmotion and from one angle we could see that Bellerin did move his foot forward that made Musa trip. The ref did what is instructed to referees when they have doubt: don’t give the penalty. Being on the pitch the ref could only have doubts and so he didn’t give. That is the correct decision on the field.  You must also keep in mind that just contact between players is not enough to award a penalty. The contact must be a foul contact.

A video referee MIGHT (not 100% certain), might have come to the conlusion that there should have been a penalty. But it took us many minutes of looking and looking again before we could find the foul. So I think that even a video ref might have come to the conclusion that the ref on the field made the right call. BUT if the video ref would have seen the final slow slow motion first he might have corrected the referee and decided to give a penalty.

Video refereeing will not cancel out any mistakes for 100% but we could get closer to getting there of course.

In this case we decided to give the ref on the field the benefit of the doubt and gave it as a correct decision. But if he had made that call and would have given a penalty we also would have given him the points. It would be unfair for the ref on the field to lose points when even video refereeing could hardly give the answer.

In the end the ref had a high score in the second half. Unweighted his score was 87.5% and weighted 85%.

The bias was largely against Arsenal. 17 against Arsenal and 1 error against Leicester. The Musa penalty incident would only lead to a difference of 17 vs 2. So most wrong decisions was against Arsenal.

Total score over the 90 minutes was 65.3% and weighted 58.9%. So not a great score from the ref. But this was mostly down to his bad first half performance.

So yes Clattenburg missed penalty decisions… but the way it was portraied in the media and by some fans was a bit one sighted one could say. Our reviewers take more time to study the whole match and noticed the difference in covering between both penalty areas….

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19 comments to Ref Review : Leicester – Arsenal

  • arwar

    deluded

  • Mick

    Interesting review which is sure to get you some stick from the usual suspects re the Musa non given penalty.

  • Mick

    arwar

    ‘deluded’

    Are you talking about yourself?

  • arwar

    I support arsenal but this is ridiculously biased

  • omgarsenal

    Arwar……evidence and rational arguments please or FOff to LeGrovel!

  • Chris

    I’m impressed by your capability to have the ref review vailable so quickly.
    Great and interesting reading.

    Thanks for all the explanations

  • Mick

    Arwar
    Do please tell us which particular parts of the review are biased and why.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Talking of a future top quality striker for Arsenal that could even have an immediate impact if signed before the transfer window is closed, the Nigerian bronze medals winning Rio Olympics Under 23 dream team V1’s striker Umar Sadiq readily comes to my mind.

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    Notwithstanding, I watched Umar Sadiq in all the matches he played for our dream team V1 at the Olympics and scored a couple of goals for us. I think the Boss and Hus coaches can train him further to turn him to a marquee striker Arsenal has been looking for since the departure of Robin van Persie left us.

    But has the Boss even watched him at the Olympics? And if yes, is he convinced Sadiq will be good for Arsenal as a top quality striker? Have even the Arsenal scouts tracked him, watched him, assessed him and rated him? If the Boss happens to read this my comment, will he trust my sense of judgement and thus signs Sadiq probably on the bargain price too. But if at all the Boss wants to sign him for Arsenal, how about the home office papers? Will that constitutes a hindrance for Sadiq to immediately starts playing for Arsenal ifbhe’s signed?

    I am making this recommendation totally based on football matters for Arsenal and because Sadiq is a fellow Nigerian citizen like me.

  • goonersince72

    Thanks for the hard work. Without benefit of replays or slow motion I thought Clattenburg did a decent job. Better than expected. He looked the other way at the usual Diving Foxes Exhibition. Maybe next time he’ll have a look at the kicking, pulling & other nonsense Leicester got away with for a full season.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Talking of a future top quality striker for Arsenal that could even have an immediate impact if signed before the transfer window is closed, the Nigerian bronze medals winning Rio Olympics Under 23 dream team V1’s striker Umar Sadiq readily comes to my mind.

    I am not an Arsenal FC scout. But if the striking exploits of Umar Sadiq for the NGR football dream team V1 that I watched at the recently concluded Olympic games in Rio is anything to go by, I will recommend him for Arsenal to sign him from his Italian Series B Spezia club side. But he’s currently on loan at Roma. I obtained some of his information from Google.

    Notwithstanding, I watched Umar Sadiq in all the matches he played for our dream team V1 at the Olympics and scored a couple of goals for us. I think the Boss and his coaches can train him further to turn him to a marquee striker Arsenal has been looking for since the departure of Robin van Persie from us.

    But has the Boss even watched him at the Olympics on TV as I did? And if yes, is he convinced Sadiq can be good for Arsenal as a top quality striker? Have even the Arsenal scouts tracked him, watched him, assessed him and rated him? If the Boss happens to read this my comment, will he trust my sense of judgement? And thus signs Sadiq probably on the bargain price too. But if at all the Boss wants to sign him for Arsenal, how about the home office papers? Will that constitutes a hindrance for Sadiq to immediately starts playing for Arsenal if he’s signed?

    I am making this recommendation for Arsenal totally based on football matters and not because Sadiq is a fellow Nigerian citizen like me.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    I think there has to be a kind of re-ordering of priorities here by the Boss. Sky Sports sources have had it that Valencia won’t sell Mustafi to us save if his release clause of over £40m triggered. I think the Boss should suspend this CB transfer purchase till in the winter if the need to sign one is still pressing.

    Why should Valencia force Arsenal hand to pay such a ridiculous amount of money to get Shkodran signed from them? Whereas he won’t be worth more than £25m on the market if weren’t Arsenal that are bidding for him.

    Save the 2 penalties appeals by Leicester which Ref Mark Clattenberg refused to award, the pairing of Koscielny and Holding at the heart of the Arsenal defense-line has spoken volumes of defensive stability at the King Power Stadium last Saturday evening.

    Before Gabriel is back from his short injury sideline and Mertesacker from his long injury spell, I think save any further unknown injury happening to any of our remaining CBs of: Koscielny, Chambers, Holding and Bielik, the need to worry or panic by the Boss his defense-line will fail him again as they did in the Liverpool game at the Ems a fortnight ago is erased with his pairing if Koscielny and Holding as CB partners at the heart of our defense-line, I believe Arsenal are now done as far as CBs stability is concerned with this new CB partnership by Koscielny and Holding. And I believe they will get better an better and even contain Chelsea and their Diego Costa in an upcoming big game at the Ems.

    Therefore, the Boss should now shift his emphasis to signing a striker instead of that of a CB who could drain Arsenal finances. Arsenal has Akpom as a specialist striker option and cover to Olivier Giroud. And could as well bring in Umar Sadiq as another option reinforcement who I’ve talked about in my recent past comment.

    Let it not be taken as if I’ve contradicted myself as I’ve said in my precious comments that the Boss may have to choose if by paying above the odds the signee can give him what he wants or refuse to sign him if thinks he can’t be sure the player can give or guarantee him what he wanted.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    I think there has to be a kind of re-ordering of priorities here by the Boss. Sky Sports sources have had it that Valencia won’t sell Mustafi to us save if his release clause of over £40m be triggered. I think the Boss should suspend this CB transfer purchase till in the winter if the need to sign one is still pressing.

    Why should Valencia force Arsenal hand to pay such a ridiculous amount of money to get Shkodran signed from them? Whereas he won’t be worth more than £25m on the market if it weren’t Arsenal that are bidding for him.

    Save the 2 penalties appeals by Leicester which Ref Mark Clattenberg refused to award them, the pairing of Koscielny and Holding at the heart of the Arsenal defense-line has spoken volumes of defensive stability at the King Power Stadium last Saturday evening.

    Before Gabriel is back from his short injury sideline and Mertesacker from his long injury spell, I think save any further unknown injury happening to any of our remaining CBs of: Koscielny, Chambers, Holding and Bielik, the need to worry or panic by the Boss his defense-line will fail him again as they did in the Liverpool game at the Ems a fortnight ago has been erased with his pairing of Koscielny and Holding as CB partners at the heart of our defense-line, I believe Arsenal are now done as far as CBs stability is concerned with this new CB partnership by Koscielny and Holding. And I believe they will get better an better and even contain Chelsea and their Diego Costa in an upcoming big game at the Ems.

    Therefore, the Boss should now shift his emphasis on signing a striker instead of that of a CB who could drain Arsenal finances. Arsenal has Akpom as a specialist striker option and cover to Olivier Giroud. And could as well bring in Umar Sadiq as another option reinforcement who I’ve talked about and recommended for Arsenal in my recent past comment.

    Let it not be taken as if I’ve contradicted myself as I’ve said in my precious comments that the Boss may have to choose if by paying above the odds the signee can give him what he wants or refuse to sign him if he thinks he can’t be sure the player can give or guarantee him what he wanted.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Interesting review. Complete media silence on any penalties we may have been due

  • Gord

    Penalties for Arsenal?

    All the muppets either support teams that want Arsenal to do poorly, or are former Arsenal players who will readily crap on Arsenal (for money).

    Who needs enemies, when you have muppets like that?

    Or enemas for that matter.

  • JP

    The 2 non-penalties for Arsenal were very disappointing, especially taking into account the penalties awarded in the Stoke v Man City game earlier on Saturday, along with all the talk of clamping down on holding in the box, and Jamie Redknapp writing for the mail, saying “Mike Dean, who gave both penalties on Saturday, is braver than most referees but it is now up to the others to follow his lead week in, week out — regardless of how much stick they get”. It looks like the “week in, week out” did not even last a couple of hours.

    Regarding the Bellerin penalty incident, I agree with the fact that it was not a penalty. In my view, Musa employed the same tactic as Vardy did last season. The player ensures that he enters the box ahead of the defender, where he then plants his leg across the defender, with no intention of continuing his run. The defender, who is running as quickly as he can, then has nowhere to go, and he runs into the attacker. This is not a foul contact, but a deliberate attempt by the attacker to con the referee and buy the penalty. Leicester got away with this tactic many times last season, luckily Clattenburg did not fall for it this time around.

  • Menace

    Mike Dean can be correct a million times but that does not forgive him his cheating. He should never be allowed to officiate in any sport.

    The review was excellent. I am biased so some of the incidents were not as I saw them, particularly Musa trying it on with his right leg searching for contact before the dive. He should have been red carded for unsporting conduct & trying to cheat the officials.

    Unsporting conduct is as bad as taking drugs. It cheats the truth & robs sporting glory.

  • Pat

    Very interesting, especially the bits about Vardy. So, he might have been off the pitch and Leicester down to ten men?

  • Dayvood mC1/David M

    @Pat and Walter in general

    I don’t think it is really fair to penalise the ref for missing a red on Vardy because he missed both Yellows. I think if he had the original yellow he wouldn’t have made the second challenge. The second yellow miss was a really bad challenge that I noted to my mate at the time and it was definitely a mistake to miss it, but I think we should only penalise for a missed red if there is already a yellow in place…catch my drift?

    On the second (late) penalty claim I think it was actually a correct decsion. The side on replay shows that Musa actually jumps across Bellerin’s line and hence it is he who initiates contact and therefore should not be a foul. Still we were lucky as it would have been hard for Clattenburg to see that. But this is still a grey area in Football as you could argue somewhat that he is closer to the ball and is allowed to shield the ball therefore allowed to cut infront of Bellerin’s line (maybe that he cuts into the side of Bellerin’s line still means no pen)

    Like Walter I thought this was the ref of two halves. Clattenburg was disgustingly bad against Arsenal in the first, but he was quite good in the 2nd. I would debate however there wasn’t really much in the penalty claim on Koscienly, it was going a bit both ways and fairly incidental contact. Koz was just not quite in the right place to nod it home.

  • Andy Mack

    David M, you’re obviously correct that a 1st Yellow would probably result in different events following, but it’s not possible to review what may have happened. Vardy isn’t dumb (playing-wise) but everyone has bad days when they do things they know they shouldn’t.
    If we get into reviewing what could have happen then when a player gets a straight red they’d need to guess if the manager changes the team, so who comes off for the sub defender/attacker etc etc. Too many variables, as I’m sure you understand.

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