by Andrew Crawshaw
First half he was terrible overall although he had a good start when in Min1 he adjudged the holding between Holding and Huth to be six of one and half a dozen of the other and rightly said no penalty. He was 5 from 5 on decision making in the first 14 minutes but it then seemed to slip away from him; Mahrez and Okazaki being allowed to get away with fouls before Vardy was allowed to kick Monreal in the head without being carded.
In Min20 Vardy made a scissors tackle on Monreal and should have been dismissed. Arsenal should have had a penalty when a beautifully floated free kick was met by no Arsenal player – the reason being that Kos was held and pulled back by Morgan.
In Min 42 We should have had a second penalty when Holding was prevented from getting to the ball by Huth. Immediately afterward on the break Drinkwater dived over Kos and Cech in our penalty area and Mr Clattenberg correctly adjudged that Kos had cleanly got the ball. 49% overall weighted score and 3 wrong Important Decisions all against Arsenal
In the second half he was much better, even I wasn’t shouting at him. He only made one wrong decision in this half when he failed to book Ulloa for a reckless challenge on Bellerin in Min 85. There was one contentious moment when in Min88 Bellerin and Musa tangled in our penalty area. Mr Clattenberg and his assistants were unclear if there had had been a foul and our reviewers with the benefit of video replays were also unsure. In the end no penalty was the decision. 85% weighted for the second half but for the game as a whole that drops below the 70% minimum acceptable level to 58.9%
On to Saturday and our match Officials are
- Referee – Kevin Friend – Leicestershire
- Assistant Referee 1 – Ian Hussin – Mersyside
- Assistant Referee 2 – Mick McDonough – Tyne and Wear
- Fourth Official – Simon Hooper – Wiltshire
No-one with FIFA Accreditation this week, but that didn’t seem to matter last week when an all FIFA Accredited team only got a score of 58.9%.
In 2015-16 Mr Friend was present for three Arsenal games (all away wins)
31 Oct Swansea 0 v Arsenal 3
|For the first time ever… Ref Review: Swansea – Arsenal and look – A major decision in Arsenal’s favour! A historic moment.|
74% overall, bias against the two teams 40/60 and only 1 wrong Important Decision (second yellow or Red card, Penalty or Goal) when in Min31 Mertesacker should have given away a penalty for handball. We were comfortable winners and it is extremely unlikely that this decision would have changed the overall outcome of the match.
13 Dec Aston Villa 0 v Arsenal 2
|Ref Review: Aston Villa – Arsenal|
72% Overall, bias against the two teams 30/70 and again one wrong Important Decision when in Min 45+1 Walcott was wrongly judged to be offside as he scored with a beautiful curling shot. Mr Bryan was the linesman.
7 Feb Bournemouth 0 v Arsenal 2
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth|
72% Overall, bias against the two teams 18/82 and no wrong Important Decisions
Mr Friend was consistent in his three games, all scored at above the 70% threshold and that consistency earned him my award for Referee of the Season. As I said :-
“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”
Going back to 2014-15 we had Mr Friend on 4 occasions
23 Aug Everton 2 v Arsenal 2
|Untold Ref Review: Everton/Arsenal. What is an advantage, and what’s wrong with assistant Garratt?|
60.3% Overall, bias against the two teams 11/89 and 2 wrong Important Decisions, Min 44 Naysmith was offside when he put the ball into the net the Goal shouldn’t have counted, Min 53 Wilshere was given a yellow card, it should have been red. I counted this as a game which Everton should probably have won rather than lost.
25 October Sunderland 0 v Arsenal 2
|Untold Referee Review: Sunderland – Arsenal|
65% Overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 25/75 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 19 Rodwell should have had a straight red card for a challenge on Chambers. As we won the game the decision made no difference to the overall score.
4 Mar QPR 1 v Arsenal 2
|Ref Review : QPR – Arsenal|
69% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 20/80 and two wrong Important Decisions both arising from one incident. Min 46 Henry (QPR) should have been dismissed for a last man offence and QPR should have had a penalty,
Arsenal 1 v Swansea 0 – No full referee review
Poorer figures but only one draw, albeit one that should have been a loss.
Prior to 2014-15, if my memory serves me right, we had always had Mr Friend for home games and had won them all.
- I hope this doesn’t completely jinx things but of all the PGMO Referees Mr Friend is the one I most like to see in charge of Arsenal games. He isn’t the best, but is reasonably consistent and far from the worst.
- Mr Friend does make mistakes in Important Decisions but rarely more than one in a game; they have even been known to be in our favour, though most are against us.
- Expect the overall bias of decisions to be against Arsenal though.