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Halsey scandal latest plus Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek #03 with video evidence

Prelude:

Just before we get into the regular report on referee performances on the pitch, if you have been following the Mark Halsey incidents reported in our last article you might like to note the latest from the Daily Telegraph. Mark Halsey reveals incident he claims he was told to lie about by referee bosses as Gary Neville calls for investigation

Now back to Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek #03 with video evidence

From the Untold Referee team

1 : Details of the Match Referees and Assistants

Tottenham vs. Liverpool [1-1]

Referee – Robert Madley

1st Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup

2nd Assistant Referee – Marc Perry

Fourth Official – Craig Pawson

Chelsea vs. Burnley [3-0]

Referee – Mark Clattenburg

1st Assistant Referee – Richard West

2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett

Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell

Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth [1-1]

Referee – Mike Dean

1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long

2nd Assistant Referee – Daniel Cook

Fourth Official – James Adcock

Everton vs. Stoke City [1-0]

Referee – Michael Oliver

1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick

2nd Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn

Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick

Leicester City vs. Swansea City [2-1]

Referee – Roger East

1st Assistant Referee – Derek Eaton

2nd Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes

Fourth Official – Andrew Davies

Southampton vs. Sunderland [1-1]

Referee – Lee Mason

1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes

2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan

Fourth Official – Paul Tierney

Watford vs. Arsenal [1-3]

Referee – Kevin Friend

1st Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin

2nd Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough

Fourth Official – Simon Hooper

Hull City vs. Manchester United [0-1]

Referee – Jon Moss

1st Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday

2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart

Fourth Official – Martin Atkinson

West Bromwich vs. Middlesbrough [0-0]

Referee – Anthony Taylor

1st Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt

2nd Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard

Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell

Manchester City vs. West Ham United [3-1]

Referee – Andre Marriner

1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck

2nd Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger

Fourth Official – Mike Jones

2: Matchweek 3 Summary

Referees of the week (with no wrong Important Decisions) – Anthony Taylor, Lee Mason and Mark Clattenberg with the prize going to Lee Mason as he also made 2 correct Important Decisions

Worst Referee of the week with 4 wrong Important Decisions – Robert Madley his four wrong decisions (Nos 3, 4, 5 and 6 below).

3 Games where the referee arguable affected the Results

  • Tottenham v Liverpool, result was a 1 – 1 draw but we feel that the correct decision should have been a Spurs win.  The Liverpool penalty was incorrect and the resulting goal shouldn’t have stood.  Any contact was clearly outside the penalty area.  Both teams should have had a player sent off; Mane for a second bookable offence in the 33rd minute and Lamela for an eye gouge on Lovren in min 45+|1.  Tottenham +2 points and Liverpool -1
  • Crystal Palace v Bournemouth, the result was a 1 – 1 draw but we feel that the correct decision should have been a Bournemouth victory.  Delaney for Palace should certainly have been booked for wrestling in the19th minute and should have received his marching orders for a rash challenge at the end of the first half when Bournemouth were leading by one-nil.  Against 10 men for the entire second half, we think it probable that Bournemouth would have held on for a win.  Bournemouth +2 points and Palace -1
  • Hull v Manchester United, the result was a 0 – 1 victory for United but we feel that the correct result should have been a draw.  In the 23rd minute with the score at 0 – 0 Fellaini clearly  wrestles Domande to the ground and then moments later is seen in the face of Jon Moss protesting about the decision.  Should have been two yellow cards, one for the foul and a second for the dissent.  In Min 76 United should have had a penalty when Meyler can clearly be seen to have used his upper arm to deflect the ball in his penalty area.  In min 84 Pogba should have had a straight red card  for kicking Meyler in the head, they were standing in the Hull penalty area next to each other and there can be no excuse that he didn’t know Meyler was there.  United should have had to lay out the remaining minutes with 9 men.  Two players not sent off for United against a not given penalty for them – on balance a draw.

4: Lucky Players who should have been sent off but weren’t

  • Straight reds (should be missing the next three games) – Behrami (Watford),  Lamela (Spurs), Pieters (Stoke), Aguero (Man City) and Pogba (Man United)
  • Second yellows (should miss the next match) – Amrabat (Watford), Mane (Liverpool), Delaney (Crystal Palace) and Fellaini (Man United)
  • Villain of the week. – There is really only one contender – Aguero for a vicious attempted elbow on Reid.  He should be banned for a long time for that one.  Mind both Pieters and Behrami should count themselves lucky that they didn’t cause severe injury to the players they caught shin high.

5:-List of Major Errors on Match Day #03 (with links to video clips)

1. No Second Yellow Card Against Amrabat – Amrabat committed 6 fouls, including one attack breaking foul and one potentially reckless foul. But he was only booked once. [Ref – Kevin Friend], Amrabat 4th foul no yellow card, Amrabat 5th foul no yellow card , No Second Yellow Card Against Amrabat

2. No Red Card Against Behrami – Behrami made full frontal lunging tackle on Walcott, with clear studs making contact. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Behrami No Red Card

3. No Red Card Against Lamela – Lamela clearly poke his fingers in the eyes of Lovren. Clear violent conduct. [Ref – Robert Madley] Spurs vs Liverpool Lamela Eye Gouge Lovren , Spurs vs Liverpool Lamela Eye Gouge Lovren

4. Wrong Penalty Against Spurs – Firmino was fouled outside the penalty box not inside. [Ref – Robert Madley],

5. Wrong Goal Against SpursDue to the wrong penalty given the goal scored by Liverpool was illegal. [Ref – Robert Madley], Spurs vs Liverpool Lamela Firmino Wrong Penalty

6. No Second Yellow Card Against Mane – Mane committed two reckless tackles but was only booked for one. [Ref – Robert Madley], Spurs vs Liverpool Mane Poor Tackle , Spurs vs Liverpool Mane Poor Tackle No Second Yellow , Spurs vs Liverpool Mane Poor Tackle No Second Yellow002

7. No Second Yellow Card Against Delaney – Delaney committed one reckless tackle and one attack breaking foul, but was only booked for one. [Ref – Mike Dean], Palace vs Bournemouth Delaney No Yellow Card , Palace vs Bournemouth Delaney Poor Tackle No Second Yellow Card

8. No Red Card Against Pieters – Clearly went in with foot above the ball, with studs showing. Serious foul play. [Ref – Michael Oliver], Everton vs Stoke Pieters Yellow Red

9. No Penalty For Leicester – Amat and Fernandez were clearly holding Huth inside the penalty box. [Ref – Roger East], Leicester vs Swansea Fernandez Amat Huth Penalty , Leicester vs Swansea Fernandez Amat Huth Penalty002

10. Wrong Goal Against Swansea – Huth pushed Fer and handled the ball inside the box which contributed as the assist of the goal. [Ref – Roger East], Leicester vs Swansea Morgan Goal , Leicester vs Swansea Morgan Goal002

11. No Red Card Against Aguero – Aguero clearly attempted hit Reid with a swinging elbow in the face. Clear violent conduct. [Ref – Andre Marriner], Man City vs West Ham Aguero Red Card , Man City vs West Ham Aguero Red Card002

12. No Second Yellow Card Against Fellaini – Fellaini had committed an attack breaking and was booked. Moments later he rushed towards the referee and showed clear dissent. Only one yellow card was shown. [Ref – Jon Moss], Hull vs Man Utd Fellaini Attack Breaking Foul , Hull vs Man Utd Fellaini Dissent

13. No Penalty For Man Utd – Meyler clearly moved his arm towards the ball from a long distance and hits it. [Ref – Jon Moss], Hull vs Man Utd Meyler Penalty , Hull vs Man Utd Meyler Penalty0003

14. No Red Card Against Pogba – Pogba knew that Meyler was positioned alongside him and raised his foot way above the head of Meyler and made contact on Meyler’s head. Serious injury inducing foul play [Ref – Jon Moss], Hull vs Man Utd Pogba Yellow Red

The total number of wrong Important Decisions this week was 14 (an improvement on the 19 in Matchweek 2), still too high and again proving the case for video review.  The most in one game was 4.

6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #03

1. Correct Penalty For Arsenal – Amrabat clearly fouled Walcott inside the Watford penalty box. [Ref – Kevin Friend]

2. Correct Non-Penalty For Spurs – The shot hits below the elbow of Alderweireld, and his arms are well close in front of his body. [Ref – Robert Madley]

3. Correct Non-Penalty For Liverpool – Matip was standing his ground and did not make any attempt for a push/charge/trip/block meanwhile Janssen just ran into him. [Ref – Robert Madley]

4. Correct Penalty For Palace – Clear shirt pulling being done by Daniels on Benteke. [Ref – Mike Dean]

5. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth– Smith did not make any foul contact of pull or push on Benteke. Only contact was of bodily touches of players standing in the same position. [Ref – Mike Dean]

6. Correct Penalty For Everton – Bardsley tripped Williams during the corner kick.  [Ref – Michael Oliver]

7. Correct Penalty For Leicester – Amat clearly fouled Okazaki inside the penalty box. [Ref – Roger East]

8. Correct Non-Penalty For Man Utd– No clear angle or replay shows that whether Bailly fouled the Hull player or not. The referee gets the benefit of the doubt. [Ref – Jon Moss]

9. Correct Non-Penalty For Southampton – Borini went down in the box. The video replay does not provide any conclusive angle to judge it as a penalty. The referee gets the benefit of the doubt. [Ref – Lee Mason]

10. Correct Penalty For Sunderland – Fonte clearly fouled Defoe in the penalty box. [Ref – Lee Mason]

*Note – Decision No.8 and No. 9 are highly doubtful and the benefit of the doubt is given to the referee due to it being a potential penalty or not.

After his horror show last week Mike Dean made something of a return to form as he got two Important Decisions right.  Mr Madley also had two right but countered this by getting four wrong

7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees

Matchweek 3 Season to Date
Referee 2nd Yellow Red Penalties Goals Total Total Games 2nd Yellow Red Penalties Goals Total
Andre Marriner 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1
Anthony Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 3 1 7
Craig Pawson 2 0 2 0 0 2
Jon Moss 1 1 1 0 3 3 5 1 2 0 8
Kevin Friend 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 3
Lee Mason 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Clattenburg 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 3
Martin Atkinson 2 0 1 0 0 1
Michael Oliver 0 1 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 2 4
Mike Dean 1 0 0 0 1 3 2 2 3 2 9
Neil Swarbrick 1 1 0 1 1 3
Robert Madley 1 1 1 1 4 2 1 1 1 1 4
Roger East 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 1 3
Stuart Attwell 1 0 0 0 0 0

Robert Madley with the most mistakes this week but the Season to Date columns show that Mike Dean, John Moss and Anthony Taylor are each averaging nearly 3 wrong decisions a game and all have had a game each week.  These three were at the top of this table last week as well.  Need to do better and quickly.

8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees this week and to date

Matchweek 3 Season to Date
Referee 2nd Yellow Red Penalties Total Matches 2nd Yellow Cards Red Cards Penalties Total
Andre Marriner 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Anthony Taylor 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1
Craig Pawson 2 0 0 2 2
Jon Moss 0 0 1 * 1 * 3 0 0 2+1* 3
Kevin Friend 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1
Lee Mason 0 0 1 * 1 * 2 0 0 1+1* 2
Mark Clattenburg 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2+1* 3
Martin Atkinson 2 0 0 1 1
Michael Oliver 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 3 3
Mike Dean 0 0 2 2 3 0 0 4 4
Neil Swarbrick 1 0 0 1 1
Robert Madley 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 3 3
Roger East 2 0 1 2 3
Stuart Attwell 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2+1* 3

Note – The *(Asterisk) is used to show a decision of high doubt, with the benefit being given to the referee.

9: Major Wrong Decisions Against Teams

I have sorted this table so that the teams with the most wrong decisions against them are at the top and those with the least are at the bottom.

For the first time this year Arsenal are in their customary position at the top and, believe me, I wish that weren’t the case.  Chelsea and Everton are second with 5 and Hull, Man City and West Ham each have 4.  At the bottom are Sunderland and Burnley who (so far) seemed to have escaped the wrath of the referees

Team Second Yellow Cards Red Cards Penalties Goals Total
Arsenal 2 1 2 1 6
Chelsea 2 0 3 0 5
Everton 1 2 1 1 5
Hull City 1 1 1 1 4
Manchester City 1 1 1 1 4
West Ham United 2 2 0 0 4
Southampton 0 1 1 1 3
Tottenham 1 0 1 1 3
Liverpool 0 1 0 1 2
Stoke City 0 1 1 0 2
Swansea City 1 0 0 1 2
West Bromwich 0 2 0 0 2
Bournemouth 1 0 0 0 1
Crystal Palace 1 0 0 0 1
Leicester City 0 0 1 0 1
Manchester United 0 0 1 0 1
Middlesbrough 0 1 0 0 1
Watford 1 0 0 0 1
Burnley 0 0 0 0 0
Sunderland 0 0 0 0 0

10: Major Wrong Decisions in Favour of Teams

This is the converse of the table in section 9 and shows where the largesse of the PGMO has fallen.  Leicester are top along with Stoke and Watford.  Chelsea have 4 positive decisions to offset their 5 negative ones so things almost even out for them

Team Second Yellow Cards Red Cards Penalties Goals Total
Leicester City 1 0 3 2 6
Stoke City 1 3 1 1 6
Watford 3 2 1 0 6
Chelsea 3 1 0 0 4
Liverpool 1 0 1 2 4
Manchester United 1 1 1 1 4
Crystal Palace 1 2 0 0 3
Manchester City 0 2 1 0 3
Tottenham 1 2 0 0 3
West Bromwich 1 0 1 1 3
West Ham United 0 0 2 0 2
Arsenal 0 0 0 1 1
Burnley 1 0 0 0 1
Hull City 0 0 1 0 1
Swansea City 0 0 1 0 1
Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 0
Everton 0 0 0 0 0
Middlesbrough 0 0 0 0 0
Southampton 0 0 0 0 0
Sunderland 0 0 0 0 0

11: Possible Change in Points Week-by-Week Due To Wrong Major Decisions

Still early stages of the season but there are some signs of things evening out – at least for Palace and Spurs (who have the distinction so far in not having our reviewers agree with a single decision.  They should have had points taken way in both Matchweeks 1 and 2 but should have gained 2 this week)

Team Week #1 #2 #3 Total
Arsenal 0 +2 0 +2
Bournemouth 0 0 +2 +2
Burnley 0 0 0 0
Chelsea 0 0 0 0
Crystal Palace 0 +1 -1 0
Everton +2 0 0 +2
Hull City 0 0 +1 +1
Leicester City 0 -1 0 -1
Liverpool 0 0 -1 -1
Manchester City 0 0 0 0
Manchester United 0 0 -2 -2
Middlesbrough +2 0 0 +2
Southampton +2 0 0 +2
Stoke City -1 0 0 -1
Sunderland 0 0 0 0
Swansea City 0 0 0 0
Tottenham -1 -2 +2 -1
Watford -1 0 0 -1
West Bromwich 0 0 0 0
West Ham United 0 0 0 0

12: English Premier League Official Table

Rank Team Points
1 Chelsea 9
2 Manchester City 9
3 Manchester United 9
4 Everton 7
5 Hull City 6
6 Middlesbrough 5
7 Tottenham 5
8 Arsenal 4
9 Leicester City 4
10 Liverpool 4
11 West Bromwich 4
12 Burnley 3
13 Swansea City 3
14 West Ham 3
15 Southampton 2
16 Bournemouth 1
17 Crystal Palace 1
18 Stoke City 1
19 Sunderland 1
20 Watford 1

13: English Premier League Table Adjusted to Change in Points due to Major Wrong Decisions.

Rank Team Total Change in Points Points Difference (in places) from Official table
1 Chelsea 0 9 0
2 Everton +2 9 +2
3 Manchester City 0 9 -1
4 Hull City +1 7 +2
5 Manchester United -2 7 -2
6 Middlesbrough +2 7 0
7 Arsenal +2 6 +1
8 Southampton +2 4 +7
9 Tottenham -1 4 -2
10 West Bromwich 0 4 +1
11 Bournemouth +2 3 +5
12 Burnley 0 3 0
13 Leicester City -1 3 -4
14 Liverpool -1 3 -4
15 Swansea City 0 3 -2
16 West Ham United 0 3 -2
17 Crystal Palace 0 1 0
18 Sunderland 0 1 +1
19 Stoke City -1 0 -1
20 Watford -1 0 0

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24 comments to Halsey scandal latest plus Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek #03 with video evidence

  • OlegYch

    um, i might have missed something but how come chelsea doesn’t have any points gained or lost? diego costa should have been sent off in two of their matches..

  • Mick

    OlegYch
    Agreed.
    I think I am right in saying that in both those matches Costa scored the winning goals after having committed the fouls which should have seen him dismissed, so surely Chelsea should be 4 points worse off.

  • ozziearsenal

    Great to have video evidence so you Can believe your own eyes not only the written word .

  • Nonny

    An extensive report that must taken a lot of time and pain to produce. Kudos for the job well done and I hope you keep it up.

  • Pat

    A picture is emerging! A hearty thanks for all this work.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    @ OlegYch andMick,

    I’ll have another lookout that and discuss it further with Walter and Usama. As he wasn’t actually sent off in either game we have always started the next game with the players as actually on the pitch. From memory his misdemeanours were judged not to have actually affected the results of either of he first two games.

    It doesn’t alter the fact that I find him an odious toad and cheat of the first order. We do, however try our very hardest to keep those personal thoughts away from our work in putting together these articles.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    It was good to see Aguero getting a retrospective three match ban, should have been joined by Lamela as well though.

  • OlegYch

    thanks, Andrew
    i accept that there were mistakes against Chelsea in those matches which might have cancelled out those in favor, but since Chelsea did win those matches it starts looking like a pattern
    similar to all those handballs and penalties in Leicester matches last season

  • OlegYch

    Leon
    honestly, i think this issue of ‘the ref didn’t see it’ is the most trivial of them all, and in all likelihood ‘the revelation’ is orchestrated by pgmol to divert public attention

  • Usama Zaka

    Mick and OlegYch,

    Andrew is right, this is a point that can be discussed further.

    My view is that, we try to establish the change of points in any match using only the major errors that cause/could-cause a direct specifc advantage/disadvantage to any team at that specific moment.

    Example 1.
    This week it was spurs liverpool 1-1, here is how we came to conclusion that spurs were denied two extra points.

    1. Wrong penalty against spurs led directly to goal for Liverpool. Hence a wrong advantage for Liverpool. So the hypothetical score is 0-0

    2. Lamela should have been red carded, but wasn’t. Here Liverpool were denied of an advantage. So the hypothetical score is 0-1.

    3. Mane should have been sent off, but wasn’t. Here Spurs were denied an advantage. So the hypothetical score is 1-1.

    4. Now later in the game spurs themselves score a clean goal. Which changes this hypothetical score to 2-1 to Spurs.

    Example 2.
    Watford v Chelsea week 2. Chelsea won 2-1.

    1. Watford score clean goal. 1-0 hypothetical score.

    2. Min 66 Costa should have been sent off. But wasn’t. Watford denied an advantage. Hypothetical score 2-0.

    3. Min 68 Britos should have been sent off, butwasn’t. Chelsea denied an advantage. Hypothetical score 2-1.

    4. Min 71 Chelsea denied a clear penalty. Hence chelsea were denied a clear advantage. Hypothetical score 2-2

    5. Costa scores for Chelsea even though should have been sent off earlier in the match. I take this goal in to account hypothetically because it was not a direct consequence of any major error by the ref, even though it was scored by player that should have been sent off. Just like last season when we played at west ham where andy carroll scored a hattrick even though he should have been sent off 3 times in that match.

    Hypothetical score 2-3.

    6. Michy scores a clean goal. 2-4.

    7. Behrami should have been sent off. Chelsea denied an advantage. Hypothetical score 2-5 for chelsea.

    Hope I cleared some confusions (or rather created more 🙂

  • OlegYch

    thanks, Usama
    that’s fair
    although with that much bad decisions the match should have been cancelled, and with more matches like that Chelsea really looks in trouble

  • Rosicky@Arsenal

    Usama
    Brilliant effort but i disagree on 2 of your judements.

    Week 2

    Leicester should have been give penalty as Bellerin tripped Leicester player in the box even if leicster player did some trickery to get the contact .

    Week 3

    Liverpool penalty seems to be correct as the contact was on the line and the ref had a very close call.

    But a lot of applause for the review team for such a time consuminf excersise.

  • Pat

    If the pressure to conform was as powerful as we suspect, no referee would report these things to his union. Too risky for his career etc. to bring it out in the open.

  • Fishpie

    Hello Review Team

    I have been unconvinced by the idea that Arsenal lose more points each season due to bad/mistaken ref decisions but vowed, as such great effort and dedication was shown by the the Review Team each weekend over many years, that I owe them the respect of taking their work seriously and become more aquatinted with it.

    So I have read the above review and the comments so far submitted. It is astonishing work. Hat’s off.

    Picking up on @Rosicky’s comment above, I too would have given the penalty to Leicester when Bellerin tripped the Leicester player. When it comes to controversial/difficult/close/pivotal decisions such as that one, is there a case for you seeking a majority vote from a number of non-partisan people rather than to base it on your own judgement? So, when it’s too close to call, you can at least say you went to a wider view, a democratic view and thus minimise potential accusations of bias. I appreciate that requires setting up an “independent panel” but wondering if it might add to the trust factor.

  • Omo r'Arsenal

    I cannot thank Untold Arsenal enough for keeping the good fight going on, even though solo. But someday, all these will be corroborated by FATE!

  • Usama Zaka

    Rosicky@Arsenal and Fishpie,

    Many thanks. Firstly about the Firmino-Lamela penalty, just at that moment of foul contact by Lamela, the right leg of Firmino was well outside the penalty box. It was this right leg that came in to foul contact, thus not a penalty.

    About the Leicester-Bellerin penalty, my personal view after going through every possible angle was a penalty (with still possible hints of no penalty). Walter agreed of it both as a non-penalty and a penalty. Walter explained it in the ref review here. http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/55520

  • Gf60

    And if anyone is thinking that Riley is pure as the driven snow…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM747L9Wf8M

  • ThierryHenry22

    Really great work. Love the tables. This is going to get very very interesting over the course of the season. can’t wait to see how it pans out- of course my hope is for zero unnatural patterns to occur but we’ll see!

  • Menace

    Thank you for this incredible effort & such a beautiful review. It really puts the media, Sky, BT & the BBC to shame.

    Whilst I am singing your praises, I must also praise the singing of the Welsh supporters. It is a joy to be serenaded by lovely voices watching the game I love.

  • Florian

    Rosicky@Arsenal,

    Re Bellerin penalty, I’m afraid we will have to respectfully disagree. I looked at the recorded stream, and I was able to see the Leicester player throwing his leg outwards while running, after he entered the box. By now he was running in a straight line, almost parallel to the goal line, and his body was positioned towards continuing the run. The stray leg was in no way contributing to helping him run, but intended to engineer the contact. By the letter of the law, the Leicester player (sorry don’t remember his name) tripped Bellerin, so there should have been a free kick awarded to Arsenal. Though I guess this move will remain in history as “the Hazard move”.

  • Menace

    Right on Florian. It was Musa who has been taught the art of cheating. Should be straight red for unsporting conduct with a view to profiting.

  • Rantetta

    Superb reporting. Thanks.