by Andrew Crawshaw
For our last game at Watford we had Kevin Friend as our Referee assisted by I Hussin and M McDonough. Broadly Mr Friend performed as predicted, 78% overall weighted preformance, bias against the two teams of 25/75 and 2 wrong Important Decisions a not given second yellow card for Amrabat in Min 76 and a not given red card for Behrami in Min 83. Mr Hussin missed one offside when he didn’t spot Walcott offside in Min 49. However none of these wrong decisions had any impact on the outcome of the game which we had wrapped up in the first half.
For Matchweek 4 we are at home to Southampton with a traditional 15:00 kick-off. Our Match officials are :-
- Referee – Robert Madley – Age 30 from West Yorkshire
- Assistant 1 – Marc Perry – from the West Midlands
- Assistant 2 – Eddie Smart – also from the West Midlands
- Fourth Official – Simon Hooper – from Wiltshire
None have FIFA accreditation but as we saw last week that needn’t have any impact on their ability.
Last Season 2015 – 16 we had Mr Madley twice, both at home
Arsenal (3) v Sunderland (1) on 5 Dec
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Sunderland|
He scored a season high for all referees of 90% in that match only getting 2 decisions wrong all game – one of which was a wrong Important Decision (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals) when he failed to award a penalty in Min 39 for a foul by Kaboul on Giroud.
The second game was a complete contrast as he had a complete stinker.
Arsenal (1) v Swansea (2) 2 Mar 2016
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Swansea, when is it going to start to even out?|
Here he got a weighted score of 38% rightly earning a place in our Hall of Shame. His bias was 93/7 and he made no fewer than 5 wrong Important Decisions. Min 32 Swansea scored a goal as a direct result of a not given foul by Amat on Ozil for which Amat should have been booked. Min 47 Amat should have had a second yellow card for an attack breaking foul on Giroud; Min 73 Ayew should have been sent off for a dive (given as a foul against Gabriel; Min 74 Williams was offside as he scored Swansea’s second goal and in Min 84 Ayew should have been sent off again for a second dive (this one given as a foul against Wellbeck. Three points certainly decided by a referee who was piss poor on the day.
In 2014-15 we only had Mr Madley once in our 4 – 1 win against West Brom on the last day of the season. There isn’t a full review of this game. That was the first Arsenal game Mr Madley had been given.
So far this season Mr Madley has refereed 2 games getting 4 Important Decisions Wrong last week (one in each category), he did get two non penalty decisions right though as he made a balls up of the Spurs v Liverpool game. His previous game he did OK with no wrong Important Decisions and one correct Important Decision.
- We still have too little information on Mr Madley to accurately predict how he is going to perform. He can be excellent or terrible and the chance of either seems to be about 50/50
- He is not as bad as many in judging penalties (but then that really is damming with extremely faint praise. So far this season he has one wrong and three right.
- When it comes to disciplinary offences he is much poorer with 2 wrong in his two games this year and 3 in the two Arsenal games last season.
- Worryingly in his reviewed games last season and this he has managed to get three goals wrong.
- He would seem to be a referee who could be greatly helped by video refereeing, with that not being an option I regard this Saturday as a lottery. He could be great or equally he could be terrible.