by Andrew Crawshaw
The referee review from the Southampton game is waiting for Walter’s input on his return from holiday as there were a number of controversial decisions which require his input.
For our game against Hull the match officials are :-
- Referee – Roger East : a 51 year old from Wiltshire who has been on the select list since 2013
- Assistant 1 – Darren Cann : from Norfolk
- Assistant 2 – Matthew Wilkes : from West Midlands
- Fourth Official – Paul Tierney : a 35 year old from Lancashire and another Select Group Referee
Clearly no geographical conflicts for any of the officials. Roger East is the oldest referee on the Select Group list and in now 51.
Last year 2014-15 we had him for two home games
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Bournemouth|
67% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 69/31 and two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals. Arsenal should have been given a penalty in Min 45+1 for a foul on Giroud by Francis and in Min 59 Bournemouth should have had a penalty for a foul on Gosling by Gabriel. Arsenal won the game by two goals to nil so the wrong decisions would have made no difference to the score. Correct win for Arsenal.
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace: again no penalty for Arsenal|
67% weighted score, bias against the two teams 78/22 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 24 Delaney fouled Koscielny following an Arsenal corner. This game finished one all so here the wrong decision probably cost Arsenal two points.
In the 2014/15 season we only had Mr East on one occasion interestingly in our home game against Hull :-
|Referee review : Arsenal – Hull : East, West not the best|
62% overall score, bias against both teams 82/18 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 17 the Diame goal for Hull should not have counted due to a clear foul against Flamini in the buildup. The game finished as a two all draw, had the goal been correctly disallowed a game that Arsenal would probably have won.
There are no league games prior to this for Arsenal with Mr East in charge.
Rather like last week’s review then there isn’t a lot of information to go on. There are two consistent features though – all of his weighted scores have been similar and below the minimum 70% acceptable mark (two at 67% and one at 62%). His bias is at typical PGMO levels at 69, 78 and 82% against Arsenal.
He has failed to award penalties in two of the three matches reviewed, two that chould have been given to Arsenal and one to Bournemouth
Worryingly he failed to disallow a goal despite a clear foul in the build up – not a sign of a referee on top of his game.
I hope I am wrong, but Mr East isn’t an official who inspires me with confidence. I always feel that an important errors is about to happen.
After the first three matchweeks during which Mr East was in charge of two games our review of major wrong decisions by referees shows a total of three – One each of red cards, Penalties and Goals. Against that he has correctly made one red card and two penalty calls so he can get it right. I would hope that referees would have a better result than 50/50 on these important decisions (although this has rarely been the case in our analyses).
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From the anniversary files
16 September 1970: Lazio 2 Arsenal 2. (Radford 2). After the match the two teams were to have a meal together but a fight broke out, into which most of the players joined. In 2016 at an AISA AGM Bob Wilson said much of the problem came from the fact that the Lazio team were given a banquet and the Arsenal players simply had scraps. Arsenal won the return leg 2-0.
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