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Ref Review: Arsenal – Southampton; a perfect example of how the new instructions to refs affects the flow of the game.

By Usama and Walter

ARSENAL vs. SOUTHAMPTON

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 4
  • DATE: 10th September 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Robert Madley
1st LINESMAN: Marc Perry
2nd LINESMAN: Edward Smart
4th OFFICIAL: Simon Hooper

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
05:00 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Jordi Clasie (Saints) Clasie was pushed in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
06:27 Oriol Romeu (Saints) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Both players jumped for the header. Coquelin won header cleanly, when Romeu was late charges in to Coquelin with a leading arm. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
06:33 Jay Rodriguez (Saints) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Chamberlain was kicked slightly from behind while trying to pass the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
06:48 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Jay Rodriguez (Saints) Rodriguez turned quickly inside the center of the field and moved slightly late to intercept causing Rodriguez to trip. This should have been a foul for Southampton but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

-1 (FOUL)
09:00 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Nathan Redmond (Saints) Bellerin pushed Redmond while played a pass.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
09:29 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Virgil Van Dijk (Saints) Walcott charged in to Van Dijk and used his arm to block the player.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)

 

15:40 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Nathan Redmond (Saints) Redmond was in an attacking position outside the box. Monreal came sliding in when Redmond turned. Live footage and replays provide minimal view of any contact. But given the careless sliding attempt and the camera view blocked, we agree with the ref.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST MONREAL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

20:55 Dusan Tadic (Saints) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Both players chased after the ball. Monreal reached first and touched it forward when Tadic tripped him. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
23:02 Jose Fonte (Saints) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Fonte pushed Chamberlain in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
25:10 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Cedric Soares (Saints) Chamberlain cleanly tackled from behind of Cedric, with Cazorla gaining possession. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal but instead was given as a foul.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
25:13 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Cazorla clearly showed verbal and non-verbal dissent towards the referee in a close distance.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST CAZORLA.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
32:09 Nathan Redmond (Saints) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Redmond charged in to Cazorla from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
32:49 Jose Fonte (Southampton) Lucas Perez (Arsenal) Perez appeared to have been blocked in his run by Fonte and Van Dijk. No clear angle or replay shown. So not enough evidence to review. Thus the decision of the ref stands correct.

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

3 (NON-PENALTY)
33:08 Oriol Romeu (Saints) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Romeu tripped Ozil but Arsenal maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
35:15 Steven Davis (Saints) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Davis tried to pull Walcott from behind but Walcott kept running.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
38:00 Jay Rodriguez (Saints) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Rodriguez attempted a soft sliding tackle from behind but brought down Cazorla after Cazorla kicked the ball forward. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
40:27 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Nathan Redmond (Saints) Coquelin tripped Redmond inside the Southampton’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
46:44 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Ryan Bertrand (Saints) Slight trip contact from behind by Walcott.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)

 

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Southampton – 5

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 8 [8 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Southampton – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Southampton – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Southampton – 2

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Southampton – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
02:04 Dusan Tadic (Saints) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Tadic was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Edward Smart made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Southampton –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
17:14 Petr Cech (Arsenal) [Own Goal] Clean freekick goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

3 (GOAL)
28:31 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) The ball lobbed off the head of Bertrand. Koscienly was alone below the ball in roughly 2-3-yard radius when he attempted the overhead kick. Clasie tried to run towards Koscienly with his head forward in an attempt to stop the shot, but by that time Koscienly had made clean connection with ball.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Goals for Southampton – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

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 – 3+2+1+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Southampton – 5+1+2+1+1 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 7 + 10 = 17

 

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 Southampton – 5+1+4+3+3 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 16 = 25

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Southampton – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 4 + 1 = 5

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 4 + 1 = 5

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 17/(17+5) = 77.2%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 25/(25+5) = 83.3%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
48:21 Shane Long (Saints) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Long was holding Cazorla by the hand.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
51:14 Virgil Van Dijk (Saints) Lucas Perez (Arsenal) Perez appeared to have been pushed in the back by Van Dijk. No clear angle or replay shown. So not enough evidence to review. Thus the decision of the ref stands correct.

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

3 (NON-PENALTY)

 

53:27 Fraser Forster (Saints) Forster was wasting excessive amount of time on goal kicks. With the ball going out of play within a short distance to the goal keeper, Forster was taking way more 25 seconds at goal kicks. Whereas Cech took less 16 seconds each time when the ball went out of play within a short distance to the goal keeper.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FORSTER.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
54:35 Dusan Tadic (Saints) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Walcott was running forward with the ball on a possible counter attack. Cazorla was running in support alongside Walcott when Tadic charged in to Cazorla in a rugby like tackle. The referee correctly played an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Tadic for committing a deliberate attacking breaking foul. But no card was given.

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST TADIC.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

55:54 Jordi Clasie (Saints) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Clasie slightly brought down Coquelin but Arsenal kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
58:35 Shane Long (Saints) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Just as Mustafi controlled the ball on his chest on the run, Long charged in from the side with a leading and brought down Mustafi. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
65:25 Dusan Tadic (Saints) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal fell down while kicking the ball in a difficult 180-degree motion. There was no Southampton player who made any foul contact. No foul or advantage should have been played.

WRONG ADVANTAGE PLAYED AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)
66:58 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Saints) Walcott did not make any push, pull or trip on Hojbjerg, except for a bodily contact within touching distance. Hojbjerg fell down while trying to turn around. This should not have been a foul against Arsenal but the ref gave a foul.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

71:42 Jose Fonte (Saints) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was ahead of Fonte while challenging for the header. Both jumped, with Fonte raising his arm and hitting Giroud in the face. This should have been a foul and yellow card against Fonte for reckless play but nothing was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FONTE.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

72:48 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Virgil Van Dijk (Saints) Walcott played the ball cleanly before Van Dijk in a standing tackle, when the referee wrongly judged it as a foul.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

74:39 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Saints) Giroud jumped in the back of Hojbjerg.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
80:14 James Ward Prowse (Saints) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Ward Prowse charged in to the back of Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
81:38 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Virgil Van Dijk (Saints) Giroud tried to pull back on Van Dijk. But Southampton maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
82:01 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Shane Long (Saints) Mustafi was trying to head the ball by coming out forward when Long had hold of him and brought him down after Mustafi made the header.

 

This should have been a foul for Arsenal but instead the referee wrongly played an advantage against Arsenal.

 

WRONG ADVANTAGE PLAYED AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)

-1 (FOUL)

85:44 Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Saints) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Hojbjerg made a lunging tackle attempt on Iwobi without contact and later tried to slide again. Hojbjerg lunging tackle was potentially dangerous. Ref made the correct decision.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST HOJBJERG.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

86:18 Cedric Soares (Saints) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Cedric clearly tripped Ozil from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
86:32 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Oriol Romeu (Saints) Sanchez tripped Romeu from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

1 (FOUL)
89:25 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Shane Long (Saints) Monreal was trying to get close to Long very carefully from behind in short steps. Long turned to a side and Monreal also shifted which accidentally caused him to step on Long’s heel of the shoe. This should have been a foul for Southampton but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

-1 (FOUL)
90:14 Jose Fonte (Saints) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Cazorla crossed the ball in to the box, when Koscienly stretched forward with a low header to head the ball, whereas Fonte stretched out his foot. Both players were bending through their knee. Fonte hit his foot in the face of Koscienly without the ball being near to his foot. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal.

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

-3 (PENALTY)

 

90:30 Jose Fonte (Saints) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Mustafi lobbed a pass in the Southampton’s box. Giroud looked set to receive it, when Fonte without looking at the ball grabbed-pulled Giroud’s for 3-4 seconds and then brought him down from behind by kicking him behind his right leg. Ref gave a correct penalty. Fonte showed then showed clear verbal, and non-verbal dissent in the face of the referee. Fonte was booked correctly.

 

But this should have been Fonte’s second yellow card and thus he should have been sent off but wasn’t.

 

CORRECT PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FONTE.

NO RED CARD AGAINST FONTE.

3 (PENALTY)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

93:18 Virgil Van Dijk (Saints) Van Dijk was kicking the grass and tampering with the penalty spot just before the penalty kick. Correct yellow card.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST VAN DIJK.

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

93:27 Ryan Bertrand (Saints) Bertrand was delaying the penalty kick by continuing his dissent towards the ref. Correct yellow card.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST BERTRAND.

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Southampton – 2

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 6

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Southampton – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Southampton – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Southampton – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Southampton – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Southampton – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Southampton – 0

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

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for Southampton – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 2 [6 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
68:14 Nathan Redmond (Saints) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Redmond was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Southampton –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
93:43 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Goals for Southampton – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
90:14 Injury/stoppage Koscienly had a kick to the face and was lying down rolling left and right holding his face inside the penalty box. Arsenal had possession of the ball just outside penalty area. Arsenal knew their player was down but kept playing, due to being in a dangerous attacking possession and within the next 15 seconds, Arsenal got a penalty.

 

Robert Madley looked 2-3 times at Koscienly who was rolling and holding his face. The moment Koscienly was looking to stand on his knees Arsenal got a penalty. Here the referee was probably judging the nature of the injury and whether to stop play or not, but given the ruling below (Power of opinion to the ref), Koscienly’s injury and Arsenal’s dangerous attacking possession, and the small passage of time between the injury and the penalty… Robert Madley made the correct decision.

 

Rule 05.6 Page 128-129

“The referee… …stops the match if, in his opinion, a player is seriously injured and ensures that the player is removed from the field of play…”

 

CORRECT DECISION TO KEEP PLAY ON FOR ARSENAL WITH THE JUDGEMENT OF THE INJURY.

3 (PLAY ON)
Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Southampton – 0

Total Number of Other Incorrect Decisions – 1 [3 points]

 

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 3+2+5+1+1+1+1 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Southampton – 2+1+1 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 4 = 18

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+2+10+3+1+3+3 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Southampton – 2+1+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 25 + 6 = 31

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 6+1+2+1+1 = 11

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 11 + 2 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 6+1+4+3+3 = 17

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 17 + 2 = 19

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 18/(18+13) = 58.0%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 31/(31+19) = 62.0%

 

 

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 7+14 = 21

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Southampton – 10+4 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 21 + 14 = 35

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+25 = 34

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Southampton – 16+6 = 22

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 34 + 22 = 56

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+11 = 15

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Southampton – 1+2 =3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 15 + 3 = 18

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+17 = 21

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 21 + 3 = 24

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 35/(35+18) = 66.0%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 56/(56+24) = 70.0%

 

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, 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

Well that was rather an interesting match to miss live from a referee reviewers point of view. Lots of interesting and difficult decisions to make. We will come to them in a moment and as that may take a lot of words I will dig a bit deeper in to those crucial decisions and just mention the scores of the ref first.

The first half score of the ref was 77,2% not weighted and 83.3% weighted. An excellent score.

In the second half the referee had a score of 58% not weighted and 62,0% weighted. That is very low compared to the first half.

If we look at the whole match the not weighted score was 66% and the weighted score was 70%. I like the fact that the weighted score is higher than the not weighted as it showed he was better in the important decisions than in the not important decisions.

So the talking points:

  1. A yellow card for time wasting. Correctly given and this gave me the opportunity to write an article about it and look at the bigger picture of how the PL is running way behind the rest of Europe.
  2. The equaliser from Koscielny. Some people were saying that the ref should have disallowed the goal for dangerous play. I can tell you that in the referee courses they explicitly mention such situations and they insist that referees let those goals stand. In this case there was no real problem  for me. Yes Kos his foot was high. But when he jumped for the shot there was no defender close to the ball. So the ball was free. It was only when it was clear for the Southampton defenders what Koscielny was going to try the over head kick they tried to close him down. So they only brought themselves in to danger by heading towards the foot of Kos who was high and clearly visible in the air. Correct decision.
  3. The winning goal from a penalty. Well as you can read in the reviews… the ref should have given a penalty in favour of Arsenal because of Fonte kicking Koscielny in the face. Koscielny was trying to head with bended knees and Fonte tried to kick  the ball also with bended knees. But the problem was that Fonte never even came close to the ball with his kicking feet. The ball hit him on the chest after he had kicked Kos in the face. Now as far as I know it is a clear foul to kick someone against the head and thus a foul and a penalty should have been given. Give the fact that both were bending their knees the fact that Kos his head was rather low is of no importance. If Koscielny had dived in and Fonte would have been standing in an upright position then you could say that Koscielny acted dangerously. So the second penalty foul is a bit an non topic for me but as it wasn’t given we go to talking point …4
  4. Not stopping the play for a possible head injury. This season in the pre season courses we have been talking a lot about advantage. In a way they have given the refs a far greater freedom in trying to see if there is an advantage. Or better said, they want to prevent that a team that is bending the rules a bit gets an advantage of the ref having to stop the game. And that is something that happened in this case. The Arsenal attack was in full flow, an Arsenal player was down (because of a non punished kick – but that is not important as the ref might have missed that one) and so the attacking team (that should get the benefit according to the instructions) would have been punished if the ref had stopped the match. As Kos was rolling around a bit the injury can and could be deemed not that serious. People who know football know that if a player is rolling around a lot he usually is not really seriously injured. Beware of a player that is lying completely still. So with Koscielny moving it was a sign that he was not unconscious and the ref would have interpreted this as a sign that he was not seriously injured.
    I know this is all a bit of facts and very much down to the interpretation of the referee but we explicitly have been told over the summer to do all we can to keep an attack going for as long as possible and as a team looks to be in a dangerous position. The fact that this leads to another penalty foul shows that the ref followed that instruction. The attacking team benefited from their will to go forward. As was the intention from the law makers when they came up with the new laws and the interpretation from those laws.
  5. The penalty itself was a clear foul. In fact two fouls in succession by Fonte on Giroud. The only debatable thing is that he should have send Fonte off for his dissent.

So an interesting match to review. The spirit of the new laws were followed by the ref and it was that spirit (to make attacking teams benefit more) that gave Arsenal the 3 points.

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22 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Southampton; a perfect example of how the new instructions to refs affects the flow of the game.

  • Polo

    Thank you Usama and Walter, great work, much appreciated.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Thanks for this review which has clear reasoning behind the decisions where, for the most part, the referee showed good judgement. I only wish there was someone employed within the mainstream media who was as good.

  • Rantetta

    Yes, this is an excellent report.
    I thought the kick to Kos’s head was quite deliberate. The defender aimed at Kos with his left foot stretched. The ball hit the defender on the right side of his chest, near the armpit.

    The dissent shown by Soton players on many occasions was outrageous, but following Soton’s “play” during both matches last season, they obviously felt entitled to carry on kicking Arsenal’s players – without punishment.

  • Andy Mack

    Rantetta, I think Did-Utd played the early game that week, so the Sotton players would have watched Rooney spending 90 minutes mouthing off at the ref and would have decided to follow suit… I think 😀

  • Andy Mack

    should be Dis-Utd, of course…

  • OlegYch

    i’m curious how could fonte kicked kos in the face if kos was aiming for the ball, but the ball was nowhere near fonte foot
    does anyone have a video?

  • Usama Zaka

    OlegYch,

    http://gfycat.com/HilariousSparseAdamsstaghornedbeetle

    The ball was coming down and Koscienly anticipated a low header on the stretch but Iwobi made contact with the ball on the way through which made the ball rise up slightly.

  • OlegYch

    thanks Usama
    i’d guess Fonte was as confused as Kos and did intend to kick the ball, so no pen for me, as long as Kos had no chance of getting the ball
    whether it was a dangerous play from Fonte or Kos is rather speculative

  • para

    Usama Zaka:

    Are you sure?
    I’ve watched this a few times.
    Ball comes across low, Kos tries to head it and at the same time a defender kicks at it and hits Kos head.
    Ball hits defender in chest rebounds and another defender kicks it away while again Kos tries to get the ball and also Iwobi tries to get the ball.
    I can see no contact from Iwobi on the ball at all.

    Maybe you have other views but this is what i see.

  • para

    Usama Zaka:
    OK after the 11th time i see it. I see the change of direction of the ball.

    With all the technology today you would think mistakes in the game rules would be almost null.

    In with the video technology.

  • OlegYch

    para, Iwobi certainly makes a contact here http://prntscr.com/ck9mw4
    just before the ball flies over Kos head

  • Usama Zaka

    Para,

    This is the only view available, my personal thought is that its not a penalty. But Walter is the man with professional experience in this field, and he has explained it above. He can reply in the comments also, if he his available.

    P.S in the link above, there is a “Minus” “Plus” option to slow the clip down once or twice.

  • Gord

    OT: Corruption News

    It seems that even being banned from football does not influence money. Platini was banned for many years, reduced on appeal to 4 years I gather. Apparently UEFA can still give him money.

    PGMO money? To keep his mouth shut?

    The big USA case. Eight defendants are set to change their pleas to guilty, in plea bargaining negotiations. Hopefully this results in more evidence heading back to prosecutors.

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/news/fifa-corruption-defendants-plea-bargain-bid-avoid-jail-time-387866

    Trial dates of Nov 2017 have apparently been set. Some other defendants are apparently suing (or preparing to sue) to get their case moved up, and/or spun off the this bulk Nov 2017 case.

  • Jambug

    Walter and Usama

    Can I ask you a couple of questions regarding 2 incidents Koscielnys recently been involved in.

    Firstly regarding the kick he took in the head.

    Rather than a foul on Kos, is it not possible that he committed the first foul under the laws of the Game relating to dangerous play, as described in the section;

    Dangerous Play: Recognition and Application of the Rule.

    The relevant law being.

    1 – The opposite of a high kick is the low header. This is the situation when a defender dives with his/her head in a low position to contact the ball but is close to an opponent who may be trying to kick the ball. This is clearly dangerous play, but the Referee should always allow an exception for the goalkeeper who is attempting to dive on the ball.

    Did Koscielny not put his head ‘In a low position to contact the ball……..close to an opponent who may be trying to kick the ball’.

    Is that not a possible interpretation of events.

    Also, taking a literal interpretation of the Laws of the Game, could his ‘overhead kick’ goal against Southampton not of been chalked off for falling foul of the following Law.

    2- Scissors or bicycle kicks are permitted in the game unless an opponent is within playing distance and the kicker’s foot is, in the opinion of the Referee, dangerously high so as to endanger the opponent. If no one is within playing distance, there can be no offense.

    To be fair this could apply to almost every goal of that type to be honest.

    I’m asking because if, for example, we are going to question whether it could of been a penalty for Kos’s kick in the head, we must first make sure we are applying ALL the rules, all the time, and not just selecting ones that suit us.

    I just think this sort of thing is very important, because if we want to maintain the credibility of these wonderful revues we must be unwavering in our efforts to make sure every rule is considered and appropriately applied, every time.

    By the way, I appreciate I may be completely wrong in my interpretation and application of the 2 ‘Rules’ I have cited and I’m sure if I am I will be corrected.

  • Jambug

    OlegYch

    …..whether it was a dangerous play from Fonte or Kos is rather speculative.

    I see from what you posted whilst I was typing you too see the possibility of dangerous play by Kos.

    It’s an interesting one and It’ll be fascinating to hear the guys interpretation of that particular law.

  • Usama Zaka

    Jamburg,

    1. Yes Koscienly made a low header, but if you look at the clip he was already made himself low before anyone had stretched their foot or legs around him (Except for Iwobi). So I don’t think that counts for dangerous from Koscienly’s perspective. That’s my thought.

    2. I knew this question would rise up 🙂 Again same thing for me applies here, Koscienly was in an empty area of space 2 yard radius perhaps and decided to execute a bicycle kick (No was around him at that point) So that’s not dangerous for me. http://prnt.sc/ckaffc

    Walter can explain better I believe.

  • Jambug

    Usama Zaka

    Thanks for reply.

    Personally I think they are both very difficult rules to interpret and as a result very difficult to apply, but as long as the revues address them and explain there conclusion that’s all can be asked.

    Regarding the Referees, I just think they pretty much ignore both of them.

    I’ve NEVER seen a free kick given for ‘dangerous heading’ and very rarely is a bicycle kick goal chalked off, although I have seen it.

  • Usama Zaka

    Jamburg,

    I agree. There are still many rules in the game that not explained in detail/properly/without examples, and also rules that are written vaguely (one may interpret different meanings from it) But IFAB made little progress this year to make changes and explain them. But given the lack of transparency in the world of refereeing and football governing bodies…there is little hope.

  • OlegYch

    since we’re talking about overhead kicks, i thought some of them from Ibrahimovic recently were very dangerous, and yet not once was the play interrupted

  • MickHazel

    Regarding goals from overhead kicks I notice that as far as the British media are concerned their best of all time is still the Rooney winner against Man City, even though he fluked it off his shin.

  • finsbury

    Did someone at the pgMOB look at the pelanty stats for first and second in the league in the league last season and raised their hand to say the following:

    “Er, boss, we might have a slight credibility problem here. These numbers look even more odd then Rooney’s hair transplant.”

    What do we all think? What are the odds?

  • Norman14

    We have Michael Oliver for the Chelsea game.

    Presumably, we couldn’t have Atkinson cos he reffed them last weekend, and “The Moaning One” has had to call in Mike Dean to get his mob of misfits out of the hole they are in.