Editorial note: No organisation has ever analysed and reviewed the performance of Premier League referees before in this much detail. As I am sure you can understand, the amount of time it takes our team to complete this work is enormous, but all of us feel this is worth it, for the simple reason that anything that helps overcome the scourge of bad refereeing (be it due to incompetence, a lack of proper resources such as video equipment or a deliberate attempt to manipulate the outcome of a game) is worthwhile. I would personally like to thank our team of observers and analysts for undertaking this task. Tony Attwood, publisher, Untold Arsenal.
By the Referee team
1 : Details of the Match Referees and Assistants
|Manchester United vs. Manchester City [1-2]
Referee – Mark Clattenburg
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
Fourth Official – Mike Dean
|Bournemouth vs. West Bromwich [1-0]
Referee – Kevin Friend
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Derek Eaton
Fourth Official – Chris Kavanagh
|Arsenal vs. Southampton [2-1]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Simon Hooper
|Burnley vs. Hull City [1-1]
Referee – Paul Tierney
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
Fourth Official – Michael Oliver
|Middlesbrough vs. Crystal Palace [1-2]
Referee – Neil Swarbrick
1st Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
Fourth Official – Mike Jones
|Stoke City vs. Tottenham [0-4]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup
2nd Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
Fourth Official – Jon Moss
|West Ham United vs. Watford [2-4]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
Fourth Official – Steve Martin
|Liverpool vs. Leicester City [4-1]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
2nd Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
|Swansea City vs. Chelsea [2-2]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – Roger East
|Sunderland vs. Everton [0-3]
Referee – Mike Jones
1st Assistant Referee – Mark Scholes
2nd Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick
2 : Matchweek 4 Summary
Referees of the week ( with no wrong Important Decisions) – Paul Tierney and Mike Jones this was, for both of them, their first games of the season so well done to the pair of them. Paul Tierney gets the vote for referee of the week by virtue of also getting three Important Decisions right (Mike Jones had one correct). There is an argument for the prize of the week going to Mark Clattenberg who got six Important Decisions correct but as he also got two wrong that rules him out.
Worst Referee of the Week with 3 wrong Important Decisions Andre Marriner (see incidents 12, 13 and 14 below)
Penalties – There have been 47 correct decisions relating to penalties so far this season and 15 wrong ones. This is a vast improvement on the figures that we have noted in previous seasons and is a very welcome development. Long may it continue.
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the results
- Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace, result was a 1 – 2 away win for Palace but we feel that the correct result should have been a win to Middlesbrough. In Min 72 McArthur stamped on Ramirez foot – this should have been a straight red card giving Middlesbrough a man advantage for some 30 minutes of the game. In Min 73 Dann committed a deliberate handball in the Palace penalty area but this wasn’t spotted by the referee or linesmen. A penalty should have been awarded from which Middlesbrough would probably have scored.
- Swansea City v Chelsea, result was a 2 – 2 draw but we feel that the result should have been a Swansea win. The Swansea goal in Min 62 should not have counted as Fer kicked both of Cahill’s legs before dispossessing him and scoring. Costa should have been sent off for a second bookable offence in Min 65, leaving Chelsea a man short for a minimun of 25 minutes play. Min 92 Fer was clearly fouled by Fabregas inside the penalty area without the spot kick being given.
4: Lucky players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight red cards (should be missing the next three games) – McArthur (Crystal Palace) and Evans (West Brom)
- Yellow card (should have missed the next game) – Fonte (Southampton), Rooney (Man United), Bailly (Man United), Wanyama (Spurs)
- Villain of the Week – McArthur for a deliberate stamp on Ramirez.
5: List of Major Errors on Match Day #04 (with links to video clips)
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1. No Penalty For Arsenal (Min 91) – Koscienly was kicked in the face by Fonte in the box. [Ref – Robert Madley] Last Minute Fonte kick Koscinely
2. No Second Yellow Card Against Fonte (Min 91) – Fonte committed two yellow card offences but was only booked for one. [Ref – Robert Madley] Fonte elbow on Giroud no yellow Fonte elbow on Giroud no yellow_0009
3. No Second Yellow Card Against Rooney (Min 83) – Rooney committed two yellow card offences. One was two reckless fouls in 2 seconds and one was a reckless challenge on Bravo. He was only booked for one. [Ref –Mark Clattenburg] Man Utd vs Man City Rooney No Yellow Card
4. No Second Yellow Card Against Bailly (Min 45) – Bailly committed two attack breaking fouls but was only booked for one. [Ref –Mark Clattenburg] Man Utd vs Man City Bailly No Yellow Card Man Utd vs Man City Bailly No Yellow Card0002 Man Utd vs Man City Bailly Attack Breaking Foul
5. No Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 73) – Dann clearly used his hand to block the ball. Hand was in natural position from a long way. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Boro vs Palace Dann Penalty Boro vs Palace Dann Penalty_0005 Boro vs Palace Dann Penalty_0006
6. No Red Card Against McArthur (Min 72) – McArthur clearly planted his studs on the foot of Ramirez. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Boro vs Palace McArthur Yellow RED
7. No Penalty For West Brom (Min 50) – Cook was not even looking at the ball and was clearly determined to stop the run of Pawson. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Bournemouth vs West Brom Dawson Cook Penalty
8. No Red Card Against Evans (Min 88) – Evans makes a lunging tackle from behind and goes through the player. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Bournemouth vs West Brom Evans Yellow Red
9. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 61) – Huth clearly tripped Sturridge in the box off the ball. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Liverpool vs Leicester Sturridge Penalty
10. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 40) – Fuchs made a clear push and barge in the back of Sturridge. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Liverpool vs Leicester Second Sturridge Penalty
11. No Second Yellow Card Against Wanyama (Min 50) – Wanyama made one reckless foul and one attack breaking foul, but was only booked for one. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Stoke vs Spurs Wanayama First Yellow Card Stoke vs Spurs Wanyama Attack Breaking foul no yellow card
12. No Second Yellow Card Against Costa (Min 65) – Costa made one reckless tackle and one clear cheating attempt to con the ref by diving. But was only booked for one. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Swansea vs Chelsea Costa Poor Tackle Swansea vs Chelsea Costa Dive no yellow_0009 Swansea vs Chelsea Costa Dive no yellow
13. Wrong Goal Against Chelsea (Min 62) – Fer clearly fouled by Cahill in the build up to the goal. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Swansea vs Chelsea Fer Cahill Foul Goal Swansea vs Chelsea Fer Cahill Foul Goal002 Swansea vs Chelsea Fer Cahill Foul Goal003 Swansea vs Chelsea Fer Cahill Foul Goal004
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #04
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Southampton (Min 33) – Perez appeared to have been blocked by Fonte and Van Dijk but no replay or clear footage shown. Assumed correct. [Ref – Robert Madley]
2. Correct Non-Penalty For Southampton (Min 52) – Perez appeared to have been pushed by Van Dijk but no replay or clear footage shown. Assumed correct. [Ref – Robert Madley]
3. Correct Penalty For Arsenal (Min 91) – Fonte clearly pulled Giroud’s shirt and tripped him from behind in the box. [Ref – Robert Madley]
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Man City (Min 56) – Rooney and Bravo both got the ball in the same way. The ball was blocked between their feet. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
5. Correct Non-Penalty For Man City (Min 75) – The ball hits the chest of Fernando in the box. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
6. Correct Non-Penalty For Man City (Min 58) – The ball hits the arm behind the body of Otamendi, not intentional. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
7. Correct Non-Penalty For Man United (Min 30) – Fellaini and Nolito both had their arm in an unnatural way around each other in the box. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
8. Correct Non-Penalty For Man United (Min 25) – Blind committed an obstruction foul on Sterling without playing the ball. So it should have been an indirect free kick in the box in favor of Man City. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Man United (Min 80) – Bailly tackled the ball cleanly out of the box and Nolito went down on the follow through. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
10. Correct Non-Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 26) – Ayala and Dann both their arms wrapped around each other in the box. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick]
11. Correct Non-Penalty For Crystal Palace (Min 89) – The ball bounced off the keeper and hits arm of Delaney from a short distance. Arm was also in natural position. No movement of hand towards the ball. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick]
12. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 84) – Keeper didn’t reach towards the player and cleared the ball. Mason also dived to the ground later. [Ref – Paul Tierney]
13. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 58) – Robertson clearly played the ball and then the attacker ran in to him. [Ref – Paul Tierney]
14. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 60) – Vokes looked to have been fouled. Not enough video evidence to review the decision. Ref’s decision stands correct. [Ref – Paul Tierney]
15. Correct Non-Penalty For Everton (Min 17) – Gooch appeared to ran into Jagielka. Not enough video evidence to review the decision. Ref’s decision stands correct. [Ref – Mike Jones]
16. Correct Non-Penalty For Leicester (Min 47) – Foul occurred slightly outside the box on Firmino. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
17. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 37) – Stoke defender made no foul, Alli went down looking for contact. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
18. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 62) – Martins Indi made no foul and was standing in his position. Kane went down just on the moment of bodily contact. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
19. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 20) – Cameron made a clean tackle in the box. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
20. Correct Non-Penalty For Swansea (Min 78) – Ball from close range against the hand in front of Ki’s body. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
21. Correct Penalty For Swansea (Min 58) – Courtois brings down Sigurdsson in the box after missing the ball. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|Matchweek 4||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goals||Total||Total Games||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goals||Total|
Andre Marriner made the most wrong Important Decisions this week with 3, Craig Pawson, Kevin Friend, Mark Clattenberg, Neil Swarbrick and Robert Madley all made 2. It is interesting to note that the three referees who have only done one game each Mike Jones, Paul Tierney and Stuart Attwell have between them made no wrong Important Decisions. Also with a zero score after two games is Lee Mason. Can we see them more often please?
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
|Matchweek 4||Season to Date|
|Referee||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Matches||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total|
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
This table is sorted so that the teams with the most wrong decisions are at the top and those with the least are at the bottom.
Sunderland and Burnley have still to have a wrong Important Decision against them
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||2||2||0||0||4|
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 remain at the top with 8 in favour more than counteracting the one they have against them. For Chelsea their 6 in favour exactly matches those they have against them. Unfortunately for Arsenal the one in favour is outweighed by the eight against us.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||0||2||0||2|
Possible Change in Points Week-by-Week Due To Wrong Major Decisions
|West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0|
English Premier League Table Official after match day four
English Premier League Table after match day four adjusted to change in points due to Major Wrong Decisions.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points||Difference (in places) from Official table|
- “Costa received far too little protection from referee Michael Oliver,” and I didn’t make that quote up
- Arsenal – Chelsea: 3-0 for a team without a centre forward
- Arsenal v Chelsea: the teams, the predictions, the fair play league thus far
- Arsenal v Chelsea, groundhog day, oddball referees, injuries and Mr Africa to buy AFC.
Anniversary of the day.
26 September 2002: Arsenal beat Leeds away 4–1 to create record for scoring in 47 consecutive games, and for 22 away league games without defeat.