by the Referee Team
1: Details of the Match Referees and Assistants
|Everton vs. Crystal Palace [1-1]
Referee – Jon Moss
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
2nd Assistant Referee – Richard West
Fourth Official – Kevin Friend
|Swansea City vs. Liverpool [1-2]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
Fourth Official – Paul Tierney
|Hull City vs. Chelsea [0-2]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
Fourth Official – Mike Jones
|West Ham United vs. Middlesbrough [1-1]
Referee – Neil Swarbrick
1st Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
2nd Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official – Andre Marriner
|Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion [1-1]
Referee – Stuart Attwell
1st Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan
Fourth Official – Martin Atkinson
|Watford vs. Bournemouth [2-2]
Referee – Mike Dean
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Daniel Cook
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Manchester United vs. Stoke City [1-1]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Mike Jones
|Leicester City vs. Southampton [0-0]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official – Roger East
|Tottenham vs. Manchester City [2-0]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – Jon Moss
|Burnley vs. Arsenal [0-1]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
2nd Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
2: Matchweek 7 Summary
This week there were 19 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals). Three second yellow cards, 8 red cards (worryingly four in one match), six penalties and two incorrect decisions on goals (one wrongly awarded and one wrongly disallowed)
Referees of the Week with no wrong Important Decisions – Martin Atkinson and Neill Swarbrick. The prize this week goes to Martin Atkinson as he also made a correct penalty decision (Neil Swarbrick had no Important Decisions to make)
Worst Referees of the Week – Jon Moss and Robert Madley who each had 4 wrong Important Decisions. Jon Moss not sending off Benteke (second yellow) or Cleverley (straight red) and also getting two goals wrong. Robert Madley for failing to send off United players on four occasions (Ibramimović – twice, Herera and Pogba).
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the game
Watford v Bournemouth – the game finished 2 – 2 but our opinion is that it should have been a win for Bournemouth as they should have been awarded a penalty.
Everton v Crystal Palace – the game finished 1 – 1 but in our opinion it should have been a win for Palace as one of the Everton goals should have been ruled out and a Palace goal that was wrongly ruled out should have stood. One player on each team should have been sent off.
Man United v Stoke – the game finished 1 – 1 but in our opinion it should have been a win for Stoke as three United players should have been sent off.
4: Lucky players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight Red Cards (should be missing the next three games) – Cleverley (Everton), Ki (Swansea), Ibramimović (Man United, Ibramimović (again), Herera (Man United), Pogba (Man United), Dawson (West Brom), Vokes (Burnley)
- Yellow cards (should be missing the next game) – Benteke (Crystal Palace), Kirchoff (Sunderland), Sterling (Man City)
- Villain of the week – For two red card offences in one game there can only be one villain of the week Ibramimović.
5: List of Major Errors in Matchweek #07 (with links to video clips)
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1. Wrong Goal Against Palace (Min 35) – When two fouls are committed at the same time the ref should punish the heaviest foul. Dangerous play is usually punished with an indirect free kick; handball is punished by a direct free kick. So it should have been a foul against Jagielka for handball. [Ref – Jon Moss] Everton vs Palace Jagielka Handball , Everton vs Palace Jagielka Handball002 , Everton vs Palace Jagielka Handball003
2. No Goal For Palace (Min 57) – The assistant should raise his flag if he is unsure if the Crystal Palace player touched the ball. If he touched it the goal should be disallowed. If he didn’t touch it one has to see if he interfered with the play. He didn’t stand in the line of the keeper so the keeper had a free view on the flight of the ball. For me the player that was in an offside position didn’t distract any of the Everton players. [Ref – Jon Moss] Everton vs Palace Wrong Goal , Everton vs Palace Delenay Goal002 , Everton vs Palace Delenay Goal003
3. No Second Yellow Card Against Benteke (Min 70) – Benteke was already booked for dissent in Min 52 and should have received a second yellow for a high foot recklessness. [Ref – Jon Moss] Everton vs Palace Benteke Second Yellow
4. No Red Card Against Cleverley (Min 94) – A deliberate kick on the chilles heel of the player by using his studs, no chance of playing the ball that was meters away from Cleverly, kicking the Achilles heel can cause serious injury. [Ref – Jon Moss] Everton vs Palace Cleverley Red
5. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 41) – Amat wrapped his arms around Lovren in a neck hold inside the penalty area. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Swansea vs Liverpool Lovren Penalty
6. No Red Card Against Ki (Min 67) – Ki stamped his studs on the foot of Mane, could have caused serious injury. [Michael Oliver] Swansea vs Liverpool Ki Red
7. No Red Card Against Ibrahimović (Min 34) – Ibrahimović deliberately struck an elbow in the chest of Shawcross, he even made sure by premeditating his actions. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Stoke Zlatan Red
8. No Red Card Against Herrera (Min 53) – High foot, studs showing and making firm contact on the leg of Allen. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Stoke Herera Red
9. No Red Card Against Ibrahimović (Min 56) – Ibrahimović struck an elbow on the head of Shawcross by swinging his arms in the air, use of excessive force. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Stoke Zlatan Second Red Elbow
10. No Red Card Against Pogba (Min 91) – Clear violent conduct by Pogba, grabbing Allen the neck and throwing him down in a swinging manner. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Stoke Pogba Red
11. No Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 78) – Prodl was clearly holding Wilson with both his hands and holding his shirt so he couldn’t jump up to try and win the ball. [Ref – Mike Dean] Watford vs Bournemouth Wilson Penalty
12. No Second Yellow Card Against Kirchhoff (Min 36) – Kirchhoff made a reckless challenge in Min 2 but was not booked. Later he was booked for dissent. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Sunderland vs West Brom Kirchoff Yellow
13. No Red Card Against Dawson (Min 95) – Dawson charged in with jumping elbow to the face of Denayer, use of excessive force. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Sunderland vs West Brom Dawson Yellow Red
14. No Penalty For Chelsea (Min 26) – The Hull defender made no contact with the ball and made little foul contact on the foot of Moses. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Hull vs Chelsea Moses Penalty , Hull vs Chelsea Moses Penalty002 , Hull vs Chelsea Moses Penalty003 , Hull vs Chelsea Moses Penalty004
16. No Second Yellow Card Against Sterling (Min 66) – Sterling committed two reckless challenges one in Min 56 and the other in Min 66 but was booked only for the former. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Spurs vs Man City Sterling Second Yellow
17. No Penalty For Arsenal (Min 72) – Keane’s arms were in a stretched position and the ball hit him on the arm from a fair distance. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Burnley vs. Arsenal Keane Handball Penalty , Burnley vs. Arsenal Keane Handball Penalty002
18. No Red Card Against Vokes (Min 85) – Vokes swung an elbow in to the head of Mustafi, which led to bleeding. Clear use of excessive force. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Burnley vs Arsenal Vokes Red , Burnley vs Arsenal Vokes Red002
19. No Penalty Against Arsenal (Min 90) – Keane deliberately moved his arm towards the ball and struck it away in the box. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Burnley vs Arsenal Keane Second Handball Penalty
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #07
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Swansea (Min 29) – No real foul contact made on Mane. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Swansea vs Liverpool Mane Penalty
2. Correct Non-Penalty For Swansea (Min 39) – Sturridge dived to the ground looking for contact in the box. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Swansea vs Liverpool Sturridge Penalty , Swansea vs Liverpool Sturridge Penalty002 , Swansea vs Liverpool Sturridge Penalty003
3. Correct Penalty For Liverpool (Min 83) – Rangel used both of his arm in a pushing contact on Firmino in the box. [Michael Oliver] Swansea vs Liverpool Firmino Penalty , Swansea vs Liverpool Firmino Penalty0002
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Southampton (Min 36) – Slimani lost control of the ball and both players went shoulder to shoulder, no foul contact involved. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Leicester vs Saints Slimani Penalty , Leicester vs Saints Slimani Penalty002
5. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 8) – The ball was deflected in the box from a very small distance to Pieters and his arms were in front of his body, can be deemed not deliberate. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Stoke Pieters Penalty
6. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 16) – Arter is bringing his arm close to his body and the ball hits him on the elbow that is completely attached to the body, not a deliberate handball. [Ref – Mike Dean] Watford vs Bournemouth Amrabat Penalty
7. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 47) – Francis had his arms close to his body and there was no movement of the arm towards the ball. [Ref – Mike Dean] Watford vs Bournemouth Francis Penalty , Watford vs Bournemouth Francis Penalty002
8. Correct Non-Penalty For West Bromwich (Min 51) – Evans clearly pulls his leg back, Defoe tries to make contact with Evans himself and throws himself forward making contact with another defender. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Sunderland vs West Brom Defoe Penalty , Sunderland vs West Brom Defoe Penalty002
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|Matchweek 7||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goals||Total||Matches||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goals||Total||Avg|
We have added an extra column this week showing the average number of wrong Important Decisions made by each referee and the table is sorted so that the referees with the worst average are at the top of the table, the best are at the bottom. If I were a manager I would not look forward to a visit from Mssrs. Madley, Moss, Clattenberg or Dean. I would want to see Mason, Attwell, Atkinson or Jones. I have ignored Graham Scott and Paul Tierney as they have each only taken charge of one game.
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
|Matchweek 7||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Total||Matches||2nd Yellow||Red||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.
With three wrong Important Decisions against Arsenal this week it is no surprise to see Arsenal at the top of this table. Only Stoke suffered more lifting them to equal second in the table along with Everton. Burnley are now the only team with no wrong Important Decisions against them, just behind Sunderland and Leicester who each have one.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||2||2||2||0||7|
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.
Leading by a distance is Man United who benefitted from four decisions in their game against Stoke. Alao flying high are Leicester, Watford and West Brom. At the other end of the table the teams getting the least assistance from the referees are Arsenal, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||0||3||1||4|
11: Possible Change in Points Week-by-Week Due To Wrong Major Decisions
In this table we look at how we think that the wrongly made decisions would have affected the points awarded to each team
NOTE – THE PLUS SIGN MEANS THESE TEAMS WERE DENIED THIS Many POINTS AND IT SHOULD BE ADDED TO THEM.
THE MINUS SIGN MEANS THAT THESE TEAMS WERE AWARDED THESE EXTRA POINTS AND IT SHOULD BE SUBTRACTED FROM THEM.
|West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
12: English Premier League Table Official
English Premier League Table Adjusted to Change in Points due to Major Wrong Decisions.
Here is how we feel the League Table should look with the corrections in paragraph 11 applied. No change to City at the top but Arsenal should be level on points and Spurs in third two points behind. United should be level on points with Palace in 10/11 place instead of their actual position of sixth and Middlesbrough should be in 8/9 place instead of their actual position of 16. They remain the biggest losers of the year so far.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|19||West Ham United||0||4|
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