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Ref review: Arsenal – Swansea, lots of decisions to make

ARSENAL vs. SWANSEA CITY

COMPETITION: English Premier League

MATCH NO. 8

DATE: 15th September 2016

VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Jon Moss
1st LINESMAN: Harry Lennard
2nd LINESMAN: Marc Perry
4th OFFICIAL: Neil Swarbrick

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
06:16 Jordi Amat (Swansea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Amat pushed Sanchez from behind but Arsenal kept attacking possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
07:56 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Neil Taylor (Swansea) Walcott charged late and pushed Taylor.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SWANSEA.

1 (FOUL)
11:20 Federico Fernandez (Swansea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Fernandez pushed Sanchez in the back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
13:53 Federico Fernandez (Swansea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Fernandez was pulling Sanchez from the upper body.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
22:58 Leroy Fer (Swansea) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Fer pulled Cazorla’s arm from behind and then tackled the ball cleanly. The ref should have called it a freekick for Arsenal for an initial foul contact by Fer. But no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
30:13 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Modou Barrow (Swansea) Monreal tripped Barrow from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SWANSEA.

1 (FOUL)
31:20 Leon Britton (Swansea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Slight trip on the leg by Britton but Arsenal kept attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
34:53 Jack Cork (Swansea) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Cork was persistently pulling and holding back Cazorla in the center of the field, but Cazorla kept his ground and played forward. The referee correctly gave an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Cork for deliberately holding and pulling the opponent back, but no card was given.

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST CORK.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

36:03 Jack Cork (Swansea) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Cork tripped Xhaka by missing the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
41:19 Jordi Amat (Swansea) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Ozil lobbed the ball forward. Amat and Theo chased forward. Amat was the last man defending outside the penalty box.

 

Amat was nowhere near the ball. Amat made no attempt to run/play towards the ball. Amat saw Walcott overtaking him by looking behind and stretched out him right hand and poked/struck Walcott in the face.

 

This should have been a foul for Arsenal and a red card against Amat for committing serious foul play and a last defender foul. But nothing was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO CARDCARD AGAINST AMAT.

-1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

47:00 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) Monreal tripped Sigurdsson from front.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SWANSEA.

1 (FOUL)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Fouls for Swansea – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Advantages for Swansea – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Swansea – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Swansea – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Swansea – 0

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

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
29:30 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Jordi Amat (Swansea) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Harry Lennard made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
39:53 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Jordi Amat (Swansea) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Harry Lennard made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Offsides for Swansea – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
25:59 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
32:00 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
37:49 Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SWANSEA.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Goals for Swansea – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 3 [9 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Swansea – 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 – 2+3+2 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Swansea – 3+2+1 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 7 + 6 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 2+3+6 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Swansea – 3+2+3 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 11 + 8 = 19

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 3+1+1 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 5 + 0 = 5

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+2+3 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 8 + 0 = 8

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 13/(13+5) = 72.2%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 19/(19+8) = 70.3%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
46:12 Neil Taylor (Swansea) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Taylor charged in the back of Walcott with an elbow. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
47:10 Neil Taylor (Swansea) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Taylor went in late sliding to tackle the ball and missed it, recklessly bringing down Ozil.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST TAYLOR.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

49:23 Modou Barrow (Swansea) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) The ball was high in the air and Monreal kept his eyes on the ball looking to control it. Barrow who was alongside Monreal made no attempt to challenge for the ball and shoulder charged in the face of Monreal. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Barrow for playing unsportingly and recklessly. But no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST BARROW.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

51:58 Leroy Fer (Swansea) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Fer charged from behind in Mustafi.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
64:33 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Modou Barrow (Swansea) Monreal jumped in the back of Barrow.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SWANSEA.

1 (FOUL)
68:59 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Modou Barrow (Swansea) Barrow was on the counter attack at the center of the field. Xhaka was running from behind.

 

Xhaka was nowhere near the ball. Xhaka made no attempt to play the ball. Xhaka made a very late cross angle tackle from behind and kicked the left shin of Barrow.

 

Barrow went down injured and was substituted 10 minutes later.

 

Now there are no certain rules in the new IFAB rule book that smoothly fit the criteria for the following incident to be a red card.

 

But given the fact that Oxlade Chamberlain mentioned that they were instructed by the league before the start of the season, that such fouls will result in a red card. And also the fact that Walter mentioned that referees are being instructed in their courses to hand out red cards on such incidents. The referee made the correct decision. More discussed below.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR SWANSEA.

CORRECT RED CARD AGAINST XHAKA.

1 (FOUL)

3 (RED CARD)

71:28 Jordi Amat (Swansea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Amat tried to pull Sanchez back, but Arsenal kept attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
73:10 Leroy Fer (Swansea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Fer tripped Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
74:01 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) Sigurdsson initially pushed Mustafi in the back and then pulled him slightly. Later Mustafi pulled Sigurdsson down.

 

The referee failed to call the initial foul and then wrongly calls it out against Arsenal.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL) -1 (FOUL)
78:01 Wayne Routledge (Swansea) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Routledge tried to pull Sanchez back, but Arsenal kept attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
85:42 Wayne Routledge (Swansea) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Slight high foot by Routledge on the body Bellerin, no dangerous contact.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
88:36 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) ????? (Swansea) No live footage or replay shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SWANSEA.

1 (FOUL)
92:23 Leroy Fer (Swansea) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Koscienly went for a header in a low arc to clear when Fer raised his foot looking to control the ball making contact on Koscienly.

 

This should have been a yellow card against Fer for committing dangerous contact. But no card was given.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FER.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

93:30 Leroy Fer (Swansea) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Fer made an attempt to pull down Chamberlain but failed to do.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 6

Number of Correct Fouls for Swansea – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Advantages for Swansea – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Swansea – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards –  1 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Swansea – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Swansea – 1

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

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Swansea – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
47:11 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Jordi Amat (Swansea) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
50:02 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Federico Fernandez (Swansea) No correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
60:55 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Jordi Amat (Swansea) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
62:52 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Federico Fernandez (Swansea) No correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
63:56 Borja Baston (Swansea) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Baston was in an onside position. Assistant Ref Harry Lennard made the wrong call.

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST SWANSEA.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
72:20 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Neil Taylor (Swansea) Taylor’s legs looked slightly behind Walcott and even in the case of a doubt it looks well level. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the wrong call.

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
74:48 Ki Sung Yeung (Swansea) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Ki was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Harry Lennard made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
76:20 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Federico Fernandez (Swansea) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

1 (OFFSIDE)
81:03 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Federico Fernandez (Swansea) Very close decision. Sanchez and Fernandez looked level and the image does the makes it visible whether he was ahead or behind.

 

But in the case of a doubt in offsides the benefit should go to the attacker. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the wrong call.

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
92:00 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Federico Fernandez (Swansea) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Ref Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SWANSEA.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Swansea – 6

Total Number of Correct Offsides –  7 [7 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Swansea –  1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  3 [3 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
56:28 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
65:26 Borja Baston (Swansea) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SWANSEA.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Swansea – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Swansea – 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

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 6+4+1+1+1 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Swansea – 3+1+6+1 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 13 + 11 = 24

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+4+2+1+3 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Swansea – 3+3+6+3 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 16 + 15 = 31

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 3+2+2 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Swansea – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 7 + 1 = 8

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+4+2 = 9

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 1 = 10

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 24/(24+8) = 75.0%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 31/(31+10) = 75.6%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 7+13 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Swansea – 6+11 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 20 + 17 = 37

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 11+16 = 27

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Swansea – 8+15 = 23

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 27 + 23 = 50

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+7 = 12

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Swansea – 0+1 = 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 12 + 1 = 13

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 8+9 = 17

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Swansea – 0+1 = 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 17 + 1 = 18

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 37/(37+13) = 74.0%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 50/(50+18) = 73.5%

 

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, Time Wasting, 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

Jon Moss was the ref.

And as this was a match with lots decisions to make you usually get a higher score as a ref. Unless of course you screw most of the decisions you have to make.

And Moss didn’t in fact. But does this mean that all is shiny and rosy? More to that later. First the shiny things.

The score in the first half : 72.2% (non weighted) and 70.3% (Weighted).  Moderately good one could say. But in the first half he was very lenient towards Swansea in awarding fouls and cards. No yellow card for a long pull on Cazorla after a good advantage. But then at the first stop in the match you produce that yellow card. Moss didn’t.

And then just before half time Walcott was chasing a long ball when Amat saw him comming, looking over his shoulder and then stopped Walcott by putting his arm against the face of Walcott. He touched Walcott in the eye and he needed treatment for this. No foul given and as poking someone in the eye is an act of serious foul play it should have been a red card.

On to the second half and the score was :  75.0% and 75.6% (Weighted) Good.

So another high score. But that was mostly down to the fact that he had to make a lot of decisions and as said before it is easier to get a high score then.

About the Xhaka sending off.  At the last meeting the FIBA (they who make the laws of the game in football) decided that they wanted to get rid of the tackles when there is no chance of playing the ball. Such tackles should result in red cards, was the rule laid down.

The fact that lots of referees ignore this is not important for the points we have to give to the ref in this match.  This time Moss saw the tackle that is one of those tackles and he gave a red card.  I can imagine that us referees will see this tackle next summer when they give us our courses.

Would this have resulted in a red card if it was the other way round? Nobody knows of course but …. well with the experience we have seen with Moss in Arsenal matches in the past this is higly unlikely. Remember Alexis being pushed in to a pit at Norwich? Remember Debuchy seeing his career at Arsenal ending when he was pushed in the boarding by a Stoke player….. Moss ignored those dangerous fouls in the past. And even did in this match with the Walcott incident.  So lots of people having a feeling of Arsenal being bad treated by the ref. We come back to that in a few moments.

First the overall score after 90 minutes : 75.0% and 75.6% (Weighted).  So a good score.

One wrong major decision, Amat was not red carded. And one major correct decision of Xhaka red card.

Let us now come back to the reason people felt something was wrong with the refereeing in this match.

First the numbers. 13 incorrect decisions and 12 of them against Arsenal and one against Swansea. And that one was an offside missed by an assistant. A few misses for offsides by the way.

But the main reason that the people got the impression of bent refereeing was because of the timing of the wrong decisions.

At 0-0 Two clear foul denied to us.

At 1-0 and 2-0 game flowed smoothly ref only making one error of a yellow.

At 2-1 ref clearly failed to give Swansea a red card and a foul on Theo.

Second half At 2-1 ref fails to give us a foul and them a yellow card.

At 3-1 game flows smoothly, we are in commanding position again.

At 3-2 and till the end of the game we 2 wrong offsides, 2 wrong fouls, 1 wrong yellow.  (Also the Xhaka red)

Coincidence? Did the ref see a chance of tilting the pitch a bit every time the score was close and then let go when the match seemed to be played?

Only Moss will know but it sure looked suspicious.

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8 comments to Ref review: Arsenal – Swansea, lots of decisions to make

  • Gord

    Thanks Walter and Usama.

  • OlegYch

    oh nice job with the video links, didn’t notice them in previous reviews, would it be possible to give videos for correct decisions too?

    refs certainly tried to screw us with offside decisions, what with two incorrect calls being a one-on-one situation, and a couple other being doubtful due to no replays
    i can’t remember a game with that many offsides

  • Andy Mack

    OK, So now we can see that you’re scoring is on the ultra conservative side and the real numbers would be even worse (for the clear yellow that you’ve somehow called a red – purely going by the standards set in every single game I’ve seen this season irrespective of what any ref has actually been told to do).
    Having said that, you did repeatedly miss the trip by Can on Theo which led to a Liverpoo! goal last season as well…

  • Gunnerjoe

    We get Dean for Saturday’s game and it seems Moss is off to the championship for the weekend because he’s such a brilliant ref.

  • Gunnerjoe

    Know that I think of it maybe the demotion is for not for Moss doing such a bad job maybe it’s because we still won.
    Can’t agree with The red card being correct for Xhaka

  • Gunnerjoe

    Now that l……..

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for that.
    interesting that Mr Moss seems to have been demoted, despite the reasonable score here…..did ne not do his job well enough for some…..whatever that may mean?

  • Menace

    Gunnerjoe – I’m with you on on the red card for Xhaka. Though Walter makes the point that referees are instructed to red card tackles from behind. Xhaka is a target for PGMO but then its a correct decision so we have to take it with gall.

    93.30 Fer should have got a red card. Walter – an attempt to foul a player as last man is preventing a goal scoring chance. The advantage is secondary but Moss should have come back to Fer with a red card or as Wenger says a dark yellow. The slowing down of Ox takes a toll on his pace & timing giving him the excuse for missing a perfect pass that would have resulted in a goal for Theo.

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