by the Referee Review Team
1: Details of Match Referees and Assistants
|Chelsea vs. Leicester City [3-0]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell
|Bournemouth vs. Hull City [6-1]
Referee – Lee Mason
1st Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
Fourth Official – Tim Robinson
|Arsenal vs. Swansea City [3-2]
Referee – Jon Moss
1st Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
2nd Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick
|Manchester City vs. Everton [1-1]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
Fourth Official – Anthony Taylor
|Stoke City vs. Sunderland [2-0]
Referee – Mike Jones
1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
2nd Assistant Referee – Richard West
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham [1-1]
Referee – Kevin Friend
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
Fourth Official – Mark Clattenburg
|Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United [0-1]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Robert Madley
|Middlesbrough vs. Watford [0-1]
Referee – Roger East
1st Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
2nd Assistant Referee – Derek Eaton
Fourth Official – Michael Oliver
|Southampton vs. Burnley [3-1]
Referee – Mike Dean
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
Fourth Official – Paul Tierney
|Liverpool vs. Manchester United [0-0]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
2nd Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
Fourth Official – Martin Atkinson
2: Matchweek 8 Summary
This was the worst week of the season so far in terms of the wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals) with 31 over the 10 games. There were 5 wrong Second Yellow and 10 wrong Red Card decisions, Fourteen penalty decisions and two goals (both from wrongly awarded penalties by Mike Dean).
An average of three per game and that is in no way acceptable to any team in the league. All referees made errors and if they had any decency the PGMO should be offering a very public apology for their staff’s dreadful performance across the board this week. We feel that no fewer than six of the ten matches had their results influenced by the wrong decisions of the referees.
Middlesbrough should feel particularly hard done by – for the third tine in eight games they were denied a result by the incompetence of their referee. We feel that they should be comfortably in upper mid table on 14 points rather than in the relegation battle on 6 points. With Premier League survival and manager’s job on the line these points could be vital for the Club come the end of the season.
To go some way to countering the 31 wrong decisions we found that there were 14 correct ones. That still means that the wrong decisions outnumbered the correct ones by 2 to 1.
Referee of the week with no wrong Important Decisions – for the first time this year there was no Referee of the Week as every single referee made at least one wrong Important Decision.
Worst Referee of the Week – With no fewer than 8 wrong Important Decisions we have a clear winner in – Roger East – 2 wrong decisions on Second Yellow Card dismissals, one wrong Straight Red card and 5 wrong decisions regarding penalties (see decisions 18 to 25 below). He also denied Middlesbrough a much needed three points.
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the game
Mike Dean – Southampton v Burnley – The game finished as a 3-1 win for Southampton however we feel that it should have ended as a draw. Burnley should have had a penalty in Min 33 and Tadic for Southampton should have been sent off in Min 49 giving Burnley a man advantage for nearly half the game. Both teams were wrongly awarded a penalty from which they scored. Our guess for the final score 2 – 2.
Martin Atkinson – Crystal Palace v West Ham – The game finished as a 0-1 win for West Ham but we feel that it should have been a win for Palace. Noble should have been sent off in Min21 and Palace should have had a penalty in Min64 Cresswell was sent off in Min 75 for a second yellow card when he elbowed Zaha in the face, we think that this should have been a straight red card with the player serving a three match ban rather than the one for the second yellow card. With a man advantage for 70 minutes and a penalty we feel that this would have been a comfortable win for Palace.
Michael Oliver – Man City v Everton – the game ended as a 1-1 draw but we feel that it should have been a win for City. Coleman should have been sent off in Min 33 and the City penalty in Min 43 should have been retaken due to encroachment. Should have been a comfortable win for City. Michael Oliver did get 4 penalty decisions correct in the game but let himself down for not insisting that the one in Min 43 was retaken.
Anthony Taylor – Liverpool v Man United – the game finished as a goalless draw but we feel that it should have been a win for Liverpool. Hererra should have been sent off in Min 57 with a second yellow card and Liverpool should have had a penalty in Min 62. Ibrahimović should have been sent off in the 90th minute but this was irrelevant to the match outcome. A win to Liverpool by more than one nil.
Kevin Friend – West Brom v Spurs – The game finished as a 1-1 draw but we feel that it should have been a win for Spurs. Spurs should have had a penalty in Min 31 and both players should have had players sent off (McLean Min 43 and Vertonghen in Min 54) these probably cancel each other out but we feel that Spurs should have won by 2 – 1
Roger East – Middlesbrough v Watford – The game finished as a 0-1 win for Watford but we feel that it should have been a win for Middlesbrough. Whilst Roger East did manage to get one correct penalty decision correct he also got no fewer than 8 Important Decisions wrong. In Min 23 Middlesbrough should have had a penalty, they should have had a second in Min 25 and Watford should have been reduced to 10 men in Min 26. They should have been reduced to 10 men themselves in Min 31 when Brannagan should have had a second yellow card. Stuani should have been sent off in Min 49 handing a numerical advantage to Watford. Watford should have had a penalty in Min 54 but two further penalties to Middlesbrough in Min 62 and 68 should have ensured a win for Middlesbrough.
4: Lucky players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight Red Cards (should be missing the next three games) – Azpilicueta (Chelsea), McLean (West Brom), Tadic (Southampton), Noble (West Ham) Cresswell (West Ham), Deeney (Watford), Coleman (Everton), Ibrahimović (Man United), Amat (Swansea)
- Two Yellow cards (should be missing the next game) – Huth (Leicester), Snodgrass (Hull), Barragan (Middlesbrough), Stuani (Middlesbrough), Hererra (Man United)
- Villain of the week – Vertonghen for his attempt to emasculate the West Brom No 22 (OUCH big time)
5: List of Major Errors on Matchweek #08
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1. No Second Yellow Against Huth (Min 32) – Huth committed one reckless foul and one deliberate attack breaking handball but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Chelsea vs Leicester Huth Yellow , Chelsea vs Leicester Huth Yellow_0004 , Chelsea vs Leicester Huth Second Yellow
2. No Red Card Against Azpilicueta (Min 51) – Very late sliding tackle from behind, no chance of playing the ball. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Chelsea vs Leicester Azpi Red , Chelsea vs Leicester Azpi Red002
3. No Second Yellow Card Against Snodgrass (Min 44) – Snodgrass committed two reckless challenges and was only booked once. [Ref – Lee Mason] Bournemouth vs Hull Snodgrass Yellow002 , Bournemouth vs Hull Snodgrass Yellow , Bournemouth vs Hull Snodgrass Penalty (Also yellow) , Bournemouth vs Hull Snodgrass Penalty (Also yellow)0013 , Bournemouth vs Hull Snodgrass Penalty (Also yellow)003
4. No Penalty For Hull City (Min 61) – Francis tackle downed Mason without tacking the ball in the box. [Ref – Lee Mason] Bournemouth vs Hull Mason Penalty
5. No Penalty For Spurs (Min 31) – McAuley makes himself wider with his arms slightly outside to block the shot. [Ref – Kevin Friend] West Brom vs Spurs Lamela Penalty , West Brom vs Spurs Lamela Penalty002
6. No Red Card Against McClean (Min 43) – Two footed frontal lunge towards Davies. [Ref – Kevin Friend] West Brom vs Spurs McClean Red002
7. No Red Card Against Vertonghen (Min 54) – High foot from the front with studs making dangerous contact in the groin region. [Ref – Kevin Friend] West Brom vs Spurs Verthonghen Red
10. Wrong Penalty Against Burnley (Min 65) – Only a slight contact with the arm from the defender, no pull or push just touching him and then the player suddenly throws his feet under his own body away. [Ref – Mike Dean] Saints vs Burnley McQueen Penalty , Saints vs Burnley McQueen Penalty002
11. Wrong Goal Against Burnley (Min 66) – The wrong penalty given above resulted in a goal. [Ref – Mike Dean]
12. Wrong Penalty Against Southampton (Min 71) – There was an arm to block the attacker who also used his arm to make contact with the defender. No penalty as both went in using their arm to make contact with the other player. [Ref – Mike Dean] Saints vs Burnley Tadic Penalty , Saints vs Burnley Tadic Penalty002
13. Wrong Goal Against Southampton (Min 72) – The wrong penalty given above resulted in a goal. [Ref – Mike Dean]
14. No Penalty For Stoke (Min 55) – O’Shea had raised his arms to commit a foul by holding another player when the shot struck his arms. Arms clearly stretched out, sign of intent. [Ref – Mike Jones] Stoke vs Sunderland Handball Penalty , Stoke vs Sunderland Handball Penalty002
15. No Red Card Against Mark Noble (Min 21) – Frontal tackle with studs showing, serious foul play. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Palace vs West Ham Noble Yellow Red
16. No Penalty For Crystal Palace (Min 64) – Clear shirt pulling by Cresswell in the penalty box. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Palace vs West Ham Zaha Penalty , Palace vs West Ham Zaha Penalty002 , Palace vs West Ham Zaha Penalty003
17. No Red Card Against Cresswell (Min 75) – Cresswell had already committed a simulation in Min 74 and was booked for it. But in Min 75 he deliberately swung his arm in the face of Zaha, and it should have been a straight red but the ref gave a second yellow. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Palace vs West Ham Cresswell Red , Palace vs West Ham Cresswell Red002 , Palace vs West Ham Cresswell Red003 , Palace vs West Ham Cresswell Red004
19. No Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 25) – Amrabat made movement towards the ball with his hand, no protection of the face, soft ball in his direction so it should have been a penalty. [Ref – Roger East] Boro vs Watford Amarabat Penalty , Boro vs Watford Amarabat Penalty002 , Boro vs Watford Amarabat Penalty003
20. No Red Card Against Deeney (Min 26) – Deeney swung his elbow in the face of Chambers; clear use of excessive force. [Ref – Roger East] Boro vs Watford Deeney Yellow Red
21. No Second Yellow Card Against Barragan (Min 31/65) – Barragan committed two/three attack breaking fouls but was only for one. [Ref – Roger East] Boro vs Watford Barragan Yellow , Boro vs Watford Barragan Second Yellow , Boro vs Watford Barragan Second Yellow002 , Boro vs Watford Barragan Third Yellow
22. No Second Yellow Card Against Stuani (Min 49) – Stuani committed two reckless challenges but was only booked for one. [Ref – Roger East] Boro vs Watford Stuani Yellow Rd , Boro vs Watford Stuani Second Yellow Red , Boro vs Watford Stuani Second Yellow Red002
23. No Penalty For Watford (Min 54) – Marten De Roon sticks out his leg behind him and seems to be making contact with the striker and thus tripping him. [Ref – Roger East] Boro vs Watford Success Penalty , Boro vs Watford Success Penalty002
24. No Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 62) – Britos clearly holds the striker and embraces him with his arms around him. That is a foul everywhere on the pitch and also in the penalty area. [Ref – Roger East] Boro vs Watford Ramirez Penalty , Boro vs Watford Ramirez Penalty002
26. No Red Card Against Coleman (Min 32) – Coleman went lunging and planted his studs on Sterling’s foot. Serious foul play. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Man City vs Everton Coleman Yellow Red
27. No Penalty Retake For Man City (Min 43) – Williams was already more than meter inside the box the moment the penalty was take. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Man City vs Everton Penalty Retak
28. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 62) – Smalling was pulling Can’s shirt for a long period of time in the box. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Liverpool vs Man Utd Can Penalty
29. No Second Yellow Card Against Herrera (Min 57) – Herrera committed one unsporting conduct offence and one dissent towards the referee offence but was not booked for either of them. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Liverpool vs Man Utd Herera 3rd Foul Unsporting Behaviour , Liverpool vs Man Utd Herera Dissent , Liverpool vs Man Utd Herera Dissent002
30. No Red Card Against Ibrahimović (Min 90) – Deliberate use of an elbow in the head of Can, serious foul play and use of excessive force. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Liverpool vs Man Utd Ibra Red
31. No Red Card Against Jordi Amat (Min 42) – Deliberate swing and thrust of an arm in the face of Walcott. [Ref – Jon Moss] Arsenal vs Swansea Amat Last man foul on Theo , Arsenal vs Swansea Amat Last man foul on Theo0001 , Arsenal vs Swansea Amat Last man foul on Theo0003
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Matchweek #08
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Leicester (Min 46) – Difficult decision, from one angle it looked as if his arm was raised and away from his body but another angle showed his hand was in front of his face (allowed to protect yourself) and the ball hit his elbow that was close to his body. So the decision of the ref stands. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Chelsea vs Leicester Fuchs Penalty , Chelsea vs Leicester Fuchs Penalty002
2. Correct Non-Penalty For Leicester (Min 48) – This was an obstruction foul and that is punished with an indirect free kick. So no penalty (that was correct) but should have been an indirect free kick to Leicester. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Chelsea vs Leicester Schullp Penalty , Chelsea vs Leicester Schullp Penalty002
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 33) – Both Cook and Maguire had grabbed hold of each other and were wrestling with each other. [Ref – Lee Mason] Bournemouth vs Hull Maguire Penalty , Bournemouth vs Hull Maguire Penalty002
5. Correct Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 44) – Snodgrass hits the player first with his studs on the shin and then the ball reached him only because of the Bournemouth player having played the ball in his direction. [Ref – Lee Mason] Bournemouth vs Hull Snodgrass Penalty , Bournemouth vs Hull Snodgrass Penalty003
6. Correct Non-Penalty For West Bromwich (Min 34) – The ball bounces up from the foot of the defender and hits the arm behind his body, no intent. [Ref – Kevin Friend] West Brom vs Spurs Janssen Penalty
7. Correct Non-Penalty Sunderland (Min 47) – O’Shea kicks the ball against his own arm, no intent. [Ref – Mike Jones] Stoke vs Sunderland oShea Penalty
10. Correct Non-Penalty For Everton (Min 10) – No foul contact was on Sane in the box. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Man City vs Everton Sane Penalty , Man City vs Everton Sane PenaltY002 , Man City vs Everton Sane Penalty003
12. Correct Penalty For Man City (Min 70) – Jagielka makes a late stretch and brings down Aguero in the box. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Man City vs Everton Aguero Penalty , Man City vs Everton Aguero Penalty002 , Man City vs Everton Aguero Penalty003
14. Correct Red Card Against Xhaka (Min 69) – According to the new instructions passed to the referees deliberate attempts to stop clear attacks with no chance ball playing will result in red card. [Ref – Jon Moss] Arsenal vs Swansea Xhaka Red Card , Arsenal vs Swansea Xhaka Red Card002 , Arsenal vs Swansea Xhaka Red Card003
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|Matchweek 8||Season to date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalty||Goal||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalty||Goal||Total||Avg|
As last time this table is ordered in descending order of the average number of wrong decisions made. Thus the referees most likely to make mistakes at the top and the most reliable are at the bottom. Mike Jones continues to show that he is the pick of the bunch whilst East, Madley, Dean, Moss, Scott, Friend and Clattenburg all show that they should be seeking alternative employment or at the least complete re-training.
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
|Matchweek 8||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalty||Total||Matches||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalty||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 five wrong Important Decisions against Midddlesbrough this week it is no surprise to see them with a big move towards Arsenal at the top of this table. All teams now have wrong decisions against them.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||2||2||3||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.
Man United remain firmly top of this table with another three decisions in their favour this week. Watford were the biggest winners in the week with 5.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||2||4||1||7|
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.
Middlesbrough are the team that have been hurt most so far this season; they should have 8 points more than they have to date, Bournemouth should have 4 points more. Watford have gained the most, they should have 5 points fewer than they have, they are closely followed by United who have four undeserved points in their total. All of the other teams are within 3 points of their ‘correct’ total.
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||-3||-3|
12: English Premier League Table Official
13: 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 the order of the teams at the top but both City and Arsenal should be on 21 points instead of 19. Bournemouth should be in fifth place with 15 points, level with Chelsea and Everton. Middlesbrough were very hard done by again being denied another three points. They should be in eighth place on 14 points rather than struggling in 17th place on six.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|19||West Ham United||-3||4|
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