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Ref Review : Sunderland – Arsenal: Was this not knowing the laws? Or just plain bias? The latter looks more probable

SUNDERLAND vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 10
  • DATE: 29th October 2016
  • VENUE: Stadium of Light (Sunderland, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson
1st LINESMAN: Stephen Child
2nd LINESMAN: Stuart Burt
4th OFFICIAL: Craig Pawson

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:05 John O’Shea (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) O’Shea pulled Sanchez from the back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

00:49 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez tried to pressurize the goal keeper and got hit by goal keeper’s clearance from a fair distance on the slightly stretched arm.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)

 

04:20 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Steven Pienaar (Sunderland) Coquelin made a clean attempt to tackle the ball and got it cleanly but even after winning the ball he made foul contact with Pienaar. This should have been foul for Sunderland but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

-1 (FOUL)

 

06:53 John O’Shea (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) O’Shea was holding and pulling Sanchez back for a long period of time. Sanchez was trying to get out O’Shea’s grapple. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but instead the referee waved an advantage for Sunderland.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against O’Shea for deliberately pulling and holding Sanchez, but no card was given.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG ADVANTAGE PLAYED AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST O’SHEA.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

10:43 Assistant Referee Stephen Child raised the flag for an offside, but Arsenal got possession of the ball and moved forward. Referee made the correct decision to keep playing.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
10:52 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Didier Ndong (Sunderland) Bellerin tried to pull Ndong from behind. But Sunderland kept possession of the ball.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

10:53 Lamine Kone (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Just a second after Sunderland kept possession after the advantage was played, Kone tripped and pushed Sanchez from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
11:27 Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Rodwell tripped Ozil from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

11:48 Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Coquelin jumped straight up for the ball in the air, when Rodwell came jumping in from the side with a leading elbow and struck it in the back of Coquelin’s head. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

This also should have been a red card against Rodwell for deliberately charging in with a leading elbow and using excessive force, but no red card was given.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST RODWELL.

-1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

15:36 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Billy Jones (Sunderland) Sanchez jumped in the back of Jones.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)
19:36 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) Coquelin tripped Khazri from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)
21:21 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Lamine Kone (Sunderland) Sanchez jumped in the side of Kone.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)
27:05 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Steven Pienaar (Sunderland) Ozil pulled back Pienaar slightly before intercepting the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)
27:52 Steven Pienaar (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Arsenal were on the counter attack with Sanchez running forward at speed. Pienaar came running from behind and tripped Sanchez.

 

This should have been a yellow card against Pienaar for deliberately stopping Arsenal’s attack. But no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST PIENAAR.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

29:47 Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) After Ozil intercepted the ball from Khazri just outside Sunderland’s penalty box, Khazri brought down Ozil from behind deliberately.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST KHAZRI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

32:04 Didier Ndong (Sunderland) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Just Coquelin turned quickly Ndong went in forward and stamped his studs on the Achilles heel of Coquelin.

 

This should have been a red card against Ndong for committing serious injury inducing foul play, but the referee failed to do so and only gave him a yellow card.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST NDONG.

NO RED CARD AGAINST NDONG.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

35:41 Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) El Nenny tripped Watmore from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)

 

36:21 Lamine Kone (Sunderland) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Kone tripped Koscienly from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

36:40 Didier Ndong (Sunderland) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Ndong pushed Iwobi to the ground. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

37:12 Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Rodwell uses his arms to slightly pull back Chamberlain. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

38:52 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Didier Ndong (Sunderland) Gibbs uses his left arm to stop Ndong in a shielding position.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)

 

40:21 Steven Pienaar (Sunderland) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Pienaar made a reckless sliding tackle from the side, missed the ball and brought Coquelin badly. The referee correctly gave a foul and a yellow card.

 

But this should have been Pienaar’s second yellow card and by now he should have been sent off. But no red card was shown.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST PIENAAR.

NO RED CARD AGAINST PIENAAR.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for Sunderland – 7

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 12 [12 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 7

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Sunderland – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 8 [8 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Sunderland – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 1 [1 points]

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Sunderland – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Sunderland – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 3 [6 points]

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 3 [9 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
02:00 Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Watmore was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stephen Child made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
10:42 Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal Defoe was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stephen Child made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
23:22 Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Khazri was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stephen Child made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
42:45 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) Ozil was slightly in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt failed to make the correct call.

NO OFFSIDE FOR SUNDERLAND.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Offsides for Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Sunderland –  1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
18:08 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Sunderland – 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 – 5+1+2+3+1 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Sunderland – 7+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 12 + 8 = 20

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+1+4+3+3 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Sunderland – 7+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 16 + 8 = 24

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 7+1+2+3 = 13

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Sunderland – 1+1+1 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 13 + 3 = 16

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 7+1+4+9 = 21

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Sunderland – 1+2+1 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 21 + 4 = 25

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 20/(20+16) = 55.5%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 24/(24+25) = 48.9%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
47:29 Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was receiving a high pass when Djilobodji raised his knee and kicked Sanchez in the back. This was a clear reckless foul.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST DJILOBODJI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

50:23 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Didier Ndong (Sunderland) Gibbs made a slight push in the back of Ndong.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)
51:10 Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Defoe pulled Gibbs shirt when chasing the ball. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt spotted the incident and called a foul.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

51:50 Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Rodwell’s stretched arm blocked a pass within the midfield.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

55:03 Lamine Kone (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was dribbling just outside the box when Kone charged in with a forearm against face of Sanchez. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

This also should have been a yellow card against Kone for being reckless in his challenge. But no card was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KONE.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

56:51 Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Rodwell made a pulling contact on Coquelin, but Arsenal kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
61:52 Lamine Kone (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was forward on the counter attack inside the Sunderland’s penalty box when Kone came from behind and made two foul contacts. 1. He drags back the shoulder of Sanchez. 2. He makes a tripping contact on Sanchez’s calf.

 

This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but was not given.

 

 

This also should have been a second yellow card against Kone, which means that by now he should have been sent off. But no cards were shown.

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NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KONE.

NO RED CARD AGAINST KONE.

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

63:43 Petr Cech (Arsenal) Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) Watmore intercepts the ball and is nearly in a 1on1 situation with goalie. He dribbles past Cech. Cech makes an attempt to stretch for the ball but pulls back at last moment, in doing so he makes foul contact with Watmore and brings him down.

CORRECT PENALTY FOR SUNDERLAND.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST CECH.

3 (PENALTY)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

65:56 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez protested and showed dissent against the referee.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST SANCHEZ.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
73:33 Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) A highly doubtful incident. For kicking a player in the face the card is a red one. But as Coquelin came from behind one could say that Januzaj didn’t knew he would kick a player in the face. But as intent is not the criteria we have to look at the laws. And the laws say that if you endanger the safety of your opponent you have to be given a red card.

 

And a kick in the head is clearly a kick that can cause serious injury. Doesn’t have to result in a serious injury but it possibility is high. So a red card should have been given. CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST JANUZAJ.

1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

79:18 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) Sanchez tripped Khazri from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)

 

79:21 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Gibbs deliberately tried to stop Sunderland from restarting the play.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST GIBBS.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
82:17 Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Rodwell tripped Sanchez but Sanchez kept his balance and moved forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
83:09 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Ramsey tripped Van Aanholt.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)
86:02 Lyden Gooch (Sunderland) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Gooch made a running trip on Giroud from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
91:55 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland) Gibbs was trying to pull back Januzaj in a shielding position.

CORRECT FOUL FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Fouls for Sunderland – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 8 [8 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls –2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages –2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Sunderland – 3

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 4 [8 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Sunderland – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Sunderland – 0 Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 2 [6 points]

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Sunderland – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties –1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
52:38 Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Defoe was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
56:57 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Lamine Kone (Sunderland) No correct angle or replay was shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Referee Stephen Child made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR SUNDERLAND.

1 (OFFSIDE)
66:31 Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Defoe was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
71:58 Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Van Aanholt was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
88:00 Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Defoe was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Offsides for Sunderland – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 5 [5 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Sunderland –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
64:48 Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND.

3 (GOAL)
70:44 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
75:20 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
77:06 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Sunderland – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 4 [12 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Sunderland – 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 – 4+2+1+4+3 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Sunderland – 4+3+1+1+1 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 10 = 24

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 4+2+2+4+9 = 21

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Sunderland – 4+6+3+1+3 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 21 + 17 = 38

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+2+2+1 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Sunderland – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 7 + 0 = 7

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+4+6+3 = 15

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 15 + 0 = 15

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 24/(24+7) = 77.4%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 38/(38+15) = 71.6%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 12+14 = 26

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Sunderland – 8+10 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 26 + 18 = 44

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 16+21 = 37

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Sunderland – 8+17 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 37 + 25 = 62

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 13+7 = 20

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Sunderland – 3+0 =3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 20 + 3 = 23

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 21+15 = 36

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Sunderland – 4+0 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 36 + 4 = 40

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 44/(44+23) = 65.6%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 62/(62+40) = 60.7%

 

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

I think in 95% of the matches our ref reviews give a very good image of what has been happening on the pitch during the match. But some reviews are not doing that. And this is one of those reviews. In fact Arsenal scoring so many goals somewhat lifted the score of the referee. I would say that if this match would have been a 0-0 draw we might have seen one of the lowest scores ever. But with 5 perfectly legal goals in a match… they throw a big positive shadow on a referee review. Why? Well because we have to deduct points when the ref allows a wrong goal to stand so we also have to give him good points when he allows a perfectly good goal. This saved referee Atkinson his score big time in this match.

If I have ever seen a match that from the first second looked a one sided display from the ref, this was one. From the first foul on Alexis you could feel that he rather would let Alexis get his both leg kicked to pieces before he would react. Okay, he didn’t went that far but that was the feeling I had within… 1 minute. And a feeling that was confirmed multiple times during this match.

I also had the feeling after some 15 minutes that the ref was using different yard sticks to measure fouls. When an Arsenal player used a bit of physical presence to win the ball he was quickly to punish it. When a Sunderland player did the same and used real fouls… he waved it away.

I could say… we predicted that this might happen in our preview. Andrew was bang on once again. Alas…..

If we look at some incidents we can look at the way Rodwell came in charging from behind against the back of the head of Coquelin with an elbow. Rodwell had the whole field including Coquelin in front of him so he knew that if he would raise his elbow like that he would make contact with the head of the player. An elbow against the head of a player coming in with force is dangerous and can cause serious injury. Atkinson smiled it away and didn’t even give a foul. Let alone a red card.

And when minutes later Alexis jumped for a header and slightly made contact with the player in front of him… Atkinson called the foul. I knew enough by then.

To answer my question: this looked like bias.

But in fact the first part of my title seems also true. Because this summer we have seen a change in the laws about having a player treated after an injury. In the old days a team that has made a foul that was cautioned or red carded then even could get a numerical advantage as the injured player had to leave the field and the fouling team in fact gained an advantage. The law makers of IFAB considered this to be wrong and against the principle that a team that has been fouled should not get any disadvantage and a fouling team should get no advantage.

So they changed the laws and this is what is now is saying. I left out the non important bit to make it shorter:

“Injuries

Exceptions to the requirement to leave the field of play are only when:

  • a goalkeeper is injured
  • a goalkeeper and an outfield player have collided and need attention
  • players from the same team have collided and need attention
  • a severe injury has occurred
  • a player is injured as the result of a physical offence for which the opponent is cautioned or sent off (e.g. reckless or serious foul)”

Yet what did our good friend Mr. Atkinson did when Coquelin was fouled and needed treatment? After he gave a yellow card (cautioned) the Sunderland player? Yes, our good friend Mr. Atkinson told Coquelin to leave the field and put Arsenal with 10 man on the field.  So he gave, against the laws and instructions, a temporarily advantage to Sunderland after they had committed a serious foul.

I could go on for hours about this match. About the difference in judging the fouls. About the difference in letting things happen. About the letting things go. But I leave it to you to look at the images yourself. This was Mike Riley in match 50 for a big part. The big difference was that Sunderland was not good enough to really take advantage of the situation and that Arsenal was determined not to give Atkinson what he wanted. In match 50 it took a very dubious penalty decision to finally end the Arsenal winning run but this time with more time on the clock Arsenal could overwin the terrible bias of the referee.

Because terrible bias it was. I even highlighted the bias numbers in this review to point at it.

The ref made 23  wrong decisions in total. 23 wrong decisions! That is almost one error every 4 minutes!!

Of those 23 wrong decisions 3 went against Sunderland. And 20 (twenty) went against Arsenal. Now an unbiased referee on a bad day could make 23 errors. A really bad day. But then if it was just a bad day it would be given against both teams. Let us say 13/10. Or 12/11 or even 14/9.

But 20/3 in making errors…. this looks to me that there was something really wrong in the head of this ref during this match. Of course as we have seen in the past he has had bad bias numbers against Arsenal. So there is something really wrong with this ref in Arsenal matches. And that he dislikes Alexis is also something beyond doubt. We remember the unpunished attempt on Chelsea a few seasons ago that Atkinson let go without any punishment.

Something is really wrong Mr. Atkinson. Is it that you missed the summer courses? Might be but then it is the fault of the PGMO to let you do matches without knowing the new laws and instructions. Or is it really that you hate something about Arsenal that makes you do what you did? In both cases you should not be allowed to do Arsenal matches anymore. But I fear you will and I fear you will cost us points and injured players in those matches.

It is time to look in the mirror and think about. A ref that is not unbiased has no right to be on the field. And unfortunately for you we have found out that you have been biased against Arsenal in so many matches that we think something is really wrong. Time to sort that out without inflicting loss of points or injuries to Arsenal players if possible.

I would like to congratulate both assistants for their excellent match.

 

31 comments to Ref Review : Sunderland – Arsenal: Was this not knowing the laws? Or just plain bias? The latter looks more probable

  • Andy L

    It is laughable to consider Atkinsons performance in this match , and other Arsenal games , and this study https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/bc-tfr102516.php

    In addition to this Dermott Gallagher , ex PGMO puppet , said the Alexis penalty appeal should not have been a penalty as he went down too easily!! Gallagher has previous having sent off Gilberto at Newcastle for two non fouls , awarding a yellow card in both instances.

  • nicky

    Concerns are being expressed that our little maestro Alexis is tending to go to ground a tad too often of late.
    At only 5ft6ins and being a bit of a terrier, it is increasingly difficult to judge. When defenders get physical he has little chance of remaining upright.
    Match officials have a clear duty to protect players like Alexis. 😉

  • Robert

    As ever, thank you, Walter.

    This review should be framed and starred as a prime review that demonstrates such a degree of bias that pure incompetence cannot be the sole reason, and a darker agenda of corruption – of the individual and/or his bosses – becomes a legitimate question. There were more than enough instances where our players could have suffered serious injuries, and this lack of care for their health is worrying as it could set a precedent for the remainder of this season.

  • dieter

    What is this? Only 5 red cards for Sunderland? I figured it should’ve been at least 7 or 8.

    Btw Walter – speaking of elbowing; did You or did You not see Giroud’s actions preceding our first goal last night? Or was it just a typical case of [and I quote] “not even a foul”. I’m only asking because You never miss those kind of incidents when… never mind…

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    The most damming inditement of Atkinson is the complete predictability of Isis performance I may not have been 100% accurate in my preview but I sure as hell wasnt too far out. If I can see it then others can too.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Hi Dieter, did you miss the Dean review? I think I missed your comment.

  • Usama Zaka

    Walter,

    Leave them be, even with the clearest possible video evidence linked in the article, they will turn a blind eye and resort to their agenda.

  • dieter

    Hi Walter. I’m afraid I did miss the Dean review rather than you missing my comment. I haven’t touched this site since the Burnley fiasco, because at the time it became a case of too much double standards for me.

    But I will look into the Dean review anytime soon. Meanwhile could you please express your insight on Giroud’s antics? Just briefly to not go more off-topic?

    Usama

    I wouldn’t be so sure it’s me (as one of “them”) who’s having an agenda here. Or maybe you’d like to name just one unbiased person on the earth willing to agree that Sunderland should have had 5 players sent off on Saturday?

  • Usama Zaka

    Dieter,

    There are a lot of comments like yours accusing of the reports being biased. Its nothing new.

    The clips and links are mentioned accordingly for the readers to see, along with the laws of the game below. Every possible descriptive detail of every single major incident of every game is presented at this site, this all done to report in the most transparent way possible, erasing any sort of biases/favourites/likes/dislikes. If you can’t possibly take all that info then I am sorry.

    Whether you are one of them or not, only you know it better

    P.S I suggest you to go through our week-by-week analysis of every single major decision in the league.

    Why not, try this one, the latest Week 08 Ref report.

    http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/57261

  • Gunnerjoe

    DIETER
    The fact is yes 5 Sunderland players should have been sent off.
    Now if an unbiased ref had done he’s job properly the would have been no need to send of that many players because the sunderland players would not have committed the fouls they did.
    Cause I am sure they are not idiots they can see the way the land is lying and what the ref is going to let them away with.
    With Atkinson they had a ref that allowed them to commit fouls that a non curupt ref would have issued the appropriate sanctions.

  • dieter

    Gunnerjoe

    An OPINION is NOT a FACT.

    Usama

    I do appreciate your efforts, I really do. Who wouldn’t? But I simply don’t agree with all of the stuff. For example the Cresswell double-case; you see it as a yellow for simulation + a straight read for elbowing (?), I see it as a penalty + a free-kick (no cards).

    It doesn’t have to be about bias all the time. Or does it?

  • Usama Zaka

    Dieter,

    Bias is the theoretical word generated after tallying up the numbers. Whether there was any actual bias in any match or not, who knows.

    But what we are trying to do is present decisions that should have been correct or wrong, and decisions that were correct or wrong.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Interesting Dieter that you mention the “Burnley fiasco”.

    Because that “fiasco of double standards” was agreed with almost all the referee voices I have heard and seen, that it was a valid goal.
    Referees and ex-referees all said: no offside and no deliberate handball.
    But of course we all bow to your knowledge and wisdom that is mostly based on feeling bad because Arsenal is rather winning a lot of matches.
    I really cannot believe you are an Arsenal supporter and no need to be one but come out for it.

    But I do find it strange that whenever there might be the slightest incident when Arsenal might get the benefit of a decision you come to this side. But the other way round you are not to be seen.
    But that is part of being as what mostly is described as being a troll on the internet.

  • WalterBroeckx

    And the fact you don’t mention the first given foul that lead to the first Ludogorets goal.
    No if we speak about being biased I mainly see one person who is biased. Biased against Untold maybe

  • bjtgooner

    One of the factors in the decline in English football is the appalling incompetence and bias of the referees.

    Thug teams (of which Sunderland is only one) should have 5 players sent off when appropriate – failure to do so because of ref bias or incompetence does not help the development of footballing skills.

    Good analysis & a good win by the team in spite of the Bandit in Black.

    As for Atkinson – one of the worst of a very poor “select” group!

  • Oluwatoba

    Messrs Tony/Walter
    There’s a way in which time blurs history and it will only take conscious effort to get it freshened. I’m of the opinion that long time supporters that witnessed the Match 50 show of shame by the PGMO can make neo supporters aware of the event that embodies the agenda of those behind the curtains against Arsenal. I suggest a platform to read ‘Never forget: Match 50’ can go a long way to drive home the message. It may be a banner unfurled or a banner on the Untold website for anyone visiting. A link could be created to the article on the sane match.
    Thank you.
    Kindly pardon the digress

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Once again , great job guys . Keep up the good work. And do please ignore the usual idiots who just don’t seem to get it . Or pretend not to get it .

    Before you speak , let your words pass through three gates –
    Is it true ?
    Is it necessary ?
    Is it kind ?

  • markyb

    Diete the Troll again. Is he a disgruntled Tiny Totts fan maybe?

  • dieter

    Walter

    Regarding the Burnley fiasco; you yourself claimed we should have had 2 penalties for UNINTENTIONAL handballs. Yet it’s perfectly acceptable for us to score with UNINTENTIONAL handball.

    And had it been the other way round – Burnley scoring the way we did – I very much doubt your sense of legitimacy would have stayed exactly the same. Let alone your exceptional solidarity to the same referees you so publicly and emphatically feel contempt for.

    Yes, Walter, I “don’t mention the first given foul that lead to the first Ludogorets goal”. But you do. But you don’t mention Giroud’s elbow at all. And you’re in charge for the match reports, not me.

    Yes, it was a dubious decision to give a free-kick for Xhaka’s – yet again – unintentional handball. It’s painfully obvious that the modern-day handball rules are easily the worst overall in the history of the game. And I think the legislators are more responsible than the refs. This is supposed to be football not handball ffs.

    So there’s your answer. However, you still seem reluctant to present your views on Giroud’s free-swinging elbows. I’m afraid that proves a point or two or more. (Not the first of its kind; for instance you never replied to the relevant questions concerning your stance on Gabriel vs. Deeney 50/50 -challenge last March…)

    Oluwatoba; I was all set up to shoot Mike Riley on sight during and after Match 50. But I’ve never thought it was the beginning of an ongoing conspiracy against us. Most people don’t.

    markyb; I already answered your question: http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/57305

    Are you one of those who write but don’t read?

  • finsbury

    You can dress a pgMOB turd up with bells and yes even a whistle but it will still smell like ****

    Unfortunately cunning and clever trolls that have no sense of self-humiliation appear to have no sense of smell either

    A number of gallant podcastateers said on their podcasts: “clearly the referee took a dislike to Alexis” alas they didn’t have the footballs required to use the correct language to describe what they had witnessed: not dislike, but bias. Rigging. Tilting, cheating etc. Perchance they could use a dictionary?

    Even worse then a troll is an arsenal fan who chooses to disguise for themselves what it is that they have seen. Support your club! Please.

    I see the pgMOBs second most favoured team from last season were outplayed in a game of football again. Without their handicap.

  • finsbury

    https://mobile.twitter.com/GoonerViews/status/773640251457830914/video/1

    pGMOB Rules Football (OK?) in all it’s resplendent glory.

    Will the AFC players be penalised for breathing upon their opponents? Will the team that lost to Iceland be allowed to dive (as above) and clog their way across the pitch? Has there been a bigger diver then Alli in recent years and yes that includes Suarez?

  • Norman14

    We need to ask the question: “Do referees and PGMOL have a Duty of Care” towards the players under their supervision?”

    If the answer is “Yes” then why don’t they adhere to that?
    If the answer is “No” then, why not?

    PGMOL to me is a a rotting ship full of rats all seeking to please the King Rat.

    Dieter:

    So, is the referee’s decision based on FACT or OPINION?

  • finsbury

    Norman,
    If the refs did not have a care of duty then they wouldn’t be on the pitch! We wouldn’t need them. They wouldn’t be there!

    Which makes the evidential conduct m of Riley’s crows all the more smelly!

  • WalterBroeckx

    Dieter the clips are there. The handball when Walcott took the ball and went past a defender who stuck out his arm and stopped the ball… Okay if you call that unintentional…. I have given the reasons why it should be punished. You only say : I say it is like that, so it will be like that.
    At least use the laws of the game to say why a decision is wrong or correct.

    I think it is useless to discuss the laws and interpretation of the laws when you don’t provide evidence.
    Our evidence is open on this site. Has been for years.
    Your evidence is based on your opinion and that is based on a hatred for Wenger and a big wish to see him go at all costs.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Dieter, please provide me with the clips. If possible from a few angles.
    Then I can have a look at it. I don’t have them now. And haven’t seen any replays yet where they show more detail

  • WalterBroeckx

    Dieter probably will argue that our third goal should have been disallowed also as Giroud won the ball unfairly….. 🙂

  • dieter

    Walter

    Neither video clips nor Arsene Wenger are relevant here. I was merely suggesting that had such an elbowing incidence taken place in our box I’m as good as certain it wouldn’t have gone unnoticed in your match report.

    And to insist that the 2 handballs by Burnley defence were deliberate bear as much weight as if I argued Kos deliberately handled the ball over the line. You see, sometimes you only see what you want to see..

    Needless to say it’s a tough task being a passionate supporter and an impartial reporter at the same time. But it’s a position You’ve chosen to take so maybe it’s best to try to adjust to the realities of accountability. On the other hand; it’s your site and you have the power to send off all dissenters.

    But I’m glad you reacted instead of being unconcerned or (too) arrogant. No smoke without fire. And come Sunday you have another opportunity to prove no bias exist. That might not be necessary, though, because this time The NLD appears to be just a walk in the park for us.

  • Usama Zaka

    Haha the absolute sorry state of some people…

  • dieter

    Thanks, Usama. That was very constructive and mature. Wouldn’t you like to insult me properly while you’re at it? Maybe a few more insinuations about my mental health to help you to discuss footballing matters?

    Whatever makes you happy.

  • Gunz

    @dieter
    Are you Rupert in disguise? Are you Rupert, in disguise?

  • Usama Zaka

    The gift that keeps on giving.

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