by the Referee Review Team
1: Details of Match Referees and Assistants
|Bournemouth vs. Tottenham [0-0]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
2nd Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official – Roger East
|West Ham United vs. Sunderland [1-0]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Keith Stroud
2nd Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
Fourth Official – Marc Perry
|Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough [0-0]
Referee – Mike Dean
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
Fourth Official – Tim Robinson
|Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace [3-1]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Burnley vs. Everton [2-1]
Referee – Mike Jones
1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan
Fourth Official – Anthony Taylor
|Hull City vs. Stoke City [0-2]
Referee – Kevin Friend
1st Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes
2nd Assistant Referee – Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official – David Coote
|Swansea City vs. Watford [0-0]
Referee – Paul Tierney
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – Andre Marriner
|Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion [2-1]
Referee – Neil Swarbrick
1st Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
2nd Assistant Referee – Richard West
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
|Manchester City vs. Southampton [1-1]
Referee – Mark Clattenburg
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
Fourth Official – Kevin Friend
|Chelsea vs. Manchester United [4-0]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
Fourth Official – Andre Marriner
2: Matchweek 9 Summary
Not quite so bad as Matchweek 8 but still 23 wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow Cards, Red Cards, Penalties and Goals). That is an average of just over two per game so still not very good. There were also 12 correct decisions so wrong outnumber correct by two to one.
Referees of the Week (with no wrong Important Decisions) Kevin Friend (Hull v Stoke) and Mike Dean (Arsenal v Middlesbrough). Kevin Friend also had two correct decisions and Mike Dean had one. You read it here first Mike Dean joint referee of the Week in an Arsenal game!
Worst Referee of the Week – Craig Pawson (Bournemouth v Tottenham) with seven wrong Important Decisions (and four correct). He should have sent off two players with second yellow cards, four with straight red cards and got one penalty decision wrong; his four correct decisions were all penalty incidents.
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the game
Craig Pawson – Bournemouth v Tottenham The game finishes as a goalless draw but we feel that it should have been a win to Bournemouth. Vertonghen (Tottenham) should have had a straight red card in Minute 35; Lamela should have been dismissed twice for Second Yellow cards in Minute 40 and 41, Rose should also have been dismissed in the first half leaving Tottenham with 8 players on the pitch. Sissoko should have been dismissed in Min 79 and bournemouth should have had a penalty in Min 83. Vertonghen committed a second red card offence in Min 83.
Mike Jones – Burnley v Everton The game finished 2 – 1 but we feel that it should have been a draw as Arfield (Burnley) should have been dismissed with a second yellow card in Minute 42 giving Everton a man advantage for the whole of the second half.
Mark Clattenburg – Man City v Southampton. The game finished as a two all draw but we feel that it should have been a win for Southampton. In Min 50 Kolarov (City) committed a last man foul on Austin and should have had a red card, Gundogan (City) should have had a straight red card, Romeu (Southampton) was booked in Min 52 but this should have been his second card. Southampton should have had a man advantage for the majority of the second half and would probably have gone on to win the game. The final non-sending off of Iheanacho in Min 90+5 would not have affected the result.
Paul Tierney – Swansea v Watford The game finished as a goalless draw but we feel that is should have been a win for Swansea. Watford should have had players sent off in Minute 56 (Capoue) and Min 83 (Holebas) but should have had a penalty in Min 73.
4: Lucky players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight Red Cards (should be missing the next three games) Vertonghen (Tottenham), Rose (Tottenham), Sissoko (Tottenham), Luiz (Chelsea), Holebas (Watford), Gundogan (City), Kolarov (City), Iheanacho (City)
- Two Yellow cards (should be missing the next game) Lamela (Tottenham), Arfield (Burnley), Bailly (United), Capoue (Watford), Pienaar (Sunderland), Romeu (City),
- Villain of the week – for the second week in a row the Villain of the weeks is Vertonghen he could easily have put Wilson out for months with ankle reconstruction and then Gradel with a broken leg. The real villain though is Craig Pawson who didn’t consider either of these challenges to be fouls.
5: List of Major Errors on Matchweek #09
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1. No Second Yellow Card Against Lamela (Min 40) – Lamela committed two reckless challenges and was only booked for the former. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
2. No Red Card Against Vertonghen (Min 35) – Vertonghen pressed his studs on the Achilles of Wilson. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
3. No Second Yellow Card Against Lamela (Min 41) – Lamela committed his third yellow card offence by handling the ball to his advantage and then going down in the box without any foul contact. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
4. No Red Card Against Rose (Min 43) – Rose went lunging in from behind two footed on King and caught both of his legs. Serious injury foul play. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
5. No Red Card Against Sissoko (Min 79) – Sissoko swung his elbow deliberately in to the face of Arter. Clear violent conduct. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
6. No Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 83) – Vertonghen went lunging in with stretched leg on Gradel from the front in the penalty area. Serious foul play. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
7. No Red Card Against Vertonghen (Min 83) – Vertonghen went lunging in with stretched leg on Gradel from the front in the penalty area. Serious foul play. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
8. No Second Yellow Card Against Arfield (Min 42) – Arfield committed one deliberate attack breaking foul and one reckless challenge, but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Mike Jones]
9. No Second Yellow Card Against Arfield (Min 63) – Arfield committed his third yellow card offence of the match by deliberately pulling and kicking down Barry. [Ref – Mike Jones]
10. No Red Card Against David Luiz (Min 41) – High foot with studs making a strong stamping contact on Fellaini’s knee. Serious foul play. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
11. No Second Yellow Card Against Eric Bailly (Min 48) – Bailly committed two deliberate attack breaking fouls but was only booked for one. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
12. No Penalty For Palace (Min 93) – Huth had grabbed hold of the Palace striker and pulled him away. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
13. No Second Yellow Card Against Capoue (Min 56) – Capoue committed one deliberate attack breaking foul and one act of simulation (dive) but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Paul Tierney]
14. No Penalty For Watford (Min 73) – Ighalo tried to chip the ball over the head of Naughton. Naughton raised his arm above to block the ball in the box. [Ref – Paul Tierney]
15. No Red Card Against Holebas (Min 83) – Holebas swung an elbow in to the face of Ki. Violent conduct. [Ref – Paul Tierney]
16. No Penalty For West Ham (Min 7) – Kone pushed Reid in the back inside the penalty box. [Ref – Robert Madley]
17. No Penalty For West Ham (Min 7) – Reid made a dribble past Manquillo inside the box, when Manquillo stuck out his arms and held down Reid from moving forward. [Ref – Robert Madley]
18. No Second Yellow Card Against Pienaar (Min 40) – Pienaar made one reckless challenge and committed one act of dissent but was only booked for the later. [Ref – Robert Madley]
19. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 80) – Olsson is clearly holding back Matip with both of his arms. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick]
20. No Second Yellow Card Against Oriol Romeu (Min 52) – Romeu committed two reckless challenges but was only booked for the latter. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
21. No Red Card Against Gundogan (Min 51) – Gundogan came in with his studs going down from the shin to the foot of Romeu. Serious foul play. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
22. No Red Card Against Kolarov (Min 50) – Kolarov fouled down Austin as the last defender halfway in his own half. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
23. No Red Card Against Iheanacho (Min 95) – Iheanacho went in towards Boufal with a raised elbow to his face. Violent conduct. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Matchweek #09
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 41) – Lamela first handled the ball to his advantage and then went down in the box without a foul contact. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
2. Correct Non-Penalty For Spurs (Min 47) – No decisive evidence in the footage as to whether the defender played the ball or not. Refs decision stands. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
3. Correct Non-Penalty For Spurs (Min 83) – Wanyama made a stretching tackle and managed to play the ball, with his follow-through taking down Wilshere. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Spurs (Min 91) – Walker just had placed his hands on the shoulders of Gradel, no foul contact. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
5. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 53) – The defender doesn’t try to make contact with the player just set his feet in the ground but then no kick towards the Barkley. [Ref – Mike Jones]
6. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 14) – Shawcross had his arm in front of chest, no intentional handball. [Ref – Kevin Friend]
7. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 93) – The goalkeeper makes contact with ball just before Snodgrass came forward. [Ref – Kevin Friend]
8. Correct Non-Penalty For Swansea (Min 78) – Naughton tries to move out of Behrami’s way. No foul contact was made. [Ref – Paul Tierney]
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 14) – Marten De Roon made no foul contact on Ozil, just slight bodily contact. [Ref – Mike Dean]
10. Correct Non-Penalty For West Ham (Min 34) – Kouyate made bodily obstruction foul. This should have been an indirect freekick inside the box. [Ref – Robert Madley]
11. Correct Non-Penalty For West Ham (Min 71) – Reid made some bodily contact on Defoe but no foul contact on Defoe to cause him to fall down. [Ref – Robert Madley]
12. Correct Non-Penalty For West Bromwich (Min 3) – Nyom was using a bit arm to chase in the box, but Mane then sticks out his between the defender to trip himself. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick]
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Pen||Goal||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red||Pen||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, Pawson, Clattenburg, Dean and Moss all show that they should be seeking alternative employment or at the least complete re-training. Pawson promoted himself to this end of the spectrum with a spectacularly bad performance this week.
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||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.
This table is becoming quite congested at the top so the Wrong Important Decisions seem to be being spread across a wide range of teams. The situation at the bottom of this table is clearer, Sunderland, Leicester, United all have remarkably few wrong decisions against them.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||3||2||5||0||10|
10: Major Wrong Decisions in Favour of Teams
This is the converse of the table in section 9 and shows where the largess of the PGMO has fallen.
Man United remain firmly top of this table despite only increasing their total by 1 this week. The biggest winners this week were Tottenham who benefitted from an amazing 7 decisions in their favour. City and Sunderland both benefitted from 3.
Arsenal remain rooted to the foot of this table having only benefitted from one decision so far this season.
|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
NOTE – THE PLUS SIGN MEANS THESE TEAMS WERE DENIED THIS MUCH 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||0||-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. Arsenal should be top with 22 points with Liverpool and Manchester City just being on 21. Tottenham, Bournemouth and Chelsea should be in the next places ahead of Everton, Middlesbrough and Southampton.
At the relegation end of the table Sunderland remain bottom but should have Watford and West Ham for company.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|18||West Ham United||-3||7|
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