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Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek #09 complete with video evidence

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Lamela Yellow

Bournemouth vs Spurs Lamela Yellow002

Bournemouth vs Spurs Lamela Second Yellow

Bournemouth vs Spurs Lamela Second Yellow002

2. No Red Card Against Vertonghen (Min 35) – Vertonghen pressed his studs on the Achilles of Wilson. [Ref – Craig Pawson]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Verthonghen Red

Bournemouth vs Spurs Verthonghen Red002

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Lamela Third Yellow Hand Dive

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Rose Red

Bournemouth vs Spurs Rose Red002

Bournemouth vs Spurs Rose Second Yellow Red

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Sissoko Red

Bournemouth vs Spurs Sissoko Red002

Bournemouth vs Spurs Sissoko Red003

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Two Penalties 1 Second

Bournemouth vs Spurs Two Penalties 1 Second002

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]

Burnley vs Everton Arfield Yellow

Burnley vs Everton Arfield Second Yellow

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]

Burnley vs Everton Arfield Third Yellow

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]

Chelsea vs Man Utd Luiz Red

Chelsea vs Man Utd Luiz Red002

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]

Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Yellow

Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Yellow002

Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Second Yellow

Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Second Yellow002

12. No Penalty For Palace (Min 93) – Huth had grabbed hold of the Palace striker and pulled him away. [Ref – Michael Oliver]

Leicester vs Palace Huth Penalty

Leicester vs Palace Huth Penalty002

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]

Swansea vs Watford Capoue Yellow

Swansea vs Watford Capoue Yellow002

Swansea vs Watford Capoue Dive

Swansea vs Watford Capoue Dive002

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]

Swansea vs Watford Ighalo Penalty

Swansea vs Watford Ighalo Penalty02

15. No Red Card Against Holebas (Min 83) – Holebas swung an elbow in to the face of Ki. Violent conduct. [Ref – Paul Tierney]

Swansea vs Watford Cholevas Yellow Red

16. No Penalty For West Ham (Min 7) – Kone pushed Reid in the back inside the penalty box. [Ref – Robert Madley]

West Ham vs Sunderland Reid Kone Penalty

West Ham vs Sunderland Reid Kone Penalty002

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]

West Ham vs Sunderland Reid Penalty

West Ham vs Sunderland Reid Penalty002

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]

West Ham vs Sunderland Pienaar Yellow

West Ham vs Sunderland Pienaar Second Yellow

19. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 80) – Olsson is clearly holding back Matip with both of his arms. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick]

19. Liverpool vs West Brom Matip Penalty

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]

Man City vs Saints Romeu Yellow

Man City vs Saints Romeu Yellow002

Man City vs Saints Romeu Second Yellow

Man City vs Saints Romeu Second Yellow002

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]

Man City vs Saints Gundogan Red

Man City vs Saints Gundogan Red002

22. No Red Card Against Kolarov (Min 50) – Kolarov fouled down Austin as the last defender halfway in his own half. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]

Man City vs Saints Kolarov Red

Man City vs Saints Kolarov Red002

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]

Man City vs Saints Kelechi Red

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Lamela Penalty

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Wilson Penalty

Bournemouth vs Spurs Wilson Penalty002

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Two Penalties 1 Second

Bournemouth vs Spurs Two Penalties 1 Second002

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]

Bournemouth vs Spurs Gradel Penalty

Bournemouth vs Spurs Gradel Penalty002

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]

Burnley vs Everton Barkley Penalty

Burnley vs Everton Barkley Penalty002

6. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 14) – Shawcross had his arm in front of chest, no intentional handball. [Ref – Kevin Friend]

Hull vs Stoke Shawcross Penalty

Hull vs Stoke Shawcross Penalty002

Hull vs Stoke Shawcross Penalty003

Hull vs Stoke Shawcross Penalty00

7. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 93) – The goalkeeper makes contact with ball just before Snodgrass came forward. [Ref – Kevin Friend]

Hull vs Stoke Snodgrass Penalty

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]

Swansea vs Watford Behrami Penalty

Swansea vs Watford Behrami Penalty002

Swansea vs Watford Behrami Penalty003

9. Correct Non-Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 14) – Marten De Roon made no foul contact on Ozil, just slight bodily contact. [Ref – Mike Dean]

Arsenal vs Middlesbrough Ozil Penalty

Arsenal vs Middlesbrough Ozil Penalty002

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]

West Ham vs Sunderland Watmore Penalty

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]

West Ham vs Sunderland Defoe Penalty

West Ham vs Sunderland Defoe Penalty02

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]

Liverpool vs West Brom Mane Penalty

Liverpool vs West Brom Mane Penalty002

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
Roger East 4 2 2 7 1 12 3.0
Robert Madley 1 0 2 0 3 6 3 7 5 1 16 2.7
Craig Pawson 2 4 1 0 7 6 2 7 6 0 15 2.5
Mark Clattenburg 1 3 0 0 4 5 4 3 4 1 12 2.4
Mike Dean 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 5 7 4 18 2.3
Jon Moss 7 6 3 4 2 15 2.1
Graham Scott 1 0 1 1 0 2 2.0
Anthony Taylor 8 4 2 6 2 14 1.8
Michael Oliver 0 0 1 0 1 8 4 3 4 2 13 1.6
Kevin Friend 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 5 2 0 8 1.6
Paul Tierney 1 1 1 0 3 2 0 2 1 0 3 1.5
Andre Marriner 6 3 3 1 1 8 1.3
Lee Mason 4 2 0 1 2 5 1.3
Neil Swarbrick 0 0 1 0 1 5 1 1 3 1 6 1.2
Martin Atkinson 1 1 0 0 2 8 2 6 1 0 9 1.1
Stuart Attwell 2 1 1 0 0 2 1.0
Mike Jones 2 0 0 0 2 5 2 0 1 1 4 0.8

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
Andre Marriner 6 0 1 10 11
Anthony Taylor 8 0 0 4 4
Craig Pawson 0 0 4 4 6 0 0 8 8
Graham Scott 1 0 0 1+1* 2
Jon Moss 7 0 2 5+1* 8
Kevin Friend 0 0 2 2 5 0 0 4 4
Lee Mason 4 0 0 3+1* 4
Mark Clattenburg 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 11+1* 12
Martin Atkinson 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 6 6
Michael Oliver 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 11 11
Mike Dean 0 0 1 1 8 0 0 10 10
Mike Jones 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 4 4
Neil Swarbrick 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 7 7
Paul Tierney 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 4
Robert Madley 0 0 2 2 6 0 0 9 9
Roger East 4 0 2 5 7
Stuart Attwell 2 0 0 3+1* 4

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
Arsenal 3 3 6 1 13
Bournemouth 4 6 3 0 13
Liverpool 1 5 5 1 12
Everton 5 3 1 2 11
Chelsea 4 0 5 1 10
Crystal Palace 1 3 3 3 10
Middlesbrough 0 4 5 1 10
Stoke City 2 6 2 0 10
West Ham United 3 2 5 0 10
Manchester City 4 2 2 1 9
Southampton 0 4 2 3 9
Tottenham 2 3 3 1 9
Watford 5 0 3 0 8
West Bromwich 1 3 2 1 7
Swansea City 2 2 1 1 6
Hull City 1 1 2 1 5
Burnley 0 1 2 1 4
Manchester United 1 1 1 0 3
Leicester City 0 1 1 0 2
Sunderland 0 1 0 0 1

 

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
Manchester United 7 6 3 1 17
Watford 4 5 6 0 15
Tottenham 4 8 1 0 13
West Bromwich 2 4 4 1 11
Leicester City 2 0 6 2 10
Chelsea 4 4 1 0 9
Southampton 2 1 5 1 9
Burnley 3 1 3 1 8
Everton 0 3 2 3 8
Sunderland 2 2 3 1 8
Manchester City 1 5 1 0 7
Stoke City 1 3 2 1 7
Swansea City 0 2 3 2 7
West Ham United 0 2 4 1 7
Crystal Palace 2 3 1 0 6
Hull City 1 1 4 0 6
Middlesbrough 3 0 2 1 6
Liverpool 1 0 1 2 4
Bournemouth 0 1 2 0 3
Arsenal 0 0 0 1 1

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.

Team Week #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Total
Arsenal 0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2
Bournemouth 0 0 +2 0 0 0 +2 0 +2 +6
Burnley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +1 -2 -1
Chelsea 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 -1
Crystal Palace 0 +1 -1 -3 0 0 +2 +3 0 +2
Everton +2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 +1 +1
Hull City 0 0 +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 +1
Leicester City 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1
Liverpool 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 +2 0 +1
Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 -1 +1
Manchester United 0 0 -2 0 0 0 -1 -1 0 -4
Middlesbrough +2 0 0 +3 0 0 0 +3 0 +8
Southampton +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 +2 +2
Stoke City -1 0 0 0 0 +2 +2 0 0 +3
Sunderland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Swansea City 0 0 0 +2 0 0 0 0 +2 +4
Tottenham -1 -2 +2 0 0 0 0 +2 -1 0
Watford -1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -3 -1 -6
West Bromwich 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -2
West Ham United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 -3

12: English Premier League Table Official

Rank Team Points
1 Manchester City 20
2 Arsenal 20
3 Liverpool 20
4 Chelsea 19
5 Tottenham 19
6 Everton 15
7 Manchester United 14
8 Southampton 13
9 Watford 12
10 Bournemouth 12
11 Crystal Palace 11
12 Leicester City 11
13 West Bromwich 10
14 Burnley 10
15 West Ham 10
16 Stoke City 9
17 Middlesbrough 7
18 Hull City 7
19 Swansea City 5
20 Sunderland 2

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
1 Arsenal +2 22
2 Liverpool +1 21
3 Manchester City +1 21
4 Tottenham 0 19
5 Bournemouth +6 18
6 Chelsea -1 18
7 Everton +1 16
8 Middlesbrough +8 15
9 Southampton +2 15
10 Crystal Palace +2 13
11 Stoke City +3 12
12 Leicester City -1 10
13 Manchester United -4 10
14 Burnley -1 9
15 Swansea City +4 9
16 Hull City +1 8
17 West Bromwich -2 8
18 West Ham United -3 7
19 Watford -6 6
20 Sunderland 0 2
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13 comments to Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek #09 complete with video evidence

  • Usama Zaka

    A weekly reminder to all readers (even the Spuds):

    Before anyone mentions that how in the world Arsenal have had only one wrong major decision gone in their favour.. and going to list the decisons that we got away with, I will list them with explanation (as we have been doing since the very start of the season for every decision in every match possible)

    Someone earlier listed the decisions that we escaped away with and that thanks to refs we have 6 points extra….

    1. Bellerin foul on Musa Penalty (vs Leicester)
    This was by far the most doubtful decision so far in the season, even with 5 different replays and slowing down to the slightest bit, there were different conclusions (both correct and wrong). If you see above in the table for Mark Clattenburg you will see an asterisk for him in the penalties.

    Even if the referee had given the penalty, it would have been correct. The only reason we considered it as a correct non-penalty was because there was no conclusive foul contact that the replays showed.

    Also even if we consider it a penalty we got away with, this doesn’t changes the other 3 major decisions that went against us in that same match and cost us 2 points. Vardy escaped with two clear yellows, Wes Morgan Penalty foul on Koscienly, and Huth Penalty foul on Holding.

    For more read here… http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/55588

    2. Fonte foul on Giroud Penalty (vs Southmapton)
    Pulling the shirt to the extent of removing and tripping the player with challenge from behind apparently is enough for some people to view it as a foul. Clear penalty.

    Again, even if we consider it as a wrong penalty that we got away it, this doesn’t changes the other 2 major decisions that went against us in that same match and nearly cost us. Fonte escaping two yellows (only being booked for dissent). and Fonte Penalty foul on Koscienly.

    For more read here …. http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/56292

    3. Koscienly Handball Goal (vs Burnley)
    Yes, the ball touched his hand and went it the goal, BUT (sorry for capitalized but) here Koscienly first kicked the ball, which then lobbed over and hit his hand (which he had already pulled back to take the shot). And the handball laws clearly mention of the intention, for in this case was none. Clean goal.

    Again, even if we consider it as a wrong goal, that we got away it, this doesn’t changes the other 3 major decisions that went against us in that same match and nearly cost us again. Keane handling the ball with a wide stretched arm in the box, Vokes escaping a red card by the elbowing the forehead of Mustafi and causing him to bleed. And the second penalty which Burnley escaped with when Keane deliberately slapped the ball of Walcott’s dribble.

    For more read here… http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/56601

    4. Spuds Offside own goal (vs Spuds)

    No, this was a clean goal and was not offside.

    IFAB Laws of the game 2016-17

    11.2 Offside offence
    A player in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched by a is only penalised on becoming involved in active play by:

    1. interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a team-mate or
    2. preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or
    3. challenging an opponent for the ball or
    4. clearly attempting to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent
    5. making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball

    In all of the five cases above Sanchez is safe in all of them. He was just in an offside position and that’s all, of course he didn’t really controlled mind of the Spuds’ player to head in his own goal. 😀

  • Usama Zaka

    Tony and Andrew,

    Can you please check my comment in moderation and let it through (I know its in moderation because of multiple links added in the comment). Thanks.

  • Usama Zaka

    *****CORRECTION for my comment on 08/11/2016 at 6:47 pm

    2. Fonte foul on Giroud Penalty (vs Southmapton)
    Pulling the shirt to the extent of removing and tripping the player with challenge from behind apparently is ***not*** enough for some people to view it as a foul. Clear penalty.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    OT.
    Is Jason Cunny, a former Chelsea and Tottenham player such a confused man who has appeared can’t differentiate his right hand from the left one?

    If not, what on earth has come over him that got him so confused that he can’t recognise a top world class player like Ozil of Arsenal when he sees him? Is he blind or something else is the matter with his thinking that got his so low to be saying Ozil is not world class? If he’s not, what then is he? A world dropout?

    If Jason may know, any of the 2 London clubs he had played for will be more than glad to have Ozil in their team. If I may remind Jason, Tottenham tried by all means to stall the transfer of Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal because of the superior skills he has. Even Anthony Conte will be happy if Ozil is available for a move away from Arsenal,((God forbids). For, he’ll surely convinced Abram Abramovich to give him at least £60m if not more to enabled him submit a bid for Ozil. And Jason called that not a world class player?

  • finsbury

    Er, does it all even out at the end of the day (season)?

    If it doesn’t, should I pray, or hope that my clubs starts to overspend by 200% whilst signing players from Sammy Lee’s mates?

  • Gord

    Is November a bad month for Arsenal?

    Next thing on my data agenda, was runs length. The smallest number of events for Wenger is losses (between 17 and 18 percent). We have 82 isolated losses, 18 sets of 2 losses in a row, and a single occurence of 3 losses in a row. As a table:

    Losses
    _1 82
    _2 18
    _3 _1

    Similar data for draws (about 25%):

    Draws
    _1 111
    _2 _26
    _3 __5
    _4 __2
    _5 __1

    Wins (the big table for Wenger)

    Wins
    _1 76
    _2 37
    _3 35
    _4 10
    _5 10
    _6 _2
    _7 _2
    _8 _2
    _9 _1
    10 _1

    With all of this data I am spitting out, if you see an error, tell me. Manually entering 20+ years of data could have a mistake or two in it.

  • Gord

    It would seem Wenger is pretty good at stopping a run of losses from occurring, with the longest run being a single instance of 3 games in a row. While the losses and draws distributions look similar, the wins distribution is stretched out.

    Many stories about Alexis tearing a calf muscle in training for Chile. Some stories say he could be out for months, and some say he could still play for Chile against Uruguay. Little difference in opinion between the story tellers, don’t you think? If he is seriously injured, I would think he would be on his way back to London.

    In terms of Alexis being out for _MONTHS_, if we remember that the longest a month can possibly be is 31 days and 1 second, any duration longer than that is technically more than 1 month, and hence could be referred to as a plural.

  • Gord

    The mythical November slump.

    I am looking at the data by day number, not month/day. I’ve run averaging over 4 games, 5 games and 6 games over the data, and there is a “feature” in the data which is persistent. But this feature seems to be centered on about day 340. The first of December is about day 335. This feature looks to be about 3 weeks wide. So, mid-November to end of first week of December.

    If you are going to average N games, the sum of points will never take on the value 3*N-1. This apparently makes this feature more visible on the high points per game side. But, the feature is also present on the low points per game side.

    What seems to be happening, is that over those about 3 weeks, our average point production doesn’t change much (it is still about 2), but the variance gets smaller.

    I would still be inclined to say this is just a statistical anomaly, caused by not enough data.

    And if 20+ years of data isn’t enough, you can imagine the records of most managers to have all kinds of features which are just noise.

  • Gord

    > So, mid-November to end of first week of December.

    Oops, sorry end of November to mid December. It is centered on about Dec 5.

  • Gord

    I looked at the data yet another way, and this low feature has a slightly lower mean points per game (maybe 1.7), but the variance has gone up from about 1.18 on a monthly basis to about 1.38. An apparent difference of 0.3 with a SD of 1.2 (or more)? It is not a meaningful difference.

    This new way put the center of the feature at about Dec 1, instead of Dec 5 or so. So, describing it as a November slump isn’t accurate anyway.

    For about 2 months, starting about the end of the mid-season transfer window, a moving average of points per game looks like like a straight line with a positive slope. So what would cause a change in behavior from the end of March though the end of season? The relegation battles?

    There appeared to be a meaningful slope to the first 6 weeks of the year, which may have to do with players coming back from international duty. It is barely seen in this data, as sort of a lip at the very beginning of the data.

  • Gord

    I’m babysitting some yeast (making mead), so I have time to play.

    This next method to look at short duration behavior, started with a window that was a month wide (30 or 31 days). I’ve just run 24day and 18 day.

    How consistent is this scheduling of internationals in November? What this looks like to me (now), is that the first game back after the November international break is a problem. Just like this time, where rumors of Alexis having a torn calf muscle abound.

    But there are other breaks for internationals. Why is this one special?

  • para

    I think people underestimate the onset of cold weather on bones, bodies and on previous injuries,(us older ones know this well).

  • Menace

    Para – indeed that why I listen to lizzie’s wisdom & bugger off to Goa – home of Fenny, sorpotel, sannas, fish curry & mandos.
    Pirez is also here playing for Goa. Ooooops I forgot hot sun & warm seas.

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