by the Referee Review Team
1: Details of Match Referees and Assistants
|Sunderland vs. Arsenal [1-4]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
Fourth Official – Craig Pawson
|West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City [0-4]
Referee – Lee Mason
1st Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
2nd Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
Fourth Official – Mike Dean
|Watford vs. Hull City [1-0]
Referee – Jon Moss
1st Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
2nd Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick
|Tottenham vs. Leicester City [1-1]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
2nd Assistant Referee – Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Middlesbrough vs. Bournemouth [2-0]
Referee – Stuart Attwell
1st Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
2nd Assistant Referee – Derek Eaton
Fourth Official – Michael Oliver
|Manchester United vs. Burnley [0-0]
Referee – Mark Clattenburg
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Richard West
Fourth Official – Kevin Friend
|Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool [2-4]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – Paul Tierney
|Everton vs. West Ham United [2-0]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
Fourth Official – Jon Moss
|Southampton vs. Chelsea [0-2]
Referee – Mike Jones
1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Stoke City vs. Swansea City [3-1]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Paul Tierney
2: Matchweek 10 Summary
Another poor week for the officials with 27 wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow Cards, Red Cards, Penalties and Goals) across the 10 games in the Premier League – nearly three a game. There were 12 correct decisions so yet again the wormed decisions outnumbered the good by more than two to one.
Referee of the Week with no wrong Important Decision – Jonathan Moss. An honourable mention this week must go to Mark Clattenburg who got one Important Decision wrong but no fewer than 6 correct (unfortunately the one he got wrong may well have impacted on the outcome of the game – perhaps he relaxed when he thought the game was over).
Worst Referee of the Week with six wrong Important Decisions (and one correct) Martin Atkinson. Here was an example of a referee allowing one team (Sunderland) to kick the shit out of another (Arsenal) and watching on doing nothing. It was a miracle that Coquelin and Alexis weren’t seriously injured during the game (mind you the fouling that Alexis had to endure was probably the cause of him becoming injured on international duty). Three Sunderland players should have had straight red cards (Rodwell, Ndong and Januzaj) and two more dismissed for second yellow cards (Pienaar and Kone). He should also have awarded Arsenal a penalty for the most blatant pull back in the area you will ever see. It was no surprise that the one Important Decision he got right awarding Sunderland a penalty after Watmore and Cech collided in the penalty area was of benefit to Sunderland. Atkinson is completely incapable of refereeing an Arsenal game in a fair and honest manner.
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the game
Stuart Attwell – Middlesbrough v Bournemouth match finished two nil to Middlesbrough but we feel that it should have been a draw as we consider that Bournemouth should have had two penalties in minutes 33 and 70.
Robert Madley – Tottenham v Leicester The match finished as a one all draw but we feel that it should have been a win for Leicester as Alli should have been sent off in minute 70 for a third act of simulation and Leicester should have been given a penalty in Min 86 when Dembele fouled King.
Anthony Taylor – Everton v West Ham Although the game finished as a two nil win for Everton, we feel that it should have been a draw. West Ham should have had a penalty in Min 12 and Everton should have had Lukaku dismissed for use of the elbow in the 14th minute and Gueye also dismissed for a last man foul in the 31st minute. Playing against 9 men for the majority of th game it should have been a comfortable win for West Ham.
Mark Clattenburg – Manchester United v Burnley This game finished as a goalless draw but we feel that it should have been a win for Burnley. United when already down to 10 men they were given a helping hand when Clattenburg failed to send off Marcus Rojo. Even though this second bookable offence occurred in the 83rd minute of the game we feel that it is entirely probable that Burnley would have been able to translate their two person numerical advantage into a goal in the 7 remaining minutes of the game.
3: Lucky Players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight Red Cards (should be missing the next three games) Morrison (West Brom), Fernandinho (Man City), Llorente (Swansea), Lukaku (Everton), Gueye (Everton), Matic (Chelsea), Moses (Chelsea), Rodwell (Sunderland), Ndong (Sunderland), Januzaj (Sunderland)
- Two Yellow Cards (should be missing the next game) – Alii (Tottenham), Pieters (Stoke), Davis (Southampton), Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Rojo (Man United), Pienaar (Sunderland), Kone (Sunderland)
5: List of Major Errors on Matchweek #10
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1. No Penalty For Man City (Min 18) – Olsson clearly pulled down Otamendi in the air inside the box. [Ref – Lee Mason]
2. No Red Card Against James Morrison (Min 53) – Morrison went very late in his challenge on Stones with both feet, kicking Stones on both feet. Serious foul play. [Ref – Lee Mason]
3. No Red Card Against Fernando (Min 84) – McClean was in front of Fernando, and Fernando still kicks in the direction of his head, dangerous foul play. [Ref – Lee Mason]
4. No Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 33) – The keeper comes in with a high foot towards the opponent and thus commits a dangerous attack. Keepers somewhat can use their knees when they jump up but in this case the keeper could have gone in with his arms towards the ball without using his legs that made contact with the attacker. Unnecessary dangerous attack. [Ref – Stuart Attwell]
5. No Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 70) – Gibson clearly pulls down Afobe by the shirt from behind in the box. [Ref – Stuart Attwell]
6. No Second Yellow Card Against Dele Alli (Min 70) – Alli committed three different acts of simulation. In Min 23 he deliberately kicked his leg against Fuchs’ to go down. In Min 55 he went down without any foul contact from King. In Min 70 he deliberately went down just outside the box by stepping and pressing against the foot of King. [Ref – Robert Madley]
7. No Penalty For Leicester (Min 86) – King was trying to control the ball in the box when Dembele used both of his hands to hold down King and pull him back from the ball, similar to the penalty given earlier in the game. [Ref – Robert Madley]
8. No Red Card Against Fernando Llorente (Min 17) – Llorente deliberately raised his left arm and elbow in the face of Martins Indi. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
9. No Second Yellow Card Against Erik Pieters (Min 62) – Pieters committed one reckless foul and one attack breaking foul but was booked for none. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
10. No Penalty For Swansea (Min 83) – Pieters was first pulling the shirt and then later brings him down in the box. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
11. No Penalty For West Ham (Min 12) – Obiang was through on goal and had just taken the shot when Williams slid in late and brought Obiang in the box. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
12. No Red Card Against Romelu Lukaku (Min 14) – Lukaku got in front of Obiang and then swung an elbow back in the face of Obiang. Was given a yellow card but it should have been red. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
13. No Red Card Against Idrissa Gana Gueye (Min 31) – Obiang intercepted the ball from Gana and was through on goal with no defenders in the path of the goal. Gana pulled Obiang down as the last defender. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
14. No Penalty For Everton (Min 94) – Ogbonna blocked the path of Gana by sticking out of his leg and brought him down. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
15. No Red Card Against Nemanja Matic (Min 1) – Matic went forward with a very high foot in the chest of Austin. [Ref – Mike Jones]
16. No Second Yellow Card Against Steven Davis (Min 75) – Davis committed two reckless fouls and was booked for none of them. [Ref – Mike Jones]
17. No Red Card Against Victor Moses (Min 59) – Redmond was in control of the ball when Moses came from behind and swung his right arm in the face of Redmond. [Ref – Mike Jones]
18. No Second Yellow Card Against Yohan Cabaye (Min 62) – Cabaye committed on reckless foul and one act of dissent, but was only booked for the later. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
19. No Penalty For Crystal Palace (Min 60) – Matip went in to tackle the ball from Benteke and missed the ball and brought down Benteke late. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
20. No Penalty For Crystal Palace (Min 70) – Zaha was in the box when Emre Can came from the side and used his arm to foul Zaha. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
21. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 82) – The ball comes at McArthur from close distance but the movement of his arms towards the ball were clear enough. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
22. No Second Yellow Card Against Marcos Rojo (Min 83) – Rojo committed one deliberate shirt pulling of the striker and one act of dissent but was booked for none of them. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
23. No Red Card Against Jack Rodwell (Min 12) – 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. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
24. No Red Card Against Didier Ndong (Min 33) – Just Coquelin turned quickly Ndong went in forward and stamped his studs on the Achilles heel of Coquelin. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
25. No Second Yellow Card Against Steven Pienaar (Min 41) – Pienaar committed one deliberate attack breaking foul and one reckless foul but was only booked for the later. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
26. No Penalty For Arsenal (Min 62) – 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. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
27. No Second Yellow Card Against Kone (Min 62) – Kone committed one reckless foul and one deliberate attack breaking foul in the penalty area but was booked for none of them. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
*28. No Red Card Against Januzaj (Min 74)* – 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 know 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 the possibility is high. So a red card should have been given.
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #09
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 19) – There is a very small contact on Traore’s calf from Daniel’s tackle which he pulled out of by the time the contact was made, but when the ball was well out of his reach he took 4-5 more steps further before going down himself. [Ref – Stuart Attwell]
2. Correct Non-Penalty For Leicester (Min 23) – Alli himself kicks against the leg of Fuchs and goes down in the box. [Ref – Robert Madley]
3. Correct Non-Penalty For Leicester (Min 34) – Janssen was clearly in between the last defender and the goalkeeper, thus in an offside position when receiving the ball, so any offence of handball or foul after the offside would have been invalid. [Ref – Robert Madley]
Spurs vs Leicester Handball Penalty
4. Correct Penalty For Tottenham (Min (44) – Janssen tried to control the ball when Huth had his right around Janssen’s upper body and pulled him back in a clotheslining manner. [Ref – Robert Madley]
5. Correct Non-Penalty For Liverpool (Min 60) – Lovren foul Zaha outside the box, not inside. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
6. Correct Second Yellow Card Against Ander Herrera (Min 68) – Herrera’s first yellow card was very close to a red card as he went with two footed with studs showing but retracted his legs at the last moment, so a yellow card and a warning was the correct decision. As he had already come close to a red card for incident, he should have stayed out of any dangerous tackle, he lost his footing but only because he came in with both feet towards the Burnley player, so it was reckless, a second yellow card. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
7. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 46) – The only contact was a small contact on the hand from the hand of the defender. There was no foul contact at feet or legs of Darmian by the defender to bring him down. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
8. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 57) – The ball made contact with the elbow that was very close and in front of his body. If the ball had hit his hands that were away from his body it would have been a penalty. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Manchester United (Min 69) – From the only replay available Rojo did not look to have made foul contact. Refs decision stands. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
10. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 72) – Barnes tackled the ball away from Darmian in the box by kicking it with force. No foul contact was made as it was a clean tackle. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
11. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 95) – Keane’s arm was perfectly close to the body. No intent or movement. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
12. Correct Penalty For Sunderland (Min 64) – 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 tries to pull back at last moment, in doing so he makes foul blocking contact with Watmore and brings him down. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Pens||Goals||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Pens||Goals||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. The usual suspects remain at the top and Atkinson made a serious effort to join them with his shocker at Sunderland
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||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.
Thanks to Mr Atkinson, Arsenal have re-established a clear lead at the top of this unwanted table. Manchester United and Leicester are conspicuously at the bottom along with Sunderland who have only had one wrong Important Decision in ten games. At least for them the PGMO statistics seem to be adding up
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||3||4||6||0||13|
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 despite only increasing their total by 1 this week. The biggest winners this week were Sunderland who benefitted from 6 decisions in their favour. Everton benefitted from 3.
Arsenal remain rooted to the foot of this table having only benefitted from one decision so far this season.
|Team||2nd Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||2||5||1||8|
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||+1||-2|
12: English Premier League Table Official
|17||West Ham United||10|
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 25 points with Liverpool and Manchester City close behind on 24. Chelsea, Tottenham and Bournemouth 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 West Ham, West Brom and Hull for company.
The biggest losers are Bournemouth and Sunderland who should be 7 and 6 points better off respectively than they are and the biggest winners are Watford and Man United who currently have 7 and 6 points more than they should.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|19||West Ham United||-2||8|