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West Ham v Arsenal Saturday 3 December 2016 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Well last week Mike Jones displayed his form from the previous two seasons rather than his much better form from the Premier League this season – must have been an Arsenal game I guess.

This week our officials are:-

  • Referee – Craig Pawson – Age 37 from South Yorkshire and FIFA accredited
  • Assistant 1 – Harry Lennard – from East Sussex
  • Assistant 2 – Ian Hussin – from Merseyside
  • Fourth Official – Lee Mason – Age 44 from Lancashire

This will be the second match by Craig Pawson this season he was on duty in Matchweek 7 when we beat Burnley away by one goal to nil.

Ref Review Burnley – Arsenal: at least he got that one right

This was the worst refereeing we have had this year 38% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 14/86 and three wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals).

In Minute 72 Keane handled the ball in the penalty area but Mr Pawson saw nothing, In Min 86 Vokes should have had a straight red card for elbowing Mustafi (Mr Pawson didn’t even see this as a foul!) and in Min 90 Keane should have given away a second penalty for another handball.  Arsenal scored the only goal of the game in Min 90+2 with the final touch coming off an accidental contact with Koscielny’s arm.

Last season 2015-16 we had Mr Pawson four times

Leicester v Arsenal (2 – 5)

Ref Review: Leicester – Arsenal, good performance from the ref

84% overall weighted performance, bias against the two teams of 20/80 and no wrong Important Decisions.  An excellent example of refereeing.

Stoke v Arsenal (0 – 0)

Ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal: who is that voice whispering in my ear….?

If his first game was excellent, this one was abject.  34% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 5/95 and no fewer than 8 wrong Important Decisions.

Min 51 Woolscheid should given away a penalty for a foul on Giroud, in Min 52 the same player should have given away a second penalty for a foul on Walcott and should have been sent off for a second yellow card.

Min 58 Shawcross should have had a second yellow card for a professional foul on Giroud, Min 62 Pieters should have had a second yellow card for a dive by Pieters, Min 71 he should have had another yellow card for a foul on Campbell.

Min 80 he should have had yet another card for a foul on Campbell and in Min 90+1 he should have had a sixth yellow card for yet another foul on Campbell.  Certainly two points taken from Arsenal by the refereeing team.

Man United v Arsenal (3 – 2)

Ref Review: MU – Arsenal: again no penalty for Arsenal

64% overall weighted performance, bias against the two teams of 3/97 and three wrong Important Decisions.  Min 45+2 Ashford should have conceded a penalty for handball, Min 70 Herrera was correctly given a yellow card for unsporting comment but he should already have been booked in Min 43.  Min 75 Herrera should have had a third yellow card for a two footed lunge at Sanchez.  Three points robbed this time.

West Ham v Arsenal (3 – 3)

REF REVIEW WEST HAM – ARSENAL: A new entry in the table of shame

42% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 23/77 and nine wrong Important Decisions.

In Min 4 Carroll should have had a straight red card for a foul on Koscielny (he was wrongly given a yellow), Min 14 Lansing was wrongly flagged for offside, his goal should have stood, Min 22 Lansing should have had a straight red card for a stamp on Bellerin.

Min 47 Carroll should have had a second yellow card for an elbow to Gabriel’s face, Min 54 Noble should have had a second yellow card for deliberately preventing an Arsenal free kick, Min 63 Carroll should have had a second straight red card for a foul on Ospina and in Min 71 he should have had a third straight red card for a foul on Gabriel.

Gabriel should also have been sent off for retaliation, Min 90+2 Reid should have had a second yellow card for a foul on Sanchez.  Another two points denied by Mr Pawson.

In 2014-15 we had Mr Pawson twice

Arsenal v Burnley (3 – 0)

Ref Review(s) : Arsenal – West Ham, two for the price of one

72% overall weighted performance, bias against the two teams of 86/14 and two wrong Important Decisions arising from a deliberate handball by Boyd in Min 20 which should have resulted in a penalty and a second yellow card.

Southampton v Arsenal (2 – 0)

REF REVIEW Southampton – Arsenal

78% overall weighted performance, bias against the two teams of 14/86 and two wrong Important Decisions.  Min 22 Wanyama should have had a second yellow card for a foul on Alexis (he should have had a first yellow card in Min 9 for an earlier foul on Alexis), Min 66 Gardos was wrongly given a yellow card instead of a straight red for a last player foul.

Summary

  1. Mr Pawson started off with some decent refereeing but in his second game last season he was accompanied by Mike Dean who gave him complete instructions into the PGMO way of refereeing Arsenal.  Since then he has been absolutely Shit (I’m sorry for the language but it is the politest word I can use)
  2. I can find nothing positive to say about Mr Pawson
  3. Expect the worst from the referee on Saturday

COYG

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8 comments to West Ham v Arsenal Saturday 3 December 2016 – The Match Officials

  • WalterBroeckx

    If Carroll plays for State Aid he will know he will be able to elbow his way around…

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Walter,
    Nothing more certain in this world, I’m afraid.

  • Mandy Dodd

    yep…yet another dirty striker will come back from long term injury just for us, and be allowed to get away with all sorts.
    expect another dodgy pen against us
    wenger no longer required as england manager, the early season ref lull is well and truly over….really expect the worst in this game

  • para

    Ah well, the refs…
    We can’t do much about them except keep on highlighting their decisions.

    Mandy
    I suspect it won’t be long before they want Wenger for England again.

  • finsbury

    There is a distinct variation for so many of Riley’s crows when officiating an AFC match for so many years now, it must just be some mind of random and constant coincidence, surely. What else could it be?

    E.g.: Cahill on the floor as silva tries to dribble past him in the box, ball strikes his hand, plundit:” you don’t get penalties for those”
    Well, actually you do. If you are playing for the arsenal, and you are lying on the floor and the ball strikes your arm when no other opponent is even in the box (unlike silva attempting to dribble around Cahill) and Grand Master Webb or Dean is the crowing official. Apprentice Taylor is the crow placed upon the perch today, we saw his graduation in that Villa match a few seasons ago now.

    pgMOB Rules Football (ok?) it’s football, but not as we know it.

  • finsbury

    < Apprentice Taylor for the Abu Dhabi vs. Gazprom Petro Derby.

  • finsbury

    Yup. City fans roundly booing the PGMOBs representative’s inability to call a simple obstruction.

    Apprentice Taylor. He’s not quite there just yet. A poor piece of work in progress.

  • finsbury

    Well. Apprentice Taylor was palpably tilting during that football match, the cards and result were predictable from his “game management” technique (don’t laugh!) in the first half.

    I wonder what delights and highlights the pgMOB have for us today. nevermind the football eh?