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Ref Review Arsenal – Stoke: the match in which the ref shocked up by making up his own new rule

ARSENAL vs. STOKE CITY

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 15
  • DATE: 10th December 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Lee Mason
1st LINESMAN: Simon Beck
2nd LINESMAN: Matthew Wilkes
4th OFFICIAL: Paul Tierney

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
03:57 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Joe Allen (Stoke) Coquelin first brought down Allen before tackling the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR STOKE.

1 (FOUL)

 

06:50 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke) The Stoke player is holding Alexis by the arm but nothing given, when Alexis does the same the ref gives a foul. Should have been a foul for Arsenal as that was the first foul.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

10:44 Charlie Adam (Stoke) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Adam pushed Xhaka from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)

 

12:57 Erik Pieters (Stoke) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Mistimed tackle from the side on Walcott, brought him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
20:14 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Erik Pieters (Stoke) Walcott pushed Pieters from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR STOKE.

1 (FOUL)
21:54 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) Mustafi had slightly wrapped his arms around Arnautovic’s upper body.

CORRECT FOUL FOR STOKE.

1 (FOUL)
26:25 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Joe Allen (Stoke) Xhaka turned and as a result his arm moved away from his body and Allen ran in to it. Xhaka made himself wider so one could say Allen could not move out of the way. And the contact was the result of the arm being wider from the body. As there could be seen no intent to swing the elbow out (the arm didn’t move out in speed towards the head of Allen) we can judge this a careless foul from Xhaka where no extra card is needed.

 

CORRECT PENALTY FOR STOKE.

3 (PENALTY)

 

42:35 Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Diouf pushed Chamberlain from behind inside the Stoke’s half.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Stoke – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 6 [6 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Stoke – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
00:48 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Marc Muniesa (Stoke) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Beck made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR STOKE.

1 (OFFSIDE)
25:40 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Beck made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR STOKE.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

38:38 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Joe Allen (Stoke) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Beck made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR STOKE.

1 (OFFSIDE)

 

Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Offsides for Stoke – 3

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Stoke –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
28:53 Charlie Adam (Stoke) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR STOKE.

3 (GOAL)
41:28 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Stoke – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Stoke – 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 – 3+1 = 4

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Stoke – 3+1+3+1 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 4 + 8 = 12

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+3 = 6

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Stoke – 3+3+3+3 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 6 + 12 = 18

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 2 + 0 = 2

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 2 + 0 = 2

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 12/(12+2) = 85.7%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 18/(18+2) = 90.0%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
57:29 Marc Muniesa (Stoke) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Muniesa slightly tripped Chamberlain but he stood his ground.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
62:52 Glen Johnson (Stoke) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Johnson tripped Xhaka from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
63:42 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) Arnautovic swung out his elbow in the direction of Xhaka who then pushed back. Foul had to be given against Stoke as this was a deliberate use of the elbow and a yellow card. The referee instead gave a foul against Arsenal.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST ARNAUTOVIC.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

65:38 Erik Pieters (Stoke) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez jumps high on his own in an attempt to head the ball and misses it, but Pieters came charging from behind and prevented Sanchez from landing by clashing in to his jump. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
66:05 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Joe Allen (Stoke) No clear view to decide whether Xhaka fouled or not. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR STOKE.

1 (FOUL)
67:46 Charlie Adam (Stoke) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Adam jumps in the back of Oxlade-Chamberlain with his knee high and his arms in a pushing move. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
73:20 Erik Pieters (Stoke) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Pieters fouled Walcott by tripping him, when Bellerin gained possession and moved forward. The referee played no advantage.

NO ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (ADVANTAGE)
74:10 Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke)

Charlie Adam (Stoke)

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Martins Indi tripped Sanchez but Iwobi came running from behind gained possession and scored. At the same time that Iwobi gained possession and was through on goal to score, Charlie Adam came from behind on Sanchez on stamped on the back of his leg, which was clearly an act of serious foul play and violent conduct and warranted a red card.

 

The referee correctly played advantage. But then he should have given Adam a red card for the stamp on Alexis. If the foul would have been on the scoring player it would have been a yellow card. But now the foul was on a player on the floor off the ball and then a deliberate stamp on a limb on the floor can only result in a red card.

 

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Iwobi Goal Adams Stamp003

Iwobi Goal Adams Stamp004

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST ADAM.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

76:33 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Marc Muniesa (Stoke) Iwobi made a slight pull of the arm of Muniesa.

CORRECT FOUL FOR STOKE.

1 (FOUL)
84:45 Erik Pieters (Stoke) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Pieters made a late push on Xhaka but Arsenal kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
88:05 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Julien Ngoy (Stoke) Xhaka made an obstruction foul on Ngoy.

CORRECT FOUL FOR STOKE.

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

Number of Correct Fouls for Stoke – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Advantages for Stoke – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Stoke – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Stoke – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 1 [3 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
53:34 Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Arnautovic was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Beck made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
55:44 Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Diouf was just offside with his shoulders slightly forward. Assistant Referee Simon Beck made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Offsides for Stoke – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Stoke –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
49:00 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CLEAN GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
74:11 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CLEAN GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Goals for Stoke – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Stoke – 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
58:45 50-50 Drop-Ball A ref has no right whatsoever to interfere with the outcome of a dropped ball. He cannot say how the players should react to it. Never. if the players want to give the ball to the other players, that is their right but they are not obliged to do this. So when the players want to contest the ball as both players did, the ref has no right to call it back. Now he did it when he saw that Oxlade-Chamberlain might have a free run towards the Stoke goal and against the instructions that have been confirmed this summer. He only stopped play because Adam asked him to do so.

WRONG DECISION TO STOP PLAY AFTER ARSENAL WON THE 50-50 DROP BALL WHICH THE REFEREE INSTRUCTED THE PLAYERS TO DO.

1 (DROPBALL)
Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Number of Other Incorrect Decisions against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Other Incorrect Decisions – 1 [1 points]

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 1+3+2+2 = 8

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Stoke – 3

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 8 + 3 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 1+3+2+6 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Stoke – 3

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 3 = 15

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+1+1+1 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 7 + 0 = 7

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+2+3+1 = 10

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 10 + 0 = 10

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 11/(11+7) = 61.1%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 15/(15+10) = 60.0%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 4+8 = 12

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Stoke – 8+3 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 12 + 11 = 23

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+12 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Stoke – 12+3 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 18 + 15 = 33

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+7 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Stoke – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 9 + 0 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+10 = 12

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 12 + 0 = 12

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+9) = 71.8%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 33/(33+12) = 73.3%

 

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

Lee Mason was the ref for this match.

A first error came when Alexis was held by the arm a few meters outside the Stoke penalty area but the ref ignored it. As Alexis was dispossessed he grabbed the arm of the defender and then the ref gave a foul. Double standards?

Let us move on to the penalty. As the ref reviews are done away from the heat of the match we try to look at the images and we also try to see if we can find any evidence that clearly would prove the ref was wrong. We have to find 100% evidence for this. Xhaka played a bit off the ball with his foot and then turned his body round and rotated around his axis.  By making such a movement the arms tend to go away from the body. And then Allan’s head and the arm made contact. Who made contact with whom is difficult to say. But from a referee point of view one can say that Xhaka was a bit careless and that he should have been more careful to make sure his arm wouldn’t come out. As the contact is clear we can therefore understand that a penalty is given. And thus we can only give the decision as correct. No yellow card needed as the foul was not deliberate. Will we ever see a penalty given like that in favour of Arsenal?  I wouldn’t bet on it.

A good goal from Arsenal levelled the score.

Taking all that in account we come to a first half score of  85.7% and 90.0% (Weighted) Very good.

But then came the second half.

And in that half I have seen things…. well that are simply against the laws of the game and the instructions. I will ignore the kicking and shoving that Mason ignored from Stoke most of the time. Arnautovic even getting a free kick when he first used his elbow against Xhaka his chest and then Xhaka pushed back with his hand. Oh well.. Pieters fouling Alexis by moving under the player hanging in the air and then ducking himself. In future matches Alexis will get punished for doing the same as I think he thought that it was allowed. Only against Arsenal players it is.

The moment of the match for me as a referee was the dropped ball just before the hour mark. This summer the FIBA (those who write the laws of the game) have once again brought it to the attentions of the ref that they cannot interfere with the outcome of a dropped ball. The result is what it is. If players want to contest the ball is their decision. If players want to give the ball to the opposition that is their decision. If players don’t want to join in with a dropped ball is their decision. BUT NEVER CAN IT BE THE DECISION OF THE REF!

NEVER!

I hope I made that clear.

So when Mason dropped the ball Adam and Oxlade-Chamberlain both kicked at the ball as it is their right and their decision. Oxlade-Chamberlain won the ball and got away with it and suddenly was in space with another Arsenal player with only 1 defender to beat and then Adam turned to the ref who was following the attack, shouted something and the ref blew and had it done again….. why????

Could someone explain this to me as I don’t get it.

This is completely against the laws of the game and the instructions.

The ball had hit the floor so the ball was in play. The ref could not come back to the dropped ball. Never!

This is bias, cheating or incompetence. I don’t like any of them as the answer!

I must say I still can’t believe what I saw. We have seen some cheating and wrong decisions but this seems to be one of the worst things I have seen. Yes as a referee I still cannot get it.

What I can get is the excellent advantage that Mason played when Alexis was fouled but the onrushing Iwobi took advantage of the madness from Adam and score the third Arsenal goal. Excellent advantage but then he outdid all that by doing nothing against Adam. Adam deliberatly stopped his run to make sure his studs would land on the leg of Alexis who was on the floor fouled… by doing so he gave that fraction of a second to Iwobi to get away with the ball. But stamping on a player his leg in an off the ball incident is always a red card. Always!

As you can imagine as a result of the cheating/incompetence the score in the second half was rather low. The score was  61.1% and 60.0% (Weighted) Poor.

The total score over the whole 90 minutes was somehow saved by the good first half so he got 71.8% and 73.3% (Weighted) An average score.

There was only one wrong major decision, Charlie Adam should have been sent off for stamping Sanchez.

There was one correct major decision of the penalty for Stoke.

The reason I think that many fans after the game felt Lee Mason utterly disgraceful was because we conceded a penalty very early, their goalie wasted tons of time without a booking, and the fact in 2nd half he allowed Stoke players to foul us freely and made the most ridiculous decision I have seen for a while. And hope to never see again. Certainly not on this level.

Bias score: 9 wrong decisions in total. All against Arsenal…. no surprise if we look at the ref preview.

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15 comments to Ref Review Arsenal – Stoke: the match in which the ref shocked up by making up his own new rule

  • OlegYch

    in all fairness we’re better with Adam playing against city and chelsea instead of being disqualified
    unless he receives a red in on of those games of course

  • Usama Zaka

    Before anyone jumps on to correct Walter for a typo and transposition error, Walter meant IFAB not FIBA. As you can see with lots of abbreviations flying around in sports its easy to type it wrong, not that it makes a difference in the actual content of the report. FIFA UEFA IFAB FIBA FIA ICC ECB PCB WADA PGMO FA and so on…. Well carry on reading the article then.

  • OlegYch

    *liverpool and chelsea

  • OlegYch

    i have a feeling the most referee errors happen in Arsenal matches
    gibbs/ox mistaken identity case, gabriel dismissal, xhaka dismissal, now this dropped ball case

  • OlegYch

    *the most bizarre

  • OlegYch

    one might argue that xhaka dismissal was not an error, but since then we’ve seen plenty of similar incidents and none of them caused a red card

  • Gord

    I just assumed that the name of the organization could vary depending on language.

    There actually is a FUFA, and it is in football. I think it is from Uganda.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Thanks Usama for correcting IFAB.

  • Usama Zaka

    OlegYch,

    Haha what an utterly bizarre analysis. Bizarre is an understatement to be honest.

    1. There is absolutely no use/reference/links of images/videos of the respective incidents itself to back up his analysis.
    2. There is no mention of the time-period, in decisions where multiple incidents were linked directly or not.
    3. There is nothing in his analysis that proves that the Fonte-Giroud penalty was directly linked to the foul on Shane Long that was ignored. Here is my proof http://prnt.sc/dn5cuz

    4. No mention of the laws of the game, when backing up his judgement of the decision.
    5. The language used is the classic spin and twist that the English Media is known for.
    6. He even fails to describe the incidents in words (if he can’t use images/videos).
    7. Out of nearly 50 major decisions (Correctly/wrongly given/not given) in Arsenal games so far this decision, he only uses 12 major decisions!!!

    I can go and correct his “Analysis” for hours…but every bit of that correction is available here at Untold Arsenal in the form of the weekly ref reports.

    I can say, well done to him for trying, but it also lacks objectivity.

  • Usama Zaka

    The screenshot that I have posted may look a bit dodgy and distorted. But I can upload the whole footage of the last 2 minutes of the game, to prove my case (if anyone wants to).

  • OlegYch

    yeah it’s mostly unsound, and with obvious bias

  • Jerry

    @Walter, Usama, and the rest of the ref team,
    Thanks for the review. I remember thinking it was bizarre when I first saw the drop ball incident.

    @OlegYch,
    That guy’s title should have just been:

    “Most “controversial” decisions favoring Arsenal wrong, Decisions against Arsenal were right”

    Could have saved us reading the rest of his “analysis”

  • finsbury

    Let us be absolutely clear here:

    From by the reactions of people inside the ground, the heckles aimed at the transparent Riley puppet, the majority of people who paid money to attend this football match, they were not impressed by the cheating on display.

    And this was a Home match. That AFC won. What could happen in an Away game, you know, like last season at the Fulham bus stop or at Norwich, or the season before that, or the season before that…

    …fortunately the record of the PGMOBs achievements this past decade stands up to scrunity and study: Costa Rica, Ecuador & Iceland can testify to that.

  • Richard

    Great review as usual, do these reviews prove bias that is hard one for me personally. I do believe it shows that referees make errors either just to the speed and angle of events they see or through incompetence. Of course the use of video evidence would reduce the number of wrong calls. But I love these reviews

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