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Ref Review : Arsenal – WBA: the ref who turned his back on time wasting

ARSENAL vs. WEST BROMWICH ALBION

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 18
  • DATE: 26th December 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Neil Swarbrick
1st LINESMAN: Stephen Child
2nd LINESMAN: Constantine Hatzidakis
4th OFFICIAL: Keith Stroud

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
02:34 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Claudio Yacob (West Brom) Bellerin pulled back Yacob from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROM.

1 (FOUL)
03:18 Craig Dawson (West Brom) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Dawson slightly tripped Sanchez when they crossed each other with Dawson’s left foot hitting the right foot of Sanchez. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
08:42 Solomon Rondon (West Brom) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Rondon charged in to the back of Koscienly.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
10:03 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Matt Philips (West Brom) Gabriel made a late and slightly reckless sliding tackle on Phillips. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Gabriel for his reckless play. But was not given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST GABRIEL.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

10:49 Craig Dawson (West Brom) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Dawson jumped in the back of the Coquelin.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
13:17 Gareth McAuley (West Brom) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) A standing tackle from behind, got man and ball but that still makes it a foul. Only when you don’t touch the attacker it is no foul when you tackle from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
23:20 Darren Fletcher (West Brom) Petr Cech (Arsenal) Fletcher blocked Cech from moving during the corner kick.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
25:26 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Solomon Rondon (West Brom) Coquelin pulled back Rondon from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROM.

1 (FOUL)
28:39 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Claudio Yacob (West Brom) Giroud mistimed his standing tackle and brought down Yacob.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROM.

1 (FOUL)

 

35:31 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) ??? (West Brom) Giroud used his arm to stop the run of the West Brom defender.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (FOUL)
38:25 Johnny Evans (West Brom) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Evans cleanly tackled the ball from Giroud inside the box.

CORRECT NON PENALTY FOR WEST BROMWICH.

3 (NON-PENALTY)

 

41:49 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Johnny Evans (West Brom) Giroud made a push on Evans from the side. And showed dissent against referee for the foul.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST GIROUD.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

45:07 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Nacer Chadli (West Brom) Coquelin tackled the man and the ball from behind on Chadli.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

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

Number of Correct Fouls for West Bromwich – 7

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 10 [10 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for West Bromwich – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against West Bromwich – 1

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

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
05:09 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Matt Philips (West Brom) Sanchez was just in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stephen Child made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
13:40 Solomon Rondon (West Brom) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Referee Constantine Hatzidakis made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
31:32 Solomon Rondon (West Brom) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Rondon was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Constantine Hatzidakis made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
33:33 Solomon Rondon (West Brom) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Rondon was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Constantine Hatzidakis made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
45:49 Solomon Rondon (West Brom) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Rondon was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Constantine Hatzidakis made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Offsides for West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 5 [5 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against West Bromwich –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points

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+4 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions for West Bromwich – 7+1+1+1 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 7 + 10 = 17

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+4 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for West Bromwich – 7+2+3+1 = 13

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 13 = 20

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1+1 = 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against West Bromwich – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 2 + 1 = 3

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against West Bromwich – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 2 + 2 = 4

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 17/(17+3) = 85.0%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 20/(20+4) = 83.3%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:05 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Claudio Yacob (West Brom) Yacob was moving and moved in to the path of Giroud. If Yacob would have been standing still it was a foul from Giroud. Now it was Yacob who tried to stop the run of Giroud so it was an obstruction foul and should have been given in favour of Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

46:12 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Claudio Yacob (West Brom) Both players wrestling with each other but then Giroud lifts his foot a bit high so correct to give a foul against Giroud.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROMWICH.

1 (FOUL)
50:54 Chris Brunt (West Brom) The ball cleared by Arsenal struck the outstretched arm of Brunt from a fair distance.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
53:57 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Matt Philips (West Brom) Coquelin tripped Philips from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROM.

1 (FOUL)
63:09 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Claudio Yacob (West Brom) Gibbs ran forward but made a heavy touch and made a standing tackle a high speed. This a was clear reckless challenge from Gibbs, injuring himself in the process.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WEST BROM.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST GIBBS.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

69:40 Gareth McAuley (West Brom) Petr Cech (Arsenal) McAuley swung his forearm in to the jump of Cech of who was going catch the ball and pushed back his arms in the jump. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
76:29 Craig Dawson (West Brom) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Dawson slightly charged down Koscienly from behind. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But after the foul was given, Dawson stamped his foot on the ankle of Koscienly who was already on the floor. This was a clear of serious foul play and should have been a red card against Dawson but was not given.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST DAWSON.

1 (FOUL)

3 (RED CARD)

80:53 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Craig Dawson (West Brom) Sanchez cleanly jumped up to head the ball, when Dawson ducked underneath Sanchez to avoid him. The referee instead wrongly gave a foul against Arsenal.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
82:31 Ben Foster (West Brom) Foster deliberately switched the sides of the position to take the goal kick, making clear his intention of delaying the restart play.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST FOSTER.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
87:30 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey kicked the ball high and wide in to the crowd after Arsenal scored the goal. Deliberate delay to restart to play.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
87:58 Chris Brunt (West Brom) Brunt’s arms were outstretched and pass from Lucas hits it. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
88:11 Hal Robson Kanu (West Brom) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Robson Kanu pulled down Koscienly by the shirt.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
91:04 James McClean (West Brom) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) McClean tripped Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Fouls for West Bromwich – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 7 [7 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 5

Number of Incorrect Fouls against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for West Bromwich – 2

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 3 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against West Bromwich – 0

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

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
85:30 Hal Robson Kanu (West Brom) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Referee Stephen Child made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against West Bromwich –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
85:59 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against West Bromwich – 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

 

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 4+1+1+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions for West Bromwich – 3+2 = 5

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 7 + 5 = 12

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for West Bromwich – 3+4 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 10 + 7 = 17

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 5+1 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 6 + 0 = 6

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 5+3 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against West Bromwich – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 8 + 0 = 8

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 12/(12+6) = 66.6%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 17/(17+8) = 68.0%

 

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 7+7 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions for West Bromwich – 10+5 = 15

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 14 + 15 = 29

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 7+10 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for West Bromwich – 13+5 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 17 + 18 = 35

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+6 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against West Bromwich – 1+0 = 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 1 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+8 = 10

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against West Bromwich – 2+0 = 12

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

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 29/(29+9) = 76.3%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 35/(35+12) = 74.4%

 

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

Neil Swarbrick was the ref.

A match that wasn’t really a football match. Only one team trying to go forward and the other only defending. But to be honest to WBA they didn’t do it with lots of fouls. And apart from two events the ref called the fouls well. A first half with not much history apart from the time wasting from the off by WBA. I remember seeing the WBA keeper holding the ball in his hands for something between 15-20 seconds. The maximum time allowed for a keeper to keep the ball in his hands is 6 seconds. But that is another rule that is largely ignored by the PGMO referees.  The dissent yellow card against Giroud was excellent. This ref contrary to “best ref in the world Clattenburg” protected his assistant as it should be. When players wave their arms and shout in the direction of an assistant they should get a yellow card. No problem for me.

At the end of the first half the ref had a score of  85.0% and 83.3% (Weighted) Very good!

In the second half the ref started with a strange decision when Yacob moved himself in the path of Giroud who was trying to chase the ball. It was a clear obstruction foul but the ref gave it against Giroud. If Yacob had stood completely still and Giroud had run up against him that would have been a foul from Giroud. But now Yacob clearly moved so it was him who blocked the path of Giroud.

The only chance for WBA came after a corner. Cech was attacked in the air and the attacking WBA player made contact with his arms against the arms of Cech. A foul but completely missed by the ref as Yacob missed the chance when the ball dropped on the floor for him.

Some 15 minutes before the end Dawson put his studs on the ankle of Koscielny who was on the floor after being fouled and stamped on the ankle lying on the floor. This is dangerous and should have been a red card. Dawson could have put his foot everywhere but he planted it down on Koscielny. A miss from the ref.

Dawson was on good terms with the ref as Alexis once again called back when jumping in the air. Law 19: When Alexis jumps up a foul should be given against him.

Finally the goal. Giroud and the defender both were using their arms to make some room for themselves. As both players were doing the same offence the ref was right to ignore it. When Giroud finally headed the ball he didn’t make any foul contact with the defender who was still more or less trying to prevent Giroud from winning the ball. So correct from the ref to give advantage to the attacker who certainly made no foul when he scored but was still more or less half fouled when he did.

The score from the second half was 66.6% and 68.0% (Weighted): Poor.

The score over the whole 90 minutes was 76.3% and 74.4% (Weighted) Moderately good. We have seen better (not that many) but we have seen far worse.

Overall it was a decent performance, with nothing too difficult in the game for the ref, as the game was all Arsenal and none West Brom. There were also very few decisions to make. The only thing where the referee visibly messed up was Ben Foster’s time wasting from the very first minute. There are laws against it (contrary to what some WBA players believe) so the ref should take action against it when he sees it. Turning your back is not an option really.

I spoke with a referee who was at the match in the stadium and he also confirmed that he was baffled by the amount of time wasting that was allowed by the ref and how every time turned he his back to be able to ignore it. He came to he same conclusion as our referee review: not bad but completely out of order in punishing the time wasting.

Other than that there was 1 major correct decision of a Non-Penalty against West Brom.

And there was 1 major wrong decision of no red card against Craig Dawson for stamping on Koscienly.

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9 comments to Ref Review : Arsenal – WBA: the ref who turned his back on time wasting

  • Pat

    So Neil Swarbrick did a much better job than so-called top referees Dean and Clattenburg. Wonder what’s going on?

  • finsbury

    It was a decent performance from the pgMOB rep but his inability or unwillingness to use a stop watch or to apply the laws and rules of association football for such a clear a simple matter as time wasting by a keeper did appear to piss of the vast majority of paying punters inside the new Arsenal stadium.

    This from an organisation whose representatives have been recorded to tell players playing inside said stadium to be concerned about the the money people pay to watch the football you’d have thought that they’d have figured out how to use a stopwatch etc.?

    Is the ability to use a stopwatch too much to ask from the pgMOB? Apparently so.

  • Gord

    A stopwatch is not needed. The rule of thumb I was given, is to vocalize one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, … in actually quite close to measuring seconds.

    Maybe people elsewhere have a similar rule of thumb?

  • markyb

    I believe the units used in Gregory’s Girl were Elephants

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    @markyb

    True and just as accurate.

  • Pat

    Also funnier.

  • omgarsenal

    When measuring time-wasting, most officials will do a mental count using any of the above memes….I personally use 1 camel,two camel etc. I have never seen a referee look at his watch. Usually good referees will permit a little excess of time, 6 seconds being way too little time, but I watched for continued abuse, where a keeper or other player dawdled and pissed about on a regular and excessive basis. I usually warned them that they had better get on with the game or get a caution….and that usually worked. When it didn’t they got their yellow without further warning!

  • finsbury

    OMG
    They could revolutionise the sport by giving the 4th official the stop watch?

    the game is faster and quicker then it used to be, diving, etc

    we’d have hoped that someone would’ve considered this radical and revolutionary concept (give the stopwatch to the chap twiddling his thumbs?) in order to move the debate on from every second match in the league being focused on the extreme ineptitude on display by the official pgMOB representative?

  • finsbury

    The 4th official appears to be able to cope ok with the display board.

    They might be able to handle a clock?

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