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REF REVIEW: Arsenal – Burnley: oh dear… oh dear… random decision making would have been more accurate

Note: There are clips included in the report for every wrong decision and every major decision in red bold text

ARSENAL vs. BURNLEY

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 22
  • DATE: 22th January 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Jon Moss
1st LINESMAN: Marc Perry
2nd LINESMAN: Andy Halliday
4th OFFICIAL: Anthony Taylor

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:13 After the Assistant Referee Andy Halliday called offside Arsenal gained possession of the ball. To keep the game flowing in play the referee an advantage.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
00:28 Ben Mee (Burnley) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was being held by Mee, this should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
01:32 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) George Boyd (Burnley) Monreal tripped Boyd with a slow but late tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

1 (FOUL)
02:47 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Gabriel appeared to have slightly pushed Barnes, footage not clear enough. Agree with the ref.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

1 (FOUL)
03:22 Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Barnes jumped in the back of Mustafi.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
04:29 Ashley Barnes (Burnley)   Barnes controlled the ball with his stretched arm. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
05:18 George Boyd (Burnley) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was slightly tripped by Boyd, but maintained possession and balance.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
20:37 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Gabriel appeared to have slightly pushed Barnes, footage not clear enough. Agree with the ref.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

1 (FOUL)
23:52 Steven Defour (Burnley) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Xhaka had controlled the ball and was shielding it from Defour behind. Xhaka was then fouled by Defour. The foul was correctly given.

 

Defour kicks out against Xhaka without any chance of playing the ball and kicks him from behind on the ankle with a wild swing of the leg. Clear use of excessive force by Defour. This should have been a red card against Defour but was not given.  One could say a foul like the one he sends Xhaka off a few months ago. We then agreed a red card can be given for a wild and excessive kick, so we should keep it at another red card.

 

Defour Red Card

Defour Red Card002

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST DEFOUR.

1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

25:06 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) George Boyd (Burnley) Mustafi slightly pulled back Boyd’s shoulders from behind as Burnley maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR BURNLEY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
29:30 Steven Defour (Burnley) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Defour pulled Ramsey back, as Ramsey tried to forward before losing the ball. The referee correctly turned the advantage into a foul.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

1 (FOUL)

31:57 Ben Mee (Burnley) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Mee made some slight contact with the ball but also made sure that he would hit Giroud and knock him over. Playing ball and man is a foul. No red card because he played the ball but certainly a yellow card for a reckless challenge. No foul and no yellow card was given but instead the referee gave a throw-in.

 

05. Mee foul Giroud Yellow

05. Mee foul Giroud Yellow002

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST BEN MEE.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

33:11 Matt Lowton (Burnley) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Lowton fouled Sanchez from behind and the referee correctly gave a foul.

 

Lowton pressed his studs on the achilles heel of Sanchez, which clearly falls into serious foul play and excessive force category. A few months ago we and the rest of the pundits agreed that Alexis who did the same against Bournemouth should have been sent off. So staying with this line Lowton should have been send off. He didn’t even come close to playing the ball just aimed at the foot of Alexis.

 

06. Lowton Red

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST LOWTON.

1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

 

40:51 Dean Marney (Burnley) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Marney pushed Iwobi from the front.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
43:12 Dean Marney (Burnley)   Marney uses his arm to control and pass the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

08. Handball

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
43:27 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Steven Defour (Burnley) Iwobi pushed down Defour as Burnley maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR BURNLEY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
45:12 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) Giroud jumped in the back of Hendrick.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for Burnley – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Burnley – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Advantages for Burnley – 2

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Burnley – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Burnley – 0

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Burnley – 0

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Burnley – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Burnley – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 2 [6 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
00:09 Andre Gray (Burnley) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Gray was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Andy Halliday made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
02:01 Ben Mee (Burnley) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Mee was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Andy Halliday failed to make the correct call.

NO OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
26:33 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Michael Keane (Burnley) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Marc Perry made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BURNLEY.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Burnley – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [2 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Burnley –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
34:43 Corner Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) The ball last came off Koscienly not Ben Mee.

07. Wrong Corner

WRONG CORNER AGAINST BURNLEY.

Number of Incorrect Corners against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Corners against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Corners – 1 [1 points]

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+3+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Burnley – 4+2+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 9 + 7 = 16

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+3+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Burnley – 4+2+1 = 7

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 7 = 16

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+1+2+1 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 1 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+2+6+1 = 13

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 13 + 1 = 14

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 16/(16+9) = 64.0%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 16/(16+14) = 53.3%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
50:01 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Ashely Barnes (Burnley) Mustafi jumped in the back of Barnes.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

1 (FOUL)
52:05 Ashely Barnes (Burnley) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Both players challenged for the header with Barnes coming in from the side and swinging his elbow in to the face of Mustafi. This was a clear use of excessive force. This should have been a foul for Arsenal and a red card against Barnes but nothing was given.

 

09. Barnes Elbow Mustafi Red

09. Barnes Elbow Mustafi Red002

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO RED CARD AGAINST BARNES.

-1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

53:02 Andre Gray (Burnley) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Gray pushed Koscienly from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
55:38 Andre Gray (Burnley) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Inside the Burnley penalty box it was a 50-50 for the open ball. Mustafi got first to it when Gray charged in to Mustafi from behind with the forearm and also his left knee which struck the back of the leg of Mustafi. This should have been a penalty for Arsenal but was not given.

 

10. Mustafi Gray Penalty

10. Mustafi Gray Penalty002

 

NO PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

-3 (PENALTY)
57:33 Matt Lowton (Burnley)

Dean Marney (Burnley)

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

Lowton deliberately tripped Sanchez just when Arsenal started the counter attack. Advantage was played correctly and later a yellow card was shown.

 

Just a second later during the same counter attack Marney did exactly the same thing on Xhaka by deliberately tripping him. No yellow card was shown against Marney.

 

12. Marney Yellow Xhaka

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST LOWTON.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MARNEY.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

64:18 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Steven Defour (Burnley) Xhaka fouled Defour after misplaced pass. Xhaka jumped in with one foot studs showing and later at moment of contact brought in his second foot (like a scissor) which made no contact. Falls bit of both in the serious foul play and border line use of excessive force.

 

This is an orange card one could say. But will agree with the red card if you only look at this moment as a separate action. If you keep in mind what went on before and after without red card it is ridiculous. But it can be given as a red card (so will note as correct).

 

13. Xhaka Defour Red

13. Xhaka Defour Red002

13. Xhaka Defour Red003

13. Xhaka Defour Red004

13. Xhaka Defour Red005

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

CORRECT RED CARD AGAINST XHAKA.

1 (FOUL)

3 (RED CARD)

67:52 Michael Keane (Burnley) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Keane jumped in the back of Giroud.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
69:47 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Coquelin handled the ball while trying to head it.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNELY.

1 (FOUL)
70:12 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Mustafi looked to have push Barnes when jumping.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

1 (FOUL)
72:17 Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Barnes fouled Ramsey by pushed him in the back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

14. Barnes foul Ramsey

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
72:37 Dean Marney (Burnley) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Ozil was chasing a defense splitting pass and so was Marney from behind. Just Ozil was about to control the ball, Marney jumped in forcefully from behind, bringing down Ozil.

It isn’t a last man foul as there was another defender in the middle. But the challenge was wild and as he injured himself by flying in like he did you can easily say he used excessive force. Using excessive force where you can injure someone is punished with a red card.

 

15. Marney Red

15. Marney Red002

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST MARNEY.

NO RED CARD AGAINST MARNEY.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

77:57 James Tarkowski (Burnley) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Tarkowski tripped down Coquelin, as Arsenal maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
79:58 Sam Vokes (Burnley) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Vokes was jumped with a trailing elbow, which caught Mustafi. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given. Did not looked to have used excessive force, looked more careless.

 

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NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

82:25 James Tarkowski (Burnley) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Tarkowski obstructed the path of Koscienly.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
82:56 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) James Tarkowski (Burnley) Giroud controlled the ball on his chest and then tried to control it further with his foot with Tarkowski trying to head. Correct foul was given.

 

But this should have been a red card against Giroud for raising his very high and hitting his studs on Tarkowski head. Highly dangerous play.

 

17. Giroud Yellow Red

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

NO RED CARD AGAINST GIROUD.

1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

86:54 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) James Tarkowski (Burnley) Welbeck tripped Tarkowski from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BURNL EY.

1 (FOUL)
88:54 Joey Barton (Burnley) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Inside the penalty box when the ball got cleared in the air, Barton throws both of his hands in the face in punch kind of manner. Even after the ball got cleared, the referee Jon Moss was clearly looking at this incident for good 3-4 seconds. This should have been a red card against Barton for violent conduct but was not given. This also should have been a penalty for Arsenal as the ball is in play it is a direct free kick (in this case a penalty) on the place where the violent conduct happened.

 

 

18. Barton Red

18. Barton Red002

 

NO RED CARD AGAINST BARTON.

-3 (PENALTY)

-3 (RED CARD)

89:20 Sam Vokes (Burnley) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Vokes tripped Mustafi but Arsenal maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
91:20 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Michael Keane (Burnley) Sanchez first clips the leg of Keane from behind. This should have been a foul for Burnley but was not given.

 

19. Sanchez foul on Keane

 

NO FOUL FOR BURNLEY.

-1 (FOUL)
91:52 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Coquelin misses the ball and make a late standing tackle, hitting Barnes and fouling him inside the penalty box. Correct Penalty.

 

20. Barnes Coquelin Penalty

20. Barnes Coquelin Penalty002

20. Barnes Coquelin Penalty003

 

CORRECT PENALTY FOR BURNLEY.

3 (PENALTY)
94:24 Stephen Ward (Burnley) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Mustafi was tripped from behind with a slow and late tackle by Ward. This should have been foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

23. Mustafi fouled and dissent

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

94:30 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) After the previous foul was not given, Mustafi protested and showed great dissent against the linesman and referee.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST MUSTAFI.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
96:04 Ben Mee (Burnley) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) It was an incident with tons of things involved. Explained in detail below in the summary.

 

24. Mee Koscienly Penalty Red Card

24. Mee Koscienly Penalty Red Card002

24. Mee Koscienly Penalty Red Card003

24. Mee Koscienly Penalty Red Card004

 

WRONG PENALTY AGAINST BURNLEY.

-3 (PENALTY)

 

96:07 Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Barnes showed excessive levels of dissent.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST BARNES.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Fouls for Burnley – 6

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 10 [10 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Advantages for Burnley – 0

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 3 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Burnley –0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Burnley – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 2 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Burnley – 1

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

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards –  4 [12 points]

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Burnley – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 3 [9 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
78:34 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Ben Mee (Burnley) Giroud was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Andy Halliday made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BURNLEY.

1 (OFFSIDE)
96:04 Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Ben Mee (Burnley) Koscienly offside but was not given by the Assistant Referee Andy Halliday. More explained below.

24. Mee Koscienly Penalty Red Card003

 

NO OFFSIDE FOR BURNLEY.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Offsides for Burnley – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Burnley –  1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
58:17 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
92:42 Andre Gray (Burnley) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR BURNLEY.

3 (GOAL)
97:14 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Wrong penalty resulted in a goal, thus illegal goal. More about the penalty is discussed in the report summary below.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST BURNLEY.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Burnley – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Burnley – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

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+3+2+1 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Burnley – 6+1+1+1+1+1 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 10 + 11 = 21

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 4+3+4+3 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Burnley – 6+2+3+3+1+3 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 14 + 18 = 32

 

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Burnley – 1+1+1+1+1+1 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 10 + 6 = 16

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+2+9+6 = 21

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Burnley – 1+2+3+3+1+3 = 13

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 21 + 13 = 34

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 21/(21+16) = 56.7%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 32/(32+34) = 48.4%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+10 = 19

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Burnley – 7+11 = 18

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 19 + 18 = 37

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+14 = 23

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Burnley – 7+18 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 23 + 25 = 48

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 8+10 = 18

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Burnley – 1+6 =7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 18 + 7 = 25

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 13+21 = 34

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Burnley – 1+13 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 34 + 14 = 48

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 37/(37+25) = 59.6%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 48/(48+48) = 50.0%

 

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

Jon Moss was the ref. And what a bad day he had.

It all started with the first seconds. Giroud being embraced and dragged to the ground but no foul given. Burnley players knew they had a wild card in this match.  Just a few minutes later an handball from a Burnley player missed.

We then had the first Defour-Xhaka incident. Defour just kicked Xhaka from behind with a hard kick that had no chance of playing the ball. Xhaka did the same against Watford and got send off. Defour didn’t even get a yellow card.  Just after half an hour Mee went in with a flying tackle towards Giroud and the ball. He got a little bit of the ball but also completely clattered with Giroud who was brought down with the two legs from Mee. Not even a foul given. Playing ball AND man is a foul. This was a foul and a reckless one so should have been a yellow card. Nothing seen, nothing given by the ref.

“Let us continue,” Burnley players must have thought. Lowton plants his studs on the back of Alexis his foot. Came not even close to the ball. Against Bournemouth the whole world (including Untold Arsenal) said that Alexis should have been sent off for a dangerous tackle from behind on the Achilles. Now only a foul was given and nobody (apart Untold Arsenal) claimed that a red card should have been given.  And to round things off Marney gives a pass with his arm to a teammate and the ref doesn’t see it. Or doesn’t want to see it.

Oh he did make one mistake in favour of Arsenal when Koscielny headed over a cross and the ref gave a corner. That will be the “evens out” part I think.

First Half score = 64.0% and 53.3% (Weighted) Very Poor.

On to the second half. Much more of the same.

Barnes comes in for a high ball and when he jumps up he sticks out his elbow and even makes a quick extra movement to hit Mustafi. Foul given but no red card despite the elbow moving out from its more or less stabile position. It was very strange but if you look at the video clips you can see that the images suddenly dissapear and just at the moment the elbow comes out from the frontal view. Strange editing from the TV company….. very strange.

Minutes later Mustafi runs on to a loose ball in the Burnley penalty area and Gray jumps in his back, touches him from behind and with the legs. A clear penalty. But not for Moss. He just turns away from his mistake. That is the kind of penalty that has been given against Arsenal in the matches against Bournemouth (both home and away). But as I then said : you will never see this penalty given in favour of Arsenal. So it proved to be.

Arsenal then scored and it was a correct goal. After that we had a counter attack and first Alexis was tripped without the ball and only seconds later Xhaka was also tripped without the ball. Only Lowton got a yellow card for his foul. And if we accept that the red card for stamping on Alexis in the first half could have been a yellow this should  have been his second yellow card. Marney escaped a yellow card. It takes some doing of course to stop a counter attack and to make two fouls on players who try to catch up with the attack….

The Xhaka red card then. If take this incident itself a red card can be given. But looking at what we have seen so far… this looks really, really very harsh. If from now for the rest of the season on each tackle like that will result in a red card, fine for me and good from the refs. I bet my house that it will not happen. No, I don’t stand a chance of having to sleep in the streets anytime. In itself the decisions can be defended but the fact that it is only Arsenal players that get sent off like that it shows the bias we have seen in the past and present.

Marney who should have been booked for the deliberate foul on Xhaka then dived in on Özil in a way that could result in a serious injury.  Özil escaped a serious injury but because of the own force he committed Marney got himself injured. Using excessive force and flying in through the air like he did so he was out of control is enough for a red card itself. Isn’t it Xhaka? But even with a yellow card it would have been his second yellow card and he should have been off. Now Burnley could continue to play with one man more than Arsenal.

By then Moss had lost track so much he even forgot to send off an Arsenal player. Giroud with a high foot on a Burnley player in front of him should have been a red card. A foot to the face is extremely dangerous for serious injuries. No excuse.

Time for Barton to enter the ref review. He cleared the ball cleanly but then couldn’t contain himself and threw both his hands and arms in the face of Alexis. This was  a clear act of violence from his part and should have resulted in a penalty (foul while the ball was in play) and a red card for violent conduct. Moss saw it and did…nothing.

The penalty for Burnley was correct. Coquelin didn’t see the Burnley player comming, kicked and missed the ball but hit the knee of the Burnley player. Penalty. Mustafi then getting rightfully booked for dissent. That was a bit too much Mustafi. And then we have…. the Arsenal penalty.

Koscielny is offside when the cross goes in. Koscielny makes contact with the ball so he is involved at that moment and the offside should have been given.  But then the ref should have given a red card against Mee for a high kick in the face (look at Giroud incident).

However to put all things on their head… the ref might have given a penalty against Barton who was pulling the shirt of Gabriel a few meters in front of Koscielny and before Koscielny got active.

As the ref didn’t send off Mee for his high foot he might have given the penalty for the shirt pulling from Barton…. But we simply don’t know as the refs are not allowed to tell  why they made a decision.

So it was all kinds of errors and fouls and mistakes…. and in fact… it could be right or could be wrong.

But at the end of the day I will judge it as a wrong penalty as I think the foul was given for the high foot.  It all depends on why he gave the penalty. So we have to judge the following goal as not correct.

Second Half score = 56.7% and 48.4 (Weighted) Disastrous.

Over the whole 90 minutes = 59.6% and 50.0% (Weighted) Immensely poor. Equal to a coin toss.

There were a total of 10 wrong major decisions !!! I repeat 10, season high number.

  • 6 Red cards not given (5 against Burnley and 1 against Arsenal)
  • 2 Penalties not given for Arsenal.
  • 1 Penalty wrongly given against Burnley.
  • 1 Wrong goal resulting from a wrong penalty.

There were 2 correct major decisions. 1 Penalty for Burnley, 1 Red Card against Xhaka.

But for the rest nothing is wrong in referee land….

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27 comments to REF REVIEW: Arsenal – Burnley: oh dear… oh dear… random decision making would have been more accurate

  • Usama Zaka

    A little foot note…

    The ref reviews for the games against Bournemouth and Swansea will be published soon in the coming days.

  • bjtgooner

    A great review, but what a mess created by Moss!!

    I hope UA ensures AW has a copy of this review – to use as mitigation in whatever kangaroo
    court the FA drag him into.

    Oliver did not seem to do anything positive to help Moss referee fairly or competently.

  • Usama Zaka

    Bjtgooner,

    Thanks. I think you mean Anthony Taylor not Oliver 🙂

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Referee Jon Moss had made one big call error of judgement in the game when he ought to have awarded Arsenal a penalty but he didn’t when a Claret clearly pushed a Gunner down on his back deliberately in the box during the 1st half of the match. But later awarded a penalty to Burnley when Coquelin appeared to have impeded an onrushing Claret in the box when his tackling fell him down.

    This could be the reason for Le Prof to have allegedly called ref Jon Moss a “cheat” and when referee Anthony Taylor the 4th official, heard this, he invited ref Jon Moss to the touchline and told him what Le Prof has said. And in turn referee Jon Moss actted on the report to send Le Prof to the stands. But why didn’t ref Anthony Taylor ignore a touchline side talks by a manager instead of him to have taken issues with Le Prof on it? This is bad.

    I watched today’s11:00am GMT Sky Sports 3 man panelists’ review of last night ELC match between Liverpool and Southampto. But I totally disagreed with their opinions that Origi was not forcefully brought down in the box by a Saint defender who tackled him to warrant the ref to give a pen to Liverpool. To the 3 panelists, it wasn’t a penalty. But to me it’s is despite that I am not an amateur nor a professional referee. If the incident is carefully watched, one can see that the Saint defender got the ball in his tackling, but he then quickly raised up his thigh which fell Origi down as he noticed Origi wasn’t giving up going after the ball that spined away after he applied his tackling. That raising up of the thigh by the Saint defender to impede Origi going after the ball is a penalty to me.

  • finsbury

    Excellent review thank you

    The palpable early tilting from the very beginning could be observed from the upper tier no need to be closer.

    Perhaps there’s a reason why Moss hasn’t got his FUFA badge 😉

  • finsbury

    < to be closer and from such a distant perspective there was also no need to even see video replay of many of these instances described above as they could be seen from very far away…

  • Ben

    Fantastic work guys! Especially for including the gifs, a nice touch to support the report plus in future the refs cannot escape scrutiny. I think it may be worth keeping the video clips/ gifs for a dossier of some sort for a future article.

  • Gord

    Marney may not have gotten a red at 72:37, but he did injure himself in this play? I thought I read that it was a play involving Alexis, not Mesut. In any event, Marney’s season is done.

    On an unrelated note, Al Jezeera has a nice writeup on the Afghanistan Premier League, or football in general in Afghanistan.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/01/football-road-recognition-war-torn-afghanistan-170126103232669.html

    It is so nice to have a keyboard again. Old keyboard died last week.

  • Scuba

    This was a poorly referee’d match, but 5 missed Burnley reds?!? Seriously? And the Giroud high boot a red? This is just silly…your interpretation of the laws of the game isn’t even semi-reasonable here.

    I applaud the effort to do this, but this particular report is nowhere near grounded in reality. This review was as bad as the referee’s performance.

  • MickHazel

    Scuba
    Walter does make the point a few times that he is judging the 5 missed Burnley reds by the same strict criteria Moss applied for the Xhaka red card.

  • WalterBroeckx

    For those who want to use abusive words in their first post: you will not make it to the site.

    As MickHazel said we applied the Xhaka red card as a benchmark and applied the rules as strict as Moss did in that instance.
    Of course if the ref had done his job when he had to do it =(from the start of the match) there would have been no 5 red cards. As the players would have adapted. Now they did what they wanted as they knew they would get away with it. Apart from Xhaka.

    Of course instead of abusing, you could always come up with a real alternative. Please use the laws of the game to do this.

  • Jammy J

    @ Scuba – Yeah, how about you go over those 5 missed reds and using your incomprehensibly in-depth knowledge of the laws of the game, tell us exactly why they weren’t reds and what should have been given instead.

    Comments like yours are just so frustrating, because it’s so obvious that you saw “5 missed red cards” and without having even looked at the challenges, nor having an even moderate understanding of the laws of the game (unlike the people that make these reviews), immediately thought to yourself “oh, 5 red cards?! That must be a load of rubbish!”.

  • omgarsenal

    I gather you have never officiated anything over kindergarten football and that this vast experience makes you an expert. However, as others have pointed out to you on UA, Walter and Usama’s premise was that , had there been consistent officiating, there would have either been no red cards issued or at least 6, based on what Moss seemed to be doing. Next time try and read the article with your glasses on,please!

  • Menace

    I must admit I didn’t see the Barton fouls, even though I know how evil the little swine is. The 26min Defour foul on Xhaka was a red both for the deliberate kick from behind & the subsequent push, which incidentally was within clear sight of cheating Moss.

    I do not agree with the Xhaka red because he went in single foot in what is generally accepted in EPL as a robust challenge. But this is Arsenal & Xhaka so red it was, though the review should have been more lenient. The verbal assistance by the Burnley players while Moss was walking towards his assistant is unprofessional & should have been attended to by the FA. The number 8 interferes with the decision by telling the assistant his opinion followed by encouragement to Moss. All of this is unacceptable behaviour & Wenger should use all this in his private hearing.

  • para

    It’s a good thing Arsenal prepared for this.
    This is why the squad is somewhat bigger this year, players are coming and going injured or rested and the squad mentality of being more than just 11 players on the field is surely growing stronger.

    Anyway, let’s see the others start to flounder and Arsenal should be still going strong to end of season, not withstanding the blatant attempts to “cripple” us.

  • Andy Mack

    Scuba, just have a look at the events. You may not consider them all as red cards BUT for a tackle like Lowton on Alexis (33mins) to have no card at all is ridiculous for a ref that then sends off Xhaka.
    As I’ve said before, if the ref is being a stickler for the rules then I can understand the Xhaka red as one of the ferdys from $iteh got the same a few weeks back, but Moss already proved he’s an arse by his previous red card on Xhaka (when we see the same tackle pretty much every single weekend with a yellow as the worst result…) and his officiating in this game was ridiculously inconsistent.

  • Harry

    Can we send this ref review to Wenger so he can use it when talking to the FA.

  • John L.

    Also noted the eagerness with which Moss called the Burnley penalty, -like he was looking for an opportunity to award it, compared to the reluctant recognition that he had to give the second one,

  • Brickfields Gunners

    A great job , guys . Do hope someone would use this to discredit the PIGMOB .

  • ClockEndRider

    Excellent report as usual from the team. Keep up the excellent work.

  • bjtgooner

    @Usama

    Agreed – Taylor. Thanks.

  • Norman14

    I see Moss made another major balls up last night, awarding Hull a penalty because two of their players ran into each other.

    Bit rich of the Moaning One to say the score was 1-1 though, after all the non penalties his teams get.

    He also had a dig at Arsene getting sent off. Moron!

  • Tom

    “Koscielny is offside when the cross goes in. Koscielny makes contact with the ball so he is involved at that moment and the offside should have been given.”

    And this from an earlier post from Omgarsenal’s, who I believe is also a referee:
    “For those claiming that Kos was offside, that is incorrect- he was in an offside position but not given offside, because he did not interfere with play…..and was not taking advantage of his position nor interfering with an opponent or gaining an advantage by being in that position ”

    What am I missing here?

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    @ Norman14 – Moss also failed to send off Rojo for another two footed challenge worse than that committed by Xhaka.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for that. Quite shocking, and reading this, amazing to think the media/WOB are outraged at poor Burnleys misfortune in losing this game.
    Cannot think of many of the top teams where refs would dare put in such performances at the home of these teams.
    Despite a decent win record under him, I really hope we see the last of Moss this season, he is not fit to referee on a number of levels. My only worry is that when tech help comes in, someone like Moss will be hidden away in some studio deciding matches
    Was he incompetent …or something else? Certainly the former, but a cursory glance at through FIF, and the gutted look on his face at the end of the game after his linesman flagged a pen may suggest something else.
    More of the same against Southampton, another team who know the profits from kicking and cheating against our players

  • MickHazel

    Mandy Dodd
    The referee has the ultimate say so he could have overruled the linesman and not given the penalty.
    Please don’t think I am sticking up for Moss who reminds me of a Teletubby both in appearance and ability…..
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/baIhR1CdLHg/maxresdefault.jpg

  • Richard

    Good piece again guys, I always enjoy the reviews there were some definite errors there in this game. But again I think this has more to john moss being poor than any bias. Of course the big question should be will we ever see the consistency in decision making when each game is refereed by different people who apply the laws of the game given on their interpretation of what they have witnessed. Will video referees help completely from my rugby background there will still be times when camera angles and replays available to video ref make for inconclusive decision.
    What would be nice is if there was a ref cam and you could see those incidents at same speed and angle he does and if they were allowed after games to clarify decisions they made during game would give them a better image than they have right now. These guys do a hard job where abuse from fans and players and managers is common place .

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