by the Referee review team
1: Referee Appointments and Results matchweek 16
|Bournemouth vs. Leicester City [1-0]
Referee – Paul Tierney
1st Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
2nd Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
Fourth Official – Andre Marriner
|Everton vs. Arsenal [2-1]
Referee – Mark Clattenburg
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
2nd Assistant Referee – Richard West
Fourth Official – Mike Dean
|Middlesbrough vs. Liverpool [0-3]
Referee – Jon Moss
1st Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
2nd Assistant Referee – Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official – Chris Kavanagh
|Sunderland vs. Chelsea [0-1]
Referee – Neil Swarbrick
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official – Martin Atkinson
|West Ham United vs. Burnley [1-0]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
2nd Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United [1-2]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell
|West Bromwich vs. Swansea City [3-1]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
2nd Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
Fourth Official – Keith Stroud
|Manchester City vs. Watford [2-0]
Referee – Kevin Friend
1st Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
2nd Assistant Referee – Derek Eaton
Fourth Official – Mark Clattenburg
|Stoke City vs. Southampton [0-0]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
|Tottenham vs. Hull City [3-0]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Roger East
2: Matchweek 16 Summary
A slightly better week overall by the referees with 17 Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals) wrong and 15 right. Of the correct decisions 13 were penalties, one was a red card and one a second yellow. Of the incorrect decisions 9 were red cards, one a second yellow, 5 were penlties and 2 were incorrect goals. Penalty accuracy 13/18 = 72.2% correct better than the all season accuracy of roughly 2/3.
Referees of the week with no wrong Important Decisions Neil Swarbrick (Sunderland v Chelsea) and Paul Tierney (Bournemouth v Leicester) who both also got two decisions correct – Well done to each of you.
Worst Referee of the Week with 4 wrong Important Decisions and none correct Craig Pawson Crystal Palace v Manchester United
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the Match
Mark Clattenburg – Everton v Arsenal The game finished as a 2 – 1 win for Everton but we feel that is should have been a win for Arsenal with Jagielka being sent off in the 18th minute when he was incorrectly awarded a yellow card for a last man foul. McCarthy should have joined him in the 42nd minute. Mr Clattenburg also failed to award a penalty to Arsenal deep into time added on at the end. Out of curiosity I would love to know what was the meaning of the pat on the back Mr Clattenburg gave McCarthy after he gave him the yellow card.
Craig Pawson – Crystal Palace v Man United The game finished as a 2 – 1 win for United but we feel that it should have been a win for Palace. Rojo made one of his trademark two footed lunges on Zaha in Min38 and should have got a red card (how he gets away with this week after week is one of life’s great mysteries). United’s first goal in Min 47 should have been ruled out for firstly handball and then offside, United should have had a penalty for handball in Min 69 and Zlatan should have seen red for an off the ball elbow on Cabaye with Pawson within 3 metres and no players to obstruct his view. Palace should have had a man advantage for 50 minutes and a two man advantage for 20 and one united goal was invalid.
4: Lucky players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight red cards (should be missing the next three games) Shane Long (Southampton), Lowton (Burnley), Bertie Mee (Burnley), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Hull), Rojo (United), (Zlatan Ibrahimović (United), Phil Jagielka (Everton) and James McCarthy (Everton)
- Second yellow cards (should be missing the next game) Marten De Roon (Middlesbrough),
- Villain of the Week – Contenders are Shane Long for a snide elbow to the chest of Martins Indi, Neil Taylor (Swansea) for punch like arm to the head of Chadli this was with his arm that was away from Chadli and couldn’t have been anything other than deliberate, Davies (Hull) for a rake of his studs down the shin of Sissoko, Rojo (United) for yet another two footed lunge, Ibrahimović for an off the ball elbow on Cabaye, James McCarthy for a very late challenge on Coquelin’s achilles and one which got the red card it deserved – Arnautovic for a studs above the knee on Bouffal. The award goes to Rojo (United) for yet another two footed studs up challenge – sooner or later he is going to break another player’s leg or worse.
5: List of Major Errors on Match Day #16
1. No Red Card Against Shane Long (Min 37) – Long swung an elbow in the chest of Martins Indi after he was being man marked. Violent conduct. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Stoke vs Saints Long Red , Stoke vs Saints Long Red002
2. No Penalty For Southampton (Min 49) – Adam clearly moved his arm away from his body in the direction of the ball inside the penalty area. Intentional handball. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Stoke vs Saints Adam Handball Penalty
3. No Penalty For West Ham (Min 27) – Handball and penalty. the defender jumps up with his arm in an unnatural position to make himself bigger and stops the ball with his hand. [Ref – Robert Madley] West Ham vs Burnley Keane Handball Penalty , West Ham vs Burnley Keane Handball Penalty002
4. No Red Card Against Matt Lowton (Min 29) – Lowton sees Carroll and swung his elbow in the face of Carroll. Use of excessive force. [Ref – Robert Madley] West Ham vs Burnley Lowton Red
5. No Red Card Against Ben Mee (Min 61) – Deliberate use of the elbow towards the head of an opponent. He came from a distance so knew the other player was there so didn’t have the right to use his elbow coming in like that: red card. [Ref – Robert Madley] West Ham vs Burnley Mee Red
6. No Second Yellow Card Against Marten De Roon (Min 65) – De Roon committed two reckless challenges but was not booked for either of those. [Ref – Jon Moss] Boro vs Liverpool De Roon Yellow , Boro vs Liverpool De Roon Second Yellow
7. No Red Card Against Neil Taylor (Min 24) – Taylor swung his arm in the face of Chadli in a punching manner. [Ref – Michael Oliver] West Brom vs Swansea Taylor Red
8. Wrong Goal Against Watford (Min 86) – De Bruyne clearly fouled Prodl in the buildup of the goal that Manchester City went on to score. The fourth clip is the clearest. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Man City vs Watford City Foul Goal , Man City vs Watford City Foul Goal002 , Man City vs Watford City Foul Goal003 , Man City vs Watford City Foul Goal004
9. No Penalty For Tottenham (Min 40) – Maguire catches Sissoko very late and brings him down inside the box. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Spurs vs Hull Sissoko Penalty
10. No Red Card Against Curtis Davies (Min 58) – Davies attacked with his studs on the knee and leg of Sissoko, serious foul play. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Spurs vs Hull Davies Red
11. No Red Card Against Marcos Rojo (Min 38) – Rojo lunged in with two feet on Zaha. Serious foul play and use of excessive force. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Palace vs Man Utd Rojo Red , Palace vs Man Utd Rojo Red002 , Palace vs Man Utd Rojo Red003
12. Wrong Goal Against Crystal Palace (Min 46) – Goal should have been ruled out first for the handball (he clearly moves his arm and guides the ball with it) and then for the offside. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Palace vs Man Utd Handball Offside Goal , Palace vs Man Utd Handball Offside Goal002 , Palace vs Man Utd Handball Offside Goal003 , Palace vs Man Utd Handball Offside Goal004 , Palace vs Man Utd Handball Offside Goal005
13. No Penalty For Manchester United (Min 68) – Ledley sticks out his arms to prevent the Rojo from heading the ball so a deliberate move towards the ball even with his back to the ball. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Palace vs Man United Ledley Handball Penalty
14. No Red Card Against Zlatan Ibrahimović (Min 74) – Ibrahimović deliberately swung an elbow back in to the face of Cabaye. Violent conduct. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Palace vs Man United Zlatan Red , Palace vs Man United Zlatan Red002
15. No Red Card Against Phil Jagielka (Min 18) – Jagielka committed a clear foul by being the last defending player. The right back and the left back were well ahead and wide on the field. The referee made the wrong decision and gave Jagielka the lesser punishment of a yellow card. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Everton vs Arsenal Jagielka Red , Everton vs Arsenal Jagielka Red002
16. No Red Card Against James McCarthy (Min 42) – McCarthy lunged in from on Coquelin with a very late sliding tackle, long after Coquelin played the pass. It is a deliberate kick on the achilles from behind with the ball (when he kicks out) already meters away: a red card as kicking a player hard on the achilles is using excessive force without any chance of playing the ball. The foul was made with the other foot than the one he challenged for the ball. The referee failed to give the red card for the second time and instead gave a lesser punishment of a yellow card. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Everton vs Arsenal McCarthy Red , Everton vs Arsenal McCarthy Red002
17. No Penalty For Arsenal (Min 94) – Mirallas doesn’t make contact with the ball and kicks Alexis against the leg and trips him inside the penalty box. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Everton vs Arsenal Sanchez Mirallas Penalty , Everton vs Arsenal Sanchez Mirallas Penalty002
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #16
Please note that Incidents indicated in Blue are those where the available highlights were insufficient to provide clear evidence that the referee’s initial decision was not correct and the on-field decision should stand
1. Correct Red Card Against Marko Arnautovic (Min 23) – Arnautovic raised his foot very high and kicked his studs on the knee of Bouffal. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Stoke vs Saints Arnautovic Red
2. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke City (Min 79) – Johnson touched it with his hand but as the ball fell down from a close range and his arms were bit close to his body, as the players in front of him missed the ball cannot say it was a 100% deliberate move to the ball with the hand, so will give the ref the benefit of the doubt. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Stoke vs Saints Johnson Handball Penalty
3. Correct Non-Penalty For Leicester City (Min 29) – The impression is there that Ake is also holding the shirt of the Huth (who was already holding Ake). So not 100% sure I will give the advantage of the doubt to the ref and give no penalty. If Ake didn’t hold the defender it would have been a penalty. [Ref – Paul Tierney] Bournemouth vs Leicester Ake Penalty
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 64) – Vardy and Ake wrestle both for the ball and then Vardy seems to pull the defender down on himself a bit in order to make contact. [Ref – Paul Tierney] Bournemouth vs Leicester Vardy Penalty
5. Correct Non-Penalty for West Ham (Min 42) – From this angle difficult to tell if it was a punch or just holding the arm against the back of the neck of the attacker, so will go with the decision of the ref on the field. If it was really a punch it should have been a penalty, if it was just holding his arm against him no foul. [Ref – Robert Madley] West Ham vs Burnley Vokes Penalty
6. Correct Penalty For West Ham (Min 47) – The defender makes contact with the standing leg of the Reid when the latter tries to kick the ball. [Ref – Robert Madley] West Ham vs Burnley Reid Penalty , West Ham vs Burnley Reid Penalty002
7. Correct Non-Penalty For Liverpool (Min 34) – As it seems that the ball hit his face first and then his arms almost at the same time it will go for no penalty. Not intentional. [Ref – Jon Moss] Boro vs Liverpool Lovren Penalty , Boro vs Liverpool Lovren Penalty002 , Boro vs Liverpool Lovren Penalty003
8. Correct Non-Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 54) – Ball was shot at Chambers from close range and had his arm close to his body and in front of his body, couldn’t get out of the way from such a short distance. Not intentional. [Ref – Jon Moss] Boro vs Liverpool Chambers Penalty
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Sunderland (Min 53) – Shoulder to shoulder charge by Kone on Costa outside the penalty area not inside. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Sunderland vs Chelsea Costa Penalty
10. Correct Non-Penalty For Sunderland (Min 55) – Difficult to tell if there was a push on Costa or not, replay is not conclusive enough, so will go with the decision on the field. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Sunderland vs Chelsea Costa Second Penalty
11. Correct Non-Penalty For Spurs (Min 32) – Rose did not make any foul contact on Diomande inside the penalty area. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Spurs vs Hull Diomande Penalty
12. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 38) – The defender tries to bring his arms close to his body so no movement towards the ball in this incident so no penalty. Not intentional. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Spurs vs Hull Maguire Handball Penalty
13. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 83) – Any possible contact on Wanyama occurred outside the penalty area. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Spurs vs Hull Wanyama Penalty
14. Correct Non-Penalty For Everton (Min 87) – This looked a foul on Bellerin who was in front of Mirallas and who would have won the ball easily. No need for him to go down unless he was fouled. There does seem to be a pull by Mirallas. Not 100% certain unless we could get a close up. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Everton vs Arsenal Bellerin Mirallas Penalty
15. Correct Second Yellow Card Against Phil Jagielka (Min 93) – Jagielka committed one last man foul ( he should have been given a straight red card for this but was instead given the lesser punishment of a yellow card) and one deliberate attack breaking foul for which he was correctly given a second yellow card. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Everton vs Arsenal Jagielka (Yellow given as a Lesser Punishment) , Everton vs Arsenal Jagielka Yellow002(Yellow given as a Lesser Punishment) , Everton vs Arsenal Jagielka Second Yellow , Everton vs Arsenal Jagielka Second Yellow002
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
So far in 16 weeks (160 games) there have been 322 wrong Important Decisions two per game and these from the “best referees in the best league in the world”. I think not!
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Pen||Goal||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red||Pen||Goal||Total||Avg|
Roger East is the worst referee with 3 wrong Important Decisions per game, Neil Swarbrick is the best with fewer than one per game but, statistically speaking, the differences from the average of two per game are meaningless.
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
Not all Important Decisions by referees are wrong – here is a breakdown of those that we consider correct.
This week we had the rare sight of a correct red card, Anthony Taylor correctly sending off Arnautovic, we also had a qualified correct second yellow card for Mark Clattenburg when he sent off Jagielka in Min 90+3 of the Everton v Arsenal game. I say qualified because the first yellow card in Min 18 should (in our opinion) have been red as it was a last man offence – at least he got the second one right.
|This Week||Season to date|
|Referee||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Matches||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total|
|Anthony Taylor||0||1||0 + 1*||2||14||0||3||10+5*||18|
|Mark Clattenburg||1||0||0 + 1*||2||11||2||0||20+2*||24|
|Neil Swarbrick||0||0||1 + 1*||2||9||0||0||13+1*||14|
|Paul Tierney||0||0||1 + 1*||2||4||0||0||6+1*||7|
|Robert Madley||0||0||1 + 1*||2||13||1||0||18+1*||20|
NOTE – THE *(ASTERISK) IS USED TO SHOW A DECISION OF HIGH DOUBT, WITH THE BENEFIT BEING GIVEN TO THE REFEREE.
9: Major Wrong Decisions Against Teams
If we look at the teams in the top six of the Premier League Table after matchweek 16 there some striking differences in the numbers of wrong decisions that have been given against them.
Chelsea (top with 40 points) have 16 wrong decisions against them, Liverpool (second with 34) have 21 wrong decisions, Arsenal (third on 34 ) have 31 against, Man City (fourth with 33), have 21, Spurs (fifth on 30) have 15 and Man United (sixth on 27 points) only have 9 half or less than any of those above them.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||7||9||8||1||25|
10: Major Wrong Decisions in Favour of Teams
This is the converse of the table in section 9 and shows where teams have been favourably looked on by the PGMO.
Clearly here Man United, Tottenham, Watford and Leicester continue to be treated very differently from Arsenal, Liverpool and Bournemouth. The bottom three clubs between them have the number of favourable decisions that Leicester have on their own.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||5||6||1||12|
11: Possible Change in Points Week-by-Week Due To Wrong Major Decisions
NOTE – THE PLUS SIGN MEANS THESE TEAMS WERE DENIED THIS MUCH POINTS AND IT SHOULD BE ADDED TO THEM.
THE MINUS SIGN MEANS THAT THESE TEAMS WERE AWARDED THESE EXTRA POINTS AND IT SHOULD BE SUBTRACTED FROM THEM.
|West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-3||0||+1||0||+3||0||0||+2||0||+3|
11: English Premier League Table Official
|17||West Ham United||16|
English Premier League Table Adjusted to Change in Points due to Major Wrong Decisions.
This shows that at this point in the season Arsenal should have been top with 43 points, four ahead of Chelsea with Man City and Liverpool in third and fourth places. Bournemouth who have been the hardest done team by the referees to date should be in fifth ahead of Tottenham.
man United should be languishing in 14th place a massive 11 points lower than their referee induced total.
Sunderland and Hull have their actual number of points but should have Watford and Leicester for company.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|13||West Ham United||+3||19|
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