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Ref Review: Liverpool – Arsenal: Are we really that biased in our reviews?

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

LIVERPOOL vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 26
  • DATE: 4th March 2017
  • VENUE: Anfield (Liverpool, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Robert Madley
1st LINESMAN: Peter Kirkup
2nd LINESMAN: Marc Perry
4th OFFICIAL: Andre Marriner

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Notes Points
00:19 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Mistimed tackle. 1 (FOUL)
06:01 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) The ref correctly called the foul.

 

But it should have been a red card against Coquelin for endangering the safety of an opponent, this could have gone really bad as a kick to the head can cause serious injury.

01. Coquelin Red

1 (FOUL)

-3 (RED CARD)

10:01 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
12:35 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Pull Back. 1 (FOUL)
13:01 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Push. 1 (ADVANTAGE)
16:31 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) Arm Pull. 1 (FOUL)
18:22 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Emre Can (Liverpool) Charge. 1 (FOUL)
27:58 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) Mistimed tackle. 1 (ADVANTAGE)
28:51 Emre Can (Liverpool) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
33:55 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Deliberate Shirt Pull. 1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

35:54 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Emre Can (Liverpool) Charge. 1 (FOUL)

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Notes Points
13:44 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) By Assistant Ref Marc Perry. 1 (OFFSIDE)
23:24 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) By Assistant Ref Marc Perry. 1 (OFFSIDE)

 

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Notes Points
08:50 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Clean goal. 3 (GOAL)
39:02 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Clean goal. 3 (GOAL)

First Half Referee Report

Incorrect Decisions Against Arsenal

Nil

Incorrect Decisions Against Liverpool

Red Cards = 1

 

Number of Correct Decisions

Fouls = 9

Advantages = 2

Yellow Cards = 1

Offsides = 2

Goals = 2

Total = 16

Number of Incorrect Decisions

Red Cards = 1

Total = 1

Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 9

Advantages = 2

Yellow Cards = 2

Offsides = 2

Goals = 6

Total = 21

Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted)

Red Cards = 3

Total = 3

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 16/(16+1) = 94.1%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 21/(21+3) = 87.5%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Notes Points
50:50 Emre Can (Liverpool) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Late Mistimed Tackle. Careless. 1 (FOUL)
52:26 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
56:00 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Clear use of arms to stop Firmino from moving forward inside the box. Should have been a penalty.

03. Firmino Penalty

-3 (PENALTY)
58:21 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Charge. 1 (ADVANTAGE)
59:48 Emre Can (Liverpool) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Pull 1 (FOUL)
60:26 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Ball controlled by Arm. 1 (FOUL)
62:31 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Mistimed tackle. Careless. 1 (FOUL)
64:38 Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Hold by use of arm. 1 (FOUL)
66:02 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
66:56 Emre Can (Liverpool) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Deliberate attack breaking foul by Can.

04. Emre Can Yellow

04. Emre Can Yellow002

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

74:43 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Push. 1 (FOUL)
76:08 Emre Can (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Foul called correctly by the referee.

 

This was clear reckless play from Emre Can and should have been his second yellow card and sent off.

 

05. Emre Can Second Yellow Red, Xhaka Yellow

05. Emre Can Second Yellow Red, Xhaka Yellow002

05. Emre Can Second Yellow Red, Xhaka Yellow003

05. Emre Can Second Yellow Red, Xhaka Yellow004

05. Emre Can Second Yellow Red, Xhaka Yellow005

 

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

77:45 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)   No clear signs of verbal dissent or swing of arm protest for Xhaka to warrant a yellow card. He didn’t make any gestures so difficult to understand this yellow card. Game had stopped for a foul and there was an injury break for Emre Can at the same time. Xhaka was the player closest to the ref to take the free kick. Should not have been a yellow card.

 

See links in the row above.

-2 (YELLOW CARD)
80:51 Divock Origi (Liverpool) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Push. 1 (ADVANTAGE)
81:37 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Divock Origi (Liverpool) Shirt pull. Careless. 1 (FOUL)
87:02 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Arm pull. 1 (FOUL)
88:30 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) Push. 1 (FOUL)

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Notes Points
49:08 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) By Assistant Ref Marc Perry. 1 (OFFSIDE)
51:44 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) By Assistant Ref Marc Perry. 1 (OFFSIDE)
54:52 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) By Assistant Ref Peter Kirkup. 1 (OFFSIDE)
67:59 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) By Assistant Ref Peter Kirkup. 1 (OFFSIDE)
78:44 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) By Assistant Ref Marc Perry. 1 (OFFSIDE)

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Notes Points
56:05 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Clean goal. 3 (GOAL)
90:43 Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) He was offside with his head and shoulders, so technically offside but difficult to see for an assistant. As in case of doubt the assistant should give the benefit of the doubt to the striker.

06. Offside goal

06. Offside goal002

06. Offside goal003

3 (GOAL)

Second Half Referee Report

Incorrect Decisions Against Arsenal

Yellow Cards = 2

Red Cards = 1

Total = 3

Incorrect Decisions Against Liverpool

Penalties = 1

Total = 1

 

Number of Correct Decisions

Fouls = 12

Advantages = 3

Yellow Cards = 1

Offsides = 5

Goals = 2

Total = 23

Number of Incorrect Decisions

Yellow Cards = 2

Red Cards = 1

Penalties = 1

Total = 4

Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 12

Advantages = 3

Yellow Cards = 2

Offsides = 5

Goals = 6

Total = 28

Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted)

Yellow Cards = 4

Red Cards = 3

Penalties = 3

Total = 10

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+4) = 85.1%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 28/(28+10) = 73.6%

 

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

Incorrect Decisions Against Arsenal

Yellow Cards = 2

Red Cards = 1

Total = 3

Incorrect Decisions Against Liverpool

Red Cards = 1

Penalties = 1

Total = 2

 

Number of Correct Decisions

Fouls = 21

Advantages = 5

Yellow Cards = 2

Offsides = 7

Goals = 4

Total = 39

Number of Incorrect Decisions

Yellow Cards = 2

Red Cards = 2

Penalties = 1

Total = 5

Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 21

Advantages = 5

Yellow Cards = 4

Offsides = 7

Goals = 12

Total = 49

Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted)

Yellow Cards = 4

Red Cards = 6

Penalties = 3

Total = 13

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 39/(39+5) = 88.6%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 49/(49+13) = 79.0%

 

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

 

Robert Madley was the ref for this match.

The most important thing I want to mention at the start of this review is that for those people who always try to say that we are biased and moan about the ref when we lose, this should be an eye opener. But somehow I doubt it will have any impact on the bias against Untold and their referee reviews.  We even moan about the errors from the refs when we win but that doesn’t stop people from being biased either.

Anyway on to the report.

Early in the match Coquelin almost kicked the head off from Coutinho. Highly dangerous and could have caused a serious head injury. The only punishment for such a foul is a red card for endangering the safety of an opponent. You can try to control the ball with your feet that is 2 meters up in the air but not when an opponent is nearby.  And that ladies and gentleman was the only error the ref made in the first half. Wow, only one error and a big one in favour of Arsenal!

First half score : 94.1% and 87.5% (Weighted) Excellent!

On to the second half. Could he keep this up? No, alas a few more mistakes. But again a major error when he didn’t give a penalty to Liverpool when Bellerin used his arms to block Firmino. A foul that should have resulted in a penalty. So yes take note another big error favouring Arsenal.

But then to even things up the ref managed to be very lenient towards Can. Can who has been the one who has kicked Welbeck off the field 2 seasons ago resulting in his first long injury spell. A brutal foul on Alexis where the ref gave a good advantage but then he should have given the yellow card after that but didn’t.

Can then some 10 minutes later came in again like a madman on Walcott and this should have been his second yellow card and a red card.

The last Liverpool goal is mentioned in blue. Wijnaldum was offside with his head and shoulders so he was offside. But I give the assistant some room for making this error as it was very difficult to see. If he had given the offside the decision would have been correct but now we call it a doubtful decision.

That gives the ref a second half score of  85.1% and 73.6% (Weighted) Good.

So he couldn’t keep up his first half performance and he dropped some points. One could say that the use of the cards cost him his excellent score.

Overall score: 88.6% and 79.0% (Weighted) Very good.

3 wrong major decisions ( 1 Penalty not given for Liverpool , 1 Red not given against Coquelin, and 1 Second Yellow not given against Emre Can)

1 Doubtful decision of the last goal for Liverpool.

So take note you doubters and callers of bias. Arsenal lost and we thought the ref did a pretty good job all in all. Not perfect but making the same mistakes for both teams. This resulted in a very balanced bias score with only 5 wrong decisions with 3 against Arsenal and 2 against Liverpool.

What we did – links to the original reports on the 160 games

What we discovered – referee by referee and “it all evens out in the end”

Referees’ organisation repeats its 98% accuracy claim: but how on earth do they get that figure?

 

11 comments to Ref Review: Liverpool – Arsenal: Are we really that biased in our reviews?

  • Josif

    Wow. That’s why comments about the ref straight after or during the game don’t hold water. For instance, the only pro-Arsenal mistake I’d seen was a yellow card not given to Monreal when he chopped Mane down in the second half (min 62). I saw it as an attempt to break down the counter-attack.

    Then again, I know crap about the ref job. 🙂

  • Usama Zaka

    Arsenal were poor in this game discipline wise. Made far too many fouls in their own half, allowing Liverpool forwards dribble at them.

    Even if there were some more decisions that had gone our way it wouldn’t had changed the result, because our performance was one to forget.

    Robert Madley is in his 2nd full season now. Showed glimpses of promise last season but reverted back to Dean-Atkinson-Taylor-esque performances this season.

    Overall this was a good performance from him, even though he made 3 major errors.

  • Nitram

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is all I ask of referees, well not all, but the main thing, at that is that they at least try to be as balanced as they possibly can.

    Yes, we would LIKE them to be perfect but they will not be, and neither should we EXPECT them to be.

    I believe if we where refereed as such it would be worth up to 10 points a season to us, maybe more.

  • Norman14

    So, it’s Oliver for the NLD.

    Just the 3rd time the Spuds have had him at WHL since the beginning of March. He only had them last week against Bournmouth. In between, we had him at Palace

    FFS!

  • OlegYch

    i thought Arsenal was particularly bad on that day and the ref tried to help them stay in the game
    there is a new pattern i think
    not that refs wouldn’t try to help a worse team previously, but that they now don’t shy away from helping Arsenal, sometimes

    this season started well in terms of referring Arsenal games, but started deteriorating after NLD (when we were near the top of the league)
    i believe there is a correlation between referee performance and current Arsenal position in the league, designed to target a specific final position for Arsenal

    that should probably mean we can get a decent referring in upcoming NLD, perhaps even a favor

  • WalterBroeckx

    I notice the absence/silence of those who accuse us of being too biased in our ref reviews…. But they probably will be back for the WBA review…

  • Norman14

    Comparing the incidents between Alexis/Fuchs and Fellani/Aguero, I’ve come to the conclusion, that if Fellani had hit Aguero with an inanimate object, such as the ball or a corner flag, he wouldn’t have got either Red or 2nd Yellow. In fact, Aguero would probably have been carded for being a general nuisance.

    Then again, maybe Fellani’s head IS an inanimate object!

  • finsbury

    Thanks!

  • ob1977

    @Norman, exactly what i thought.
    I was quite disappointed with Wenger for not making more of the incident when pressed on it by the media… When he was asked if he was embarassed about Alexis he should have then pointed out his embarrassment with the refereeing of the incident, especially due to the correct refereeing of the incident in the City v Utd match…

  • Great as always! Proof that sometimes we lose because we get flat out beat. I remember Liverpool having their way with us in that match

  • Mubi

    @walter, good job. I am one of those who sees your ref reviews as biased. This is a great change from the norm, however you dont expect us to suddenly change our minds about your reviews after one unbiased review, just like we dont expect you to change your view about pgmol refs after one performance. Also i think it was easier for you to confess the ref seemed to help arsenal in this game since we lost, meaning the referees help didn’t translate to any gain in points. I would have been more convinced if you had done a review like this after the Burnley game which was headed for a draw until koscielny bundled the Ball into the net with his hands

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