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Ref review: Arsenal – West Ham United. There was a certain level of bias by the referee. But how much and against which team?

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

ARSENAL vs. WEST HAM UNITED

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 28
  • DATE: 5th April 2017
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson
1st LINESMAN: Stephen Child
2nd LINESMAN: Adam Nunn
4th OFFICIAL: Stuart Attwell

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Notes Points
05:18 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mark Noble (West Ham) Mistimed tackle, careless. 1 (FOUL)
06:46 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Michail Antonio (West Ham) Arm pull. 1 (FOUL)
08:35 Andy Carroll (West Ham) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Push. 1 (FOUL)
17:25 Arthur Masuaku (West Ham) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Should have been a penalty, this was the same situation like Bellerin had at Liverpool where the defender uses his arms to block the forward and makes a foul.

02. Walcott Penalty

02. Walcott Penalty002

02. Walcott Penalty003

-3 (PENALTY)
17:34 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Michail Antonio (West Ham) Deliberate attack breaking foul. 1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

19:35 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Michail Antonio (West Ham) Mistimed tackle, careless. 1 (FOUL)
22:35 Sam Byram (West Ham) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Push. 1 (FOUL)
25:54 Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Andy Carroll (West Ham) Jump in the back. 1 (ADVANTAGE)
28:25 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Andre Ayew (West Ham) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
33:02 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Mark Noble (West Ham) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
34:11 Andre Ayew (West Ham) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Mistimed tackle, careless. 1 (FOUL)
34:29 Sam Byram (West Ham) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Should have been a foul mistimed careless tackle.

04. Byram foul on Welbeck

-1 (FOUL)
38:16 Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Deliberate attack breaking foul. 1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

39:24 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Sam Byram (West Ham) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
44:57 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Sam Byram (West Ham) Charge. 1 (FOUL)
46:41 Andy Carroll (West Ham) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) It is difficult to see if the arm was used to push or to smash against the head of the defender. But at least a yellow card and a foul should have been given.

05. Carroll Yellow

05. Carroll Yellow002

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Notes Points
03:38 Michail Antonio (West Ham) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) By Assistant Referee Adam Nunn. 1 (OFFSIDE)
45:58 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) James Collins (West Ham) By Assistant Referee Stephen Child. 1 (OFFSIDE)

First Half Referee Report

Incorrect Decisions Against Arsenal

Fouls = 2

Yellow Cards = 1

Penalties = 1

Incorrect Decisions Against West Ham

Nil

 

Number of Correct Decisions

Fouls = 11

Advantages = 2

Yellow Cards = 2

Offsides = 2

Total = 17

Number of Incorrect Decisions

Fouls = 2

Yellow Cards = 1

Penalties = 1

Total = 4

Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 11

Advantages = 2

Yellow Cards = 4

Offsides = 2

Total = 19

Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 2

Yellow Cards = 2

Penalties = 3

Total = 7

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 17/(17+4) = 80.9%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 19/(19+7) = 73.0%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Notes Points
45:37 Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) The chasing defender doesn’t make contact with the ball so a foul

06. Foul on Sanchez

-1 (FOUL)
51:48 Jose Fonte (West Ham) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Push. 1 (FOUL)
61:10 Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) Trip. 1 (ADVANTAGE)
61:25 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Robert Snodgrass (West Ham) Reckless foul. Correct yellow. 1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

76:37 Sam Byram (West Ham) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Attack breaking foul. 1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

79:02 James Collins (West Ham) Nacho Monreal (arsenal) Defender slightly touches the ball and then they run in to each other, so no penalty

08. Nacho Penalty

08. Nacho Penalty002

3 (NON-PENALTY)
84:10 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Andre Ayew (West Ham) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
84:47 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Andre Ayew (West Ham) Trip. 1 (FOUL)
86:48 Sam Byram (West Ham) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Use of arm. Should have been a foul.

09. Foul on Sanchez

-1 (FOUL)
91:15 Sam Byram (West Ham) Nacho Monreal (arsenal) Defender clearly catches Monreal on his foot. A clear penalty not given and a yellow card should also been given for a reckless challenge, which would have been Byram’s second yellow.

10. Nacho Second Penalty

10. Nacho Second Penalty002

-3 (PENALTY)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Notes Points
47:05 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) James Collins (West Ham) By Assistant Referee Adam Nunn 1 (OFFSIDE)
55:01 Sam Byram (West Ham) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) By Assistant Referee Stephen Child. 1 (OFFSIDE)
66:21 Diafra Sakho West Ham) Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) By Assistant Referee Stephen Child. 1 (OFFSIDE)

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Notes Points
57:31 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Clean goal. 3 (GOAL)
67:49 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Clean goal. 3 (GOAL)
82:49 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal. 3 (GOAL)

Second Half Referee Report

Incorrect Decisions Against Arsenal

Fouls = 1

Yellow Cards = 1

Red Cards = 1

Penalties = 1

Total = 4

Incorrect Decisions Against West Ham

Nil

 

Number of Correct Decisions

Fouls = 5

Advantages = 1

Yellow Cards = 1

Offsides = 3

Goals = 3

Penalties = 1

Total = 14

Number of Incorrect Decisions

Fouls = 1

Yellow Cards = 1

Red Cards = 1

Penalties = 1

Total = 4

Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 5

Advantages = 1

Yellow Cards = 2

Offsides = 3

Goals = 9

Penalties = 3

Total = 23

Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 1

Yellow Cards = 2

Red Cards = 3

Penalties = 3

Total = 9

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 14/(14+4) = 77.7%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 23/(23+9) = 71.8%

 

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

Incorrect Decisions Against Arsenal

Fouls = 3

Yellow Cards = 2

Red Cards = 1

Penalties = 2

Total = 8

Incorrect Decisions Against West Ham

Nil

 

Number of Correct Decisions

Fouls = 16

Advantages = 3

Yellow Cards = 3

Offsides = 5

Goals = 3

Penalties = 1

Total = 31

Number of Incorrect Decisions

Fouls = 3

Yellow Cards = 2

Red Cards = 1

Penalties = 2

Total = 8

Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 16

Advantages = 3

Yellow Cards = 6

Offsides = 5

Goals = 9

Penalties = 3

Total = 42

Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted)

Fouls = 3

Yellow Cards = 4

Red Cards = 3

Penalties = 6

Total = 16

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 31/(31+8) = 79.4%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 42/(42+16) = 72.4%

 

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

 

Martin Atkinson was the ref.

And what can we say about Atkinson? “Same old” I guess.

After some 17 minutes Walcott was stopped by a defender in the penalty area by the use of his arms to block Walcott going past him. A foul and as it was in the penalty area it should have been a penalty for Arsenal. But as we have shown in the past Atkinson is allergic to give penalties to Arsenal (not against them that is easier to do) and so he waved it away as usual.

Another foul was missed from Byram and then Carroll did what he likes to do: use his elbows. Mustafi the victim and not even a foul given by the ref. Let alone getting a card out of his pocket…. As in the Chelsea match it is clear that for Atkinson an elbow can be used against Arsenal players without punishment. That is a really a sad fact.

But otherwise he did his job in  a more or less decent way.

First half score:  80.9% and 73.0% (Weighted) Above Average.

On to the second half and more of the same. Fouls on Arsenal players were ignored but Arsenal players being punished for minor fouls.

Arsenal managed to score 3 good goals so were cruising for a win and West Ham gave up on the match after the second goal more or less. Byram and Mustafi were carded correctly.

Another penalty decision had to be made when Monreal went over a defender in minute 79. As the defender stretched and played the ball this was not a foul and can be seen as a coming together after having played the ball. So in this case Atkinson made the right call and let play continue.

But then in extra time he really got it wrong. Monreal went past Byram who managed to take out both feet of Monreal. A clearer foul and penalty cannot be missed. But not for Atkinson. Oh no. The soft penalties he has given against Arsenal in his career cannot be counted on the fingers of both hands but this clear penalty was waved away. As noted above he seems allergic to give Arsenal a penalty. Really sad.

  • Second half score: 77.7% and 71.8% (Weighted) Average.
  • Overall score: 79.4% and 72.4% (Weighted) Average.
  • 3 wrong major decisions (2 Penalties for Arsenal not given, 1 Second yellow not given to Sam Byram)
  • 1 correct major decision of the non-penalty for West Ham
  • Bias score: 100% against Arsenal with 8 wrong decisions in total and all going against Arsenal…..

But a win for Arsenal and again a review that shows that a lot went wrong. And all what went wrong went wrong against Arsenal….

If people say our reviews are biased then they should try to give an answer to the question : why do the refs make it so easy for us to accuse them of being biased against Arsenal?

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10 comments to Ref review: Arsenal – West Ham United. There was a certain level of bias by the referee. But how much and against which team?

  • finsbury

    Thank you for the review.

    It would be interesting to compare this pgMOB representatives performance in this match, which let’s be fair was an embaressment to anyone watching the match let alone Mike Riley and his employers, with the pgMOB reps performance in the UEFA CL SF match he did (Madrid derby).

    What happens to this pgMOB representative (& others) when they officiate matches involving AFC? Was he smacked on the head by Riley’s truncheon and suffered concussive amnesia as a result? A opposed to be censored for going to a concert? Was he asked to apply the rules of the ass.football code for one team, and another unknown unrecorded yet variable code for the other? Perhaps he just forgot that he was at a football match and was having the day off?

    Who knows,but he sixty odd thousand people in the stadium watching the football match did not deserve to see such a poor official who appeared to not know the rules of association football (written down C1850).

  • Hunter13

    hmmmmmm ..they actually managed to stage protest with more than 8 people??!! well done! finally we can take them seriously now. all 27 of them !!!

    and how they pose for the cameras and the attention…

    the pride of north london !!!

  • bjtgooner

    An excellent review, once again the idiot in black was not fit for purpose – very obviously to everyone who watched the game – something which the media pundits cannot disguise.

    This was a good win for our guys despite the PGMO.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for that. Saw that game from behind the goal, do not know how we didn’t get at least one penalty….or actually I do.
    Until the club make a stand…..or if manager leaves ….if he has offended some jobsworth in power by telling it how it is, including this season, accusing a ref of being an embarrassment to his federation…, this will happen over and over
    Arsenal get it in the neck for a number of reasons….regional bias, a manager who has upset the desired status quo In the past, and if left unabated, could do so, again, a club who do not play the game….but partly, because they are so incredibly ,awfully feckin passive to this cheating. Would rivals put up with this ref shite?
    Wonder if they will change if cheated out of the top four?

  • omgarsenal

    Mandy…..nobody from the EPL clubs(managers,owners,players,supporters, management) are beating down the PIGMOB’s door or the FA’s for that matter, so why not?

    1)The FA levies fines for anyone involved in direct criticism or overt ridicule of officials decisions or persons.

    2)EPL clubs know that nobody listens to them anyway.

    3)EPL clubs know that nothing will change in the PIGMOB.

    4)It’s a mafia-type organization that answers to noone in particular and is as secretive as the mafia, so they pay off their ex-members to ensure omerta!

    5)If Arsenal openly attacked the PIGMOB, there would be revenge worse than we already suffer.

  • Steve Vallins

    The media (newspapers , Sky , BBC , BT etc ) all pay for the product and so they can’t /won’t crictise the product they earn a fortune from
    Sadly I don’t think there treatment of Arsenal won’t change
    I said on an earlier thread how did Lloris stay on the pitch in the Spurs v WH game last Friday he knew exactly what he was doing if only Arsenal had partially sighted referees doing there games

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Good work , guys . Thank you. Some of the non given fouls were truly terrible . Poor Nacho , lucky he didn’t get any broken bones.

  • Pat

    omgarsenal

    An excellent summary of Arsenal’s dilemma on the biased refereeing.

  • Nitram

    Agree Pat.

    omgarsenal

    You sum up the dilemma well.

    But I have said before, the way we are treated has nothing, or virtually nothing, to do with PGMOL. They do not run, manage, discipline, assess or anything else, in regards to the referees.

    The referees referee in accordance to how they will be judged in the media. The media run the referees.

    It is they who determine whether a ref is good bad or indifferent.

    If they are seen to be lenient with Arsenal, and heaven forbid deemed to of been culpable in us securing a victory, they will get slaughtered in the media, and they know it.

    If they screw us they will be praised.

    The ref in the FA Cup final against Hull was a disgrace but got roundly praised for not falling for our players ‘antics’ in the box and NOT awarding 4 good penalty appeals.

    Only on the back of the media kicking up a stink will the PGMOL react.

    In the same vein, if Wenger does something the media don’t like, they will keep on and on about it until he is duly punished.

    When others transgress, not a word, and the incident is left to die, and nothing happens.

    As a prime example of this we had just the other night Klopp throwing a bottle of water to the ground a la Wenger, and not a word was said by the commentators, or the officials.

    If the officials had failed to punish Wenger at the time they would of kept on and on about it until he was.

    Has anything happened to Klopp?

    Have the media even mentioned it?

    If soI haven’t seen it.

    I’ve googled ‘Klopp throws water bottle’ and guess what? Nothing.

    I’ve also googled ‘Wenger throws water bottle’ and guess what? A page full of articles and utube.

    As I say, the referees referee in accordance to how the media dictate they do.

    If Arsenal made a protest about the way we are refereed the media would have a field day. As omg suggests, things would simply get worse.

    Honestly. I don’t know what the answer is.

  • Micko

    Yes but why are all the press against us.

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