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Ref Review: Kevin Friend – Arsenal Vs Liverpool (2 – 2) [30/01/2013]

Match Review: Kevin Friend – Arsenal Vs Liverpool (2 – 2) [30/01/2013]

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Today’s referee is Kevin Friend

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Kevin Friend (2013-01-30)
Period 1
Min Type From On C/NC Reviewer Comment Weight
0 FOUL LIV C Steven Gerrard Commits a Regular foul. 1
0 FREE KICK ARS C Jack Wilshere takes a direct free kick. 1
1 THROW IN LIV C Stewart Downing concedes a throw in. 1
2 CORNER ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a corner kick. 1
3 GOAL KICK LIV C Daniel Sturridge concedes a goal kick. 1
4 GOAL LIV C Luis Suárez scores a goal for Liverpool. 1
5 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
5 CORNER LIV C José Reina concedes a corner kick. 1
6 OFFSIDE ARS C Jack Wilshere is played offside by Stewart Downing from a ball by Santiago Cazorla 1
6 FOUL ARS C Santiago Cazorla Commits a Regular foul. 1
6 FREE KICK LIV C Glen Johnson takes a direct free kick. 1
6 THROW IN ARS C Kieran Gibbs concedes a throw in. 1
7 THROW IN ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a throw in. 1
7 THROW IN LIV C Steven Gerrard concedes a throw in. 1
8 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
8 THROW IN LIV C Glen Johnson concedes a throw in. 1
9 GOAL KICK ARS C Aaron Ramsey concedes a goal kick. 1
9 THROW IN LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a throw in. 1
9 FOUL LIV C Lucas Leiva Commits a Regular foul. 1
9 FREE KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla takes a direct free kick. 1
9 THROW IN LIV C Glen Johnson concedes a throw in. 1
10 GOAL KICK LIV C Daniel Sturridge concedes a goal kick. 1
11 GOAL KICK ARS C Olivier Giroud concedes a goal kick. 1
13 THROW IN LIV C José Reina concedes a throw in. 1
14 THROW IN LIV C Stewart Downing concedes a throw in. 1
15 THROW IN LIV C Glen Johnson concedes a throw in. 1
16 CORNER LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a corner kick. 1
16 CORNER LIV C Lucas Leiva concedes a corner kick. 1
17 CORNER LIV C José Reina concedes a corner kick. 1
18 THROW IN LIV C Stewart Downing concedes a throw in. 1
19 THROW IN LIV C José Reina concedes a throw in. 1
20 FOUL LIV C Jordan Henderson Commits a Regular foul. 1
20 FREE KICK ARS C Aaron Ramsey takes a direct free kick. 1
22 GOAL KICK LIV C Jordan Henderson concedes a goal kick. 1
23 CORNER LIV C Steven Gerrard concedes a corner kick. 1
24 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
24 FOUL ARS C Santiago Cazorla Commits a Regular foul. 1
25 YELLOW ARS C Santiago Cazorla recieves a YellowCard for the following reason: Foul. 1
25 FREE KICK LIV C Glen Johnson takes a direct free kick. 1
26 CORNER ARS C Thomas Vermaelen concedes a corner kick. 1
27 FOUL ARS C Lukas Podolski Commits a Regular foul. 1
27 FREE KICK LIV C Andre Wisdom takes a direct free kick. 1
28 GOAL KICK LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a goal kick. 1
29 THROW IN ARS C Jack Wilshere concedes a throw in. 1
31 GOAL KICK LIV C Jordan Henderson concedes a goal kick. 1
32 OFFSIDE LIV C Stewart Downing is played offside by Kieran Gibbs from a ball by Jordan Henderson 1
33 CORNER LIV C Andre Wisdom concedes a corner kick. 1
35 FOUL ARS C Aaron Ramsey Commits a Regular foul. 1
36 FREE KICK LIV C 1
36 OFFSIDE LIV C Daniel Agger is played offside by André Clarindo dos Santos from a ball by Steven Gerrard 1
37 THROW IN ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a throw in. 1
37 THROW IN ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a throw in. 1
38 FOUL ARS C Thomas Vermaelen Commits a Regular foul. 1
39 FREE KICK LIV C Steven Gerrard takes a direct free kick. 1
40 THROW IN LIV C Daniel Sturridge concedes a throw in. 1
41 THROW IN LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a throw in. 1
42 THROW IN LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a throw in. 1
43 GOAL KICK LIV C Jordan Henderson concedes a goal kick. 1
44 THROW IN ARS C Thomas Vermaelen concedes a throw in. 1
Period 2
Min Type From On C/NC Reviewer Comment Weight
45 THROW IN ARS C Per Mertesacker concedes a throw in. 1
45 THROW IN ARS C André Clarindo dos Santos concedes a throw in. 1
45 GOAL KICK ARS C André Clarindo dos Santos concedes a goal kick. 1
46 THROW IN LIV C Steven Gerrard concedes a throw in. 1
47 THROW IN ARS C Lukas Podolski concedes a throw in. 1
48 FOUL ARS LIV C Sturridge claims a handball from Vermaelen. The ball was hanging between the two players. It first touched the arm of Sturridge and then fell against the arm of Vermaelen. Ref was correct to let them both go, both looked not intentional. 3
48 PENALTY ARS LIV C As said the ball came of the arm of Sturridge and then fell against the arm of Vermaelen both standing close to each other, the ball falling between them. 5
48 GOAL KICK LIV C Daniel Sturridge concedes a goal kick. 1
50 GOAL KICK ARS C André Clarindo dos Santos concedes a goal kick. 1
50 FOUL LIV C Jordan Henderson Commits a Regular foul. 1
50 FREE KICK ARS C André Clarindo dos Santos takes a direct free kick. 1
51 THROW IN LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a throw in. 1
51 FOUL LIV ARS C Wisdom goes in to the path of Podolski and blocks his run. But by stepping in Wisdom had control of the ball and he was allowed to shield the ball. 3
51 PENALTY LIV ARS C As said Wisdom read the path of the ball and the path of Podolski and by having the ball near his feet he made no real foul but Podolski bumped in to him. 5
52 THROW IN LIV C Andre Wisdom concedes a throw in. 1
54 GOAL KICK ARS C Theo Walcott concedes a goal kick. 1
54 THROW IN LIV C Jamie Carragher concedes a throw in. 1
55 FOUL LIV C Lucas Leiva Commits a Regular foul. 1
56 FREE KICK ARS C Lukas Podolski takes a direct free kick. 1
57 YELLOW LIV NC Carragher gets treatment after being hit by a ball in the stomach. The ref tells him to leave the field by stepping over the goal line which is 2 meters away from him. But the Carragher decides to go to the side line and wanders half the width of the pitch before finally stepping outside the field. A master class in time wasting. Ref should have booked him for that. And what about the instruction that a player who got treatment should leave the field by the nearest line? 3
58 THROW IN ARS C Aaron Ramsey concedes a throw in. 1
58 THROW IN LIV C Lucas Leiva concedes a throw in. 1
59 GOAL LIV C Jordan Henderson scores a goal for Liverpool. 1
61 GOAL KICK ARS C Aaron Ramsey concedes a goal kick. 1
62 GOAL KICK ARS C Lukas Podolski concedes a goal kick. 1
62 THROW IN LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a throw in. 1
63 FOUL LIV C Lucas Leiva Commits a Regular foul. 1
63 FREE KICK ARS C 1
63 GOAL ARS C Olivier Giroud scores a goal for Arsenal. 1
65 THROW IN LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a throw in. 1
66 GOAL ARS C Theo Walcott scores a goal for Arsenal. 1
67 FOUL LIV C Luis Suárez Commits a Regular foul. 1
67 FREE KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla takes a direct free kick. 1
68 GOAL KICK ARS C Lukas Podolski concedes a goal kick. 1
68 THROW IN ARS C André Clarindo dos Santos concedes a throw in. 1
69 THROW IN LIV C Andre Wisdom concedes a throw in. 1
71 THROW IN LIV C Glen Johnson concedes a throw in. 1
71 FOUL LIV C Lucas Leiva Commits a Regular foul. 1
71 YELLOW LIV NC 3rd foul in the second half. Ref has a word but should have done like with Cazorla in the first half who got a yellow card after two fouls. 3
71 FREE KICK ARS C Aaron Ramsey takes a direct free kick. 1
72 THROW IN LIV C José Reina concedes a throw in. 1
72 FOUL LIV C Steven Gerrard Commits a Regular foul. 1
72 YELLOW LIV C Steven Gerrard recieves a YellowCard for the following reason: Foul. People argue that he should have been sent off, but he caught Mertesacker not with his outstretched leg but with the other leg. But still a much deserved yellow card for a late tackle. 1
73 FREE KICK ARS C Bacary Sagna takes a direct free kick. 1
74 THROW IN LIV C Daniel Agger concedes a throw in. 1
75 FOUL ARS C Aaron Ramsey Commits a Regular foul. 1
75 FREE KICK LIV C Jamie Carragher takes a direct free kick. 1
76 THROW IN LIV C Steven Gerrard concedes a throw in. 1
76 THROW IN LIV C Andre Wisdom concedes a throw in. 1
76 FOUL LIV C Andre Wisdom Commits a Regular foul. 1
78 FREE KICK ARS C 1
78 GOAL KICK ARS C Per Mertesacker concedes a goal kick. 1
78 THROW IN ARS C André Clarindo dos Santos concedes a throw in. 1
79 THROW IN LIV C Jamie Carragher concedes a throw in. 1
80 CORNER ARS NC Thomas Vermaelen kicks the ball against the foot of Suarez so wasn’t a corner kick but should have been a goal kick. 2
80 GOAL KICK LIV NC Thomas Vermaelen kicks the ball against the foot of Suarez so wasn’t a corner kick but should have been a goal kick. 1
81 GOAL KICK ARS C Santiago Cazorla concedes a goal kick. 1
82 CORNER ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a corner kick. 1
83 CORNER LIV C José Reina concedes a corner kick. 1
84 GOAL KICK ARS C Olivier Giroud concedes a goal kick. 1
84 FOUL ARS C Olivier Giroud Commits a Dive foul. 1
84 YELLOW ARS C Olivier Giroud recieves a YellowCard for the following reason: Dive. 1
85 IND. FREE KICK LIV C 1
85 OFFSIDE LIV C Luis Suárez is played offside by Thomas Vermaelen from a ball by José Reina 1
85 CORNER LIV C Andre Wisdom concedes a corner kick. 1
87 GOAL KICK LIV C Luis Suárez concedes a goal kick. 1
88 THROW IN LIV C Andre Wisdom concedes a throw in. 1
88 THROW IN ARS C André Clarindo dos Santos concedes a throw in. 1
88 FOUL ARS C Bacary Sagna Commits a Regular foul. 1
89 FREE KICK LIV C Lucas Leiva takes a direct free kick. 1
89 FOUL ARS C Per Mertesacker Commits a Regular foul. 1
90 YELLOW ARS C Per Mertesacker recieves a YellowCard for the following reason: Foul. 1
90 FREE KICK LIV C Steven Gerrard takes a direct free kick. 1
90 CORNER ARS C Bacary Sagna concedes a corner kick. 1
90 CORNER ARS C Per Mertesacker concedes a corner kick. 1
91 FOUL LIV C Lucas Leiva Commits a Regular foul. 1
91 FREE KICK ARS C Wojciech Szczesny takes a direct free kick. 1
92 THROW IN ARS C Aaron Ramsey concedes a throw in. 1

Let us have a look at his competence numbers in this game

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Kevin Friend (2013-01-30)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
CORNER 8 8 100.00
FOUL 8 8 100.00
FREE KICK 8 8 100.00
GOAL 1 1 100.00
GOAL KICK 8 8 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
THROW IN 22 22 100.00
YELLOW 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 59 59 100.00
WEIGHTED 59 59 100.00
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
CORNER 5 6 83.33
FOUL 14 14 100.00
FREE KICK 11 11 100.00
GOAL 3 3 100.00
GOAL KICK 11 12 91.67
IND. FREE KICK 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
THROW IN 23 23 100.00
YELLOW 3 5 60.00
TOTAL 74 78 94.87
WEIGHTED 86 95 90.53
Totals Called Total Correct %
CORNER 13 14 92.86
FOUL 22 22 100.00
FREE KICK 19 19 100.00
GOAL 4 4 100.00
GOAL KICK 19 20 95.00
IND. FREE KICK 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
THROW IN 45 45 100.00
YELLOW 4 6 66.67
TOTAL 133 137 97.08
WEIGHTED 145 154 94.16

Let us see if it evens out in this game and have a look at the bias numbers

BIAS SUMMARY – Kevin Friend (2013-01-30)
Period 1 Arsenal % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 33 55.93 26 44.07 59
Correct For Weighted 33 55.93 26 44.07 59
Incorrect Against 0 0.00 0 0.00 0
Incorrect Against Weighted 0 0.00 0 0.00 0
Fouls Commited 5 62.50 3 37.50 8
Fouls Penalised 5 100.00 3 100.00 8
Period 2 Arsenal % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 41 55.41 33 44.59 74
Correct For Weighted 47 54.65 39 45.35 86
Incorrect Against 4 100.00 0 0.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 9 100.00 0 0.00 9
Fouls Commited 5 35.71 9 64.29 14
Fouls Penalised 5 100.00 9 100.00 14
Totals Arsenal % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 74 55.64 59 44.36 133
Correct For Weighted 80 55.17 65 44.83 145
Incorrect Against 4 100.00 0 0.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 9 100.00 0 0.00 9
Fouls Commited 10 45.45 12 54.55 22
Fouls Penalised 10 100.00 12 100.00 22

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What on earth can we ordinary supporters do about this mess?

THE FOREST FOR THE TREES

Don McMahon

There is a certain trend or barely discernible pattern in Football lately that has been bothering me and disturbing my inner peace. Is it my overactive, hyper-vivid imagination on steroids or perhaps a justified intuition based on some very bizarre coincidences that nag at my consciousness, or is it simply indigestion? Well here goes, anyway!

This week, the Europol investigators released a report stating that corruption and organised crime are rampant in football worldwide and that their investigations have uncovered serious fraud, bribery, influence-peddling and manipulation in leagues and competitions across the world.

My first concern with these revelations is that both Fifa AND Uefa stated their total surprise at these findings and as usual excreted their traditionally bland and generic support for such anti-corruption efforts. My question is; why aren’t Fifa and Uefa taking the lead in promoting and encouraging their own investigations and enquiries instead of being made to look like clueless fools to the world Football community?

The Europol report mentioned that there was evidence that they had simply scratched the surface and like an iceberg, and that there lay a vast conspiracy underneath the surface that could dwarf their current investigation’s findings.

They also mentioned that the reputedly pristine British Football world was, in fact, falling victim to the corruption rampant elsewhere. The FA chairman then stated that he’d bet his shirt (or something like that) on British Football being innocent of any contamination!

Yet we see, in Scotland, a most storied and historic club, Rangers, being demoted and its reputation permanently sullied by tax evasion and fraud charges! Europol implied that there was an EPL Club involved in the above corruption investigations as well.  My question is: what are the FA and its minions, stuffed suits and vested interests trying to hide and why?

We football fans, regardless of our allegiances, viewpoints and loyalties, desperately want to watch attractive, fair and competitive football at affordable prices. We have been deprived of this for a long time, what with ever escalating ticket prices, transportation costs, taxes and the like, as well due to the hegemony of a few privileged clubs profiting off their superior resources to monopolise the competitions.

The fairly recent  arrival and subsequent domination of inter-club mega-deals, hyper-greedy agents, win-at-all-cost football tactics, billionaire shady or autocratic owners (or wannabe owners) and mercenary players willing to jump ship at the drop of a quid or two more than their current clubs offer raises some more profound questions: why is the FA NOT interested in adopting and/or applying its own fit and proper ownership rules and Financial Fair Play regulations with any vigour and severity? Why is the FA not interested in controlling the agents’ unbridled greed and unregulated behaviours.

Closer to home, and perhaps among my wildest speculations and musings are the strange circumstances and, may I say, coincidences that seem to occur at AFC. I am talking about the constant and incessant deluge of criticism, negativism, anti-Wenger, anti-Arsenal rants and raging which coincide with the loss of our ¨stars¨ to our competitors thanks to, in most part, Dein the younger’s encouragement and the Alisher-in-the -box appearances the AAA’s beloved Mr.Usmanov seems to display at strategic moments, timed to play off the ¨sentiments¨ of a tiny minority of , but excessively vocal inter net malcontents, many of whom seem to live in the same residence and use the same computers.

My questions are: is there a provable,concerted and orchestrated attempt by the media, Mr.Usmanov, the invisible AAA, and even the football hierarchy (including the PGMOL) to vilify, demean, discredit and dismiss Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal’s credibility, reputation and philosophy, thereby rendering a great Football force for good, ineffective?

If this is so, is the Arsenal the only Club to be targeted or are their other football paragons in their sights? Finally, what role do British Football authorities play in this situation and is this a sign that corruption has indeed penetrated pure Albion’s sacred shores?

I know that some will say ¨pure rubbish¨ and ¨totally paranoid ranting¨, while others will moan that I dismiss all concerns and questioning of our club and football in general with disdain and blinkered naivete. I can accept the former but not the latter, as I believe dissenting options, positively expressed, supported by clear and logical fact-based logic and honestly presented are essential for the ongoing health and balance at our club.

That said, I am continuously disturbed and distressed by the concerted attacks on our beautiful game by nefarious forces inside and outside football, and by the evident disinterest, laissez-faire attitude and downright inertia displayed by our supposed leaders. this leads to my last questions and the most important of all: Just how deep has this criminal malaise penetrated football worldwide and what can we, as supporters, do about it, if anything?

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Financial Fair Play creeps into the Premier League

By Tony Attwood

And so it came to pass, just as suggested on Untold and elsewhere.  Premier League clubs will lose points and face other “touch sanctions” (in the words of Richard Scudamore) if they don’t comply with the League’s on Financial Fair Play rules.  The new approach has come in just in time to stop the whole £5.5bn television rights arrangement being spent on salaries.

It is by no means perfect, and it by no means everything we wanted, but at least it is a start.   It should have an impact on wage inflation and on long term losses.  With a spot of luck it will make clubs more stable.  And most of all, it is the first rule about finances in the Premier League.  Which means it is open to amendment and development.  Getting the first rule in place is always the hardest measure.

From next season the total loss a club can make across three seasons will be £105m. A big loss, but not so big that it won’t stop another buyer from the UAE taking over a club and throwing money at it.  Academy development and stadium building are not included in the calculations.

To give a perspective, last season the total losses were £361m – which suggests that the losses over the next three years without this regulation would be over £1bn.  If every club made the maximum allowable loss across the next three seasons then the total loss would be over£2bn, which suggests the rules will have no impact.

But that is not how the Premier League plays out.  A few clubs make a profit, a lot of clubs make losses well below the permitted level, so in fact only the big losers will be caught.

Thus the plan is not to cut spending but to stop it rising so fast, and to stop any more buy outs of the Man City and Chelsea type, and finally the reign in those two clubs.

Those clubs that have a wages bill over £52m a year can only add to that in a restricted way over the next three years – unless genuine increases in match day and commercial income occur.   13 of the Premier League clubs have wages bills over £52m a year.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Liverpool would have had points deducted if the rules had been in place from 2008 on and they had behaved in the same way as they actually did.  And to give a comparison, it is believed that Roman Abramovich has put £1bn into Chelsea in the past 10 years.

This is not all that Arsenal wanted – the club was seeking to put the Uefa rules into place in the league.  But even when the rules were relaxed to the ones that went through yesterday, Manchester City, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, Swansea and Aston Villa all voted against any restrictions.  Curiously Reading abstained, and so the new rule was passed.

It is far from everything that Untold has argued for.  But it is something.  As always, the journey of 10,000 miles starts with a single step.

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