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Untold Referees

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How referees are not quite as independent as we would like them to be.

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Untold Referees is part of “Untold Arsenal” – an ever growing collection of articles and comment on numerous aspects of football from a pro-Arsenal perspective.  A list of other sections within Untold Arsenal is given at the end of this page, and on the home page of the site.

Background: Initially Untold Arsenal started to publish referee reviews of Arsenal matches, and through this we found some evidence of what appeared to be consistent bias by referees against Arsenal.  The point was then made we would get a better overall picture of what is going on if we also analysed errors made by referees in non-Arsenal EPL games as well.

This site records our findings.  A summary of our position from the point of view of evidence is given here.

Untold Referees is written by a team who draw together their reports on how referees have performed in various matches, based on TV reporting of games.  We use the TV since it allows us to check and re-check decisions – but we are at the mercy of the TV stations which don’t always show each and every decision.  If you would like to contribute to the work of the panel please do get in touch with us via WalterBroeckx@hotmail.com

Past reports from Untold Referees are given below (these are roughly in date order starting with the latest) and after that the index to all the sites within the Untold series.

You might also be interested in this associated site…

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Match Review: Mike Dean – Arsenal Vs Wigan Athletic ( – ) [14/05/2013]

 

Is it right to have referees doing two Premier League games over a weekend?

Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Sunderland v Arsenal (0 – 1) [09/02/2013]

Tottenham v Arsenal: what can we expect from the ref?

Gambling, ref fixing, money laundering… all part of English football’s rich pagent

The politics of refereeing; it is not just what you know, it is who you kno

Sunderland – Arsenal: What can we expect from the ref?

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

Arsenal 5 West Ham 1 – the ref review

Match Review: Mike Dean – Arsenal Vs Manchester City (0 – 2) [13/01/2013]

On malevolent Dean Untold Arsenal leads the way, while rest of media scamper behind

 

Southampton v Arsenal – two ditches and a wall

How the refs are doing their job part 1

How Refs are doing their job (part 2)

 

Proper time, improper time, Fergie time, PGMOL time. Time to stop timewasting

  • Match Review: Kevin Friend – Arsenal Vs Southampton (6 – 1) [15/09/2012]
  • Over 100 ref decisions checked per game. Referee decisions upgrade is complete
  • Foreign players dive more than English players; English refs give support to English players.
  • Liverpool plan to start diving if refs don’t play fair
  • What happened to Referee Decisions
  • Football corruption allegations keep rolling along
  • Money can also buy you troubles
  • May you live in interesting times – how the media reports Untold stories
  • Jack’s back but who drops out.
  • Ref Review: the ultimate conclusion - what to do next?
  • Ref Review: Stoke v Arsenal (Lee Mason)

    Do refs get told – don’t do Man U again?

    To find out how well refs did in 2011/12 we analysed their every move.  Now we start the reports:

    EPL REFEREE REVIEW 2012- An historic study on the refs in the EPL

    1. Introduction to a historic study

    2. How it all started…

    3. ….To the current reviews

    4. Who let the Dog out?

    5. What can we show you?

    6. The first numbers: How many games and how competent are the refs

    7. Is there any Bias?

    8. Regional view: The North West

    9. Regional view: The North East

    10. Regional view: The Midlands

    11. Regional view: Others

    12 Regional view: London

     

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    What went on during the season:

    Ref Review: Liverpool 4 Chelsea 1 – the ref done good

    What is it like being a Fifa Ref?  The inside story.

    The reviews are collected here with the last review published shown first.

    Untold Ref Review: Sunderland 0 Man U 1

    Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 0 Newcastle 2

    The single rule change that would change all football at a stroke

    Untold Ref Review Swansea 1 Man C 0

    Has nothing changed in 40 years of refereeing?

    Ref Review: Newcastle 2 Wolverhampton 2

    Untold Ref Review: WBA 2 Arsenal 3-

     

     

    Penalties: Comparing Manchester U and Arsenal

    Untold Ref Reviews

    Swansea 0 Newcastle 2

    Norwich 1 Man City 6 – a pattern emerges?

    Arsenal v Chelsea Dean does great!  Yes!  Honest!

    The 57 minute game: Arsenal v Wigan

    Arsenal v Chelsea Ref Review: Dean does great!  Yes!  Honest!

    Untold Ref Review: Arsenal v Wigan

    The referee is a cartoon villain (and yes it is a record – same ref for six games in one season)

    A quick look back: Ref review for Wolverhampton v Arsenal

    Another look back: Our last Chelsea review (v Wigan)

    Untold PGMOL -

    1:  How the shadowy PGMOL not only runs the premier leagues refs, but also influences what appears in the media.

    2:  How PGMOL controls what is said on TV through “Dermot”

    3: The Refs on the Media – How the rules are changed to fit the story

    PGMOL looks after Premier League refs.  But are they serious?

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    Latest Untold Ref Reviews… (more reviews will appear shortly)

    Chelsea 2 Wigan 1

    Norwich City 2 Man U 1

    Man U 2 QPR 0

    Sunderland 0 Tottenham 0

    The referee series: what is wrong with the Premier League System

    Referee bias: A review of the last five seasons

    The stats that the Ref’s Association quote are simply totally wrong

    Giving each ref each team just twice a season would solve the crisis

    Mike Riley and the garden of secrecy

    How many wrong calls do refs make per game – and in favour of whom?

    Ref Watch: Arsenal v Wolves

    Arsenal v Man City

    Untold Ref Review: Arsenal 1 Man C 0

     

    It is Atkinson.  Find out what that means in today’s Ref Watch

    Arsenal versus City: The Untold Preview

     

    Arsène unedited:  on the subject of refs, plus trafficking of child footballers

    Ref Reviews: Man City 2 Bolton 0   Wolverhampton 0 Man U 5

    Match officials: Attacks upon linesmen and the professionalisation of refs

    Match fixing: Media rush to deny match fixing takes place

    Ref Reviews: Tottenham 1 Man U 3 and Chelsea 3 Man U 3

    QPR v Arsenal

    Ref Review: QPR v Arsenal – the ref review

    Ref Watch: The issue of confidence and for the fifth time it is Mike Dean

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    Ref Reviews: Arsenal v Aston Villa.  Phil Dowd gives a master class;  Liverpool v Everton – he’s ok here too.

    RefWatch: Arsenal v Villa starring Phil Dowd as panto villain

    Untold Referees

    Our last match – how the referee did.   Everton 0 Arsenal 1

    Wrong calls by the refs.  We compare Arsenal,  Chelsea, Liverpool, Man C, Man U, Tottenham

    Recent Ref Reviews: Man City 3 Blackburn 0;   Chelsea 3 Bolton 0;   Tottenham 1 WBA 0

    The ref’s decision not to give a foul was so ludicrous that even the Newcastle players stopped the game.   Arsenal v Newcastle – the ref review

    Untold Ref Review: Man U 2 WBA 0

    Celebrating a new milestone in our referee reviews

    Referees latest…

    Celebrating a new milestone in our referee reviews

    The ref’s decision not to give a foul was so ludicrous that even the Newcastle players stopped the game.   Arsenal v Newcastle – the ref review

    Milan v Arsenal: ref bent or ref incompetent?

    Tottenham 5 Newcastle 0 – ref shows complete ignorance of the rules

    Heading for third, but refs are still a danger

    Villa 0 Man City 1 – what a decent ref looks like

    Arsenal v Milan – just how biased can one referee be?

    A bad day on the pitch – why referees make mistakes

    The best football fairy tale ever – an analysis of the referees by the referees

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    We predicted that the ref would make “mistakes” and he certainly did.  To see how just how he fared, take a look at the Arsenal/Tottenham ref review.

    Match preview: Arsenal versus Tottenham

    Arsenal v M Dean.  Tottenham will also appear

    Referees – is there something to hide?

    Why we really do have to blame the refs

    Referees mistakes all even out in the end don’t they?   Well actually, no they don’t

    Our latest Untold Ref Review is… Manchester City 3 Fulham 0

    Norwich 0 Chelsea 0

    Everton v Manchester City – PMGOL showing their colours

    Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2

    Manchester City 3 Tottenham 2

    Untold Ref Review: Norwich – Chelsea, from zero to zero

    Untold Ref Review: Bolton – Liverpool

     Bolton 3 Liverpool 1

    Untold Ref Review: Arsenal – Blackburn, high scores all around

    Untold Ref Review: Manchester City – Tottenham, the spider web

     Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1

    The one and only Refwatch: Arsenal – Blackburn

     

    Ref Review : Bolton – Arsenal

    Swansea v Arsenal: the statistical and referee preview

    Ref Review: Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 3

     

    Suspicious ref decisions: when errors don’t balance out and become bias.  Part 2 of our new enquiry

    Fifa says Premier League is not exempt from corruption, and appoints ex-Interpol man to investigate

    Many refs make one wrong call every 10 minutes. Part 1 of our new enquiry.

    Latest Ref Reviews:    Sunderland 1 Man City 0        Fulham 0 Man U 5

    London people are unfit to referee according to the referees’ association

    Corruption in the Premier League: Poor-Bert – the next head of PGMO

    Incompetent or bent?  Certainly one or the other.   Fulham v Arsenal – the ref review

    Ref Watch – Fulham v Arsenal

    Watch out for the lightening in Manchester when Dowd is around

    Referees: the geographical bias

    1: The Ref’s Association has closed its web site

    2: London people are unfit to referee according to the referees’ association

    3: What did Mr Wenger mean when he said “We know what to expect in London”?

    Also…

    Corruption in the Premier League: Poor-Bert – the next head of PGMO

    Incompetent or bent?  Certainly one or the other.   Fulham v Arsenal – the ref review

    Ref Watch – Fulham v Arsenal

    Referees update – are they listening to Untold at last?  Surely not!

    Referees close their official web site, but make a step in the direction we’ve been asking for


    MU 4 Wolves 1

    Man City/Arsenal – and guess what Dowd scored?

    REFS: How Arsenal are coping better with refs this season.  Arsenal 1 Everton 0 ref review.


     

    Man U v Sunderland

    The referees’ comparison table: which refs score it right and which ones get it wrong.

    Arsenal 3 West Bromwich

    REF PREVIEW v WBA: We’ve had this ref twice and we’ve lost both times!!!!!!!!!

    REF ANALYSIS: Is Dowd really the best ref in the Premier League?

    REF REVIEW: Liverpool 1 Norwich 1

    REFEREES: 30% of all important decisions are wrong.  But is it a first half/second half thing?

    REF WATCH:Chelsea v Arsenal

    REF REVIEW: Man U 2 Norwich 0

    Mr Collina gets it wrong.  Refusing to help the refs will not help anyone.

    Who has the correct figures?  Mr Elleray or Untold

    Man City 2 Everton 0

    The Untold Ref Review: Tottenham v Arsenal

    Everton 0 Liverpool 2;

    Stoke 1 Man U 1;

    Chelsea 4 Swansea 1

    Tottenham 4 Liverpool 0

    The complete utter and disgraceful history of Mike Dean.    Ref watch for Tottenham v Arsenal

    Liverpool 2 Wolverhampton 1

    Arsenal 2 Olympiacos 1

    Fulham 2 Man C 2.

    Which ref makes the most wrong calls?

    Untold Ref Review – Arsenal 3 Bolton 0

    Man United 3 – Chelsea 1

    Fulham – Blackburn 1-1

    Bolton 0 – Man United 5

    Sunderland 1 – Chelsea 2

    Stoke 1 Liverpool 0

    Dortmund – Arsenal 1-1

    The Ref League Table

    Who gets the benefit of the wrong calls?

    Man City 3 Wigan 0

    Double punishment in football – is football just?

    Arsenal v Swansea

    Chelsea v Norwich

    Liverpool v Bolton

    Tottenham v Manchester City

    Arsenal versus Manchester United

    The Untold Weekly Ref Review

    Revealed: “The Busacca Moment” when referees move to fix the match

    The Untold Ref Review: Udinese/ Arsenal (other Untold ref reviews listed below – just scroll down)

    Untold Ref Review: Bolton v Man City

    The Untold Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool

    The Untold Ref review – Man U / Tottenham

    Untold weekly ref review – week 1

    The view behind the Ref Review series

    Untold Ref Review: Man City – Swansea

    Untold Ref Review: Arsenal – Udinese

    Untold Ref Review: Liverpool-Sunderland

    Untold Ref Review: Stoke – Chelsea

    The Untold Ref Review: didn’t he do badly?

    New Fufa head of the refs – what will change?

    Latest: Do all refs respond to swear words in the same way?

    Match Fixing: Latest on the arrests in Turkey and Greece

    The Italian scandal keeps coming back

    A call to arms; let us sort out this refereeing issue once and for all

    The big European study of refs reveals something rather sinister

    Refs and scandals: the problem spreads across the world

    Ipswich/Arsenal – the ref’s review

    Ref Watch: Birmingham v Arsenal

    There is something seriously wrong with refereeing in the EPL: Part 1 of our investigation

    Referees: conspiracy theory or practice – Part 2 of the special investigation.

    Just how bad does a ref have to be before he gets called “bent”

    There’s something rotten at the heart of refereeing

    Is the EPL fixed?  Taking the arguments forward.

    There is something seriously wrong with refereeing in the EPL: Part 1 of our investigation

    Referees: conspiracy theory or practice – Part 2 of the special investigation.

    Just how bad does a ref have to be before he gets called “bent”

    There’s something rotten at the heart of refereeing

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    Untold Arsenal – the (fairly) complete index

    (please note we’re still working on getting these indexes into shape – the Media index is just about done as is the page on Corruption, but others are still awaiting a make over)

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