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Untold Ref Review : Manchester City – Swansea

By Ref reviewer 03

Next in our reviewed games is the first game of Swansea in the PL. A visit to Manchester City and Mike Dean was the ref.

Let’s have a look at how one of our favourite refs did this game.

Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment points weight on
2 OTHER Toure Yaya Britton C Tripping 1 1 1
3 OTHER G. Barry N. Dyer C Tripping 1 1 1
14 OTHER Clichy Dyer C Foul 1 1 1
19 OFFSIDE S. Sinclair C assumed correct 1 1 1
24 PENALTY C Dzeko wanted a penalty but handball was unintentional at point blank range. Dean right not to give it. 1 3 3
24 OTHER Agustien Silva C Foul 1 1 1
31 OTHER Dzeko Williams NC Held off defender by grabbing his shirt. Right in front of the linesman too. Foul not given and City win a corner. 0 0 1
33 OFFSIDE Silva C Similar offside call to the one from which Everton scored against Arsenal last season, except this time they got the call right. 1 1 1
34 OTHER Barry Britton C Pushing 1 1 1
42 OTHER Rangel Toure Yaya C Advantage played 1 1 1
Half time 9 11 12
CORRECT 90,00% 91,67%
RED 0 0
PENALTY 1 1 100,00
GOAL 0 0
OTHER 0 1 0,00
1 2 50,00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100,00
Second half
47 OTHER De Jong Sinclair C De Jong stuck his arm out and took Sinclair down by his hand to his face. 1 1 1
47 YELLOW De Jong NC This should have been a yellow card. 0 0 2
51 OFFSIDE Dzeko C 1 1 1
52 OTHER De Jong Williams NC De Jong slid in a bit dangerously.  Should have been a free kick to Swansea. 0 0 1
53 PENALTY C Silva tripped up after Dyer pokes the ball.  Perhaps a 50-50 call.  Ref’s decision not to give a penalty is acceptable. 1 3 3
55 OTHER Silva Britton C Tripping 1 1 1
57 OTHER Britton Silva C Silva fouled but advantage played 1 1 1
57 GOAL C Dzeko scores from parried save. Onside. Goal okay 1 3 3
59 OTHER Richards Sinclair C Foul 1 1 1
61 OFFSIDE Toure Yaya C 1 1 1
66 OTHER Toure Yaya Sinclair C Foul 1 1 1
68 GOAL C Aguero scores. Micah Richards appeared to be even with the last defender in the build up. Goal okay. 1 3 3
71 GOAL C Silva scores. Aguero just does enough to keep the ball from completely passing goal line to kick it back to Silva. Goal okay. 1 3 3
73 OTHER Toure Yaya Routledge NC Foul not given for a shove on Routlege 0 0 1
76 OTHER Vorm C Passback – not sure if the ball was deliberately passed back to the keeper or was meant to be played to another defender who let the ball run to the keeper.  However, the ref is in his right to call the foul. 1 1 1
78 OTHER Graham Richards NC Dean ignores a shove by Graham on Richards.  Should have been a free kick, but City will have to settle for a throw-in. 0 0 1
79 OTHER Kompany Routledge C Obstruction 1 1 1
84 OTHER Kompany Graham NC Foul not given 0 0 1
90 OTHER Williams Dzeko C Foul 1 1 1
90+1 GOAL C Aguero – Fine goal from the Argie new boy. 1 3 3
2nd half score
TOTAL 15 25 31
% CORRECT 75,00% 80,65%
YELLOW 0 1 0,00
RED 0 0
PENALTY 1 1 100,00
GOAL 4 4 100,00
OTHER 1 1 100,00
6 7 85,71
OFFSIDE 2 2 100,00
TOTAL 24 36 43
% CORRECT 80,00% 83,72%
YELLOW 0 1 0,00
RED 0 0
PENALTY 2 2 100,00
GOAL 4 4 100,00
OTHER 1 2 50,00
7 9 77,78
OFFSIDE 4 4 100,00
Correct calls For Man City 10 41,67%
For Swansea 14 58,33%
Total correct calls 24
Wrong calls Against Man City 1 20,00%
Against Swansea 4 80,00%
Total 5

Swansea committed almost no fouls in the match (only 2 officially), and they didn’t park the bus either.  I wonder if they’ll be able to stay up in the Premiership because they remind me of Owen Coyle’s Burnley from a couple of seasons ago.

So, in any case, Dean got high marks in this game.  Certainly it was a relatively easy match to ref, but he scored well nonetheless.

And if all went right we can now look back at 5 ref reviews from the opening weekend of this season. Not a bad effort I would say.  And apart from the fact that one review was published before the review was actually finished (I, Walter take the blame for this) I think this is a great result. I hope we can go further on this road and do as many games as possible.

If by any coincidence you are a ref yourself and you might think : hey, I want to join them. Feel free and contact us. The more refs we have the better.

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10 comments to Untold Ref Review : Manchester City – Swansea

  • Andy Kelly

    Is it me or am I seeing a pattern emerging.

    Referees seem to be getting it pretty much right in games not involving Arsenal. However, when put in charge of an Arsenal game their judgement seems to be all over the place.

    Mike Dean has got 5 wrong calls in this game. The referees in Arsenal games regularly get 15-20 calls wrong.

    Could it be that their personal values are telling them one thing but they have been instructed to do otherwise causing these random failures?

  • walter

    Andy Kelly,

    If we stumble in to a pattern it will become clear during the season.

  • C4

    Maybe it’s a bit early for me to say this, but this is ridiculous, it just shows the chaps are not blind, they know a foul when they see one. For some reason the definition of a foul changes when it’s an Arsenal player involved.
    For example, if Diaby was sent off for violent conduct against Barton, then Barton should have gone off for doing exactly the same to Gervinho, unprovoked.
    I can’t believe some of the scores these refs who regularly go blind in our games are getting.

  • C4

    From the look of things, I think we’ll soon be able to rule out the “the refs are just incompetent” theory, which I’ve never subscribed to.

  • Rog B

    @AK C4 isnt this the whole reason Untold are covering as many games as possible,the more they cover the clearer picture we will get. Fantastic again Untold

  • walter

    RogB, the nail on the head

    C4, if we get the evidence from this through the numbers of the whole season you will get a special price for telling the future. 😉

  • Kentetsu

    A short review for this game, not so many incident. Most Arsenal matches are twice the length.
    Admirable that Swansea managed to hold off Man City for so long. Apparently Vorm had the match of his life (he actually said so himself) even though he only joined Swansea last week from FC Utrecht.

  • walter

    I have only seen parts of the game but it was a dream game for a ref. If no team comes to kick the other to shit then as a ref things are far easier.
    But beware if one of the teams comes out to kick the other. Then you can tell the good refs from the bad. Kicking the other is not allowed so then the ref has to show that he can stop those tactics.

  • Laundryender

    It could be that what untold exposes is the fact that English refs, or British refs are incapable or unprepared for the high tempo passing game that Arsenal try to play
    It could be that English teams just know that to stop us they have to break our flow, or never let us get a flow, which they are entitle to do, and we are entitled to protection from.
    It could just be that we have a team of wingers, player’s manager and supporters.
    It could be the Northern bias thingy, refs and assistants.
    What is a fact is that if we keep up this rate of reviewing, by the end of the season will have a verifiable set of data that will be hard to disagree with. I believe it will be unprecedented.
    Well done Untold, you deserve to be at award ceremonies

  • finsbury

    I agree with laundryender.