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Untold Ref review : Dortmund – Arsenal 1-1

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For the trip to Dortmund in the CL we got the Italian ref Gianluca Rocchi. Most of the time I like Italian refs but was this one of the usually high standard we see? We can find it out.  Just read further.

Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment points weight
3 OFFSIDE Dortmund C Ref plays advantage as Szczesny has the ball in his hands 1 1
11 OFFSIDE Gotze C 1 1
13 OTHER Song NC Song got the ball but also the player and it was tackle from behind. Should have been given 0 0
14 OTHER Gotze Van Persie C Trip 1 1
15 OTHER Kagawa Koscielny C Little kick against the ankle 1 1
20 OTHER C Ref stops a corner to be taken to tell the players that they cannot interfere with the keeper and push each other. Great job 1 1
23 PENALTY Walcott C The defender kicked the ball away from the feet of Theo who ran against the defender. Correct decision to give nothing. 1 3
24 OTHER C Ref stops play when Koscielny goes down after a head collision with Sagna. Despite the possible dangerous situation. You must stop the play when a player has a knock on the head immediatly. 1 1
25 OTHER ? Arteta C tRIP 1 1
26 OFFSIDE Kagawa C 1 1
27 OFFSIDE Gotze C 1 1
35 OTHER Kehl Benayoun C Little trip 1 1
36 OTHER Schmeltzer Sagna NC Trip not given 0 0
40 OFFSIDE Kagawa C 1 1
42 GOAL Arsenal C Great finish and nothing wrong with the goal 1 3
Half time 13 17
CORRECT 86,67% 89,47%
RED 0 0
PENALTY 1 1 100,00
GOAL 1 1 100,00
OTHER 1 1 100,00
3 3 100,00
OFFSIDE 5 5 100,00
Second half
50 OFFSIDE Lewandowski C He was standing in an offside position when the first shot came in 1 1
52 OTHER Kehl Song C contact with the right foot of Song 1 1
54 OFFSIDE Gervinho NC Now this is a big mistake. Walcott had a shot on goal it went off a defender in corner and the assistant raised his flag for a positional offside? 0 0
56 OTHER Gervinho C Push in the back 1 1
59 OTHER Hummels Arteta C Jumping in the back 1 1
60 OTHER Van Persie Subotic C Push in the back 1 1
64 OTHER Bender Gervinho C Push in the back 1 1
68 OTHER Arteta Kehl C Trip 1 1
70 OTHER Van Persie Hummels C High foot 1 1
73 OTHER Bender Arteta C Trip 1 1
74 YELLOW Sagna NC Timewaisting,  was a bit hars I think 0 0
75 OTHER Schmelzer Gervinho C Tackle from behind and a late kick 1 1
75 YELLOW Schmelzer C This was a bit nasty and good spot from the ref 1 2
76 OFFSIDE Van Persie C Came back from an offside position 1 1
78 OFFSIDE Van Persie C Came back from an offside position 1 1
79 OTHER Arteta Gotze C The ref waited to see if there was an advantage as there wasn’t he came back to the foul 1 1
83 OTHER Frimpong C Handball 1 1
85 OTHER Kuba Benayoun C Pull 1 1
88 OTHER Song 15 C Trip 1 1
88 GOAL Dortmund C Nothing wrong with that goal 1 3
90 OTHER Lewandowski Frimpong C Trip 1 1
91 PENALTY C lewandowski goes down but the replay clearly shows that Szczesny won the ball and the only player committing a foul was actualy the striker coming in with his foot in the keeper. 1 3
92 OTHER Santos C Handball after he slipped 1 1
93 OTHER Bender Arteta C Late challenge 1 1
93 YELLOW Bender C The ref didn’t like the late tackle 1 2
2nd half score
TOTAL 23 29
% CORRECT 92,00% 90,63%
YELLOW 2 3 66,67
RED 0 0
PENALTY 1 1 100,00
GOAL 1 1 100,00
OTHER 1 1 100,00
5 6 83,33
OFFSIDE 3 4 75,00
TOTAL 36 46
% CORRECT 90,00% 90,20%
YELLOW 2 3 66,67
RED 0 0
PENALTY 2 2 100,00
GOAL 2 2 100,00
OTHER 2 2 100,00
8 9 88,89
OFFSIDE 8 9 88,89
Correct calls For Arsenal 21 58,33%
For Dortmund 15 41,67%
Total correct calls 36
Wrong calls Against Arsenal 3 75,00%
Against Dortmund 1 25,00%
Total 4

Well it was a great referee performance for me. Hardly any fouls missed and this resulted in very high scores.

We also have seen some great pro-active work by the ref with not allowing the first corner to be taken and first pointing at some players who are pushing or pulling or Walcott who was interfering with the keeper before the ball was taken. It can be that simple to stop those things. The players are aware of the ref and that he will take action so they just leave it and act according to the laws.  Hello refs in the EPL did you take notice?

The only disappointing thing for me was in fact the offside call from the assistant. When a player takes a shot at goal and the ball goes out to a corner you don’t come back to the possible offside position. As the ball didn’t reach the player he didn’t gain advantage from the offside position. The team gains advantage from the fact that the defender pushed the ball in corner but if the striker doesn’t attack the defender (Gervinho just stood there in an offside position) or interferes with play he is in a non punishable offside position. Maybe the only real mistake by the ref and his assistants.

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10 comments to Untold Ref review : Dortmund – Arsenal 1-1

  • davi

    Well done to the officials. They contributed to a very good game by doing their jobs correctly.

  • Byron

    I actually was waiting for this review with some anticipation as I thought this was the best performance from a ref I have seen in some time!!!

  • walter


    I agree.

    I really hated the fact that the assistant made a mistake with that offside decision in the second half. It was the only negative thing I have seen.

    About the pushing and shoving at a corner it can be so easy to handle if you want it as a ref. From the first corner you make it clear that you will allow nothing. Theo was moving and jumping in front of the keeper and the ref told him not to do it. There was some pushing around Theo (because of his jumping in front of the keeper) and the ref told them to cut it out. Players in Europe now that the ref will blow the whistle if they don’t behave so for the rest of the game I haven’t seen any fouls when there was a corner or a free kick from both teams.

    About the yellow card for Sagna I just would want to add that maybe the ref had warned him before with another throw not to waste time. If he had done this then the card would be okay for me. But now I thought at that moment there was not really a lot of time wasting. In fact it was the other Arsenal players who didn’t came to Sagna so he could throw the ball what caused the delay a bit.

    But overall a very strong performance from the ref. And yes maybe together with a game from Dowd the best I have seen from a ref this season.

    We must also add that both teams wanted to play the game in the right way and this is very helpful for a ref.

  • Really Walter, i never thought i’d see the day when Mr Dowd will rate highly with you.

    He’s such a loser!

  • Tasos

    I thought the Ref was excellent, he officiated with authority and not ego, which I find to be the problem with so many EPL Refs.

    When I pay to watch Arsenal play their opponents that’s exactly what I expect too enjoy. I do not give up My hard earned cash in order to watch some theatrical jumped up twat taking every opportunity to pose at the camera.

    I thought Mr Rocchi allowed the game to develop, thus allowing the contest to become the spectacle we all want it to be.

    In fact, like most good Refereeing performances, at the end of the game I couldn’t tell you what Mr Rocchi looked like.

  • Is it just me or are the refs that Arsenal have this season actually considerably better?

    I remember that farce in Portugal where Vela was tripped in the area and the ref gave against him for a dive – a lunatic decision. I thought this was what Euro football was all about, but now I find everyone is sweetness personified.

    What is going on?

  • walter

    I must say at the start of last season the refs also had some very good games. The first crack came with Foy and a few weeks later with Phil Dowd in fact…
    But for the rest the ref got rather high scores also at the start of the season

    So we just have to wait a bit to see how things will go from here… But I would love it if the ref standard stays high.

  • Matoo

    This may be going off on a tangent but since Tony was one of the first to recognize the rotational fouling and time-wasting strategies, is it possible that referees have rotational “bad seasons”? By this, I mean that every year, a few of the refs have to take the fall and produce the result that xxxx body wants (whoever that maybe) for that year. By this, they can maintain their usually high (or not) standards with only a dip in one year, which does not really affect the statistics that much.

  • Johnny Deigh

    Thought the shove on Van Persie when he went into the advertising boards could have been a penalty. The shove occurred in the area and it prevented Van Persie from making a cross in front of goal.

  • bob

    Billy the Dog,
    What’s going on? Surely it’s that
    Bussacca has brought his high standards
    to his new job as chief of referees
    at FIFA to bear on the pitch. 🙂
    Then again, this is a UEFA competition,
    so I don’t know if maybe it’s Bussacca’s
    removal from UEFA doings, like at Camp Nou,
    last season, that is boosting ref performance
    — so far.