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By Ref Reviewer 03
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For the game Manchester United – Norwich we reviewed ref Stuart Attwell. How was his score?
|11||OTHER||Morrison||Valencia||NC||Shove – not given||0||0|
|18||OTHER||Evans||Bennett||NC||Holding – not given||0||0|
|24||OTHER||Morison||Evra||NC||Linesman called a foul but it looked like normal contact||0||0|
|26||OTHER||Jones||Morison||NC||Barged into player before winning header – not given||0||0|
|33||OTHER||Chicharito||Ruddy||NC||Backed into the keeper with arms extended during corner kick – not given||0||0|
|35||OTHER||Chicharito/Rooney||Ruddy/||NC||1 Chicharito was again interfering with the keeper during a corner. 2 Rooney climbed over Martin to win header. 3 Ball last went off of Martin but goal kick given to Norwich.||0||0|
|38||OTHER||Chicharito||NC||Chicharito slipped and blocked the ball with his arm – not given.||0||0|
|39||OTHER||Tierney||Rooney||NC||Tierney held Rooney by upper leg – not given though Rooney still managed a shot off target||0||0|
|40||OTHER||Johnson||Nani||C||Looked a committed challenge, perhaps there was a little shove||1||1|
|40||OTHER||Tierney||Nani||NC||Pulled him down – not given||0||0|
|41||OTHER||Naughton||Evra||NC||Trip at the edge of the area – not given||0||0|
|43||YELLOW||Fletcher||NC||Simulated fall in the area – should have been booked||0||0|
|47||OTHER||Nani||Johnson||NC||Caught the Norwich player’s boot as he cleared the ball – not given, advantage not signaled||0||0|
|52||OFFSIDE||Chicharito||C||very close call but can’t tell from angle – assumed correct||1||1|
|54||PENALTY||C||Rooney fell to ground under minimal contact by the Norwich player trying to head the ball away. No penalty was correct||1||3|
|54||YELLOW||Rooney||NC||Rooney should have been booked for diving||0||0|
|57||OTHER||Nani||Hoolahan||C||Tugged on his shorts||1||1|
|60||OTHER||Evans||Johnson||C||Climbed over him||1||1|
|71||OTHER||Welbeck||Tierney||C||Kicked Tierney’s boot as the Norwich player cleared the ball||1||1|
|71||YELLOW||Welbeck||C||Dangerous play deserved card||1||2|
|78||OTHER||Welbeck||Johnson||C||Got the ball, but a bit of the player too||1||1|
|90+3||OTHER||Jackson||Evans||NC||Push – not given||0||0|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Man U||8||30,77%|
|Total correct calls||26|
|Wrong calls||Against Man U||4||30,77%|
Atwell scored very poorly in the 1st half, rather well in the 2nd half, but overall had a poor score of 61%. Incorrect decisions favoured Manchester United by a 9 to 4 margin though there really wasn’t anything too controversial in these decisions.
For example, in the first half, Chicharito was often interfering with the Norwich keeper from corner kicks and getting away with it, and although Manchester opened the scoring from a corner kick halfway through the 2nd half, the goal was scored legitimately. Note that Chicharito had been substituted two or three minutes earlier.
There were also two instances of a Manchester United player throwing himself to ground in the area and appealing for a penalty, Fletcher in the 1st half, and Rooney in the 2nd half, both of whom should have been booked for simulation. However in both cases the ref didn’t fall for it, nor were Fletcher or Rooney guilty of any other bookable offenses in the match.
Regarding the correct calls, Norwich received 18 correct decisions compared to Manchester’s 8, indicating that Norwich was on the receiving end of more fouls in addition to the fact that United was whistled 6 times for offside compared to just once for Norwich. While neither side was dirty, except for maybe one tackle by Welbeck for which he was booked, Norwich played a relatively clean match with little fouling and were perhaps unfortunate not to come away with a point as they spurned several good scoring chances.
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.…
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