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August 2021

Untold Ref Review: Manchester City 3 – 0 Fulham


Untold Ref Reviews is a series that runs throughout the season, through which our referee’s panel reviews different games, based on the same agreed approach across all our reviewers.  You can find details of all our past reviews at



Today’s referee is Mike Dean – What can we say about him after this match?

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mike Dean (2012-02-04)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
10 PENALTY Baird Johnson NC Totally wrong decision from the ref. Johsnon blatantly sticks out his leg against the defender and then went down. He had to stretch a long way in fact to make contact 3
10 GOAL Manc NC Should NOT have been a penalty so not a goal 3
10 YELLOW Johnson NC Should have gotten a yellow card for diving 2
12 OTHER Richards C Handball given by the assistant 1
14 OTHER Dzeko C Handball 1
17 OTHER Savic ? NC Jumped in the back and then won the ball right under the nose of the ref, nothing given 1
18 OTHER Etuhu Richards C Pulled him back 1
21 OTHER Dempsey Savic NC Pushes him nothing given 1
22 OTHER Senderos Dzeko C Held him 1
23 OTHER Duff Silva C Pulled him back 1
30 GOAL Manc C correct goal 3
30 PENALTY Etuhu Silva NC Tackle from behind is always a foul when you touch the player ref. Not given 3
33 OTHER ? Richards C Tackle from behind, ref puts whistle in the mouth to see for an advantage. Man C keep the ball and ref let the play continue 1
35 OTHER Kolarov Kelly C Assistant signals the foul, the ref follows 1
37 OFFSIDE Manc C correct decision 1
39 OTHER Kolarov Kelly NC Frontal tackle, not given 1
43 OTHER Kolarov Duff C Push 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
48 OTHER Dzeko Etuhu C Trip 1
50 OTHER Barry Etuhu N Push not given 1
50 OTHER Lescott Dempsey C Trip 1
51 OTHER Barry Dembele NC Tackle from behind not given, got the ball but took the player with the other leg 1
55 OFFSIDE Fulham C assumed correct 1
62 OTHER Dzeko Kelly C Push 1
63 OTHER Barry Dempsey C Trip 1
65 OTHER Senderos Kolarov C Frontal tackle 1
65 YELLOW Senderos C Dangerous and frontal tackle 2
72 GOAL ManC C Correct goal 3
73 OTHER Kolarov Dembele C Pull 1
73 YELLOW Kolarov C Both players go nose to nose with each other 2
73 YELLOW Dembele C Both players go nose to nose with each other 2
79 OTHER Dempsey Savic C Trip 1
84 OTHER Richards Ruiz C Trip 1
85 OTHER Baird Dzeko C Tackle from behind 1
85 YELLOW Baird C Well deserved yellow card 2

If you want to see a crap ref performance you can have a look at the first half. This was utterly poor.

As I don’t give the English media any clicks or money I don’t know if they have crucified Johnson for his dive or not. What a cheat that was. He had to stick out his leg a long way to make contact but Dean fell for it. And I think he got informed about it by the 4th assistant that he was fooled and this might have been the reason for Dean to not give a penalty for a blatant foul on Silva when Etuhu tackled him from behind.

Now that was a penalty and again Dean got it wrong by this time giving nothing. A first reaction that slipped in to my mind was if it was because of the fact that the good old English lad that Johnson is would never even consider a dive and that that Johnny Foreigner bloke Silva surely must have gone down too easily even when he was kicked from behind.  But surely Dean wouldn’t think like that…or does he?

Fulham players and certainly Baird looked furious at the time of the first wrong given penalty and of course it was a pivotal moment in the game.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-02-04)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 2 50.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 8 11 72.73
PENALTY 0 2 0.00
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 10 17 58.82
WEIGHTED 12 26 46.15
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 9 11 81.82
YELLOW 4 4 100.00
TOTAL 15 17 88.24
WEIGHTED 21 23 91.30
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 3 66.67
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 17 22 77.27
PENALTY 0 2 0.00
YELLOW 4 5 80.00
TOTAL 25 34 73.53
WEIGHTED 33 49 67.35

Saved by the second half is the words that come to mind.  But with 2-0 down and in the freezing cold it was as if Fulham just did their duty and came on the field for another 45 minutes and not much happened. Apart from Dembele and Kolarov acting like schoolboys and sticking their nose against each other. Dean did well on that moment to book them and it earned him some points.

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BIAS SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-02-04)
Period 1 Manchester City % Fulham % Total
Correct For 5 50.00 5 50.00 10
Correct For Weighted 7 58.33 5 41.67 12
Incorrect Against 2 28.57 5 71.43 7
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 28.57 10 71.43 14
Fouls Commited 8 57.14 6 42.86 14
Fouls Penalised 5 62.50 4 66.67 9
Period 2 Manchester City % Fulham % Total
Correct For 8 53.33 7 46.67 15
Correct For Weighted 13 61.90 8 38.10 21
Incorrect Against 0 0.00 2 100.00 2
Incorrect Against Weighted 0 0.00 2 100.00 2
Fouls Commited 9 64.29 5 35.71 14
Fouls Penalised 7 77.78 5 100.00 12
Totals Manchester City % Fulham % Total
Correct For 13 52.00 12 48.00 25
Correct For Weighted 20 60.61 13 39.39 33
Incorrect Against 2 22.22 7 77.78 9
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 25.00 12 75.00 16
Fouls Commited 17 60.71 11 39.29 28
Fouls Penalised 12 70.59 9 81.82 21

As I said before I think Dean is the smartest refs of them all in a way. Knowing from where the wind comes he tries to please the wind makers as much as he can. City is one of the wind makers in the EPL for the moment so the wrong calls favoured City a lot.

Another fact is that in the first half the ref got only a score of 14% on the important decisions. This is utterly disgraceful for any ref. In fact the only correct important decision that he made was  giving the second goal for Manchester City. For the rest all his important calls were wrong. I have seen refs demoted for those things. This ref is handed a top game to perform his dark arts.

2 comments to Untold Ref Review: Manchester City 3 – 0 Fulham

  • Kentetsu

    I believe the general concensus in the English online media was that Johnson was intelligent for drawing a penalty like that. I don’t have access to actual newspaper, so maybe someone else can fill in on that.

  • Tasos

    Man City deservedly won this game, Fulham were poor, or were made to look poor for most of this game by a strong offensive display from the home team.

    However Adam Johnson clearly cheated to win a penalty that helped Man City gain that all important opening goal. The fact that Mike Dean so readily accepted Johnson’s dive/simulation, just as Howard Webb had accepted a dive from Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck only adds to the sense of frustration and injustice that I have as an Arsenal fan.

    During this period in the football season I have witnessed three separate cases of simulation from English players, all of which led to the award of penalties, D Sturridge for Chelsea at QPR, Adam Johnson here, and finally D Welbeck for Man Utd at Chelsea.

    Through the years penalties have always been wrongly but also honestly awarded by Referee’s, the reasons are obvious but I always felt less sinister in England. After these recent events two things have occurred to Me, firstly that English players must now be honing their skills of simulation on their clubs training grounds, secondly, that some of today’s official’s appear far too willing in readily accepting this particular form of cheating from our own (English) players.