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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Tottenham Hotspur 5 – 0 Newcastle United, and a strange decision not given

Today’s referee is Andre Marriner – A game that was over after 20 minutes. But we take the whole game in account when we give points to the ref. What was his final score.

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Andre Marriner (2012-02-11)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
4 GOAL Tottenham C Correct goal 3
5 OFFSIDE Tottenham C assumed correct 1
6 GOAL Tottenham C Correct goal 3
8 OFFSIDE Tottenham C assumed correct 1
11 OTHER Parker Gutierrez C Ball and man coming from behind is a foul 1
14 PENALTY Adebayor C When a Newcastle Player jumped over the ball it his his hand when he was sliding on the floor, made no movement, so correct no call 3
20 GOAL Tottenham C Correct goal 3
22 OTHER Santon Saha NC Clear trip, Adebayor shoots but it goes wide, should have gone back to the foul just outside the penalty area 1
24 OTHER Parker Ba C Came in from behind 1
24 YELLOW Parker C second tackle from behind and this time no chance of playing the ball 2
25 OTHER Friedel NC Friedel touches the free kick and should have been a corner 1
31 OTHER Adebayor Ba C trip 1
32 OTHER Dawson Ba C assumed correct 1
34 GOAL Tottenham C Correct goal 3
37 OTHER Adebayor Gutierrez C Push 1
39 OTHER Walker Santon C came with stud showing foot 1
39 YELLOW Walker C Was dangerous, correct yellow card 2
45 OTHER Colocini Bale C High foot 1
45 OTHER Bale Colocini NC High foot, not given 1
45 OTHER Simpson Parker NC Another high foot but the first foul should have been given 1
46 OFFSIDE Tottenham C assumed correct 1
48 OTHER Newcastle? Adebayor NC Tackle from behind man and ball is a foul 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
48 OTHER Kranjcar Newcastle? NC Trip but advantage given. Possession is not the same as advantage ref. Foul in the Newcastle half with lots of defenders back and nothing opening up 1
51 OTHER Simpson Parker C Trip 1
52 OTHER Santon Modric C Trip 1
54 OTHER Ferguson Parker NC Ball and man is a foul 1
60 OTHER Ekoto NC Back pass to the keeper, not given by the ref.* 2
64 GOAL Tottenham C correct goal 3
70 OTHER Gosling Lennon C trip 1
70 YELLOW Gosling C promising attack 2
73 OTHER Guttierez Lennon NC push not given 1
75 OTHER Parker Guthrie C Trip 1
81 OTHER Coloccini Defoe C push 1
87 OTHER Simpson Adebayor C a bit wild kick 1
89 PENALTY Coloccini Defoe C Defoe makes a dive, ref doesn’t fall for it 3
89 YELLOW Defoe NC Should have been punished with a yellow card 2
89 OTHER Ba Nelson C Assumed correct 1
89 OTHER Coloccini Defoe NC Defoe is stopped because of the arm of Coloccini but goes done a bit theatrically 1
92 OTHER Tottenham C Assumed correct 1
93 OTHER Tottenham C Assumed correct 1

The game was quickly over and the ref seemed to relax a bit after the first 20 minutes. And from that moment he started to make a few mistakes. People might notice the * in the review on the 60th minute. More about that in after the competency summary as this was a very special case that the ref missed.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-02-11)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 4 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 7 12 58.33
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
YELLOW 2 2 100.00
TOTAL 17 22 77.27
WEIGHTED 29 34 85.29
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OTHER 9 14 64.29
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
YELLOW 1 2 50.00
TOTAL 12 18 66.67
WEIGHTED 17 25 68.00
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 5 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 16 26 61.54
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 3 4 75.00
TOTAL 29 40 72.50
WEIGHTED 46 59 77.97

All in all a score just around acceptable in a game with little history. But it did contain a bit of history in the way that the ref made a big mistake in the 60th minute. And as always I feel glad about such a thing because it gives me the chance to highlight a part of the rules.

In the 60th minute Newcastle is in the attack and a cross flies past everyone and ends up with Essou-Ekoto. He controls the ball, then lifts the ball on to his knee and then lifts it to his head and then plays a back pass to Friedel. The ref let it go but he should have stopped the game and should have given an indirect free kick to Newcastle. Because and I take this from the laws of the game and the instructions for the referees where they talk about a back pass to the keeper:

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, e.g. if a player:


Uses a deliberate trick while the ball is in play to pass the ball to his own goalkeeper with his head, chest, knee, etc. in order to circumvent the Law, irrespective of whether the goalkeeper touches the ball with his hands or not. The offence is committed by the player in attempting to circumvent both the letter and the spirit of Law 12 and play is restarted with an indirect free kick.


So Essou-Ekoto did all this and the ref did nothing. Not give an indirect free kick to Newcastle and not give a yellow card against Essou-Ekoto.

An amazing incident for me and a bad miss from the ref. Maybe another example of his concentration not being completely up any more?

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BIAS SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-02-11)
Period 1 Tottenham Hotspur % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 6 37.50 10 62.50 16
Correct For Weighted 16 59.26 11 40.74 27
Incorrect Against 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 57.14 3 42.86 7
Fouls Commited 10 71.43 4 28.57 14
Fouls Penalised 9 90.00 1 25.00 10
Period 2 Tottenham Hotspur % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 8 66.67 4 33.33 12
Correct For Weighted 11 64.71 6 35.29 17
Incorrect Against 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 37.50 5 62.50 8
Fouls Commited 6 40.00 9 60.00 15
Fouls Penalised 4 66.67 6 66.67 10
Totals Tottenham Hotspur % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 14 50.00 14 50.00 28
Correct For Weighted 27 61.36 17 38.64 44
Incorrect Against 6 50.00 6 50.00 12
Incorrect Against Weighted 7 46.67 8 53.33 15
Fouls Commited 16 55.17 13 44.83 29
Fouls Penalised 13 81.25 7 53.85 20

But credit to the ref for keeping the wrong calls in balance. I actually cannot remember a game where the ref made the same number of mistakes for both teams.

So not the best score but even for both teams in the mistakes. And one surely big missed call like I explained earlier on.


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5 comments to Untold Ref Review: Tottenham Hotspur 5 – 0 Newcastle United, and a strange decision not given

  • Kentetsu

    Well spotted about the Assou-Ekoto incident. I could not remember having read about this rule, so I looked through the Laws of the Game again and indeed it’s there. This incident shows that we have some excellent refs doing the reviews. The refs of the PGMOL pale in comparison…

  • LRV

    Very good explanation of the law there, bro. Hope our EPL Refs are reading this.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Yes Kentetsu I had seen the game live and at the time of the game it was 4-0 so didn’t really matter to the final score.
    But that is not important. This was a clear breaking of the rules and it is written down in the rules that trying to bend the back pass rule is an offence against the laws.
    This was an indication on how the refs clearly do not know or apply the rules.
    And maybe such a thing is why I once started the reviews all that time ago. To point at the people the things that a ref should have seen/given/punished.

    And then imagine if it would have been 1-0 at the time… an indirect free kick in the penalty area.. always possible to see something happening..

    And a ref just has to see it and more importantly give the foul, no matter what the score was or is.

    A blatant mistake from the ref…

  • Donnyfan1

    Excellent review- and thanks for that.

  • AnT

    Quite a big mistake from the ref! I bet the pundits do not know about it either… Time to further educate the refs and pundits? 😉
    Thanks Walter and Ref Reviewers for the info!