Arsenal News

Live Arsenal News

Arsenal latest news

Arsenal News & Transfers
As featured on NewsNow: Arsenal newsArsenal News 24/7

Arsenal News, Only Arsenal, Blogs, Transfer News


August 2021

Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 3 – 3 Manchester United

Below is the ref review of the Chelsea v. Man Utd match in which Howard Webb awarded United two controversial second half penalties enabling them to claw back from a 3-0 deficit to split the spoils with a 3-3 scoreline.

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Howard Webb (2012-02-05)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
1 OTHER Bosingwa Valencia C Foul ? assumed correct 1
1 OTHER Essien Evra C Trip 1
3 OTHER Evans Torres NC Held ? not given 1
4 OTHER Torres Evans C Trip 1
9 PENALTY C Bosingwa did grab Young’s jersey, but Young threw himself to ground unnaturally ? no call probably best decision 3
9 OTHER Young C Handled ball after diving to ground 1
11 OTHER Cahill Welbeck NC Trip at edge of area ? not given 1
11 PENALTY C Trip occurred outside penalty area 3
11 YELLOW Cahill NC Cahill tried to play ball but tripped Welbeck ? should have been booked 2
12 OFFSIDE Welbeck C Assumed correct 1
14 OTHER Young Ivanovic C Tackle from behind ? might have been booked, gets verbal warning 1
16 OTHER Valencia Essien NC Extends his studs dangerously to try to block clearance 1
18 OTHER Young Torres C Pulled him down 1
19 OTHER Torres Evra C Stepped on his foot from behind 1
21 OTHER Malouda Rafael NC Push ? not given 1
22 OTHER Malouda Welbeck NC Trip ? not given 1
23 OTHER Bosingwa Rafael C Pulled him back 1
24 OTHER Rafael Malouda C Trip 0
25 OTHER Evra Mata C Tripped from behind 1
26 OTHER Essien Welbeck NC Blocked Welbeck from joining in counter-attack 1
26 YELLOW Essien NC Should have been booked ? unsporting behaviour 2
26 OFFSIDE Young C 1
27 OTHER Malouda Rafael C Trip 1
28 OTHER Torres Evans C Evans stopped short, Torres ran into back of him 1
28 YELLOW Torres NC A foul, but not worth a booking 2
33 OTHER Ivanovic Rooney C Rooney flopped to ground under little contact, but I’ll give ref benefit of doubt 1
34 OTHER Evra Mata C Foul 1
36 GOAL C Johnny Evans own goal ? goal okay 3
43 OTHER Carrick Essien C Obstruction ? advantage played 1
44 OTHER Luiz Rooney NC Pushed Rooney wide so not able to play ball 1
44 OTHER Ivanovic Evra C Trip, got the ball but also the player ? linesman called this 1
46 OTHER Ivanovic Young C Crashed into Young 1
46 YELLOW Rooney NC Rooney slammed down the ball in anger, should have been booked for dissent 2
46 YELLOW Ivanovic C Reckless ? deserved yellow 2
47 OTHER Mata Giggs C Trip 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
46 GOAL C Mata ? Good goal 3
47 OTHER Bosingwa NC High kick ? not given 1
50 OTHER Evra Sturridge C Trip 1
50 YELLOW Evra C Unsporting behaviour 2
50 GOAL C Luiz- Goal okay 3
52 OTHER Malouda Valencia C Shove 1
53 OFFSIDE Chicharito C Assumed correct 1
54 OTHER Bosingwa Rafael C Foul 1
55 OTHER Rafael Torres C Foul 1
55 OTHER Chicharito Luiz C Pushed Luiz when going up for header 1
57 PENALTY Sturridge Evra C Evra tangled with Sturridge and went to ground. 3
58 GOAL C Rooney spot kick okay 3
59 OTHER Valencia Bosingwa C Looked like both players holding but I’ll give ref benefit of doubt 1
61 OTHER Valencia Bosingwa C Assumed correct 1
63 OTHER NC Ball last off Evra ? throw wrongly given to United 1
64 OTHER Giggs Meireles C Trip 1
68 PENALTY Ivanovic Welbeck NC Welbeck kicks the defender then falls down ? wrong call 3
68 YELLOW Welbeck NC Should have been booked for simulation 2
69 GOAL NC Rooney scored from bogus penalty 3
70 OTHER Valencia Malouda C Foul 1
83 OTHER Giggs Meireles C Trip 1
84 GOAL C Chicharito ? goal okay 3
85 OTHER Torres Ferdinand NC Push ? not given 1
88 OTHER Evans Torres NC Tackled player before touching ball 1
88 OTHER Essien Scholes C Trip 1
91 OTHER Scholes Luiz C Block/trip 1
91 YELLOW Scholes NC Should have been booked for dissent 2
93 PENALTY Luiz Evans C Luiz used position to his advantage 3
94 OFFSIDE Chicharito C Assumed correct 1

United had two penalty shouts in each half.  In the 9th minute Bosingwa did grab hold of Ashley Young’s jersey and then let go as Young flopped to the ground unnaturally.  The way he fell made it look like a dive, and the ref waved to play on.  This call could have gone either way, so I’ll allow the ref his judgment on this call.

Two minutes later, Cahill tripped up Danny Welbeck at the top of the area.  Replays show that Cahill, in an attempt to play the ball tripped up Welbeck just outside the penalty area.  Howard Webb from his angle must have thought that Cahill got a touch to the ball and ignored the foul, but in fact it was Welbeck who touched the ball away from the sliding-in Cahill.  This was a good scoring chance but not necessarily and obvious goal scoring chance.  We actually took a vote on this and by 2 votes to 1 the majority felt a yellow card was the best option all the while agreeing that he might have been sent off as well.

Later in the half, Chelsea scored from a Johnny Evans’ own goal and then added two more goals quickly in the 2nd half to build a 3-0 lead at home.  Manchester United would soon start to turn things around.

In the 57th minute, Evra drove the ball into the area.  Daniel Sturridge tried to poke the ball away as Evra tried to shield it.  Evra fell to ground and Webb pointed to the penalty spot.  This was another controversial goal which we also voted on.  By a two to one split decision the majority felt that Sturridge was imprudent and stuck his leg in and marked this as a correct call.

Ten minutes later, Webb would point to the spot again as Welbeck went down under a challenge by Ivanovic.  However, we felt that the ref got this call wrong.  Ivanovic pulled out of his challenge, Welbeck more or less kicked Ivanovic’s foot and then went to ground.  It should not have been a penalty and Welbeck should have been booked for simulation.  However Webb did give the penalty kick and United made the score 3-2.  A late goal by Chicharito brought United level and that’s how the match ended, albeit with some controversy.


COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Howard Webb (2012-02-05)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 18 25 72.00
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 1 5 20.00
TOTAL 24 35 68.57
WEIGHTED 30 45 66.67
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 5 80.00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 12 16 75.00
PENALTY 2 3 66.67
YELLOW 1 3 33.33
TOTAL 21 29 72.41
WEIGHTED 34 48 70.83
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 6 83.33
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
OTHER 30 41 73.17
PENALTY 4 5 80.00
YELLOW 2 8 25.00
TOTAL 45 64 70.31
WEIGHTED 64 93 68.82

Let us check the bias, if visible in this game

BIAS SUMMARY – Howard Webb (2012-02-05)
Period 1 Chelsea % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 11 47.83 12 52.17 23
Correct For Weighted 17 56.67 13 43.33 30
Incorrect Against 4 36.36 7 63.64 11
Incorrect Against Weighted 6 40.00 9 60.00 15
Fouls Commited 16 66.67 8 33.33 24
Fouls Penalised 11 68.75 6 75.00 17
Period 2 Chelsea % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 15 71.43 6 28.57 21
Correct For Weighted 22 64.71 12 35.29 34
Incorrect Against 6 75.00 2 25.00 8
Incorrect Against Weighted 12 85.71 2 14.29 14
Fouls Commited 6 37.50 10 62.50 16
Fouls Penalised 4 66.67 9 90.00 13
Totals Chelsea % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 26 59.09 18 40.91 44
Correct For Weighted 39 60.94 25 39.06 64
Incorrect Against 10 52.63 9 47.37 19
Incorrect Against Weighted 18 62.07 11 37.93 29
Fouls Commited 22 55.00 18 45.00 40
Fouls Penalised 15 68.18 15 83.33 30

In the match wrong calls were fairly evenly shared by both teams with the exception of the second penalty awarded to United. The Webb-moment one could say when he throw a life line to United.

Untold Arsenal

Watch Arsenal Live Streams With

Arsenal History


7 comments to Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 3 – 3 Manchester United

  • john d.

    Ti’s clear Howard Webb is a Man U’ implant. The anoying thing is that he does it without fear- so open. I also wonder if the FA is not part of it, why do they like chosing him to officiate key matches involving Man u’ and he never gets punished?

  • bob

    john d,
    your question answers itself.

  • Abdulrahmanyunusah

    Howard Wed is the stupid ref i ever see in Life to to people dat he is a man u fans God pas u

  • Bred Red

    This is obviously not a genuine article. IF it was genuine it must have been obtained illegally.

    This is, in my opinion, biased reporting by an unknown reporter, but obviously written by a frustrated Arsenal follower.

    Untold Ref report, kiss my ass.

  • WalterBroeckx

    My Dear Bred Red, of course you could maybe point at possible mistakes in this review.
    Now you are only trying to discredit the person who made this report without bringing in any evidence on the decisions themselves. And you could also use the rule book to point at where the ref reviewer is wrong of course.
    Maybe you could also say what your qualifications are and if you are a ref yourself or not?

    And if you are a ref you can always join us.

    All our reviews and we have done 110 games so far this season are done by refs.

    And if you don’t mind I do prefer to kiss something else

  • bob

    Bred Red,
    You know it took me a while but I finally spotted you in the crowd on the video as an accessory to that crime at Old Toilet in 2004 where you stood up on your rear haunches and snorted forth approvals in that satanic circle-jerk that you all performed that day as your master pulled your chains. How does it feel to live a lie, day after day, and only smell perfumed ManUre after you flush?

  • bob

    p.s. that is, if you flush?