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August 2021

Untold Ref Review: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 3 Manchester United

Today’s referee is Martin Atkinson – Well it has been a while since Atkinson has done a United game if my memory serves me right.

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Martin Atkinson (2012-03-04)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
2 OTHER Jones Ekoto NC Jones comes in frontal and blocks the ball but then kicks Ekoto with the other leg. Not given 1
8 OTHER Sandro Scholes NC Tackle from behind not given 1
8 YELLOW Sandro NC Late challenge from behind without possibilty to play the ball, should be a caution always 2
10 OTHER Nani Ekoto C Assumed correct, not shown 1
25 OTHER Young Walker NC Kick on the ankle at the corner flag not given 1
27 OTHER Jones Saha C Trip from behind 1
27 YELLOW Jones C Just outside the penalty area, he ran after him for a while and then tripped him, a promising attack 2
37 OTHER Adebayor C Handball 1
37 GOAL Tottenham C The ball hit Adebayor in his mid rif but then he pushed the ball with his arm in his path and scored a goal. The ref disallowed it for handball. Correct decision as he moved his hand to the ball 3
37 YELLOW Adebayor NC When you score after a handball you should be penalised with a yellow card 2
38 OTHER Rooney King NC Jumps in his back, not given 1
40 OTHER Adebayor C handball, with both arms even 1
42 OTHER Rooney Sandro C Trip 1
43 OTHER Adebayor Jones C push in the back 1
44 OTHER Sandro Young C Caught him on his boot 1
44 YELLOW Sandro C a bit late so can be given 2
45 GOAL MU C Correct goal 3
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
48 OTHER Ekoto Rooney C High foot 1
49 OTHER Jones Adebayor C Leaning on him 1
52 OTHER Scholes Modric C Kick from behind 1
53 OTHER C Jones runs against Modric and goes down holding his head, the ref stops play 1
54 OTHER Livermore Jones NC High foot 1
55 OTHER Adebayor Scholes C Trip 1
58 OTHER Evra Modric C Trip 1
59 PENALTY Ferdinand Adebayor C No replay shown so I will stick with the ref who gave nothing 3
60 GOAL MU C Correct goal 3
64 OTHER Young Walker C Pull 1
69 GOAL MU C Correct goal 3
71 OTHER Sandro Rooney C Trip 1
72 OTHER Adebayor Evra C Trip 1
74 OTHER Adebayor Evans C Came in with the arm leading 1
75 OTHER Rooney Saha C push in the back 1
76 OTHER King Welbeck C Trip 1
87 GOAL Tottenham C Correct goal 3
88 OTHER Evans Rose C Trip 1
88 YELLOW Evans C stopping a promising attack 2
93 OTHER Evans Adebayor C push in the back 1

All in all a rather fair game from the ref. He missed a few things early on in the game but then gradually got better.

A talking point was the disallowed goal from Adebayor. The ball hit him on his midrif  but then he moved his left arm to the ball and pushed it on so the ref was correct in ruling this goal out.

Another moment that could have gone against United was the penalty shout for a possible foul on Adebayor. No replays were shown at the time so I will stick with the ref on this one.


COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Martin Atkinson (2012-03-04)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OTHER 7 11 63.64
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 11 17 64.71
WEIGHTED 17 25 68.00
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 3 3 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 14 15 93.33
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
YELLOW 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 20 21 95.24
WEIGHTED 29 30 96.67
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 5 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 21 26 80.77
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
YELLOW 3 5 60.00
TOTAL 31 38 81.58
WEIGHTED 46 55 83.64

A rather poor start from the ref but a very good finish of the game. His second half was almost perfect.

BIAS SUMMARY – Martin Atkinson (2012-03-04)
Period 1 Tottenham Hotspur % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 4 36.36 7 63.64 11
Correct For Weighted 5 29.41 12 70.59 17
Incorrect Against 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 37.50 5 62.50 8
Fouls Commited 5 45.45 6 54.55 11
Fouls Penalised 4 80.00 3 50.00 7
Period 2 Tottenham Hotspur % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 10 50.00 10 50.00 20
Correct For Weighted 13 44.83 16 55.17 29
Incorrect Against 0 0.00 1 100.00 1
Incorrect Against Weighted 0 0.00 1 100.00 1
Fouls Commited 8 53.33 7 46.67 15
Fouls Penalised 7 87.50 7 100.00 14
Totals Tottenham Hotspur % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 14 45.16 17 54.84 31
Correct For Weighted 18 39.13 28 60.87 46
Incorrect Against 3 42.86 4 57.14 7
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 33.33 6 66.67 9
Fouls Commited 13 50.00 13 50.00 26
Fouls Penalised 11 84.62 10 76.92 21

The bias table is also very well split up between both teams.

After the controversy of last years game between Chelsea and Manchester united at Stamford Bridge it took Atkinson almost one year to get another United game. So he did what most human beings would do: rule out any controversial decision going against United.  He didn’t hold the cards behind against United (a mild way of showing some protest?)  but when it mattered he gave the advantage of the doubt to United. Not saying that he tilted the game but I think I could see some making sure nothing could be said after the game of doing something against United.

Because let’s face it a ref wants to do those kind of games. If you as a ref had the choice between doing Wigan – Stoke or Tottenham – Manchester United? What would you like to do most? The choice is obvious for any ref and so he took the road to those kind of games again and I think SAF and Mike Riley will allow him back in after this game. Not sure he will ever get Chelsea – United ever again in his live but after this game I think he will be given more important games again.

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5 comments to Untold Ref Review: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 3 Manchester United

  • Bred Red

    Ummm, this ‘reporter’ spends more time analysing referees who ref Manchester United games anf then ‘publishes’ questionable data.

    Perhaps instead of watching Man Utd games on the tv and attempting to discredit ‘certain’ referees you should be out there watching and perhaps supporting Arsenal F.C, but for heavens sake PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t evaluate the ref’s performance. Watch the players not the ref, OR just maybe you have something about watching the match officials. Ummm

  • Donnyfan1

    Thanks for an excellent report. I agree with the tone of the evaluation. If looked to me at the time- that as long as United won Atkinson could ‘get away’ with being fair- and he did. Riley would be pleased with that one!

  • WalterBroeckx

    Ummmm this ref who reviews the refs is doing this because we like to keep an eye on how the refs perform in the PL. I can understand as a MU fan that you rather not talk about the refs too much in a way.

    You could as I asked you in the other article perhaps come up with more reliable data? If you have access to the PGMOL reports please share them with us. But as the PGMOL doesn’t want to make their numbers public we review the games ourselves and this is done by refs.

    And about discrediting ‘certain’ referees you can always try to name the ones we are discrediting.
    If you would take the trouble I could show you ref reviews where we have shown that MU got robbed at Stoke, that Tottenham got robbed at Stoke (coincidence it both happened at Stoke?). We are not after the skin of “certain” refs just for the sake of it.

    I could give you an example of Dowd. Who made the most biased game (just behind Mike Riley in game 50 of the unbeaten run once did) last season against Arsenal. And still this season on all the reviews (the last table we made) was the best ref in the EPL so far this season.

    Now if we would be out here doing it just to discredit ‘certain’ refs we would pick Dowd (I think together with Dean the most hated ref amongst most Gooners) to be discredited. But our ref reviewers say he has been the best so far this season.

    But I can see from where you are coming… when SAF wants to make us all believe ‘it evens out’ you love to believe him.

    We can prove it does not even out. Can you or SAF prove it does even out? Please present your evidence.

    It’s only a 110 games to catch up so if you hurry up a bit you should be ready when the new season starts…

  • Walter – why do you bother, the guy is clearly a moron, I would have just trashed it.

    I mean – “you watch referees so you must be like a bit gay for them init” (paraphrase) – is that really the best critique of your work he’s got?

    Like I said, put shit like this where it belongs – in the bin.

  • Gord

    @Reviewers – 15372 ManCity 2/Everton 0

    At 44 minutes, there is an offside that isn’t called, as the goaltender gets to the ball first. Is it correct to call that advantage?