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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 2 – 1 Wigan Athletic

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

Our figures show that when we analyse the errors made by refs there are consistent trends which do not “even out” through the season, as some commentators would have it.    All the earlier ref reviews plus analyses of the errors made by refs, and articles relating to our campaign to have the body which organises referees activities reformed, plus an analysis of the background to this campaign, can be found on:

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Today’s referee is Michael Jones –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Michael Jones (2012-04-07)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
3 OTHER Di Santo Luiz C push 1
4 OTHER Ivanovic Maloney C barged in to him 1
6 OFFSIDE Wigan C assumed correct, no replay. Assistant 1 1
9 OTHER Figueroa Ivanovic C Trip 1
10 OTHER Di Santo Cole NC Assistant 1 signals a foul. No foul to be seen. 1
12 OTHER Cahill Di Santo C push 1
13 OTHER Di Santo Essien C push 1
13 YELLOW Di Santo C ref warns him to calm down, 3rd foul in not yet 15 minutes 2
14 OTHER Mereiles Maloney C Trip 1
17 OTHER Malouda Boyce C tackle with both feet 1
19 OTHER Mereiles Moses C high foot 1
22 OTHER Drogba Alcaraz C not shown assumed correct 1
22 OTHER Essien Moses C trip 1
22 YELLOW Essien C Cynical, no chance of playing the ball, possible promising attack, correct card 2
23 OTHER Drogba Caldwell C Drogba wr’apped his arm around Caldwell causing both of them to fall to the floor 1
25 OFFSIDE Wigan C assumed correct, no replay. Assistant 1 1
28 PENALTY Cahill C ball hits the arm when a cross is being made, from short distance and hit him more on the chest than on the arm, correct non decision 3
30 OTHER Bertrand Moses NC Clear trip to prevent Moses from running further, close to assistant 1, who does nothing 1
31 PENALTY Caldwell Drogba C had his arm around him for a moment but Drogba goes down very easy, correct non call 3
32 OTHER Figueroa Sturridge NC Push not given 1
33 OTHER Ivanovic Maloney C Trip 1
34 OTHER Di Santo Luiz C Trip 1
35 OFFSIDE Wigan C correct 1
40 OTHER Mereiles Moses C tackle from behind 1
40 YELLOW Mereiles NC going trough the man, promising attack, should have been a yellow card 2
43 OFFSIDE Wigan NC Player was level with his closest defender, given by assistant 1 1
45 OTHER Wigan Bertrand NC Looked like a trip to me, not given 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
49 OTHER Essien Di Santo C came in his back 1
51 OFFSIDE Wigan C assumed correct 1
51 OFFSIDE Chelsea C about 5 yards even a blind man would have seen that one 1
53 OTHER Malouda McCarthy C High foot 1
53 YELLOW Malouda C studs showing is always dangerous 2
54 OTHER Mereiles Moses C Trip 1
56 OTHER Moses Bertrand C Push on the defender 1
59 OTHER Moses NC Ref gives handball. Moses touched the ball with his hand but only because,,, 1
59 OTHER Essien Moses NC Essien kicks Moses between the legs and trips him and then Moses touches the ball with his hands 1
61 OTHER Maloney Ivanovic C tackle from behind 1
61 YELLOW Maloney C promising attack, tackle from behind, correct card 2
62 OFFSIDE Ivanovic NC Not given 1
62 GOAL Chelsea NC ivanovic was clearly offside, assistant 1 misses it. Poor ref who has to face the whole Wigan team in protest 3
64 OTHER Figueroa Torres NC Figuero heads the ball away and Torres comes in with a leg at chest hight, should have been the othe way 1
64 YELLOW Torres NC was dangerous should have been a yellow 2
64 YELLOW Figueroa NC should have been the other way 2
66 OFFSIDE Chelsea NC Assistant clearly has lot it 1
67 OTHER Sturridge Di Santo C Trip 1
72 OFFSIDE Chelsea C assumed correct 1
75 PENALTY Caldwell NC Came in to meet a cross with his arms outstrechted, should have been a penalty 3
75 OTHER Figueroa Mikel C clipped the defender 1
82 GOAL Wigan C correct goal 3
84 OTHER NC Shot goes out from a chelsea defender, goal kick given 1
85 OTHER Maloney Ivanovic NC ivanovic first pushed him in the back, then Maloney tripped him. First foul should have been given. Close to assistant 1 1
88 OTHER Mikel Watson NC Came late not given 1
90 OTHER Watson Luiz C Push on the defender 1
93 OFFSIDE Mata NC Torrest takes a shot on goal that hits the post, Mata is standing offside 1
93 GOAL Chelsea NC The ball rebounds from the post and Mata who was standing offside when the inital shot was taken, takes advantage of his offside position to score. Should have been disallowed 3

What to make of this game? In the first half the ref was really doing a great job. And in fact most of the mistakes were down to the first assistant who called a foul that wasn’t a foul, stopped a Wigan attack for an offside that wasn’t, didn’t help the ref when a foul from Chelsea close to him happened.  I must admit in the knowledge of the events later in the game I decided to take a closer look at the assistant and he was clearly or blinded by something or biased. As a result a lot of the points lost by the ref came as a result of this assistant his mistakes.

In the first half Wigan claimed a penalty for a handball from Cahill but the ref gave correctly a corner because the ball first hit his chest and then the arm and from a close distance. In the second half Chelsea should have got a penalty when Caldwell handled a cross with an outstretched arm.  big decision going against Chelsea.

But when it comes to big decisions going against a team let us talk a bit about Wigan. What a great miss for the first goal. Ivanovic was clearly offside when the ball came in his direction. Further more Drogba seemed to touch the ball with his head and if he touched it Ivanovic would have been again offside. Like I said or he was blinded or he did it on purpose. Terrible miss and costly for the ref his final numbers.

The second Chelsea goal was also a total failure from the same assistant. When Torres managed to take his only good shot on goal Mata was past the last defender and in an offside position. When the ball rebounded from the post it came to Mata who then took advantage from his offside position.  The interfering of two other Chelsea players standing in an offside position who attacked the Wigan keeper added only to the feelings of injustice.   Now I know that such a thing (rebounding ball) is harder to see than the first offside goal but this is where a video replay would be helpful to make sure such mistakes do not happen.

Now Wigan is facing the consequences of those 2 mistakes and goes home empty handed.  They should have had at least one point.

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COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Michael Jones (2012-04-07)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 3 4 75.00
OTHER 14 18 77.78
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 2 3 66.67
TOTAL 21 27 77.78
WEIGHTED 27 34 79.41
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 3 33.33
OFFSIDE 3 6 50.00
OTHER 8 14 57.14
PENALTY 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 14 28 50.00
WEIGHTED 18 40 45.00
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 3 33.33
OFFSIDE 6 10 60.00
OTHER 22 32 68.75
PENALTY 2 3 66.67
YELLOW 4 7 57.14
TOTAL 35 55 63.64
WEIGHTED 45 74 60.81

A low score for the ref with the compliments of his first assistant.

BIAS SUMMARY – Michael Jones (2012-04-07)
Period 1 Chelsea % Wigan Athletic % Total
Correct For 8 40.00 12 60.00 20
Correct For Weighted 10 40.00 15 60.00 25
Incorrect Against 3 42.86 4 57.14 7
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 44.44 5 55.56 9
Fouls Commited 11 55.00 9 45.00 20
Fouls Penalised 10 90.91 7 77.78 17
Period 2 Chelsea % Wigan Athletic % Total
Correct For 6 42.86 8 57.14 14
Correct For Weighted 7 38.89 11 61.11 18
Incorrect Against 2 14.29 12 85.71 14
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 18.18 18 81.82 22
Fouls Commited 10 62.50 6 37.50 16
Fouls Penalised 6 60.00 5 83.33 11
Totals Chelsea % Wigan Athletic % Total
Correct For 14 41.18 20 58.82 34
Correct For Weighted 17 39.53 26 60.47 43
Incorrect Against 5 23.81 16 76.19 21
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 25.81 23 74.19 31
Fouls Commited 21 58.33 15 41.67 36
Fouls Penalised 16 76.19 12 80.00 28


The bias table shows a big handicap for Wigan but I think almost the half of those decisions are down to that one assistant who was having a shockingly bad afternoon.


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8 comments to Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 2 – 1 Wigan Athletic

  • WalterBroeckx


  • Mahdain

    this match summed up well the state of English game..rotten to the core but things did even out for wigan vs us didnt they? When is that review out again walter?

  • Anne

    Great review as usual. Does anyone else find it interesting that Wigan has had an amazing reversal of fortunes just after Martinez came out and praised EPL referees and complimented Mike Riley?

  • Anne


    We seem to be thinking along the same lines 🙂

  • aras

    The game was crying out for The Ox, but Weng got his tactics hopelessly wrong again by swapping BennyHill for Eboué-With-a-Syrup, who produced nothing. With less than 20 minutes to go, The Ox came on for the hapless Djourou, and although he started to make things happen, there seemed little support from his team-mates to latch on to anything coming their way. The Odious Chavs must have lapped up tonight’s performance because, unless we raise our game significantly on Saturday, they will run straight through us.

    Finally, let’s dwell on Monday night’s lack of tactics and team management. Pat Rice was content to rest on his sun-lounger all game and Weng seemed to occasionally flap his arms around like a demented penguin and then sit down again. These antics didn’t impress me, nor did they inspire his players. If Weng gave any sort of halftime team-talk, then nobody listened. And it just happened that, sitting in the opposite dugout, we saw a bright young manager, who, with very few resources at his disposal, got his tactics spot-on. If Weng is going to carry on in this vein, perhaps it’s time to seriously consider alternatives.

  • Arvind

    I agree Aras. I vote you become the Arsenal manager instead. How is that for an alternative?

  • nicholas

    Good analysis,how i wish Wenger could read this and adjust.

  • Gord


    It is amazing what sorts of articles one runs across in searching for arsenal OR gunners in the news.

    In Liberia, a game between two teams (one being Young Arsenal) has resulted in 3 players being banned for assaulting (whipping) the referee during the game. The lesser incident involves a 6 month ban, the greater incident a 2 year ban.

    It looks like there is no shortage of problems in Liberian football from the end of that article.