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August 2021

Untold Ref Review: Norwich City 1 – 2 Manchester United

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 Andre Marriner –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Andre Marriner (2012-02-26)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
5 OTHER Jones Jackson NC Crashed into him to win ball, not given 1
7 OFFSIDE Chicharito NC Slightly offside and interfering with play on Scholes goal 1
7 GOAL NC Shoud not have counted 3
8 OTHER Jackson Evans C Trip 1
10 OTHER Johnson Nani C Won ball from behind with right foot, took out Nani with left leg 1
10 YELLOW Johnson C Deserved 2
12 OTHER Nani Fox C Shove 1
13 OTHER Johnson Welbeck C Shove 1
14 OTHER Holt Scholes C Ran into back of him 1
18 OTHER Johnson Evra C Attempted trip, kept possession but no advantage 1
20 OTHER Jones Surman C A bit dangerous in the challenge 1
23 OTHER Evra Jackson C Trip 1
29 OTHER Evans Jackson C Trip 1
32 OTHER Evans Jackson C High boot 1
36 OTHER Jones Holt C Ran into back of him 1
38 PENALTY Scholes NC Handled ball in area, not given 3
41 OTHER Drury Nani C Kicked his foot 1
46 OTHER Holt Evans C Foul 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
48 OTHER Evans Hoolahan C Hauled down by shirt 1
48 YELLOW Evans C Evans out of position in Norwich’s half, intentional foul to stop counter, good booking by ref 2
52 OTHER Naughton Welbeck NC Obstruction, not given 1
57 OFFSIDE Man Utd C Assumed correct 1
57 OTHER Welbeck C Handball 1
59 OTHER Chicharito Whitbread C Shove 1
60 OTHER Holt Welbeck C Attempted trip, advantage played 1
68 OTHER Jones Pilkington NC Obstruction, not given 1
74 OTHER Evra Hoolahan C Held his shirt 1
76 OTHER Ward Welbeck C Attempted trp, ref first waited to see if advantage developed 1
77 PENALTY Evra C Unintentional from close range, right non call 3
81 OTHER Naughton Young NC Young fouled Naughton as much or more 1
83 OTHER Naughton Welbeck NC Fouled in defensive half and pressured, not given, Norwich nearly scored 1
83 GOAL Holt C Goal okay 0
87 OTHER Young NC Challenged unfairly studs up, not given 1
87 YELLOW Young Naughton? NC Should’ve been booked for dangerous play 2
88 OTHER Young Bennett C Young fouled/fell on Bennett 1
88 PENALTY C Young was looking for a penalty, obviously it wasn’t one 3
91 OTHER Norwich Evra C Attempted trip, advantage played 1
92 GOAL Giggs C Goal okay 3

Andre Marriner was the ref as Manchester United made the trip to Norwich City.  This match goes back some weeks to a time when Manchester City were still league leaders, and it would not be a match without controversy.

Manchester United scored early in the match with a close-range header by Paul Scholes.  But if we look at the goal more closely we can see that when the cross was made, Chicharito was slightly offside and then he attempted to head the ball.  Therefore Chicharito was offside, active, and interfering with play.  He should have been whistled for offside and the goal should not have counted.

The rest of the half was played fairly cleanly without much incident until the 38th minute when Norwich attacked Manchester’s penalty area with a cross from the right wing.  Grant Holt could only manage to head the ball back across the goal area to a teammate when Paul Scholes slipped inside the Norwich player and controlled the ball with the help of his arm.  The ball was in the air a relatively long time and Scholes brought his arm down to meet the ball.  It was a case of “ball to arm” and Norwich should have been awarded a penalty.  Andre Marriner ignored however the claims for handball and United cleared the danger and went into the changing rooms 1-0 up at half time.

At the beginning of the second half, Johnny Evans picked up a booking for hauling down Wes Hoolahan by his shirt to prevent an attack.  This was a good call by the ref especially considering that Evans, a centre back, was out of position in the opposition’s half.

In the 83rd minute, Kyle Naughton nearly tripped Danny Welbeck in his own half.  The ref should have given Manchester a free out but ignored the foul.  Sholes recovered the ball after a bit of pressure, but then made a horrible pass across the pitch directly to Norwich’s Aaron Wilbraham who nearly scored, forcing a save from De Gea out for a corner.  De Gea managed to punch out the ball out from the resulting corner, but Norwich gathered the ball and sent a long ball back into
the area which eventually fell to Grant Holt who turned and scored the equaliser.

While Norwich didn’t score directly from Naughton’s foul on Welbeck, Manchester never really regained their composure after it, so you could say that United were a bit unfortunate about the goal.  However Scholes did recover the ball only to make an awful pass, and De Gea did clear the ball from the ensuing corner, and therefore I will mark the goal as correct.

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As the game entered injury time it looked like a plucky Norwich side would come away with a point, however in the dying minutes of the match Ryan Giggs would get the winner with tap in at the far post.  Norwich were encouraged by their performance on the day but were surely disappointed to walk away with nothing.

The game was played for the most part fairly and while Marriner got most of the calls right, he and his linesman still missed several big game-changing calls in this match.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-02-26)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 0 1 0.00
OFFSIDE 0 1 0.00
OTHER 13 14 92.86
PENALTY 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 14 18 77.78
WEIGHTED 15 23 65.22
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 8 13 61.54
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 1 2 50.00
TOTAL 14 20 70.00
WEIGHTED 23 30 76.67
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 3 66.67
OFFSIDE 1 2 50.00
OTHER 21 27 77.78
PENALTY 2 3 66.67
YELLOW 2 3 66.67
TOTAL 28 38 73.68
WEIGHTED 38 53 71.70

Not the best score but all in all just acceptable.

BIAS SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-02-26)
Period 1 Norwich City % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 6 42.86 8 57.14 14
Correct For Weighted 6 40.00 9 60.00 15
Incorrect Against 4 100.00 0 0.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 100.00 0 0.00 8
Fouls Commited 7 50.00 7 50.00 14
Fouls Penalised 7 100.00 6 85.71 13
Period 2 Norwich City % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 8 61.54 5 38.46 13
Correct For Weighted 11 55.00 9 45.00 20
Incorrect Against 4 66.67 2 33.33 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 71.43 2 28.57 7
Fouls Commited 5 41.67 7 58.33 12
Fouls Penalised 3 60.00 5 71.43 8
Totals Norwich City % Manchester United % Total
Correct For 14 51.85 13 48.15 27
Correct For Weighted 17 48.57 18 51.43 35
Incorrect Against 8 80.00 2 20.00 10
Incorrect Against Weighted 13 86.67 2 13.33 15
Fouls Commited 12 46.15 14 53.85 26
Fouls Penalised 10 83.33 11 78.57 21

When we look at the incorrect calls it looks to be business as usual one could say. The majority of mistakes going the United way.


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7 comments to Untold Ref Review: Norwich City 1 – 2 Manchester United

  • WalterBroeckx


  • Mahdain

    business as usual from united as the march to rednose XX continued.

  • Anne

    86% of incorrect calls against Norwich… And this was actually a relatively good performance by a ref in a ManU match… (shaking head) 🙂

    Well done ref reviewers, as usual.

  • doanythingformoney

    Thanks for the excellent review.
    Item for the next PGMOL management agenda.
    ‘It is statistcally impossible for wrong calls to always favour ManU- unless somewhere in the chain there is a conspiracy to defraud.’ DICUSS

  • Gord

    An off-topic about refereeing.

    Scotland is abandoning mandatory retirement at age 47. If a referee is able to perform the job, regardless of age, he/she will be allowed to do so.

  • Anne


    Funny, Dermot Gallagher was also granted an extension to continue his refereeing in the EPL despite exceeding the retirement age. This is surely one of those “coincidence theories” that bob was referring to on my last thread.

  • Anne


    What’s there to discuss when you’ve said it all already? 🙂