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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Manchester United 2 – 0 Queens Park Rangers

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.

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Today’s referee is Lee Mason –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Lee Mason (2012-04-08)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
3 OTHER Hill Welbeck C Late, studs to boot, might have been booked 1
6 OTHER Diakite Young C Trip 1
10 OTHER Rooney Diakite C Scythed down from behind 1
10 YELLOW Rooney NC A hard Yellow, but not given 2
14 OFFSIDE Young NC A yard offside,linesman should have seen this 1
14 PENALTY Derry Young NC Young felt Derry’s hand on back and dived to the ground 3
14 RED Derry NC It was offside, not a penalty, and thus shouldn’t have been sent off 3
14 YELLOW Young NC Should have been booked for simulation 2
15 GOAL Rooney NC Scored from wrongly awarded penalty 3
16 OTHER Mackie Evra C Push 1
18 OTHER Hill Welbeck C Obstruction 1
20 OTHER Taiwo Rafael NC Shove not given 1
21 OTHER Rafael Diakite C Shove 1
27 OTHER Rafael Taarabt C Trip 1
32 OFFSIDE Welbeck C 1
35 OTHER Onuoha Young C Trip, advantage played 1
35 PENALTY C Valencia tried to cut inside Taiwo and fell, good non call 3
35 OTHER Taiwo Valencia C Trip 1
36 OTHER Bothroyd Carrick C Little foul 1
38 OTHER Bothroyd C Handball 1
43 OTHER Buzsaky Rooney C Slight trip 1
44 OTHER Bothroyd Evans C Hand to face disputing header 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
47 OFFSIDE Welbeck C Just offside 1
49 OTHER Onuoha Young C Trip 1
49 OFFSIDE Welbeck C Correctly called onside 1
53 OTHER Young Taarabt C Trip 1
54 OTHER NC Ball last off Evra, should have been corner to QPR 1
59 OFFSIDE Rafael C Beat trap, correctly called onside 1
61 OFFSIDE Valencia C Assumed correct 1
68 GOAL Scholes C Goal okay 3
70 OTHER Scholes Mackie C Trip 1
72 OTHER Smith Giggs C Trip 1
73 OTHER Rafael Buzsaky C Rafael slipped and fell into Buzsaky 1
73 YELLOW Rafael NC Wrongly booked for simulation 2
75 OTHER Cleverey Smith C Trip 1
76 OTHER Cleverey Onuoha C Ran into him 1
80 OTHER Valencia Smith C Atempted trip 1
85 OTHER Evra Campbell C Trip 1
91 OTHER Rooney Campbell C Trip 1

Clint Hill made the first foul of the match catching Danny Welbeck a bit late.  And while you could say that the ref might have pulled out a yellow card for this tackle, what Rooney did in the 10th minute was not really debatable.

The Manchester forward lost possession and in an attempt to get the ball back, he somewhat scissor tripped Samba Diakite from behind.  It wasn’t a particularly violent tackle by Rooney but it was one that definitely deserved a booking, but Lee Mason decided to only whistle for the foul.  However the real controversy of this match happened in the 14th minute.

Ashley Young had slipped behind QPR’s line of defense and then the ball was played to him.  He was about a yard offside and it wasn’t a particularly difficult call for the linesman to make.  Nonetheless the linesman’s flag stayed down.

As Young ran onto the ball, he felt Shaun Derry’s hand on him, and even though it was the slightest of touches, Young decided to throw his legs out and fall to ground.  Young had simulated and deserved a booking, but the ref, perhaps thinking that Derry had tripped him not only gave Manchestr the spot kick, but he sent off Derry for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.  Now if the linesman had done his job properly none of this would have happened, but as it was, it did happen and QPR were effectively killed off by the 15th minute when Rooney put United up 1 – 0 and Rangers were reduced to ten men.

The match was pretty uneventful from that point onwards.  QPR barely committed any more fouls.  Paul Scholes added a second goal in the 68th minute which killed off the match, if it hadn’t been already.

Lee Mason would have had an excellent match if it hadn’t been for the erroneous offside/penalty/sending off call in the first half.  He did get the vast majority of the other calls right on the day, with one more exception that he booked Rafael for simulation in the 73rd minute well outside the penalty area when in fact the Brazilian defender had merely slipped.  Perhaps Lee Mason was feeling guilty for what had happened in the first half, and decided to book a United player as a concession.  But it didn’t gloss over the massive injustice that QPR suffered at the expense of Manchester United.

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COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Lee Mason (2012-04-08)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 0 1 0.00
OFFSIDE 1 2 50.00
OTHER 13 14 92.86
PENALTY 1 2 50.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 0 2 0.00
TOTAL 15 22 68.18
WEIGHTED 17 32 53.13
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
OTHER 10 11 90.91
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 15 17 88.24
WEIGHTED 17 20 85.00
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 2 50.00
OFFSIDE 5 6 83.33
OTHER 23 25 92.00
PENALTY 1 2 50.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 0 3 0.00
TOTAL 30 39 76.92
WEIGHTED 34 52 65.38

A very poor score in the first half.  Once the work was done he could become a ref and rescue his score in the second half.

BIAS SUMMARY – Lee Mason (2012-04-08)
Period 1 Manchester United % Queens Park Rangers % Total
Correct For 9 60.00 6 40.00 15
Correct For Weighted 9 52.94 8 47.06 17
Incorrect Against 1 14.29 6 85.71 7
Incorrect Against Weighted 1 6.67 14 93.33 15
Fouls Commited 5 35.71 9 64.29 14
Fouls Penalised 5 100.00 8 88.89 13
Period 2 Manchester United % Queens Park Rangers % Total
Correct For 5 33.33 10 66.67 15
Correct For Weighted 7 41.18 10 58.82 17
Incorrect Against 1 50.00 1 50.00 2
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 66.67 1 33.33 3
Fouls Commited 8 80.00 2 20.00 10
Fouls Penalised 8 100.00 2 100.00 10
Totals Manchester United % Queens Park Rangers % Total
Correct For 14 46.67 16 53.33 30
Correct For Weighted 16 47.06 18 52.94 34
Incorrect Against 2 22.22 7 77.78 9
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 16.67 15 83.33 18
Fouls Commited 13 54.17 11 45.83 24
Fouls Penalised 13 100.00 10 90.91 23

Look at that bias score in the incorrect decisions. Old Trafford lives up to its reputation. So did the ref.



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7 comments to Untold Ref Review: Manchester United 2 – 0 Queens Park Rangers

  • rafuuru sama

    simply put: what a joke of a refereeing team. old trafford wins as usual

    thanks for the review

  • Arun

    It is due to these types of yellow cards not given against Rooney that he is yet to be booked this season. What a joke this refereeing has become to accomplish the rednose xx.

  • Mandy dodd

    Says it all really. Only allowable video DVD Betamax evidence, of the sort used at top levels in all other sports will end this.
    Read somewhere that Ashley young has been in receipt of 11 pens over the last two seasons, we have not had a pen at home for a year.
    Do we fight them, join them, or get a uk manager that leaves an expensive bottle of claret in the refs dressing room and shares a drink after games with other managers….for starters. Do we buy our own pet ref?
    Just hope we stay the way we are

  • bob

    Yes, another stepping stone toward the Rednose XX.
    The video we saw the other day is the perfect evidence of his lad’s “dramatic” action, in Don Fungus’s stunning euphemistic phrase.

  • RedGooner

    The Bias is just sad really with every Ref report it just confirms more and more what everyone always felt.
    The corruption/poor standards continue while the FA and PGMOL try to bury their collective heads in the sand.

  • Tasos

    After awarding Man Utd the obligatory penalty and then sending off Shaun Derry, Lee Mason’s job was done.

    He was then able to officiate the rest of the game in a proper manor, safe in the knowledge his contribution will have appeased his masters.

    Lee Mason’s failure to administer Wayne Rooney his FIRST yellow card of the season after Scything down Diakite from behind adds more weight to the notion that this is League is as “bent-as-a-nine-bob-note”.

    Man Utd top of the fair play league, you’re having a laugh.

  • Ref Reviewer 03

    Undoubtedly the sending off affected QPR’s style of play against Man Utd, but QPR only committed 11 fouls against United during the entire match, and almost every foul was punished (QPR only made 2 fouls in the 2nd half).

    Now compare that to the 34 fouls QPR committed against Arsenal the previous week of which nearly half were not penalised by Mike Dean.