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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea. Dean does great (yes honest)


Today’s referee is Mike Dean –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mike Dean (2012-04-21)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
3 OTHER Rosicky Torres C Trip, advantage played 1
3 OTHER Song Torres NC Song nipped ball away, wrong call 1
7 PENALTY C Kalou skipped over Sagna challenge, lost rhythm, went down, good no call 3
9 OFFSIDE RVP C Just offside 1
10 OFFSIDE Torres C 1
13 OTHER Essien AOC C Trip 1
15 OTHER Romeu RVP NC Played ball dangerously, not given 1
17 OFFSIDE Torres C Onside, good call 1
26 OFFSIDE C Kalou onside, correct 1
27 OTHER NC Ball last off Vermaelen, ref gives Arsenal goal kick 1
30 OTHER Rosicky Essien C Trip 1
30 YELLOW Rosicky C A bit reckless from behind 2
35 OTHER Terry Walcott C Bumped over from behind 1
39 PENALTY C Sagna used his position to hold off Bertrand, good no call 3
41 OTHER Romeu AOC C Trip 1
44 OTHER AOC Malouda C Shove 1
46 OTHER RVP Cahill C Not shown, assumed correct 1
47 OTHER Romeu AOC C Pulled back, ref quickly saw no advantage, blew whistle 1
47 OFFSIDE Walcott C Bosingwa’s miskick doesn’t play Walcott onside, good call 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
48 OTHER Song Malouda C Pulled back 1
49 OTHER Malouda RVP C Trip 1
49 YELLOW Malouda C Killed counter attack 2
50 OTHER RVP Essien C Trip from behind 1
50 YELLOW RVP C Killed counter attack 2
54 PENALTY C Song used his position to hold off Torres, good no call 3
54 OTHER Cahill AOC C Lunges to block ball, catches AOC 1
54 YELLOW Cahill C Dangerous play 2
62 OTHER Gervinho Bertrand C Little shove 1
63 OTHER Cahill RVP C Trip, normally he should be booked here, but that would be 2nd yellow, ref shows clemency 1
66 OTHER Song Torres C Pulled back 1
68 OTHER Bosingwa AOC NC Got ball but followed through on AOC, not given 1
69 OTHER Gervinho Bertrand C Linesman called a tug on defender 1
70 OTHER Kalou Sagna C Push 1
71 OTHER Bertrand Diaby C Pulled shorts, advantage played 1
72 OTHER Bosingwa Santos C Pulled back by shirt to stop counter 1
72 YELLOW Bosingwa C Unsporting behaviour 2
73 OTHER NC Ramsey poked ball out, but throw given to Arsenal 1
75 OTHER Sagna Torres C Torres backed in a bit, but Sagna went over top of him 1
75 OFFSIDE Mata C 1
76 OTHER Diaby Essien C A bit reckless from behind 1
76 YELLOW Diaby C Dangerous play 2
77 OTHER Mikel Koscielny C Foul 1
80 PENALTY C Cahill seemed to be jockeying for position, RVP went down easily, no penalty 3
81 OTHER Song Cole NC Trip, not given 1
81 OTHER Cole Song C Cole retaliates with a little kick/attempted trip from behind 1
81 YELLOW Cole C Dirty play 2
83 OFFSIDE RVP NC Looked half a step offside 1
83 OFFSIDE Torres C 1
86 OTHER Malouda Diaby NC Pulled back, not given 1
86 OTHER Essien Santos NC Trip, not given 1
91 OFFSIDE RVP C Assumed correct 1
92 OFFSIDE Mata C Assumed correct 1

Mike Dean has often put in poor performances when reffing Arsenal this season, but today he was different.  He was quite good to say the least, not showing any apparent bias.  No, today he looked like a proper professional referee, doing his job as he should and showing fairness to both sides.

The first clue that things were going to be different was when Kalou went down in the area in the 7th minute.  It didn’t look like a penalty.  Kalou seemed to have lost his rhythm as Sagna challenged and went down on his own accord.  The Emirates crowd held their breath until Dean correctly waved off the penalty appeal by Chelsea.

Similarly later in the match, there were also a couple of instances where Chelsea players Bertrand and Torres fell in the area when they were shouldered off by Sagna and Song respectively. In both of these cases, the defender used his position to hold off the Chelsea player, and Dean, not being duped, ignored the shouts.

Dean gave cards when necessary and had a word if needed as in the case when Vermaelen jumped into John Terry.  The Chelsea defender was however moving into Vermaelen’s path as he tried to shield him from the keeper.  Dean still might have booked Vermaelen for that, but having a word was alright there.

Note that Terry a little later fouled Walcott and then stood over him to make sure he didn’t easily take a quick free kick.  This was done very briefly, a clever play by Terry, and perhaps Dean might have booked Terry, but that would have been harsh in my opinion.  The ref did book players for tripping from behind and killing counter attacks.

Gary Cahill went into the books in the 54th minute for a dangerous challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Nine minutes later he was perhaps lucky to have stayed on the pitch when he tripped Van Persie who was looking to turn him after laying the ball off for Aaron Ramsey.  However Mike Dean must have felt the challenge was not worthy of a 2nd yellow and showed mercy on the Chelsea defender.

In the 80th minute, Arsenal had a penalty shout of their own.  Song curled a ball into the area and Van Persie started to back onto it.  Gary Cahill then rushed goalside of Van Persie to jockey for position when the Arsenal captain fell to ground.  The contact seemed normal and somewhat minimal and Van Persie went down rather easily.  It did not look a penalty in my view.  Dean was not feeling charitable awarding penalties on the day and he wasn’t about to start now.


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COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-04-21)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 6 6 100.00
OTHER 8 11 72.73
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 17 20 85.00
WEIGHTED 22 25 88.00
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 5 6 83.33
OTHER 15 20 75.00
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 6 6 100.00
TOTAL 28 34 82.35
WEIGHTED 38 44 86.36
Totals Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 11 12 91.67
OTHER 23 31 74.19
PENALTY 4 4 100.00
YELLOW 7 7 100.00
TOTAL 45 54 83.33
WEIGHTED 60 69 86.96

So a very high score for a game with Arsenal and Dean on the same pitch.

BIAS SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-04-21)
Period 1 Arsenal % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 7 41.18 10 58.82 17
Correct For Weighted 11 50.00 11 50.00 22
Incorrect Against 2 66.67 1 33.33 3
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 66.67 1 33.33 3
Fouls Commited 4 44.44 5 55.56 9
Fouls Penalised 4 100.00 4 80.00 8
Period 2 Arsenal % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 16 57.14 12 42.86 28
Correct For Weighted 22 57.89 16 42.11 38
Incorrect Against 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Fouls Commited 8 44.44 10 55.56 18
Fouls Penalised 7 87.50 8 80.00 15
Totals Arsenal % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 23 51.11 22 48.89 45
Correct For Weighted 33 55.00 27 45.00 60
Incorrect Against 5 55.56 4 44.44 9
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 55.56 4 44.44 9
Fouls Commited 12 44.44 15 55.56 27
Fouls Penalised 11 91.67 12 80.00 23

Arsenal definitely had chances to win this match with both Van Persie and Koscielny hitting the woodwork from set pieces, but it was not to be.  A draw and a point against Chelsea was not a bad result especially considering how Arsenal have done under Mike Dean lately, though I must say that the ref and his linesmen put in a very good shift, making few errors and getting nearly all of the big calls correct.

Even the bias numbers are very close for Dean in this game. Now surely it can’t be…no it can’t…or could it…or is it a coincidence after exposing him lately…

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41 comments to Untold Ref Review: Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea. Dean does great (yes honest)

  • Matt Clarke

    Thanks Untold for the analysis.

    Three things occur to me…
    1) We shouldn’t have to be grateful for a good game from the ref. (That’s not a stab at the writer: I’m just trying to add to the comments).

    2) re: “…or is it a coincidence after exposing him lately…” You may well be right, and WELL DONE! if this is so, but also consider,

    3) Who benefitted most from a 0-0 draw? Hot potatoes anyone?

  • malaysian gunner

    What about the push by Cahill on RVP?Some other refs could have given a penalty. It depends who is the ref. I have seen some soft penalties given.
    So you never know.

  • Anne

    @Matt Clarke:

    “Who benefitted most from a 0-0 draw? Hot potatoes anyone?”

    Good point there. Also made by DogFace in the most recent Refwatch.

    But even so, a bizarre performance from Dean. Don’t know what to make of it, really. Have we entered the twilight zone? 🙂

  • El Gringo

    At halftime I was a bit worried–I had thought Dean had given a couple soft fouls to Chelsea (watching ESPN3 on my laptop didn’t give me the best view, though, and history led me to assume the worst of the calls) to help slow down Arsenal’s attack. But I thought he was great in the second half. That relieved me since I was expecting another absolute nightmare.

    Wasn’t good to see Walcott pull up, though. Hope he recovers quickly.

    Thanks for the work to the anonymous Reviewer!

  • Johnny Deigh


    1) Yes, we should expect good refereeing as the norm, alas that is not often the case.

    2) Perhaps the exposure of Dean’s track record against Arsenal led to a bunch of mug money being bet against Arsenal and on Chelsea.

    3) Both Arsenal and Chelsea dropping 2 points benefited the teams in 4th and 5th.

  • walter

    And who is in 5th? yes a certain team with a certain Arry in charge and Dogface exposed the special relation between Arry and Mike…
    Alas for Mike and Arry QPR came in between with what they wanted

  • Mahdain

    @walter and guess what? Dean will ref spuds match vs bolton next week

  • Ugandan Goon

    Anyone know if dean is partial to a slice or two of lasagne?

  • bjtgooner

    Good review. I did think Dancer Dean did give some soft fee kicks to Chelsea, but at least he he didn’t give them penalties for falling over in the box. But, what would have happened if we had taken the lead? Would the real Dean have appeared?

  • Johnny Deigh

    The draw between Arsenal and Chelsea would have suited Spurs except they got beat by QPR. Im the end it suited Newcastle.

    So with spurs in trouble in steps the Dancing Dean for the Bolton match. It would be a pity if Owen Coyle had his team relegated because of behind the scenes machinations.

  • none

    While I accept what the reviewer has put regarding that penalty shout in the 80min. I disagree with it as from Alan Wiley’s comments

    “First and foremost its a penalty because there is enough contact in there for it to been a foul. The foul has happened in the penalty area, so its a penalty.”

    So from the PGMOL’s own mouthpiece, there should have been a penalty called. Or do different rules apply at The Grove?

  • Anne

    @Johnny Deigh:

    “Perhaps the exposure of Dean’s track record against Arsenal led to a bunch of mug money being bet against Arsenal and on Chelsea”

    That’s an excellent theory that I hadn’t thought of. Really excellent, actually….

  • none

    For those that havent seen the appointment for the weekend have been made…


    Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United (3pm)
    Referee: M Dean
    Assistants: R Ganfield, S Massey
    Fourth Official: M Atkinson
    Match Delegate: R Jobson
    PGMO: P Roberts

    And for Dogface (althought Im sure he knew)
    Stoke City v Arsenal (3pm)
    Referee: C Foy
    Assistants: J Flynn, D Cann
    Fourth Official: A Marriner
    Match Delegate: K Hibbitt
    PGMO: I Blanchard

  • Anne


    Yes, I had also noticed that Newcastle appointment. Will be interesting to see if Dean keeps up his sterling track record 🙂

  • none

    Im sure that Dean will have a Rosie weekend.

    I think what concerns me is

  • meditation

    @Anne about the footballisfixed site. A few years back something didnt add up with arsenal losing out on the league in 2008. I always felt that arsenal were held back in previous years but in 2008 it felt more extreme. So i started digging. One of the things i came across was footballisfixed. I posted the link on this website at the time and i may have been the first to do so. You should be able to look back at my old comments. I can vouch that a lot of the things said all those years ago on that site 90 percent has come true. He used to reveal more in his blogs. You also could subscribe to it for £10 at the time . I assume it was for betting tips whilst giving the true reality of football. At the time he said arsenal wouldnt win the league. That they were systematically being held back. Players would leave . Basically the chain of events i have witnessed. Im sure at the time he said arsenal were considering suing for loss of earnings as a way of countering. After a while you couldnt subscribe anymore but the odd blog would be written with other information given to subscribers. Then he said he was stopping the blog. Maybe it got to hot. The blog then reappeared as it is. Thats all i know. Hope that helps.

  • WalterBroeckx

    None, that is indeed scaring. We just have to find out if the assistants in the tottenham game at Stoke were the same. If so…. we are in to deep shit.
    Because for a big part it was the assistants who made a big mess in that game also

  • Mahdain

    so after getting our match vs chavs Dean gets a Newcastle and then a spuds match…mhh i would be very wary if i was a newcastle or Bolton fan

  • Mahdain

    @none @walter i saw Dogface mention it once that our record under Foy is not bad at all

  • Johnny Deigh

    @Walter – Different assistants, but same 4th official

    Dec 11, 2011 Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

    Referee: C Foy
    Assistants: S Ledger, R Pollock
    Fourth Official: A Marriner
    Match Delegate: K Hibbitt
    PGMO: E Lomas

  • WalterBroeckx

    Stoke is top of the league when it comes to favourable ‘mistakes’ from refs.
    I think it is because of Delap. Every throw in Stoke get, the ref gets an extra minute of rest in the game. 😉

  • WalterBroeckx

    Thanks Johnny, I remember the assistant(s?) having a few shocking decisions in favour of Stoke…

  • @meditation – I did some work with Jerry @ FIF some years ago and tried to form a partnership to release a more structured blog i.e. exactly like this one (except non Arsenal centric).

    Alas he had one of his turns (he is very difficult to work with and seems to go through cycles of depression) and publicly accused me of trying to steal his secrets on the FIF blog (retrospectively) after we fell out over him continually moving the goalposts of the project and not allowing me any ownership over the direction of the work – I got a bit sarcastic and he pulled the big ‘I am’.

    Personally – I think he was looking for a way out as I was asking a lot of questions about his methods and statements on the blog that didn’t quite add up.

    This paranoia and lack of trust is the norm for pro-gambler types, it gives them an edge in what they do but doesn’t win them any friends.

    I still have all the emails somewhere.

    Luckily Walter and Tony are easier to deal with and we are all singing off the same hymn sheet in that we want to expose/mainstream corruption and gambling ‘edges’ as part of a bigger picture rather than in an attempt to gain personal notoriety, network and/or advertise our services.

    I learned a lot from Jerry – so no hard feelings, he does what he does and we do what we do.

  • Johnny Deigh

    Yes, there was a disallowed goal for an offside call against Adebayor when he was in fact a good 2 yards onside.

    So there will be different linesmen for the Arsneal match, but the ref and 4th official will be the same.

  • Tasos

    @Johnny Deigh

    Chris Foy’s performance in that Stoke V Spurs match wreaked of corruption.

    Mr Foy is gaining quite a reputation this season.

  • mark

    I think that we should have gotten a penalty for the foul by Cahill on RVP in the 80th minute. It is not the force of the contact but the nature of it. And the way in which GC made contact with RVP upset his balance and denied him a change to shoot on goal. So while Dean had a better game he still got that one wrong!

  • Anne

    @meditation and dogface:

    Thanks for the background info on FIF. It’s very interesting. Random thought, but I suppose that we do know that the blog is still being written by the same author following this sudden reemergence?

    Meditation, I did go back and take a look at some of the old Untold articles from 2008. Haven’t found any comments about FIF yet, but it still is quite fascinating to see how far the blog has come in a few years 🙂 I hadn’t seen any of those old articles, so I’m rather enjoying it.

    As far as FIF is concerned, if I had a four year track record of accuracy to lean back on, I’d probably be willing to put more trust in them than I am now. But for the time being, I make judgements based on the evidence, and as such, I will only believe FIF in those instances where they provide some 🙂

  • @Anne – yes, of course it is – it’s re-emerged about 5 times now, so this is nothing new. You will never get any hard analysis from it as it’s 50/50 inside information/analysis+educated guesswork – the way he reports it is smoke and mirrors to some extent to blur his methods… I mean – neural networks, do me a favour!

  • meditation

    @ dogface and anne. Just reading between the lines it seemed his paranoia may be born out of being a manc. This city can do that. A CONCRETE JUNGLE the size of a garden flooded with the strong will of mancunians can make you curious and apprehensive. Im a manc . i know. One thing i look at is the human element. The imperfect balance .The mistakes we are likely to make and the learning process which makes those mistakes fundamental in making steps towards truth.Gathering info reflects the action of the past. What makes us take the first step to discover. Instinct, intuition. many things. Sometimes we know truth and are on the way to proving it and not trying to find it. Thats where a conspiracy becomes a theory. I look past the arrogance of man and just look at the message. The message ive been getting for a while is the sport we love is tarnished and the great work that untold and others are doing will change that. Lets not get paranoid about paranoia.

  • Gord


    I haven’t written any neural net stuff, but have seen it used in places that surprised me. Does this guy have any papers out? I can’t imagine there is enough detail on his website to guess what he is doing. But I agree that NN is often just a lot of hocus pocus. But, is controlling individual pots at an aluminum smelter any different?

  • meditation

    @dogface. or he probably could be a narcissist. On another note i may have some info that may help with the building of your data and predictions. I think there are a few keys missing of your bunch.

  • Gord

    I looked around arXiv a bit. I looked at 200 hits from Google on neural net there (which is O(1%)), and none looked vaguely like looking for conspiracies in football. There are 0 hits there on neural nets and gambling or betting. There are some (60) hits involving football or soccer, but none seem to be about the sport. The only one which looked vaguely interesting in terms of trying to write something to look for conspiracies in football was:

    PhysicsGP: A Genetic Programming Approach to Event Selection

    As you can tell from the title, it doesn’t use neural nets.

  • meditation

    as you can see Gord and I are fighting crime . I dont who is batman and who is robin but we will ensure safety. Im just having a laugh because the past 2 comments were sent within minutes. following me? WAIT. I cant be too paranoid of paranoia. Interesting link.

  • Gord


    I’m going to guess your day is starting. I’m just about ready to go to sleep. Best of luck fighting crime. You’re a number cruncher?

  • WalterBroeckx

    off topic : I haven’t seen the game yesterday because I decided to watch a movie with my wife (Shutters Island – still have to see the second part so don’t tell me how it will finish 😉 ) But what on earth entered in Terry his mind when he planted his knee in the back of that Barcelona player? Was he forgotten that it wasn’t an English ref in this game?

    Anyhow, my hope that Bayern wins the CL is still alive. The only decent runned team of the 4 semi finalists. It really would be a boost for any football team that tries to do it the right way to see a team win the CL that is not buried under an enormous debt or lives out of the hand and totally depending of a billionaire.

    Go Lederhosen, go!

  • @meditation – He’s a very complex character, on the one hand he trades and profits on corruption while at the same time being appalled by it.

    What’s the info – should I email you?

  • hi

    What about Bertrand

    his arms in the back to RvP

    minuts before the cahill incident

  • Tasos


    The EPL is rotten, no doubt about it, and yet no one appears willing to change the status quo, least of all those from within the tainted organisation. Any theories questioning the integrity of the league are laughed at (Rafa Benitez), swept under the carpet or simply ignored by the media.

    And yet Untold Arsenal have proven beyond reasonable doubt that EPL referees are “tilting the pitch” and influencing results in the favour of certain teams, and so why not attempt to profit from the knowledge gained on here as you clearly have an edge over the markets.

    With the season reaching its crescendo, the stakes are now huge and refereeing decisions can/will decide the fate of many clubs. EPL champions, runners-up, CL qualification and relegation are all in the melting pot, the fun’n games are about to reach boiling point and the ability to predict any of those outcomes, with the help of UA, promise to make it a profitable time.

  • meditation

    @Dogface: yeah you can email me. what i have to say though is long. I hate typing. Email me and we can work it out.

  • Jerry,


    Ten more days of mockery or marketing or whatever…”

    Just so you know – I got that, nice touch, although I’m a little surprised that you read this blog.