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August 2021

Untold Ref Review: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Sunderland

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 Mike Dean –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mike Dean (2012-03-04)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
1 OTHER Cattermole Tiote C Flying tackle from behind and taking in the second leg 1
1 RED Cattermole NC Ref gives a yellow, should have been red. This was a pure violent attack 3
1 YELLOW Cattermole C Well in a way we should give a point to the ref for giving “”a”” card 2
4 OTHER Larson Santon NC Larsson pulled out of the challenge and Santon threw himself to the ground 1
5 OTHER Tiote Mignoled C Tiote has only eye for Mignolet and tries to block his path. To my surprise Dean knows that this is a foul and gives the free kick 1
6 OTHER Simpson Cattermole C Trip 1
9 OTHER Coloccini Sessegnon C Trip 1
10 OTHER Taylor NC Runs out of the wall before the free kick is taken, ref gives a corner 1
12 OTHER Sun? Ba NC Holding not given 1
12 OTHER Cabbay Barton NC Late tackle on the defender ref gives advantage 1
13 YELLOW Cabbay C ref gives a yellow when the ball is out of play, good work this time 2
14 OTHER Oshea Ba NC Push in the back not given 1
15 OTHER Simpson McClean C Kick from behind 1
15 YELLOW Simpson NC Ref mumbles a few words against Simpson for this late kick, by now you should know that the only way to deal with this is by giving yellow cards ref 2
16 OTHER Tiote Sessegnon C Trip 1
17 OTHER Tiote Cattermole C first the man and then the ball is a foul, correct from the ref, again only words from the ref 1
18 OTHER McClean Simpson C McClean comes to take revenge for the earlier tackle and comes in late 1
18 YELLOW McClean C a result of the ref not doing something earlier, but correct card 2
18 YELLOW Simpson C Giving is one thing but being on the end of a dangerous tackle is something Simpson doesn’t like and he confronts McClean and receives a well deserved yellow card 2
21 OTHER Tiote McClean NC wins the ball but this is a frontal tackle ref 1
22 YELLOW Richardson NC refuses to walk some 10 yards to collect the ball that is lying 1 yard outside the playing field and the ref?does nothing oh and he steals another 15 yards and wins some 25 seconds 2
23 OTHER Ba Gardner C Late tackle from behind 1
23 YELLOW Ba C a good decision 2
24 PENALTY Williamson Turner C pulled his shirt clearly. A correct decision 3
24 YELLOW Williamson C Compared to other fouls this was rather soft but it was a blatant foul in the penalty area 2
24 GOAL Sunderland C Bendtner scores from the spot 3
27 OTHER Bendtner Williamson C pull 1
30 OTHER Bardsley Gutiriez NC Pull and ran in to him nothing given. Even Sunderland play the ball out 1
31 OTHER Gutierez larson C Advantage given 1
31 OTHER Bendtner ? NC Karate kid in action but nobody really close but this is a signal that there are not many laws on the field 1
32 OTHER Tiote Sessegnon C Trip 1
40 OTHER Larson cabbay NC High foot not given 1
42 OFFSIDE Sunderland C assumed correct 1
43 OFFSIDE Sunderland C assumed correct 1
47 PENALTY Oshea BA NC clear push with both hands inthe back not given 3
47 OTHER Sun? Tiote NC Clearly stopped him with his outstrechted leg, not given 1
47 OTHER Bendtner Santon C Three fouls for the price of one,,, 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
50 OTHER Larsson Taylor C Push 1
50 OFFSIDE Newcastle C Assumed correct 1
51 OTHER Tiote Gardner NC Goes in leading with the arm to win a header, not given 1
51 YELLOW Tiote NC coming in with the arm to the face, always a yellow 2
51 OTHER Gardner C rash frontal challenge 1
51 YELLOW Gardner C Correct to give the card but I think Gardner is still angry for the not given foul on him seconds earlier. 2
53 OTHER Ben Arfa Mignolet NC Ben Arfa goes in to block the keeper, Dean back to his usual not knowing the rules? 1
54 OTHER Tiote Bendtner NC High foot, not given 1
56 OTHER Turner Ba C trip 1
57 OTHER Tiote Sun? NC Tiote swings an arm in the direction of the face of a Sunderland player, under the nose of the ref who sees nothing 1
57 OTHER Tiote Sessesgon NC Tiote is all over Sessegnon and giving little kicks against his heel, not given 1
57 RED Tiote NC Swinging your arm in the direction of an opponent and this is his second time that went unpunished. Tiote should be off now 3
58 RED Sessegnon C Swinging your arm in the direction of an opponent is a red card. But why the inconsistency Mr. Dean? 3
58 YELLOW Tiote C He should get an oscar for his theatrics and by the absense of that a yellow card. 2
63 OTHER Coloccini Richardson C Assumed correct 1
64 OTHER Bendtner Williamson NC Made himself wide a bit but not much wrong 1
66 OTHER Gardner Cabaye C use of the arm, correct seen this time by the ref 1
67 OTHER Tiote Cattermole C trip 1
67 YELLOW Tiote C too little, too late, should have been off a long time by now. But well we can be happy that the ref finally produces his card for Tiote 2
78 YELLOW Mignolet C Should have been booked for time wasting by now 2
80 OTHER Campbell Coloccini C trip 1
80 YELLOW Campbell NC He kicks the ball away just when Newcastle tries to take it, should have been booked 2
81 OTHER Gardner C handball 1
82 PENALTY Campbell Ameobi C clear trip 3
84 OTHER Gutierez Campbell C trip 1
89 OTHER Tiote Mcclean C His foot went over the ball and landed on the ankle of McClean 1
89 YELLOW Tiote NC oh well? he has a soft spot for Tiote somewhere I guess 2
90 GOAL Newcastle C when the Newcastle player headed the ball Ameobi was level with the defender 3
94 OTHER Gardner Gutierez C obstructions 1
95 OTHER Ameobi Campbell C Assumed correct 1

When you go to a game that is known for its violence in the past it is important to do something about it. You could call in the captains before the game and tell them that you would be strict and that if they start kicking around you will send them off the field.  After all you came to ref a game of football and not a game of kick boxing.

Did Dean do this? If no, he acted irresponsible in my opinion. If yes… then he made a complete fool of himself within the first minute. The tackle from Cattermole in that position of the field, on that moment in the game was totally out of proportion. This was a tackle with the intention to possible cripple an influential player from the other team. So if Dean had done the second thing he should have shown Cattermole who is their captain the red card. Also if he hadn’t done it he should have shown the red card in fact. But he wouldn’t have made a fool of himself.

Now we got a game of… well cannot call it football in fact. My match commentator was begging the players in the first half to finally start playing for the ball.  This sums it up rather nicely I think.

A few really amazing things in this game. Dean showing that he knows the rule that you cannot try to stop the keeper when a corner is taken. Well he showed it once. But then on a few other occasions just ignored it. I did the same in his report to be honest as there were so many incidents it only would have been even longer.

The Sunderland penalty. It was correct but was amazed to see it given by Dean. A rather brave decision maybe but a correct one.

He was less brave when it came to Cattermole and Tiote. They came away with way to many things on the day. Both should have been red carded at some point in the game. Cattermole with a straight red and Tiote with 7 yellow cards. Could be 6 though.

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The only sending off was again a master piece of Deans’ bad performance. Tiote made a number of little niggling fouls on Sessegnon without Dean calling them. Finally Sessegnon had enough and threw an arm against Tiote his chest. Tiote went down as if being punched in the face and Dean was right in sending Sessegnon off.

The bad thing is that Tiote by then had been throwing arms around in a few incidents and Dean not even calling them as fouls.  Really bad from the ref.

The Newcastle penalty was a clear one. Newcastle had a few other shouts one in the first half when Oshea pushed Ba in the back with both hands and a few others that were not that clear so I went with the ref on those.

The Newcastle equaliser was correct as Ba was onside when the ball was touched by Williamson. In the end maybe a fair result of the game but a bad performance of ref Dean.

I know this is a difficult game to do but then you have to make sure as a ref that you are there from the first second and do what you have to do.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-03-04)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 13 23 56.52
PENALTY 1 2 50.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 6 8 75.00
TOTAL 23 37 62.16
WEIGHTED 33 53 62.26
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 12 18 66.67
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
RED 1 2 50.00
YELLOW 4 7 57.14
TOTAL 20 30 66.67
WEIGHTED 30 45 66.67
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 25 41 60.98
PENALTY 2 3 66.67
RED 1 3 33.33
YELLOW 10 15 66.67
TOTAL 43 67 64.18
WEIGHTED 63 98 64.29

So a low score in points in every way you look at the game.

BIAS SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-03-04)
Period 1 Newcastle United % Sunderland % Total
Correct For 8 34.78 15 65.22 23
Correct For Weighted 10 30.30 23 69.70 33
Incorrect Against 10 71.43 4 28.57 14
Incorrect Against Weighted 15 75.00 5 25.00 20
Fouls Commited 13 48.15 14 51.85 27
Fouls Penalised 10 76.92 6 42.86 16
Period 2 Newcastle United % Sunderland % Total
Correct For 11 64.71 6 35.29 17
Correct For Weighted 18 72.00 7 28.00 25
Incorrect Against 3 23.08 10 76.92 13
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 25.00 15 75.00 20
Fouls Commited 11 47.83 12 52.17 23
Fouls Penalised 6 54.55 10 83.33 16
Totals Newcastle United % Sunderland % Total
Correct For 19 47.50 21 52.50 40
Correct For Weighted 28 48.28 30 51.72 58
Incorrect Against 13 48.15 14 51.85 27
Incorrect Against Weighted 20 50.00 20 50.00 40
Fouls Commited 24 48.00 26 52.00 50
Fouls Penalised 16 66.67 16 61.54 32


But the good thing is that in the bias score he actually managed to be as bad for both teams.  27 wrong calls that really is bad for a ref.  But even divided between both teams. And that is good. It showed no real intent of bias, just complete incompetence to do such a game I think.

6 comments to Untold Ref Review: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Sunderland

  • Adam

    What a stupid report. Missed out the other 6 penalties we should have had. Mike Dean is a horrible cheating makem and had nothing to do with being a poor ref. We would have battered them if not for being robbed the entire 90 minutes.

  • Adam – if you highlight the six other penalty incidents here the Referee Review team will look at each one on its merit.

  • Gord

    @DogFace and/or reviewers

    I’m hoping you are familiar with the Live Commentaries that the BBC publishes from the Press Association. These have timing to the second (which is different than the general commentary which BBC does for itself, which is only to the minute).

    I decided to see how far I could get in scraping this, based on perl modules that make use of LibXML2. So far, I get the game date, the referee, and most circumstances of the starting lineups and substitutes. There are likely a couple of special cases I don’t have yet. Nominally what is left, is the live-time commentary, and I am getting some of that. I have to find out why it is bailing out part way through.

    The question for you, is what is it the reviewers are starting from? An excel spreadsheet, an HTML file, or something else?

    I should be able to write whatever kind of input you need, once I get this scraper working properly. And I can do the scraping on my computer, and send Walter the results right after the game is finished.

  • marcus

    Anyone think Chavski might buy Cisse for 70 million?

  • @Gord – I tried that already when I generated a full game event set from industry standard data into a website that Chowdhury wrote – it was coming along well but the reviewers never took to it and continued to enter game data into spreadsheets.

    The data now entered/supplied is good (I’ve had a little input) but not perfect and I am hoping to return to the website in the summer with an improved user interface based on what we have learned from this season.

  • Gord


    I am more or less finished the scraping part. I need to run a couple of other games past my code to looks for other situtations (straight red versus second yellow, a substitute being substituted, …). But, I am able to pick out substitutions, corner kicks, goal kicks, direct free kicks, indirect free kicks, offsides, misconducts (unsporting behavior), cards. I am just starting the code to write an XLS spreadsheet. There will be two “sheets” to it, one which has deletable columns of various kinds of data not normally part of a review, but possibly useful, and the other sheet will have the Home and Away roster information.

    I am using Web::Scraper (the LibXML2 part) as a framework (Perl) to work from. The spreadsheet will use Spreadsheet::WriteExcel. It cannot edit a spreadsheet, but it can write spreadsheets from scratch.

    The reviewers would need to insert blank rows where they find fouls that are under advantage or not seen, as that isn’t in the Press Association data. The Press Association data also has corrections to previous entries, and I don’t see an easy way to recognize that. A timestamp isn’t sufficient.