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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

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:

Although this is a site built for Arsenal supporters we welcome comments from fans of other teams, although we tend not to publish comments which are simply abusive or which are completely off topic.

Today’s referee is Martin Atkinson –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Martin Atkinson (2012-03-24)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
4 OTHER Cahill Adebayor NC “Pulled arm back, not given” 1
10 OTHER Parker Sturridge C Trip 1
15 OTHER Terry VDV NC Obstruction 1
16 OTHER Sandro Essien C Trip 1
17 OFFSIDE Sturridge C 1
21 OTHER Essien Modric C “Brushed into him, advantage played” 1
23 OTHER Kaboul Drogba C Trip 1
25 OTHER Adebayor Terry C Adebayor didn”t think so but no replay so assumed correct 1
26 OTHER Ramires Assou-Ekotto NC “Defender pulled while passing, not given” 1
27 OTHER NC “Ball last off Terry, goal kick wrongly given to Chelsea” 1
28 PENALTY Gallas Lampard NC “Gallas stuck foot in, missed ball, tripped Lampard, not given” 3
32 OTHER Assou-Ekotto Ramires NC “Little shove, not given” 1
32 OTHER Parker C Handball 1
36 OTHER Bale Bosingwa C Led with arm dueling for header 1
37 OFFSIDE C Cole correctly onside 1
39 OTHER Ramires Modric C Trip 1
39 OTHER Mata Parker C “Trip, advantaged played” 1
40 OTHER Lampard Bale C “Trip, got ball first but then tripped him, would’ve been Tots corner anyhow” 1
40 OTHER VDV Mata C “Little tug, advantage played” 1
41 OTHER Adebayor Ramires NC Lunged in dangerously on Ramires 1
41 YELLOW Adebayor NC Should have been booked 2
43 OTHER VDV C Handball 1
45 OTHER NC “Ball last off Spurs, goal kick wrongly given to Tottenham” 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
49 OTHER Sturridge Friedel C Jumped into/interfered with keeper 1
50 OTHER Essien Modric C Trip 1
50 YELLOW Essien C Unsporting behaviour 2
60 OTHER Adebayor Cahill C “Lost control of ball, slid in on Cahill, catching him on boot” 0
60 YELLOW Adebayor NC “Reckless and Dangerous, but not booked” 0
61 OFFSIDE Drogba C Assumed Correct 0
62 PENALTY Assou-Ekotto Ramires NC “Pulled and hooked him, grabbed shirt, not given” 3
62 RED Assou-Ekotto NC “Pulled down player in front of goalmouth, should have walked” 3
64 OTHER Assou-Ekotto Ramires C “Late, kicked player instead of ball” 1
64 YELLOW Assou-Ekotto C Reckless and Dangerous 2
66 OTHER Sandro Essien C “Slid in recklessly, tripped player” 1
66 YELLOW Sandro C Booked 2
68 OTHER VDV Essien C Trip 1
71 OTHER Bale Ramires C Trip 1
73 OTHER Lampard Assou-Ekotto C Little tug 1
75 OTHER Luiz Modric NC “normal shoulder to shoulder, not a foul” 1
77 OFFSIDE Gallas NC “Gallas was 2 yards offside, put a free header over the bar, shocking non call by linesman” 1
78 OTHER Ramires Parker C “Mistimed challenge, trip” 1
79 OFFSIDE Adebayor C correctly onside 1
83 OTHER Lampard Saha NC “Shove, not given” 1
83 OTHER Saha NC Grabbed ball but ref should give previous foul 1
90 OTHER Adebayor Cahill NC Not a foul 1
91 OTHER Cole C Handball 1
91 YELLOW Cole NC “Cole thought he was fouled, slammed ball down in dissent, not booked” 2
93 OTHER Ramires Livermore NC “Poked ball away, then Livermore fell, wrongly given by linesman” 0
94 OTHER Kalou NC “Handball, not given” 1
94 OTHER Luiz Adebayor C Holding 1
94 OTHER C “Modric tried to take quick free kick not from spot of foul, made retake it” 1

Martin Atkinson was the ref as Chelsea hosted Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.  Chelsea have done generally well under Atkinson, but on this day he wasn’t feeling generous to Chelsea as he turned down two solid penalty shouts.

In the 28th minute Lampard took the ball into the area and as he tried to shoot on goal, Gallas stuck his foot in trying to kick the ball away, but he completely missed the ball and only ended up tripping Lampard.  Should have been a spot kick, but Atkinson ignored it.

In the 2nd half Chelsea should have similarly been awarded another penalty when Assou-Ekotto grabbed Ramires in the penalty area and pulled him down as he was running onto a crossed ball.  This was also a case of denying a obvious goalscoring chance and he should have walked for it.  However the ref would want to be absolutely sure to make this call, and it could argued that the ref’s non-decision in this case was excusable, especially without the help of video replay.  Nonetheless, Chelsea were again denied a penalty that they should have been awarded.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Martin Atkinson (2012-03-24)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 12 19 63.16
PENALTY 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 14 23 60.87
WEIGHTED 14 26 53.85
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 2 3 66.67
OTHER 12 18 66.67
PENALTY 0 1 0.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 3 5 60.00
TOTAL 17 28 60.71
WEIGHTED 20 35 57.14
Totals Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 4 5 80.00
OTHER 24 37 64.86
PENALTY 0 2 0.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 3 6 50.00
TOTAL 31 51 60.78
WEIGHTED 34 61 55.74

Overall Atkinson did not have one of his better days ,if you look at his competence numbers.

BIAS SUMMARY – Martin Atkinson (2012-03-24)
Period 1 Chelsea % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 9 64.29 5 35.71 14
Correct For Weighted 9 64.29 5 35.71 14
Incorrect Against 5 55.56 4 44.44 9
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 66.67 4 33.33 12
Fouls Commited 7 41.18 10 58.82 17
Fouls Penalised 4 57.14 8 80.00 12
Period 2 Chelsea % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 7 46.67 8 53.33 15
Correct For Weighted 9 50.00 9 50.00 18
Incorrect Against 4 44.44 5 55.56 9
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 57.14 6 42.86 14
Fouls Commited 8 57.14 6 42.86 14
Fouls Penalised 6 75.00 4 66.67 10
Totals Chelsea % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 16 55.17 13 44.83 29
Correct For Weighted 18 56.25 14 43.75 32
Incorrect Against 9 50.00 9 50.00 18
Incorrect Against Weighted 16 61.54 10 38.46 26
Fouls Commited 15 48.39 16 51.61 31
Fouls Penalised 10 66.67 12 75.00 22


Wrong calls went against both teams fairly evenly although Chelsea were obviously the hardest done by for the non-awarding of the two spot kicks mentioned above.

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6 comments to Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Wow – Atkinson tilting against Chelsea… even if it’s only slightly – that’s something to note!

  • My Heart Is White

    What does this mean, that it doesn’t balance up the fact that Chelsea have scored an illegal goal against us not just last year but this year too, even though we only play them 4 league games a year and maybe once or twice in a cup. I don’t agree with whoever judged this game, I watched the game too and it was not biased towards Spurs in any way. If you watch the incident for instance, where Gallas supposedly tripped Lampard, Gallas stepped in front of Lampard and across him, which meant that he has the right to shield the ball from lampard. Lampard tripped over the back of Gallas as he moved across him, he didn’t stick his leg out from the side or behind to trip him. This is why both Lampard and commentary box believed it was not a penalty. Did you see Lampard crying out for it to be given, or looking really gutted? NO! Who was it again who judged the refereeing in this game? I think you should look at the rest of the refereeing for Spurs matches too, throughout a whole season, cos if you aren’t biased against Spurs I’m sure from a fair point of view you’ll be shocked on how poor the decisions are for the Spurs team. Always on the end of bad decisions, especially against the richer clubs, or if a game benefits the richer clubs, if we lose, even if we’re player Derby County. I think it’s got a lot to do with how many people are watching around the world. So if a club has more world wide supporters, their team can please the huge television companies by attracting more world wide viewers. Know what I mean?

  • @My Heart Is White – can you link us up to a video of it… we don’t usually trust what the “commentary box believed”.

    Also – not sure which referee reviewed this game – we usually get a number to indicate a reviewer?!

  • walter

    My heart is White, we did 18 games of Tottenham this season. And still a few in the pipeline. Stay tuned in the next week to see the final Tottenham report. And Chelsea report, and …. well all the different team reports in fact.

  • Woolwich Peripatetic

    @My heart is White,
    I think you’re missing the point that normally we would expect Atkinson to shaft you guys something chronic, on past form you’d have had Gallas and BAE sent off and two penalties awarded.

  • Ref Reviewer 03

    I was the reviewer of this match.

    Here is a short clip of the Gallas trip on Lampard:

    Gallas doesn’t touch the ball but makes plenty of contact with Lampard, especially the initial knee on knee contact.