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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Sunderland 1 – 0 Liverpool

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 Anthony Taylor –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Anthony Taylor (2012-03-10)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
5 OTHER Campbell Adam C Trip 1
6 OTHER Adams C Handball 1
8 OTHER Adam McClean C Trip 1
8 YELLOW Adam NC “The trip was not a bad one but then Adams deliberatly sticks his foot out and stops the free kick to be taken quickly. Gets a warning, but this is a yellow card ref” 2
11 OTHER Spearing Campbell C Didn’t jump for the ball but clearly looked at Campbell and went for the man in the air 1
13 OTHER Turner Suarez C Push 1
18 OFFSIDE Sunderland C assumed correct 1
19 OTHER Adam Gardner C Trip lying on the ground 1
19 YELLOW Adam NC Ref lets Adam get away with it again 2
20 OTHER Enrique Campbell C Touched him with the arm in his face 1
20 YELLOW Enrique NC Again the ref holds the cards in his pocket 2
22 OTHER Adam ? NC Push in the back not given 1
25 OTHER Kuyt McClean NC “Ref gives advantage, but keeping possession is not the same as advantage” 1
26 OTHER Bardsley Bellamy C Trip 1
27 OTHER Henderson Gardner C Trip 1
27 OTHER Adam Colback NC Push in the back not given 1
27 OTHER Colback Adam NC Colback went down and ref gave nothing, Adam then fell over Colback and got the foul 4
27 OTHER Colback Suarez C I have some doubt but replay brings no clarity so go with the ref 1
33 OTHER Bellamy Colback C push 1
39 YELLOW Kuyt NC Shows decent, ref gives him no card but has a word 1
42 OTHER McClean Kelly C Trip 1
42 YELLOW McClean C Defensible, a bit dangerous but Liverpool committing the double of the fouls not given a yellow feels a bit harsh 2
42 OTHER Adam Bridge C Push 1
47 OTHER Larsson Kuyt C Kicked at him 1
47 YELLOW Larsson NC A bit of a wild kick, should have been a yellow card, was a bit of retaliation for a in his mind not given push 2
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
46 OTHER Kuyt Colback C Trip 1
47 OTHER Suarez Turner NC Didn’t see much wrong to be honest 1
53 OTHER Adam Bendtner NC Ref signals advantage there is none 1
56 OTHER Spearing Colback C Trip 1
56 GOAL Sunderland C correct goal 3
58 OTHER Campbell Skrtel C Push 1
60 OTHER Larsson Adam C Assumed correct 1
62 OTHER Turner Suarez C Trip 1
63 OTHER Adam Campbell NC Push not given 1
66 OTHER Gardner Kuyt C Assumed correct 1
69 OTHER Suarez Colback C Assumed correct 1
75 OTHER Larsson Enrique C Trip 1
78 OTHER Skrtel Bendtner C Trip 1
81 OTHER Gardner Gerrard C Push 1
81 OTHER Skrtel Bendtner C Trip 1
81 YELLOW Skrtel C Came in and clamped the legs of Bendtner who got injured from this, correct card 2
85 OTHER Carroll Colback C push 1
92 OTHER McClean ? NC Push not given 1
94 OTHER Enrique Larsson C Push 1

Sometimes you get the feeling that some players can do more than others. Today this was the case with Adam. The Liverpool player should have been booked a few times in the first half but the ref just let it go.

Enrique and Kuyt also should have got a yellow but he also let them go. So one can understand the frustration of Sunderland that it was them who got the first yellow card. That was a correct one but after letting 3 cards go by it always gives a feeling of injustice.

The goal from Sunderland was okay and the yellow card for Skrtel who kicked Bendtner off the field with a wild tackle was also well dealt with by the ref.


COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Anthony Taylor (2012-03-10)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 14 18 77.78
YELLOW 1 6 16.67
TOTAL 16 25 64.00
WEIGHTED 17 31 54.84
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OTHER 13 17 76.47
YELLOW 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 15 19 78.95
WEIGHTED 18 22 81.82
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 27 35 77.14
YELLOW 2 7 28.57
TOTAL 31 44 70.45
WEIGHTED 35 53 66.04

A very poor first half by the ref but he recovered a lot in the second half and made it to a score that can be seen but is far from the required PL level we would like to see.

BIAS SUMMARY – Anthony Taylor (2012-03-10)
Period 1 Sunderland % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 8 47.06 9 52.94 17
Correct For Weighted 8 40.00 12 60.00 20
Incorrect Against 8 88.89 1 11.11 9
Incorrect Against Weighted 11 84.62 2 15.38 13
Fouls Commited 7 38.89 11 61.11 18
Fouls Penalised 7 100.00 8 72.73 15
Period 2 Sunderland % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 9 60.00 6 40.00 15
Correct For Weighted 12 66.67 6 33.33 18
Incorrect Against 2 50.00 2 50.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 50.00 2 50.00 4
Fouls Committed 7 43.75 9 56.25 16
Fouls Penalised 6 85.71 7 77.78 13
Totals Sunderland % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 17 53.13 15 46.88 32
Correct For Weighted 20 52.63 18 47.37 38
Incorrect Against 10 76.92 3 23.08 13
Incorrect Against Weighted 13 76.47 4 23.53 17
Fouls Committed 14 41.18 20 58.82 34
Fouls Penalised 13 92.86 15 75.00 28

Most decisions going against Sunderland in this game despite them being the home team. This had a lot to do with the poor first half and the poor handling of some yellow cards by the ref.

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9 comments to Untold Ref Review: Sunderland 1 – 0 Liverpool

  • rusty

    Poor Liverpool! Even when given a lot of leeway by the ref, they lack the quality to pick up any points.

    Imagine if Wenger had “shown the ambition” to buy established Premier League english players, rather than lower-league finds like AOC or Jenkinson…

  • Damien Luu

    I can’t believe that Suarez didn’t dive in the whole game. The guy could do that not bad at all 😉

  • WMC

    What a joke! Sunderland can feel hard done by, but they must remember that they’re the only team in history to be awarded a goal after the ball was deflected off another large primary-coloured ball, and go on to win the match. Every member of Sunderland FC cheered that goal and that victory. It’s all about winning, but that was disgraceful. And as for some pushes and trips, the little girls should never forget how they fucked over football. Refs are inconsistent, but this is petty. The beach ball incident is worth a read, not this, this is a standard review for the average EPL match.

  • cc

    Skrtel’s 81st minute foul looked a red card offence to me. He tackled high up Bentdner’s leg, from behind, with no chance of getting the ball. It was easily equal to the one Barton got sent off for playing for Newcastle against Liverpool.

  • WalterBroeckx

    I agree about the beach ball incident. I really could not and still cannot believe that the goal was given.
    I think I wrote an article about it in those days that appeared on Untold to explain the rules about dead objects on the field and how wrong the decision was.

    But as we only started reviewing games from other teams from this season on we don’t have a review of that game.

    And yes you are right about this being a standard review for the average EPL match. That is just the whole point of our ref reviews: to get as many games as possible.

    So far our team has reviewed 138 games this season. Still a few to come before we can draw some conclusions about the standard of refereeing in the EPL

  • Not fishing

    Still twisting on about the beach ball,……the beach ball that one of your own fans thought it was funny to throw on the pitch. Look at your own (especially home) performances against some of the so-called “little teams”. You’re in the shadow of at least half a dozen teams, including Everton, & apart for the odd league cup, there’ll not be any other trophies at Anfield for a long time yet. Never mind though, you can hold a candle-lit vigil, & wallow in self pity for a while,…’re pretty good at that.

  • Pru, it’s kicking off!

  • If you watch the beach ball game we dominated and were unlucky not to win by a bigger margin the chances we had. The Liverpool fans hoyed the beach ball on anyhow, so really Sunderland are blameless, and its your own fault. We can celebrate the victory or Liverpool’s stupidity. I’m game for either.

  • Not fishing

    Should’ve got Brendan off Coach Trip as the new manager……….