Untold Ref Review: Fulham 1 – 1 Chelsea. An example to us all.

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Today’s referee is Mark Clattenburg –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mark Clattenburg (2012-04-09)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
6 OTHER Diarra Lampard C Trip 1
12 OTHER Mereiles Frei C Trip 1
12 YELLOW Mereiles C Only second foul of the game, could have been a yellow, ref gives Mereiles a warning. Can be defended 2
15 OTHER Mikel Dempsey C Trip 1
19 OTHER Mereiles Diarra C Trip 1
19 YELLOW Mereiles NC Was already warned and kicked the ball away, should have been a yellow 2
20 OTHER Torres Murphy C came in the back 1
22 OTHER Lampard Duff NC Not given trip 1
23 OTHER Mereiles Hangeland C push 1
24 OTHER Mereiles Riise NC A clear dive from Riisse, diffictult to see from the ref his angle 1
24 YELLOW Mereiles NC He should have gotten it earlier, but not for this as it wasn’t a foul 2
29 OTHER Duff Kalou C Trip 1
33 PENALTY Kelly C Touched his hand, but he tried to get his hand out of the way, correct non decision 3
37 OFFSIDE Chelsea C assumed correct 1
39 OTHER Lampard Dembele C Trip 1
41 OTHER Cahill Diarra C Frontal tackle 1
41 YELLOW Cahill C Two footed tackle, correct card, feet on the ground 2
44 PENALTY Murphy Kalou C Frontal tackle in the penalty area 3
45 GOAL Chelsea C correct goal 3
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
49 OTHER Dempsey C Handball 1
50 PENALTY Hangeland Lampard C There is no conclusive evidence from the replays that it was a clear push. Decision on the field stands 3
54 OTHER Lampard Murphy C pulled his shirt 1
55 OTHER Hangeland Kalou NC not given trip with the second leg 1
58 OTHER Mikel Frei C Trip 1
58 YELLOW Mikel C cynical foul, promising attack 2
59 OTHER Ivanovic Frei C push 1
61 OTHER Torres Hangeland C assumed correct 1
61 OTHER Bertrand Duff C Trip 1
62 OFFSIDE Fulham C correct 1
63 OTHER Murphy Lampard C Trip 1
63 YELLOW Murphy C tackle from behind, came late 2
71 OTHER Lampard Dempsey C kick 1
71 OFFSIDE Fulham C assumed correct 1
74 OTHER Bertrand Duff C Trip 1
75 OTHER Mikel Etuhu C came in from behind 1
77 OFFSIDE Fulham C assumed correct 1
77 OFFSIDE Chelsea C assumed correct 1
82 GOAL Fulham C correct goal 3
84 OTHER Mikel Dempsey NC Pull not given 1
87 OFFSIDE Fulham C assumed correct 1
93 OTHER Sa Cahill C assumed correct 1

What can you say about that. A good first half performance from the ref. Fulham were not happy with the penalty he gave at the end of the first half. But I thought the ref was just being consistent. Minutes before the penalty he called a foul from Cahill who jumped in with two foot towards an opponent. He gave that foul and even a yellow because he came in launching himself onto the opposition player.

Murphy did almost the same (a two footed tackle on Kalou) and he hit him on the shin. As this was a foul in the penalty area the ref could only give a penalty. No card as it wasn’t a real launch. But it was a foul. Later on another replay showed that Kelly also made contact with the left leg of Kalou. So either way a great spot from the ref.

In the second half the ref became even better and got a very high score.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mark Clattenburg (2012-04-09)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 9 11 81.82
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 15 19 78.95
WEIGHTED 21 27 77.78
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 5 5 100.00
OTHER 11 13 84.62
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
YELLOW 2 2 100.00
TOTAL 20 22 90.91
WEIGHTED 26 28 92.86
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 6 6 100.00
OTHER 20 24 83.33
PENALTY 3 3 100.00
YELLOW 4 6 66.67
TOTAL 35 41 85.37
WEIGHTED 47 55 85.45

So his final score was well above 80% doesn’t matter from which angle you look at it.

BIAS SUMMARY – Mark Clattenburg (2012-04-09)
Period 1 Fulham % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 10 66.67 5 33.33 15
Correct For Weighted 13 56.52 10 43.48 23
Incorrect Against 2 50.00 2 50.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Fouls Commited 4 30.77 9 69.23 13
Fouls Penalised 3 75.00 8 88.89 11
Period 2 Fulham % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 12 60.00 8 40.00 20
Correct For Weighted 17 65.38 9 34.62 26
Incorrect Against 1 50.00 1 50.00 2
Incorrect Against Weighted 1 50.00 1 50.00 2
Fouls Commited 8 44.44 10 55.56 18
Fouls Penalised 7 87.50 9 90.00 16
Totals Fulham % Chelsea % Total
Correct For 22 62.86 13 37.14 35
Correct For Weighted 30 61.22 19 38.78 49
Incorrect Against 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 50.00 4 50.00 8
Fouls Commited 12 38.71 19 61.29 31
Fouls Penalised 10 83.33 17 89.47 27

And maybe the best part of this ref is that despite the fact that he will make mistakes and wrong calls he is a ref that usually manages to split them rather even over both teams. And once again he comes up with a what one could call a perfect bias score of 3 wrong calls against each team.

24 Replies to “Untold Ref Review: Fulham 1 – 1 Chelsea. An example to us all.”

  1. @Adam:

    “13: Members’ obligations:

    1. Members have the following obligations:

    e. to create a referees’ committee that is directly subordinate to the member.”

    Hm… As to whether the PGMOL qualifies under this subsection, it would seem to depend entirely on the definition of “directly subordinate.” I don’t know how FIFA would go about doing that.

    What do you make of this subsection?

  2. @Anne, I put that out there to arouse curiosity, I do not have the answers, Sorry. It should mean we can now bombard the FA with questions they should be able to answer. If not, why not?

  3. @Adam:

    Thanks for the link. It is interesting. And raising questions is always a good thing.

  4. Mark Clattenburg – one of the best the PGMOL has and yeah like everyone else he has his flaws but still think he makes genuine mistakes and not Dean-esque mistakes i.e bent.. its no wonder the PGMOL kept him away from the big matches in the second half of the season he is just not too bent for those

  5. i really think somebody wanted Clattenburg punish for refereeing that united humiliation by city match fairly and thats why he only got one big match(Chelsea vs city) after that even though so many times he was the logical choice for those matches..another thing i found interesting is that Clattenburg didnt ref a single United match after that. is he serving his Atkinson like ban?

  6. Mahdain,
    That is a very interesting point you bring up!
    I must admit I didn’t think about that at all…. But I was wondering for a few months now why he wasn’t given any top games. He is a Fifa ref after all so he should be given the big games.
    Combine this with the fact that he did two Arsenal games at the start of the season and we won both rather comfortable….

    Well those two should be enough to keep him away from Arsenal I guess..

  7. @Mahdain

    Good link. If I read the link correctly, Clattenberg only got 24 EPL games. If there are 16 – 18 EPL refs would we not expect them to cover 42 – 47 games each? Do we know how many games in total Dean & Webb covered?

  8. bjtgooner,
    if you type in their names at the left top corner you can see it yourself.

    I can tell you Dean got 30 and Webb 29 games

  9. @Walter yep.. From what i have seen of him and reading the reviews of the matches he has ref’d i think its fair to say Clattenburg is a top ref and one that should be getting more big matches but then why didnt he? tbh the above is the only explanation i can come up with
    I know the reviews havent finished yet but can i ask who is currently leading with having an average best score in all matches you have reviewed? Wont be suprised if its him

  10. @Bjtgooner as Walter just answered yes you can see all the total matches each ref had and also their overall performance for each club by clicking score by club at the left..

  11. here is a direct link to the refs

  12. @Mahdain:

    I just did a quick search and I can’t find anything about an inquiry. Looks like they announced at the same time that they weren’t going to take one? It looks like they were saying, unless Mark Clattenburg says something was wrong, it’s all good with us.


    This is actually kind of funny:

    A statement from UEFA read: “UEFA is aware of, and has taken note, of the press coverage surrounding yesterday’s games and the various allegations made by the media.

    “UEFA also considers the integrity of its own competitions, including the UEFA Champions League, as an absolute priority and pays extra attention to all games.

    “We have also implemented a Betting Fraud Detections System (BFDS) as a tool against match-fixing – a system which monitors 29,000 games a season including all UEFA matches, and utilises data from more than 400 betting companies.

    “For the time being this system has not shown any irregular betting patterns around yesterday’s games or their outcome that would justify any inquiry on that front.”

    UEFA’s statement continued: “UEFA also pays a lot of attention to the sporting behaviour on the pitch and we are currently waiting to receive the reports of the referee, referee observer and match delegate to see if, in their opinion, something suspicious might have happened.

    “If there is anything in these reports that could raise a doubt, UEFA may then charge a disciplinary inspector to investigate the matter. But there is nothing at this stage that would justify doing so.”

  13. @meditation:

    I was wanting to write up those Arsene Wenger comments in an article for ages, and just never had time. Sigh. If only I was multiple people instead of one. Still, very good link. Recommend others to read it.

  14. @Anne such a shame you didnt get to write about that as it would have been a great read

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