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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Newcastle United 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur. Ref: V. Good.

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 Lee Probert –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Lee Probert (2011-10-16)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
2 OTHER R Taylor Adebayor C Trip 1
5 OTHER Parker Ba C Trip 1
8 OTHER Kaboul Ba NC “Held ground, not a foul” 1
8 OTHER Tiote Bale C Late in challenge 1
9 OFFSIDE VDV C Correctly onside 1
9 OTHER Modric Jonas NC “Little Shove, not given” 1
12 OTHER Walker R Taylor C Slid in dangerously 1
13 OTHER Tiote Modric C Late trip 1
15 OFFSIDE Obertan NC “Was yard off, poor call by linesman” 1
17 OTHER Obertan Assou-Ekotto C “Foul, adv. Played” 1
19 OFFSIDE Best C Assumed correct 1
21 OTHER Tiote VDV NC “Push, possession doesn’t equal advantage” 1
24 OTHER Cabaye Parker C Slight trip 1
25 OTHER Livermore Obertan C Trip 1
25 OFFSIDE S Taylor C 1
27 OFFSIDE Ba C Assumed correct 1
31 OTHER Adebayor Ba NC “Raised boot, not given” 1
32 OFFSIDE Jonas C 1
35 OTHER Adebayor C Handball 1
36 OTHER VDV Tiote C Trip 1
39 PENALTY S Taylor Adebayor C Tripped in area 3
40 GOAL VDV C “Spot kick, goal okay” 3
42 OTHER Ba Parker NC “hip check, not given” 1
43 OTHER Walker Jonas C Obstruction 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
46 OFFSIDE Adebayor C Assumed correct 1
46 OFFSIDE Adebayor C Adv. Played 1
47 OTHER VDV S Taylor C Shove 1
48 GOAL Ba C Goal okay 0
48 OTHER Cabaye Livermore C “Little kick, trip” 1
53 OTHER Bassong Best C Shove 1
54 OTHER Modric Jonas C “Little kick, trip” 1
56 OTHER Walker Jonas C “Grabbed, pulled arm” 1
58 OTHER Obertan Assou-Ekotto NC “Defender ran in front of Obertan and fell, Obertan did nothing wrong” 1
59 OTHER Walker R Taylor C “Ran into defender, adv. Played” 1
62 OTHER Bassong Ba NC “Held, not given” 1
67 OTHER R Taylor Modric C Trip 1
67 OTHER Cabaye Parker NC “Only 5 yards from quickly taken free kick, stepped on Parker’s boot” 1
68 GOAL Defoe C Close to offside but Defoe appeared level with last defender 3
71 OFFSIDE Defoe C 1
72 OTHER Cabaye Livermore C Trip 1
73 OTHER Cabaye Defoe C Pulling 1
75 OTHER Parker Ameobi C Trip from behind 1
75 YELLOW Parker C 1st booking of the match 2
76 OTHER Modric C Handball 1
78 OTHER Tiote Modric C Cynical trip to stop Modric 1
79 YELLOW Tiote C Unsporting behaviour 2
82 OTHER Parker Tiote C “Trip from behind, kicked away ball, Parker should be more cautious” 1
84 OFFSIDE Adebayor C Assumed correct 1
85 OTHER Walker Jonas NC “Shove, not given” 1
86 GOAL Ameobi C Goal okay 3
91 OTHER Modric Jonas C Trip from behind 1
91 YELLOW Modric C Unsporting behaviour 2
93 OTHER Defoe Tiote NC “Pulled defender, not given” 1
95 PENALTY C “Livermore had arm tucked tightly to body, ref right not to give it” 3


Lee Probert was the ref at the Tyneside and managed a very good score of 81.82%.  The match was played relatively cleanly without much dirty play or dangerous tackles.  Wrong calls were rather evenly distributed with 6 going against the home side Newcastle and 5 going against the visitors Tottenham and none of them were major calls, although Tottenham did create a scoring opportunity after a Kyle Walker shove that went unpunished.

Tottenham received a penalty in the first half when S. Taylor tried to poke the ball away from Adebayor who had just got a touch to it.  The end result was that Taylor knocked Adebayor off stride and he fell to ground.  Probert didn’t give the call right away but after about 5 seconds he pointed to the spot which was the correct decision.

There were three yellow cards in the 2nd half, all of which involved trips from behind.  In addition to those bookings, Newcastle’s midfielder Cabaye possibly might have gone into the books for persistent fouling in the 2nd half, and Tottenham’s Scott Parker was treading a dangerous line when he had already been booked and then tripped Tiote from behind and then quickly kicked the ball away just after the whistle.  Sending off Parker with a 2nd yellow would have been harsh especially considering the match had been played rather cleanly.  It can therefore be considered that the ref was correct in not giving out further cards.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Lee Probert (2011-10-16)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 6 7 85.71
OTHER 11 16 68.75
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 19 25 76.00
WEIGHTED 23 29 79.31
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 3 3 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
OTHER 14 19 73.68
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
YELLOW 3 3 100.00
TOTAL 25 30 83.33
WEIGHTED 36 41 87.80
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 4 100.00
OFFSIDE 10 11 90.91
OTHER 25 35 71.43
PENALTY 2 2 100.00
YELLOW 3 3 100.00
TOTAL 44 55 80.00
WEIGHTED 59 70 84.29

A rather good score from the ref in this game.

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BIAS SUMMARY – Lee Probert (2011-10-16)
Period 1 Newcastle United % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 7 36.84 12 63.16 19
Correct For Weighted 7 30.43 16 69.57 23
Incorrect Against 2 33.33 4 66.67 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 33.33 4 66.67 6
Fouls Committed 13 56.52 10 43.48 23
Fouls Penalised 10 76.92 8 80.00 18
Period 2 Newcastle United % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 16 66.67 8 33.33 24
Correct For Weighted 20 60.61 13 39.39 33
Incorrect Against 4 80.00 1 20.00 5
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 80.00 1 20.00 5
Fouls Committed 6 27.27 16 72.73 22
Fouls Penalised 5 83.33 13 81.25 18
Totals Newcastle United % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 23 53.49 20 46.51 43
Correct For Weighted 27 48.21 29 51.79 56
Incorrect Against 6 54.55 5 45.45 11
Incorrect Against Weighted 6 54.55 5 45.45 11
Fouls Committed 19 42.22 26 57.78 45
Fouls Penalised 15 78.95 21 80.77 36


At the end of the day, Probert put in a good unbiased performance, and Newcastle and Tottenham finished honours even with 2 goals each.



7 comments to Untold Ref Review: Newcastle United 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur. Ref: V. Good.

  • Matt Clarke

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  • Matt Clarke

    It’s good to learn who the good guys are – keep this series coming. 🙂

  • James

    I love this site but sometimes you stick up for the ref too much. Everyone’s favourite Thunderbird “Scotty Parker” should have got sent off. 3 possible yellow card offences and he only got one? It doesn’t matter if it’s not been a dirty game. ‘big’ team bias by a ref again, probert is a knacker

  • Ben

    This article seems to completely lack any kind of credibility when it fails to point out the glaring error that Taylor received no card whatsoever for for giving away the penalty, when surely it should have been red as Adebayor was one-on-one with the keeper

  • Mahdain

    wow what do you know Probert can actually put in a great shift which really makes you wonder why is he so different when Arsenal are involved..i remember that pathetic Nzogbia dive and just dont get me started on Fulham away last season. The worst ref performance last season bettered only Chris Foy’s robbing of spuds at the cavemen

  • Will

    Nice to see a gooner site without the usual antiTHFC bigotry.
    I watched the match and 2-2 was fair to both and I agree about the referee. The Walker push was equated by a missed trip by ? Tiote but the THFC player although stumbling did not fall and caught himself. zi do agree with Ben but we all know that referees do not always give out reds for penalties and 2-2 was fair

    WEll Done and ignore the idiots above

  • Ref Reviewer 03

    @James – sometimes a player is consistantly fouling and making bad tackles and you could say he was asking to be sent off. That wasn’t the case in this match and sending off Parker would have been harsh. Refs do tend to show leniency when considering dishing out a second yellow card.

    @Ben – concerning the penalty it was a race for the ball. Taylor tried to kick the ball away but Adebayor got to it first, tapping the ball a bit away from the goal to his left. It wasn’t like Adebayor had gone past him and was taken down from behind. There was no need for a card, the penalty was punishment enough.

    @Will – thank you for the kind words.