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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 0 – 2 Newcastle United

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 Mark Halsey –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mark Halsey (2012-05-02)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
1 OFFSIDE Torres C Correctly onside 1
4 OTHER Tiote Torres C Trip from behind 1
4 YELLOW Tiote C Unsporting behaviour 2
7 OTHER Tiote Ramires NC Trip, advantage played which was quickly lost, not given 1
14 OTHER Sturridge Santon C Trip 1
14 OTHER Bertrand C Handball 1
17 OTHER Mikel Cabaye NC Trip, not given 1
19 GOAL Cisse C Goal okay 3
21 OFFSIDE Jonas C 1
22 OFFSIDE Ba C Assumed correct 1
31 OTHER Cisse Terry C Foul 1
32 OFFSIDE Ramires C 1
34 OTHER Mikel Ba C Trip 1
37 OTHER NC Ball crossed line, should have been Chelsea corner 1
41 OTHER Mikel Cisse C Trip 1
41 OTHER Bosingwa Jonas C Jonas skipped past 2 defenders then tripped from behind 1
41 YELLOW Bosingwa NC Should have been booked 2
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
46 OTHER Bosingwa Jonas NC Shove, not given 1
48 OTHER Perch NC Unintentional handball from close range, ref should have ignored it 1
52 OTHER Bertrand Ben Arfa C Late, trip 1
53 OFFSIDE Mata C Just off 1
55 OFFSIDE Torres C 1
56 OTHER Cabaye Ramires C Briefly used arm to check Ramires’ run with ball 1
56 YELLOW Cabaye C Harsh because Ramires went down easily, but okay 2
57 OTHER Ben Arfa Mikel NC Shove, not given 1
60 OTHER Mikel Tiote NC Mikel goes into aerial duel with raised elbow to Tiote’s head 1
60 RED Mikel NC Should have been sent off for violent play 3
60 OTHER C Ref stops play for head injury to Tiote 1
70 OTHER Terry Ben Arfa NC Dangerous play, studs over ball, no contact, not given 1
73 OTHER Ivanovic Ba C Forearm into back 1
73 YELLOW Ivanovic NC Should have been booked 2
75 OTHER Ben Arfa Bertrand C Little tug, advantage played 1
75 OTHER R Taylor Bertrand C Foul 1
76 OTHER C Chelsea tried to take quick free kick as ref set up wall, correctly denied 1
78 OTHER Ameobi C Handball 1
82 OTHER Cisse Mikel C Shove 1
83 OTHER Cabaye Mata NC Little trip, not given 1
84 OFFSIDE Cisse C 1
90 YELLOW Krul C Time wasting 2
94 GOAL Cisse C Goal okay 3
95 OTHER Terry Perch C Push 1
98 OTHER Mata Jonas C Trip 1
99 OTHER Terry Jonas C Foul 1
101 OFFSIDE Mata C 1

Mark Halsey took charge as Chelsea played host to Newcastle.  Chelsea seemed to be more concerned with their cup matches than their premier league matches and Di Matteo rested or rotated several key players.  Drogba, Lampard, Mata, Cole, all started on the bench, and accordingly this match didn’t have all the hard fought characteristics that you might have seen considering it was two teams vying for a Champions League spot.

Chelsea were somewhat the favourable side as far as wrong decisions go, especially when it came to bookings.  Three Newcastle players were cautioned with yellows however not one Chelsea player was cautioned.

In the first half, Bosingwa might have been booked for tripping Jonas Gutierez after the newcastle player skipped past two Chelsea players, and Ivanovic should have been cautioned in the second half for putting his forearm into the back of Demba Ba.

However the most controversial moment of the match concerned a head injury to Cheick Tioté when he clashed with Mikel in an aerial duel.  Mikel went into the challenge with his arms raised and caught Tiote with an elbow to the head.  Sometimes it’s hard to judge intent and Halsey must have thought it was an accidental coming together of two players.  In the replays however it looked that Mikel played in a dangerous manner resulting in a serious head injury to the Newcastle player.  Tiote was treated on the pitch for about 8 minutes, and went off on a stretcher, receiving oxygen.  Note that Tiote was given sutures after being taken off the pitch and was able to start Newcastle’s match the following week.

Newcastle were able to hold onto their 1 goal lead until Papiss Cissé sealed the win with a wonder strike in injury time giving the Geordies a 2-0 win, their first at Stamford Bridge since November of 1986.

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COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mark Halsey (2012-05-02)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 5 5 100.00
OTHER 7 10 70.00
YELLOW 1 2 50.00
TOTAL 14 18 77.78
WEIGHTED 17 22 77.27
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
OTHER 12 18 66.67
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 2 3 66.67
TOTAL 19 27 70.37
WEIGHTED 23 34 67.65
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 9 9 100.00
OTHER 19 28 67.86
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 3 5 60.00
TOTAL 33 45 73.33
WEIGHTED 40 56 71.43

Mark Halsey and his officiating crew did manage to get 73.33% of the decisions correct, however the referee’s weak spot was the one-sidedness of the distribution of the cards.

BIAS SUMMARY – Mark Halsey (2012-05-02)
Period 1 Chelsea % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 7 50.00 7 50.00 14
Correct For Weighted 8 47.06 9 52.94 17
Incorrect Against 2 50.00 2 50.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 40.00 3 60.00 5
Fouls Commited 6 66.67 3 33.33 9
Fouls Penalised 5 83.33 2 66.67 7
Period 2 Chelsea % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 8 42.11 11 57.89 19
Correct For Weighted 10 43.48 13 56.52 23
Incorrect Against 2 25.00 6 75.00 8
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 18.18 9 81.82 11
Fouls Commited 8 53.33 7 46.67 15
Fouls Penalised 5 62.50 5 71.43 10
Totals Chelsea % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 15 45.45 18 54.55 33
Correct For Weighted 18 45.00 22 55.00 40
Incorrect Against 4 33.33 8 66.67 12
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 25.00 12 75.00 16
Fouls Commited 14 58.33 10 41.67 24
Fouls Penalised 10 71.43 7 70.00 17

The bias index is in favour of Chelsea.

4 comments to Untold Ref Review: Chelsea 0 – 2 Newcastle United

  • Goal Mouth

    Great work!

    I was at that game & i reckon you’ve called it bang on.

    How Mikel didn’t see red was unfathomable, yet somehow absolutely typical spineless & unashamed home field bias.

  • Grafton83

    “Newcastle were able to hold onto their 1 goal lead until Papiss Cissé sealed the win with a wonder strike in injury time giving the Geordies a 2-0 win, their first at Stamford Bridge since November of 1986.”

    This is incorrect, Newcastle won at stanford bridge quite recently when they knocked Chelsea out of the Carling Cup last season. I know becasue I was there, it was a great game which finished 4-3 I think.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Grafton, you are right but our reviewer was only talking about league games as we only do league games in our review.
    But we give Ceasar what belongs to Ceasor so you are correct and give Newcastle the credit for that win also.

  • Ref Reviewer 03

    @Goal Mouth – I thought Halsey was fairly even in the match except for the few instances Chelsea should have had a player booked.

    As to the Mikel – Tiote incident, in fairness to Halsey, he doesn’t have the benefit to look at the replay in slow motion from several angles before making the call. At live speed it’s definitely harder to judge.

    @Grafton83 – Yes, I stand corrected. I should have specified that it was Newcastle’s first league win at Chelsea since ’86.