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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Manchester City 3 – 2 Queens Park Rangers

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Today’s referee is Mike Dean –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mike Dean (2012-05-13)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
3 OTHER QPR Clichy C advantage given after a push, leads to a chance for City 1
4 OTHER Zabaleta SWP C jumped in the back 1
10 OTHER Mackie Yaya C Trip 1
17 OFFSIDE QPR C Mackie was offside but the ball was stopped by a defender, Mackie attacked that defender and the assistant raised the flag. Excellent work! This should have happened at Arsenal-Liverpool when Liverpool scored 1
18 OTHER C collision of heads between Barton and Barry, ref stops play immediatly 1
18 OTHER Barry Barton NC then the ref gives a free kick????? It was Barton who came in from behind it was just a unlucky collsion 1
22 OTHER Barton Barry NC frontal tackle from Barton, not given 1
22 YELLOW Barton NC always dangerous, should have been a card 2
22 OTHER Barry SWP NC Barry tripped SPW but the ref should have stopped play seconds earlier for the foul on Barry 1
23 OTHER Barry Cisse C High foot on the ankle 1
25 OTHER SWP C handball 1
39 OTHER Zamora Silva C pull 1
39 GOAL MC C correct goal 3
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
47 OTHER Barton De Jong C Trip 1
48 GOAL QPR C Correct goal 3
54 OTHER Barton Tevez NC Attempted obstruction not given 1
54 RED Barton C Swings with his arm towards Tevez who goes down. Doesn’t matter how hard a slap in the face is a red card. Barton then goes on to disgrace himself with kicking at Aguero and headbutting Kompany. Game was dead for 3 min 3
54 RED Tevez NC Tevez also threw a hand in the direction of Barton was shown on another replay later on so Tevez also should have walked 3
61 PENALTY Onuhoa C Handball but the ball came from behind him and was headed against his hand, correct non decision 3
61 OFFSIDE MC C assumed correct 1
62 OTHER Hill Aguero NC push not given 1
63 OTHER Derry Barry NC advantage after trip, nothing on just possession 1
66 GOAL QPR C Correct goal 3
77 OTHER Bothroyd Balotelli C little pull 1
77 YELLOW Bothroyd NC a few seconds on the field and a little pull, this is harsh 2
84 OTHER SWP Clichy C Trip 1
89 OTHER Silva QPR? NC not given push in the back 1
92 GOAL MC C Correct goal 3
94 GOAL MC C Correct goal 3
95 YELLOW Aguero C pulled out his shirt, correct card 2

Well Queens Park Rangers didn’t came to kick City to pieces. Apart from the one and only Joey Barton of course. It was amazing how clean the QPR players behaved themselves. I have seen other games from them this season….

The first time we have to mention him he was innocent. He clashed heads with Barry and much to my surprise the ref gave a free kick to QPR. That was a mistake ref, there was never a foul from Barry. In fact there was no foul so he should have restarted with a dropped ball.

Next again Barton who came in frontal towards Barry, that could have ended up bad but luckily there were no injuries. Ref Dean missed it. City went in 1-0 at half time and the goal was correct.

QPR scored an equalizer and then stepped up Tevez and Barton. I must say TV Director decided to show the angles that did us no favours. It was difficult to see but Barton tried to obstruct Tevez who threw his arm towards Barton who then did the same.

The problem with the ref is that as has been noticed by other reviewers, Dean is always too central in his running. And so he was at the wrong place to have a good look on the incident. His assistant informed him on what he had seen but this should have been an angle that the ref should cover. Bad placement ref Dean and this is not the first time we have to say this about him.

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So only Barton got a red card and his behaviour after that justified this. But Tevez was the luckiest man on the pitch because of the bad placement (or blindness from the ref) he escaped a red card also.

City had a shout for a penalty for handball but the ball came from behind the QPR player who didn’t know that the ball came back to his hand. So clear ball to hand and correct not to give it.

Bothroyd got the softest of yellow cards for a little pull. Another bad point for the ref.

The game reached an unbelievable climax with the two late goals from City at a moment when QPR seemed to settle for every result after they knew Bolton lost at Stoke (thanks to the ref apparently)

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-05-13)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 7 10 70.00
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 9 13 69.23
WEIGHTED 11 16 68.75
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 4 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 3 7 42.86
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
RED 1 2 50.00
YELLOW 1 2 50.00
TOTAL 11 17 64.71
WEIGHTED 24 33 72.73
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 5 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 10 17 58.82
PENALTY 1 1 100.00
RED 1 2 50.00
YELLOW 1 3 33.33
TOTAL 20 30 66.67
WEIGHTED 35 49 71.43

Back to Dean and his final score….. low and that in a rather easy game with not many fouls (apart from the behaviour of Barton)

BIAS SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-05-13)
Period 1 Manchester City % Queens Park Rangers % Total
Correct For 6 66.67 3 33.33 9
Correct For Weighted 8 72.73 3 27.27 11
Incorrect Against 4 100.00 0 0.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 100.00 0 0.00 5
Fouls Commited 2 25.00 6 75.00 8
Fouls Penalised 2 100.00 5 83.33 7
Period 2 Manchester City % Queens Park Rangers % Total
Correct For 6 54.55 5 45.45 11
Correct For Weighted 12 50.00 12 50.00 24
Incorrect Against 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 33.33 6 66.67 9
Fouls Commited 2 22.22 7 77.78 9
Fouls Penalised 1 50.00 4 57.14 5
Totals Manchester City % Queens Park Rangers % Total
Correct For 12 60.00 8 40.00 20
Correct For Weighted 20 57.14 15 42.86 35
Incorrect Against 7 70.00 3 30.00 10
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 57.14 6 42.86 14
Fouls Commited 4 23.53 13 76.47 17
Fouls Penalised 3 75.00 9 69.23 12


The bias score shows an advantage in favour of QPR.  Manchester united fans cannot say that City got the title handed over by the ref in this game.

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3 comments to Untold Ref Review: Manchester City 3 – 2 Queens Park Rangers

  • James Nash

    Very fair assessment overall; a couple of niggles however. On injury time, Dean should have given more than the five minutes he did due to 2 goals, many subs and the long pause for Barton’s idiocy. Also he should have played more time than those 5 minutes, due to two goals being scored, one with lengthy celebrations.

    Second, your opinion that QPR “settled for any result”, implying they gave up and let City score the final goal. Re-watch the goal and (a) see how brilliant the assist from Balotelli, who is almost horizontal, is to Aguero, (b) the desperate last ditch tackle a QPR defender attempts on Aguero as he takes a touch before shooting and (c) how gutted the QPR defenders are when the ball goes in the net; they don’t look like a team that know they’re safe to me.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Agree with you on the added time James. But I didn’t want to make it worse for Dean 😉 People may think that we are sometimes out to destroy the ref but we can have our soft spot for a ref. Even for Dean (god knows why in fact… )

    What struck me when watching it was the fact that QPR on both occasions just kicked the ball upfront after the MC goals. They didn’t attempt to try to score themselves and that was what lead me to thinking that they knew they were safe. Or they could have played the ball to the keeper, winning time and then he could hoof it up field or something like that. But they just kicked it immediately out of play and handed the ball back to MC. As if they didn’t care any more.
    But that is just an impression I got, not a fact of course.

  • allan

    77th Minute – I think Bothroyd is booked for needlessly kicking the ball away rather than the foul. Given the situation perhaps that was a correct decision.