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July 2021

The last Untold Ref Review: Wigan Athletic 4 – 0 Newcastle United. Now for the fun.

AND THIS LADIES AND GENTLEMAN IS IT. This is the last Untold Ref Review of the season.

Now the only thing you have to do is to sit and wait for the summary of all those reviews. And I can already say that Untold Arsenal is writing history with these ref reviews.  I really hope that we can start our review very soon now. Keep your eyes open and come back to have a look at the most complete review of refs in the EPL starting on this site in the next days.

Meanwhile, this final article in the series (below) is the conclusion for this season to a series which started several years back, 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:

Although this is a site built for Arsenal supporters we welcome comments from fans of other teams, although we tend not to publish comments which are simply abusive or which are completely off topic.

Walter Broeckx


Today’s referee is Mike Dean –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mike Dean (2012-04-28)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
1 OTHER Maloney Simpson NC “Dangerous play, ref didn’t give foul but did give Newcastle throw in” 1
2 OTHER Tiote Moses C Shove 1
2 OFFSIDE Caldwell C 1
4 OTHER McArthur Ben Arfa C Foul 1
7 OTHER Boyce Toite C Trip 1
12 OTHER Caldwell Ba NC “Obstructed his run, not given” 1
13 GOAL Moses C Goal okay 3
14 OFFSIDE Cisse C 1
15 GOAL Moses C Goal okay 3
16 OTHER McArthur Ba C Trip 1
17 OTHER Tiote Maloney C Foul 1
19 OTHER Alcaraz Santon C “Trip, late, killed promising attack” 1
19 YELLOW Alcaraz C Booked 2
21 OTHER Cabaye Moses C “Trip, late challenge, might have been booked” 1
25 OTHER Alcaraz Ba NC “Grabbed shirt, not given” 1
25 OTHER Ba Boyce NC Ba tripped him but ref should have given previous foul 1
25 OTHER Williamson Maloney NC “Push, not given” 1
28 OTHER McArthur NC “Handball, not given” 1
28 OTHER Maloney Jonas NC “Push, not given” 1
29 OTHER Ben Arfa Caldwell NC If anything Caldwell fouled Ben Arfa 1
33 OTHER Caldwell Cisse C Foul 1
34 OTHER Beausejour C Improper throw in 1
35 OFFSIDE Cisse C 1
36 GOAL Maloney C Goal okay 3
37 OTHER McArthur Cabaye C Two-footed lunge 1
38 RED McArthur NC “Got yellow, should have been red” 3
38 YELLOW Simpson C Dissent 1
40 OTHER Di Santo Santon NC “Shove, not given” 1
42 OTHER McArthur Santon C Trip 1
45 OTHER Figueroa Ben Arfa NC “Won ball but followed through on Ben Arfa, not given” 1
46 OFFSIDE Di Santo C 1
47 GOAL Di Santo C Goal okay 3
49 OTHER Tiote McArthur C Trip 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
47 OTHER Coloccini NC “Hanball, not given” 1
47 YELLOW Coloccini NC “Intentional handball to stop attack, not given” 2
47 OTHER Moses Coloccini C Trip 1
49 OTHER Maloney Ben Arfa C Attempted trip 1
49 OTHER McArthur Cisse C “Late challenge, trip, a lot of fouls for someone on a yellow, Dean has a word” 1
52 OTHER Cabaye Moses NC “Arm to face, not given” 1
53 OFFSIDE Moses C 1
56 OTHER Ba McArthur C Trip 1
59 OFFSIDE Cisse C 1
63 OFFSIDE Cisse NC “Was just offside, not given” 1
63 OFFSIDE Cisse C Offside again 1
65 OTHER Caldwell Ba C Foul 1
69 OTHER Williamson Maloney C Grabbed/tripped him so as not to go past 1
69 YELLOW Williamson NC Should have been cautioned 2
71 OTHER Alcaraz C Handball 1
72 OTHER Beausejour Ben Arfa C Pulled him down 1
75 OTHER McArthur Cabye C “Slid in a bit rashly, caught player, linesman flagged it, ref played advantage. McArthur really shouldn’t be on the pitch” 1
77 OTHER Williamson Figueroa C Trip 1
80 OTHER Sammon Williamson C “Trip, advantage played” 1
81 OTHER Cabaye Maloney C Trip 1
84 OTHER Maloney R Taylor C Pulled him back 1
90 OTHER Perch Beausejour C Foul 1
92 OTHER Gomez Tiote C Obstruction 1

Here is the ref review of the match between Wigan and Newcastle refereed by Mike Dean.  It was a tale of two halves.

Wigan came out strong in the first half.  Victor Moses scored a couple of nice goals before 15 minutes were off the clock.  After that all the calls seemed to go against Newcastle, including McArthur being spared a red card for a two-footed lunge on Yohan Cabaye.  As it was, Newcastle never managed to get back into the match and Wigan added two more goals to make it 4-0 at the end of the half.

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Dean’s performance in the second half was better although I felt he should have booked a couple of Newcastle players:  Coloccini for handling, and Williamson for an unsporting challenge.  The wrong calls in the second half favoured Newcastle but it did not really matter because the match was basically over by halftime.  Papiss Cissé did hit the woodwork twice, but there were no goals in this half and the score ended 4-0.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-04-28)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 4 100.00
OFFSIDE 5 5 100.00
OTHER 12 22 54.55
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 2 2 100.00
TOTAL 23 34 67.65
WEIGHTED 33 46 71.74
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 3 4 75.00
OTHER 15 17 88.24
YELLOW 0 2 0.00
TOTAL 18 23 78.26
WEIGHTED 18 25 72.00
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 4 100.00
OFFSIDE 8 9 88.89
OTHER 27 39 69.23
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 41 57 71.93
WEIGHTED 51 71 71.83

A bad first half score followed by a better second half performance. With the game seemingly over maybe there was no need more to be a bad ref?

BIAS SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-04-28)
Period 1 Wigan Athletic % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 11 47.83 12 52.17 23
Correct For Weighted 19 59.38 13 40.63 32
Incorrect Against 1 9.09 10 90.91 11
Incorrect Against Weighted 1 7.69 12 92.31 13
Fouls Commited 15 78.95 4 21.05 19
Fouls Penalised 7 46.67 4 100.00 11
Period 2 Wigan Athletic % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 7 38.89 11 61.11 18
Correct For Weighted 7 38.89 11 61.11 18
Incorrect Against 5 100.00 0 0.00 5
Incorrect Against Weighted 7 100.00 0 0.00 7
Fouls Commited 10 58.82 7 41.18 17
Fouls Penalised 10 100.00 5 71.43 15
Totals Wigan Athletic % Newcastle United % Total
Correct For 18 43.90 23 56.10 41
Correct For Weighted 26 52.00 24 48.00 50
Incorrect Against 6 37.50 10 62.50 16
Incorrect Against Weighted 8 40.00 12 60.00 20
Fouls Commited 25 69.44 11 30.56 36
Fouls Penalised 17 68.00 9 81.82 26

In the bias score we see a clear advantage towards Wigan in the first half. In the second half with the game won by Wigan it was time to cover his tracks maybe?





6 comments to The last Untold Ref Review: Wigan Athletic 4 – 0 Newcastle United. Now for the fun.

  • Matt Clarke

    No surprises with this one.

    We await your landmark conclusions and a genuine service to football.

  • Kentetsu

    So how many reviews in total does this make?

    Great work of the ref review team. I can’t wait for the season review.

  • bjtgooner

    Walter, this series of ref reviews has been a great effort from you and also all the other reviewers, I’m sure you are glad you can have a rest for a few weeks. But the hard work is very much appreciated.

    On this particular review it looks like once again Dean had a very poor match.

  • WalterBroeckx

    the answer to your question is in an article now on the site

  • WalterBroeckx

    one part of the hard work is done.

    For the moment I am writing what should be around 40 articles about the numbers I guess. And it could easily become more.

    Rest….what rest? 😉 🙂

  • Reviewer 02

    It should be pointed out here that this performance by Dean was post the Chelsea debacle, and so post the confirmed apology that took place between Riley and Martinez. I would love to see the statistical analysis pre and post this call. (Hoisted by his own Petard). For the attention of the conspiracy sceptics.

    @Dogface pretty please