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August 2021

REFEREE REVIEW 2012: Anthony Taylor – something very curious is happening here


This article is part of the series : REFEREE REVIEW 2012


By DogFace and Walter Broeckx

Untold Arsenal has a team of qualified referees who have reviewed more than 40% of the EPL games from last season. The reviews themselves were based on full match video footage with the advantage of video technology features such as slow motion and pause.

By reviewing those 155 games we have made a database of more than 7000 decisions that have been judged by our panel of dedicated and qualified referees.
The numbers you will see are based on those decisions and those reviewed games.

The next ref in our series is ref Anthony Taylor. And he will be one of the refs that will be taken in account when we make up the referee league table later on in this series.

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor

We managed to do 5 games of him this season. And that was almost 28% of his games in the PL last season. Not really perfect but with lots of different teams reviewed it might be a bit more interesting than the refs we have done before.

Untold Vs PGMOL - AnthonyTaylor 2011/2012

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Let us see how his competence was in the games we reviewed.


PGMOL Vs EPL - Basic Competency - AnthonyTaylor 2011/2012

Well that doesn’t look good. A score of only 67.80% correct decisions in the un-weighted graphic.

And also in the weight graphic he scores only 66.67%. That is on both occasion well under the 70% borderline. So not good at all.

Based on those games and on the rules that are applied in other countries this is a ref that could be in serious trouble and should be put back to the lower leagues.

If we compare this with the results we found from Attwell we see that these numbers are only slightly better than the ones from Attwell. Attwell was put back, Taylor not. It seems that they are working with different measure sticks at the PGMOL.

Let us see at the different decisions.

PGMOL Vs EPL - Basic Competency Breakdown - AnthonyTaylor 2011/2012

Only just above 90% of the goals in these games were correct. Not really what we like to see. Certainly on the most important type of decisions.

The offside decisions are very low. Only 76%. Some might remember Riley claiming it was 99%?

The other decisions are rather low with 72% but just above the minimum that is required.

The penalty decisions are not good at all. 50% is not really what we want from a ref in the PL on such important decisions.

The red cards with only 25% correct is also not something that brings joy in the Untold referee review.

Just as the yellow cards don’t fill us with joy at all. Poor distribution of yellow cards.

Let us see how it looked on the home and away bias front.


PGMOL Vs EPL - Incorrect calls Breakdown - AnthonyTaylor 2011/2012

Just as Stewart Attwell we see that this ref had a positive away bias in the un-weighted decisions.  The result for the home teams is that they got in general a negative bias from this ref. Not a really big difference. This is showing that the ref is daring to stand up against the home crowd when he feels the need to do it. A sign of a strong character?

If we put weight on the decisions we see the same. A positive bias in favour of the away teams. Not really a big one but showing he can stand up against the home crowd.

Let us now see if we can see any differences if we look at the different teams.

EPL vs PGMOL - Incorrect calls Breakdown by Referee - AnthonyTaylor (Un-Weighted) 2011/2012

What we can see is that from his moderate bias index of 1.6 some teams really are on the different side of things.

We could accept the numbers from Aston Villa, Blackburn and Manchester City as not that bad. But the negative bias against Manchester United, Sunderland and Arsenal are mind blowing. On the other hand the numbers from Wolverhampton, Liverpool and Norwich are very favourable.

The numbers of Manchester United and Wolverhampton were the result of a one sided game that was already decided in the first half after 3 goals and a sending off from a Wolves player. Then the ref tried to level things up a bit by giving a lot of wrong calls to Wolverhampton.

The Arsenal result is very bad and goes well over the normal bias they had to face.

EPL vs PGMOL - Incorrect calls Breakdown by Referee - AnthonyTaylor (Weighted) 2011/2012

If we put weight on the decisions we see that most of the numbers stay a bit in the same region. There are 3 numbers that really stand out for me.

The number from Blackburn has gone up big time. As did the numbers from Arsenal. The negative bias from this ref is too big to be good when you put weight on the decisions.

And now we notice a bit of a strange thing in fact. Because in both of the games we had a big negative bias against Blackburn and Arsenal it was Norwich that was the other team.

And I remember Blackburn really being screwed by the ref in that game when he gave them fouls and even a laughable penalty in the dying minutes to get Norwich a 3-3 final result.

And guess what in the game Arsenal – Norwich he also made a lot of mistakes in favour of Norwich and the final score also was 3-3. Some strange coincidences?

Or is this a referee who just likes Norwich a lot?


This ref has a bad competence score in general. With these numbers he should be put back to the lower leagues and prove he is worth his place in the PL with good results in that league before allowing him back in.

His numbers are almost as poor as those from Attwell who was put back. This shows that the PGMOL uses different measures for different referees. Of course with the PGMOL being a secretive organisation we don’t know the real way they work and we are left in the dark on this. But it sure doesn’t look like  consistency from the PGMOL.

I also would urge the PGMOL, apart from opening up, to look at the relation between Taylor and Norwich. I don’t know what is the matter but there sure does seems to be something strange as we could see in the bias numbers.

Despite having a rather low bias number in total, the differences between the teams are rather big and that is something I don’t like to see. It sure seldom evens out when Taylor is the ref.

So big bias swings in favour of one team, a too low total competence score… We could ask ourselves the question if this ref based on the games we reviewed fit to be a referee in the PL?

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14 comments to REFEREE REVIEW 2012: Anthony Taylor – something very curious is happening here

  • Matt Clarke

    Is he fit to referee in the EPL?
    With those scores and biases, he is not fit to referee anywhere.

  • Phil

    Worse than Attwell? You have me worried!

  • Preetam

    slightly off topic…What is Wenger upto… he hell bent on completing destroying bent barca… cant stop laughing what the barca guys are thinking when they deal with Arsenal…..they have sold so many duds to barca in the recent past & yet they cannot stop……
    Arsene’s legacy will be confirmed when he leaves the club…..greater than Sir Alex.

  • Crazy results for Arsenal here! One thing I want to see is all the refs lined up and a view of the bottom 3 teams (negative bias) and the top 3 teams (positive bias)for each.

    I wonder how often Arsenal appear in those negative bias listings?

    I also have a question – what do you do with these stats beyond posting them? Are they sent in summarised form to the press? Do you challenge PGMOL with these numbers?

    I am personally sick of the bias that runs through football and the lack of effort to investigate some very strange results.

    A closed shop usually means there is something to hide.

  • Mihir

    Just stumbled upon this link! How it makes my blood boil!
    Walter – Maybe a ref review of this should be shown everywhere!
    and This man heads the PGMOL!

  • bob

    Though it is now hidden away in the Archives – you’d never know about it now unless you already knew about it, here’s Walter Broeck’s truly unique review of the October 2004 crime scene known as Old Toilet. Walter’s review of this truly historic moment is a gift of truth-seeking. It remains a truly shocking indictment that bares the standard of the PGMOL stand-bearer:

  • Mihir

    @Bob Thanks for the link! Its not very easy to keep up with Untold’s Archives.
    I think this needs to be publicized more!

  • Hi Guys,
    Here is a challenge for you.
    Predict the weekends results based on your referees data if you can.
    Would be interesting to see how you fare.

    Arsenal Supporters Club (London Branch)

  • Glad I found this site…Anthony Taylor was ref at Swansea V Everton..his bias was obvious…23 free kicks against Swans 9 against Everton, 6 yellow, 1 red against Swans 1 yellow against Everton….I have seen him referee on TV and his performance has been pathetic …he and his officials were cencored in Oct 2010 after his dire perfomance on TV…yet he is still allowed to ref at the highest level…seems they dont have to answer ot anyone….glad the Arsenal are doing so well.

  • Ryan

    Anthony Taylor was ref during our game against Everton on the weekend (22nd Sept Swansea v Everton). His decision making was based solely on ‘who fell over’. Now I am probably biased but our team is not particular physical or dirty (and last year stats prove that). Lastly he books Nathan Dyer for dissent despite giving an unwarranted free-kick against him for a clean tackle.

  • Mike Tregaskes

    How is it that when Mr Taylor referees most weeks we read he comes from Manchester,but when he referees United he comes from Cheshire.
    Why is it that nearly all the refs come from the North?I guess it is so that Mike Riley can persuade them to become Man U fans like he was.
    P S—-I do not support any Premier league team tholugh I do like to see the underdogs win.

  • David Eldredge

    Those statistics do not surprise me after this referee’s totally incompetent attempt at refereeing the Leicester Forest game at the weekend. He can’t have ever played football himself or there is no way he could have given that penalty. There would be 10 in every game if that was correct. Premier League ref? I wouldn’t want him reffing a primary school game.

  • Duncan

    West Ham fan in peace

    Great article. Just confirms my view having watched yesterday’s West Ham v Everton game. Totally useless referee. Also interesting to see comments above Everton vs Swansea. Perhaps he is really an Everton fan and has moved to Cheshire?

  • Alun

    Spot on with your judgment – he reffed the Swansea v Spurs game today and was worse than poor – allowed Scott Parker to pull a shirt without a card; penalised Michu for heading a ball; allowed about 12 minutes of timewasting and seemed to forget that kicking players is considered violent conduct and should be punished with a card.
    Guy shouldn’t ref Sunday League – too far up his own backside to be objective.