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Ref Review: Arsenal vs Sunderland (0 – 0) [18/08/2012]


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For two years now we have been reviewing the performances of referees in matches involving Arsenal.  Last year we introduced reviews of non-Arsenal matches.

Now we have once again expanded, and we have set up a separate site to review the non-Arsenal games: Referee Decisions.

Links to some of the recent reviews on the Referee Decisions web site are shown at the bottom of this post.  Arsenal reviews will continue to appear on Untold.  So off we go with Chris Foy and his activities in the first match of the season.

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Chris Foy (2012-08-18)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
14 OTHER McClean Walcott C push in the back 1
18 OTHER Gardner Gervinho C obstruction, advantage given, leading to a chance for Cazorla 1
20 OTHER Diaby Campbell C Trip 1
27 OTHER Cattermole C Handball 1
30 OFFSIDE Gibbs C just offside, takes 50 seconds to take the free kick 1
32 OTHER Richardson Gervinho C obstruction, 30 seconds before goalkeeper gets the ball back in play after the free kick 1
34 OTHER Podolski Cuellar NC Foot was away from the defender who came in from behind 1
35 OTHER Larson Vermaelen C Trip 1
36 OFFSIDE Diaby C came back from offside, 35 seconds to restart the game 1
38 OTHER Walcott Campbell C was it Campbell who just stopped his run, difficult to say but as no replay give the ref the decision 1
42 OTHER NC corner given to Arsenal was goal kick 1
45 OTHER Vermaelen Sessegnon C Trip 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
46 OTHER Mertesacker Sessegnon C Trip 1
47 OTHER Campbell Gibbs C Trip 1
48 OTHER Arteta Larson C Little contact before he got the ball 1
53 OTHER Diaby Larson C Trip 1
57 OTHER Cattermole Diaby NC obstruction not given 1
58 OTHER Richardson Walcott C Brought him down when running at full speed past a few defenders 1
63 OTHER Cattermole Cazorla C little kick against his foot 1
65 OTHER Diaby Larson NC Clear dive from the Sunderland player when sunderland lose the ball on their own penaly area 1
65 YELLOW Larson NC A dive is a dive and should be punished with a yellow card 2
65 OTHER Sun? Ars? C assumed correct, not shown on tv 1
67 OTHER Gardner NC Handball not given 1
71 OTHER Arteta ? C little trip 1
73 OTHER Elmohady Arteta C jumped in his back 1
75 OTHER Saha Gibbs C push 1
84 OTHER Cazorla sun? C very soft call this one, Cazorla nicks the ball between the feet of the sunderland player who goes down, but could not see it 100% so give the ref the advantage 1
86 OTHER Jenkinson Saha? C push 1
87 OTHER Arshavin Saha C push 1

One thing is for sure. The game was played in a rather good spirit. No real dangerous challenges so the ref had a rather easy afternoon this time.  Sunderland defended well but never went over board. The time wasting was a bit of a problem and in this Foy was again very weak. Not being at the game I cannot judge if he ever urged the keeper to get on with it. If he didn’t it should have cost him another point.

Let us have a look at his competence numbers in this game

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Chris Foy (2012-08-18)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 8 10 80.00
TOTAL 10 12 83.33
WEIGHTED 10 12 83.33
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
OTHER 14 16 87.50
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 14 17 82.35
WEIGHTED 14 18 77.78
Totals Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 22 26 84.62
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 24 29 82.76
WEIGHTED 24 30 80.00

A very un-Foy score this is. A score well above 80%! That is way better than what we were used to last season when he even didn’t manage to get the 70% score.

So a very encouraging start from Foy to this season. Is he going to be the surprise packet of this season? Well the season is still early so better not draw too much conclusions on this game. But rather good I would say.

Let us see if it evens out in this game and have a look at the bias numbers

BIAS SUMMARY – Chris Foy (2012-08-18)
Period 1 Arsenal % Sunderland % Total
Correct For 5 50.00 5 50.00 10
Correct For Weighted 5 50.00 5 50.00 10
Incorrect Against 1 50.00 1 50.00 2
Incorrect Against Weighted 1 50.00 1 50.00 2
Fouls Commited 5 50.00 5 50.00 10
Fouls Penalised 5 100.00 5 100.00 10
Period 2 Arsenal % Sunderland % Total
Correct For 6 46.15 7 53.85 13
Correct For Weighted 6 46.15 7 53.85 13
Incorrect Against 4 100.00 0 0.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 100.00 0 0.00 5
Fouls Commited 7 43.75 9 56.25 16
Fouls Penalised 7 100.00 7 77.78 14
Totals Arsenal % Sunderland % Total
Correct For 11 47.83 12 52.17 23
Correct For Weighted 11 47.83 12 52.17 23
Incorrect Against 5 83.33 1 16.67 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 6 85.71 1 14.29 7
Fouls Commited 12 46.15 14 53.85 26
Fouls Penalised 12 100.00 12 85.71 24

The first half was not just excellent in terms of competency but also in his bias numbers he scored the perfect score!

Alas he couldn’t keep this up in the second half and he became back a bit the Foy we used to know. Or maybe not completely because he was known last season as a home ref but this didn’t happen at the Emirates this time around.

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Not much mistakes in fact but the majority going against Arsenal.

Here are some recent reviews from the Referee Decisions web site

13 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal vs Sunderland (0 – 0) [18/08/2012]

  • Legolas

    forgot i guess podolski foul from behind it could have been a straight RED & the shot by podolski was saved by defender hand so penalty

  • Walkpass

    Thought we played away? Nice read though

  • IL-Gooner

    @Legolas – the incidents you meantioned were from the Stoke match

  • WalterBroeckx

    We are running a bit behind with the new website but this is of the first game of the season. The Stoke review will appear on of these days

  • @Walter anyone you would like us to sign or we are okay;your opinion!Mine is we need a striker and a center half.

  • CB

    The Paralympics blind football bosses announce they won’t be using visually impaired referees.

    Howard Webb and Phil Dowd said to be gutted.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Kampala gun,

    If Messi, Cesc or Ronaldo would be available… don’t hesitate 😉

    I also wouldn’t mind Fellaini. He can even play in goal when needed so he could tick all the boxes.

    If we don’t get serious injuries we should be okay I think, but you never know what is in front of you on that front… So just for in case one of those would be nice with a small advantage to the last mentioned ..

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Walter , Clint Dempsey and/or Essein on the cheap ?

  • none

    Couldnt really find an article for this, but this weekend we have Mr “Im Fergie’s not so secret secret weapon” Webb,

    Liverpool v Arsenal (1.30pm)
    Referee: H Webb
    Assistants: M Mullarkey, D Cann
    Fourth Official: P Dowd

  • Adam

    Keep an eye open for the fourth offical against Southampton, See if he is our ref for the Man City game. Bit of a pattern maybe forming?

  • Adam

    I have been looking back through and we have had Howard Webb a hell of alot when we play Liverpool home or away.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Adam, I think last season we had the same thing a bit

    Was Mason the 4th ref in the Sunderland game?

    I think they do this so that when Wenger moans this week, the 4th ref who then is the ref on the field can take one back on him.

    It would be interesting to see if other teams have the same patterns…

  • Legolas

    @IL-Gooner lol read it fast and only looked for these 2 incidents didn’t pay attention on cattermol ” Sunderland” … thanks for the correction.