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August 2021

Ref Review 2012/13 : Fulham

By Walter Broeckx

This article is part of the series of the Referee Review 2013. You can find links to earlier articles on the bottom of this article.


After having dealt with the different teams and after having examined all the refs and this leading to the best ref of the season according to the views of our referee reviewers we now will bring you something that will be an easy manual to see who is good or bad for a team.

We will of course bring you this in order so that from now on if you see that your team will play and there is a certain ref assigned you can see in a blink of an eye if this ref has a bad or a good history with your team. At least in the season 2012/2013.  And if all goes well we will even try to add the bias from the season before in to each article. And that way you can see possible returning things.

As of course it might be that some referee performances are a one off. But if a ref has the same bias against a team it might show something more. If a ref of course has a big bias in favour of a team it also is saying something about that ref.

A little word of explanation about the graphics you will see. The ultimate referee performance would be that the bias score (which is based on the wrong decisions) is around zero. Alas you will find very few of those scores in the total series. So the zero line will be the middle line of each graphic.

If a ref has positive bias score for the team involved you will see a name (of the ref) and a green line and a number. The bias number for that ref.

On the other hand if the ref had a negative bias you will see again a name but then with a red line and a number. The negative bias score for that ref.

The longer the lines are means the higher the number and the higher that bias has been from the ref. Short lines are better and would be nicer for all. I also included a little table in the graphic just with the names and with a red or green label. This is for those who want to throw a quick look at the names as sometimes the numbers did get in the way with the name.

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Fulham bias per ref


In a way this looks rather balanced. Almost as many green as red lines. But this is of course not what we want to see as I think some of the lines are rather worrying.

In fact you see only 2 refs with a low score and I am being generous in this. Moss and Probert are those refs with a rather low negative bias against Fulham.

But from then on we see East, Jones, Friend, Oliver with a too high negative bias. But that is nothing compared to the negative bias score we see from Dean. Way out of order.

And if we now look at the green lines it is as if the ref either was very much in favour of Fulham or completely against them.

We only see big green lines and scores that also are not really acceptable. Certainly not if you are the other team.  Dowd, Clattenburg, Taylor,  Halsey and Mason all with too high positive bias scores. But top of the list is Marinner. And that is rather surprising I would say as he is in general one of the better refs.

Let us see if we can see patterns if we add the numbers from the season 2011/2012 to this.

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

So we see that the ref with the biggest negative impact here was Oliver and he also was bad for them last season. So he seems to be their bogey ref if we look at his decisions on the field.

Probert had a extreme high positive bias in the season before the last one. But I think we can put that down to the opponent in that game. A team that he seems not to like too much if we look at his numbers.

Also Mike Dean had mixed seasons. In the season 2011/2012 a positive bias and now a big negative bias.  So just as Probert he doesn’t seem to like or dislike them. But it is more an opponent thing.

And we see the same with Friend who has an up and down score looking at both seasons.

A ref that has a positive bias in two consecutive seasons is Clattenburg. In both seasons a good and high bias in their favour.  But he seems to be the only real ref that has such numbers. Or that we could find in the games we reviewed.


1 comment to Ref Review 2012/13 : Fulham

  • nicky

    Walter, What would be your answer to this proposition
    “That the alleged bias by referees towards certain teams doesn’t exist. Your reviews merely bring to light pure and simple errors of judgement made by human beings in the heat of the moment”.