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  1. TJ

    Kevin Friend should never be allowed to referee an Aston Villa match again. You think it was just last season? He robbed us blind at Stamford Bridge with one of the worst refereeing performances I’ve ever seen. Failed to send Ivanovic off for a clear elbow to Benteke’s face – he actually booked him which means he had a clear view of the incident. Ivanovic then scored the winner (which was also a yard offside). To top it off John Terry punched the ball in his own box in the last minute, clear for the whole stadium to see, with Friend standing 5 feet away looking straight at it. Nothing given.

    I do find your concept that Dowd is a fair ref for Aston Villa very funny. Clearly you aren’t aware of our history. A passionate hatred for Phil Dowd is the one real thing that unites the Villa fanbase, after he failed to send off Vidic in the first 5 minutes of the cup final when hauling down Agbonlahor as the last man. He cost us a trophy.

  2. Dom

    I agree totally with TJ. I don’t see how anyone can say Phil Dowd is a fair referee for Aston Villa. He certainly cost us the 2010 Carling Cup final (although we had a penalty awarded by Dowd, many will tell you that Vidic should have sent off for committing two fouls on Agbonlahor in one; pulling his shirt while stretching his leg out to trip him up). Dowd also cost us a derby game against West Brom in October 2011 ,when Villa’s Chris Herd was sent off unfairly by Dowd in the first half. TJ is certainly right, Dowd is the pantomime villain at Villa Park, and with good reason.
    Also, I agree with TJ that Kevin Friend cheated us out of a point at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
    This is a great blog, but I would like to know how exactly this referee bias is worked out, specifically what exactly is judged to be an incorrect decision from the referee in these stats. This is a very interesting read though, thanks for putting it up!

  3. bjtgooner

    A great series Walter.

    I am surprised to note that Taylor has a negative bias towards Villa – that obviously changes when Villa play Arsenal!

  4. WalterBroeckx

    and raises the question: why?

  5. Florian


    Then we’re looking forward to the next article in the series;)

  6. bob

    Would you address TJ and Dom’s disagreements on Dowd?

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