Chelsea v Arsenal 22 March 2014 – The Match Officials; cards likely

Chelsea v Arsenal 22 March 2014 – The Match Officials

  • Andrew Crawshaw
  • Referee – Andre Marriner
  • Assistants – S Ledger and M Perry
  • Fourth Official – A Taylor


Third time this year with Mr Marriner following our home wins v Hull (4 Dec – 2-0) and v Sunderland (22 Feb – 4-1).  Whilst Mssrs. Ledger (9/22) and Mr Perry (14/21) are fairly normal partners with Mr Marriner, so far we have only had Mr Perry with Mr Marriner once, although both have been with other referees.

Surprisingly this is the first time that Mr Marriner has been in charge of a Chelsea gamer his year.

The Arsenal and Chelsea  

Total Games

Win %

Draw %

Loss %

Arsenal All Games





Mr Marriner





Chelsea All Games





Mr Marriner





So for Arsenal a significant over performance under Mr Marriner with more wins and fewer draws, Chelsea much closer to their all referee average.


What about his bias numbers though?  Last Year Mr Marriner was on a par with Mr Dean being one of the less biased against Arsenal with a score of -24 so not too bad

For Chelsea last year he exhibited a solid bias in favour as shown in this chart.

I won’t include the Arsenal chart this week as you had it last week and you all know by now that it is solidly red from top to bottom.

So so far no real reason for either team to be particularly upset with his appointment.  I’ll dig a little deeper.

There were two games he refereed for both teams last year

Match Review: Andre Marriner – Arsenal Vs West Ham United (5 – 1) [23/01/2013] – 67% overall rating, bias against 69/31 and 1 wrong Important Decision (second yellow, red card, penalty or goal).  The key incidents were :-

  • Min 5 – Collison plants his studs on Wilshere’s foot, should have been a yellow card but no foul given
  • Min 17 – Collison scores a goal (0-1)
  • Min 18 – West Ham have a phantom foul called against either Ramsey or Sagna
  • Min 21 – Podolski scores a goal (1-1)
  • Min 24 – With the ball out of play Vaz Te kicks Mertesacker’s Achilles should have been yellow card, nothing given
  • Min 30 – west ham have another phantom foul, this time against Podolski
  • Min 41 – Vaz Te rightly gets a booking for dissent for protesting that he wasn’t offside (he was right as he was level, but that doesn’t excuse his dissent).  As he should have been booked in Minute 24 he should have been sent off – wrong Important Decision
  • Min 46 – Giroud scores (2-1)
  • Min 52 – Cazorla scores (3-1)
  • Min 53 – Walcott scores (4-1)
  • Min 56 – Giroud scores (5-1)
  • Min 71 – Potts and Sagna collide when challenging for the ball in an aerial duel.  No foul committed by either player but Potts is seriously hurt and leaaves the field on a stretcher after a delay for treatment of ten or eleven minutes.  Neither side felt like playing much after that and the game petered out.
  • Min 89 – Diame plants his studs on Mertesacker’s leg, acknowledged it but still should have been booked.

Arsenal started slowly but really got going in the second half playing some unstoppable football with four goals in ten minutes.  A few phantom fouls by Marriner and he missed some yellow cards which should have resulted in Vaz Te being sent off.

With reference to Walter’s articles on injuries, note the non calls in Minutes 5, 24 and 89.

Match Review: Andre Marriner – Fulham Vs Arsenal (0 – 1) [20/04/2013] – 75% overall, bias against 15/85 and no wrong Important Decisions.  The key incidents were :-

  • Min 1 – Walcott ‘goal’ rightly ruled out for offside
  • Min 5 – Good advantage given to Arsenal following foul on Rosicky
  • Min 11 – Sidwell rightly gets red card for dangerous lunge
  • Min 18 – Penalty shout for Arsenal (Hangerland hand ball) correctly turned down
  • Min 42 – Mertesacker scores a goal (0-1)
  • Min 51 – Emanuelson dives getting Arteta a yellow card, wrong way round card should have gone to Fulham player (lots of wrong decisions arising from this incident)
  • Min 89 – Giroud gets a red card, correct decision but harsh in that he clearly slipped but he did catch the Fulham player.

The game was played in awful conditions with extremely heavy rain, overall Mr Marriner did OK but made a ‘horlicks’ of the incident in Minute 51 which is how his overall score was so low.  Fulham battled all game with ten men and made Arsenal work really hard for the win.  Other than the two red cards there were no nasty tackles.

Match Review: Andre Marriner – Queens Park Rangers Vs Chelsea (0 – 0) [15/09/2012]

– 79% overall, bias against 54/46 and 3 wrong Important Decisions.  The key incidents were :-

  • Min 13 – Ramires rightly gets yellow card for foul
  • Min 14 – Ramires loses the ball and kicks out at Fabio, should have been second yellow card but ignored by the referee – wrong Important Decision
  • Min 26 – Bertrand wrongly given a yellow card, he took out Wright Phillips from behind with both feet off the ground – dangerous play and should have been a straight red – wrong Important Decision
  • Min 31 – Eden Hazard is caught from behind by Wright Phillips in the penalty area, ignored by the referree, should have been a penalty – wrong Important Decision
  • For the rest of the game Mr Marriner made few mistakes of any significance

A poor first half from Mr Marriner, two Chelsea players should have been sent off but they should have had a penalty.  Not good enough for a Premier League referee.

Match Review: Andre Marriner – Stoke City Vs Chelsea (0 – 4) [12/01/2013] – 90% overall, bias against 100/0 and two wrong Important Decisions.  The key incidents were:-

  • Min 1 – first foul of the game (by Stoke) correctly called and free kick given
  • Min 6 – First foul by Chelsea correctly called and free kick given – good refereeing neither side allowed any leeway
  • Min 37 – Wilkinson correctly gets yellow card for foul
  • Min 46 – Walters scored an own goal (0-1)
  • Min 61 – Walters scores an own goal (0-2)
  • Min 63 – Penalty awarded to Chelsea but no obvious foul – wrong Important Decision
  • Min 64 – Chelsea score from penalty spot (0-3) – wrong penalty so goal shouldn’t have counted. Wrong Important Decision
  • Min 72 – Hazard scores a goal (0-4)
  • Min 88 – Penalty correctly awarded against Chelsea for foul by Terry on Walters but Stoke can’t convert the spot kick

The incident in Minute 63, spoiled a perfect score for Mr Marriner.

To sum up

Both teams out-perform their average win percentages under Mr Marriner, Arsenal by the higher figure.

Last year Mr Marriner’s wrong Important Decisions were in favour of Chelsea as they benefited from not having two players sent off in the QPR game but should have had a penalty as well, any of those decisions, if correctly given, could have changed the outcome of that game as it ended 0-0.  They also had a penalty wrongly awarded in the Stoke game when they were well ahead.

Against Arsenal, Mr Marriner exhibited the usual tendencies to award phantom fouls and failed to issue yellow cards to opponents for bad contact fouls with the potential to injure players.

Arsenal players are always likely to be carded


6 Replies to “Chelsea v Arsenal 22 March 2014 – The Match Officials; cards likely”

  1. Could be fun if Abramovich has had his assets nicked by tomorrow. Usmanov has sold up a lot of his western assets already. I predict…a riot…

    Oh, and Spain is mobilizing against the ECB/EU dictators.

    Interesting times – kind of

  2. Marcus

    There’s nothing I would like more than to see the likes of Abramovich and co squirming very uncomfortably perched on top of there ill gotten games, but alas these are worrying times I can see it all ending in tears.

  3. I do not fear Chelsea. We have their measure. I fear what the referee and assistants will do.

  4. Hopefully Guild Master Riley got the latest memo from 10 (or11?) Downing St. this morning. 🙂

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