Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur 27 September 2014 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Firstly, Here is the updated wrong decisions table, I have included Walter’s review of the Aston Villa game (1 not awarded red card for the challenge by Clark on Podolski in Minute 83 but no change to the points awarded to either team).
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||3|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||6|
Secondly, there are disruptions in train services from South London to London Bridge and there is no Overground Service south of New Cross Gate so if you normally use those routes, please check before travelling.
Thirdly, following his appearance in our Capital One Cup Game on Tuesday, Keith Stroud gets his first Premier League game since 2008 when he takes charge of Crystal Palace v Leicester City.
For Saturday we have
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Assistants – S Burt and J Brooks
- Fourth Official – C Pawson
Michael Oliver was born in 1985 and became the youngest referee in Premier League history when he was in charge of the Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers at 25 years old. His home county FA is Northumberland. His rapid rise through the ranks was confirmed in 2012 when he was elevated to the FIFA list so he has obviously impressed the ‘right people’.
2013-14 Season – he was one of the busiest referees with 27 games in total (11 with Mr Burt and 2 with Mr Brooks, none with both). Of these 13 were home wins, 7 draws and 7 away wins.
Arsenal v Spurs 1 Sep 2013 (1-0). Walter’s post game piece – Arsenal v £100.000.000: 1-0 didn’t mention the referee so must have been OK
Man United v Arsenal 10 November 2013 (1-0). Walter’s post game piece – Lost a battle, the war is still in our hands. A number of ‘phantom’ fouls called against Arsenal to allow United to regroup when under pressure. We bossed possession and matched United in the other stats but made one defensive error from which they scored.
Liverpool v Arsenal 8 Feb 2014 (5-1). We played in a suicidal fashion and were hammered. Walter’s post game piece Disastrous start leaves us empty handed covers it excellently. The referee played no part in our loss, he didn’t need to as we shot ourselves by simply not turning up in the first half.
One win and two losses, not great but not really the fault of Mr Oliver – he favoured United but not with big decisions.
Spurs games other than the Arsenal game above
- Spurs v Hull 27 October 2013 (1-0)
- Spurs v Palace 11 Jan 2014 (2-0)
- Chelsea v Spurs 8 Mar 2014 (4-0)
Three home games, two to Spurs so overall two wins and two losses , hardly showing massive bias, as all four results were in line with expectations based on the finishing positions of the teams involved.
2012-13 Season There are 11 full referee reviews of his games in 2012/13 in them he made 18 wrong Important decisions (second yellow, red cards penalties and goals) not a terribly good performance. In individual games he scored below 70% on three occasions, 80-9-% on three occasions with the remaining five games between 70 & 80% again not setting the world on fire and well below the standard we should expect from a FIFA referee. Unusually his overall bias seemed to favour the away teams, Four home teams against 6 away teams with only one game neutral. Of these reviewed games, one featured Arsenal and two featured Spurs
|Match Review: Michael Oliver – Everton Vs Arsenal (1 – 1) [28/11/2012]|
overall weighted score 70%, bias against 21/79 but no wrong Important Decisions. A total of 20 wrong decisions out of 147, four against Everton and 16 against Arsenal, so a rather one sided performance but probably not enough to change the course of the game.
|Match Review: Michael Oliver – Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur (2 – 1) [11/11/2012]|
overall weighted score 75%, bias against 68/32 and four wrong Important decisions – Minute 19 Spurs should have been given a penalty, Min 20 Spurs score from incorrectly given free kick, Min 23 Man City should have a penalty for Gallas handball, Min 32 Man City should have a penalty for foul by Huddlestone. A total of 15 wrong decisions out of 162, 10 against City and 5 against Spurs. The two wrong important decisions involving Spurs kind of cancel out (not given penalty and wrongly awarded goal), the two for City were both non given penalties so they should perhaps have won by a greater margin.
Match Review: Michael Oliver – Liverpool Vs Tottenham Hotspur (3 – 2) [10/03/2013] overall weighted score 79%, bias against 73/27 and two wrong Important Decisions – Min 77 Vertongen fouled Sturridge in penalty area – not given, Min 86 Vertongen fouls Johnson in penalty area – not given. Eleven wrong decisions out of 136, 8 against Liverpool and 3 against Spurs. A similar story to the City game with two not given penalties against Spurs.
The balance of decisions going against Arsenal in their one game under Mr Oliver, contrasting with the balance of decisions being in favour of Spurs in their two. Of more importance was the ignoring of four penalty decisions that should have been awarded against Spurs. Honestly four in two games that’s a trifle extreme.
2011/12 Season There were eight games reviewed and his overall numbers were above average, particularly in the routine decisions, he was not that good though on yellow cards and penalty decisions which were both roughly 50/50 (but based on low overall numbers). His bias against Arsenal was not excessive and he was roughly neutral for Spurs. His main bias was in favour of United.
- Despite being a FIFA Accredited Referee Mr Oliver really isn’t that good, he was ranked 14 out of 17 for 2012/13 based on the full game referee reviews.
- There seems to be a particular problem with him knowing when to award a penalty. Spurs got away with 4 in the two games reviewed in 2012/13.
- He seems to have a positive bias for Spurs and a negative one against Arsenal
- He doesn’t seem to be a ‘home’ team, his reviewed games having a bias in favour of the away team more often than the home team.
- The crowd need to let him know we are watching his decision making.
- Don’t expect Arsenal to be given a penalty when it might make a difference to the result of a game. A consolation penalty when we are five goals down doesn’t really count.
- In a game that is likely to be tight and with two fully committed teams both teams need a referee who is on top of the game and will deal fairly with infringements from both sides. I am not convinced that My Oliver is that man – come on prove me wrong!
And don’t forget we’ve got the live Arsenal Tottenham coverage coming up.
And the regular look back in time. Today it is “Tottenham in September”
And if that’s not enough there are today’s anniversaries and latest posts listed on the home page
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- Womens Champions League Arsenal Women v Juventus – the match preview
- It never rains but the journalists want Arsenal to drown in a mess of their own making
- Back to the football: Watford video and Arsenal v Lyon 8 December preview
- The 40 players coming to Arsenal and the 6 most predicted for this January