Referee : Roger East
Match: Arsenal – Hull
The detailed commentary on the referee in this game, follows the chart.
Let me start by saying that in the opening 15 minutes Hull didn’t start to kick us as other teams have done this season. No they were rather clean even in their fouls. Some pushing and shoving but certainly no kicking at all that was wearing Arsenal shirts. So the ref had a rather easy start to this match. Arsenal was attacking and Hull was defending, not many fouls and the ref seemingly in control.
The only thing was clear to see that Hull wanted to waste as much time as could from the first minutes of the match. Goal kicks took an eternity before the ball finally was back in play. And apart from one signal from the ref I didn’t see him telling them to get on with it. But I admit that this is something that is not always visible when watching it on TV as they show replays or show managers or people in the stands while the time wasting takes place.
After a good start then it suddenly went wrong for the ref. Arsenal had opened the score and looked to score more goals and then something happened that was terrible to see from a ref point of view. Diame clearly pulled Flamini by his shoulder. A clear foul. A simple decision to make.
A defender is being pulled by an attacker then it is not about waiting how things will go on. No there is only one thing a ref must do: blow the whistle and stop play. The fact that he didn’t do this is beyond me. This is one of the most terrible decisions or non-decision in this case I have seen. Flamini mustn’t go to ground for a foul to be given. A foul on a defender should always be given! Because a defender cannot have any advantage when he is being fouled.
Now let us say he didn’t see it. First of all a remark that I also wanted to make about Atkinson in his Chelsea match. Are English referees fit enough to do their matches? A serious question. Because East just as Atkinson ran always in the middle of the field. And that usually is a sign that your fitness level is not up to the required standard. Referees should run in a diagonal line most of the time. Atkinson didn’t do it and twice touched the ball in the Chelsea-Arsenal match. And East might have been again in a bad position for the foul on Flamini.
But even if because of him not being fit enough and thus being in the wrong place him missing it, then there still is the assistant to help the referee. This was as clear a foul can be and the assistant had a free look on the incident. And yet he didn’t react. Was he instructed not to react? Or was he deliberately letting it go? We need to get answers to those questions. Either way the assistant can be questioned and I hope that Andrew has his name and will keep an eye on him when we see him again.
Diame then went on making 4 fouls within 5 minutes and still didn’t get a yellow card. Now that was getting silly. Persistent fouling even small fouls should get the cards out. And certainly when the fouls arrive in quick succession. Woeful from the ref.
In the second half the ref had a good moment. Huddlestone miss kicking a free kick, Arsenal trying to break and Huddlestone trying a cynical kick to stop the counter. He failed in his kick but the ref gave him a yellow when the ball ran out of play. That was good refereeing.
Once Hull went in front the ref seemed to lost his refereeing ability completely. I have seen so many real errors against the laws and the instructions that I really cannot believe it.
Let us take injured players. The instructions are clear. When a player is injured you can get someone on the pitch to help him. But you have to move him outside the field as quickly as can so that the match can start again. And it is clear stated that the injured player has to leave the field by going or being carried to the closest touchline possible.
So how on earth did he allow Dawson who was lying 5 metres from the goal line to hobble in a slow way all the way to the half way line after being treated with an injury. Sorry Mr. East but this is U13 stuff in my country. If a starting ref at U13 level makes this mistake the ref assessor will point at it and tell him to never forget it. It might have been a while since you done an U13 match but maybe it is time to think about what they told you in those days.
Really that is such a painful error to see from a referee at this level that I only can come to the conclusion that there is something terribly wrong in how refs are trained in the UK. And to do this twice then it is either he doesn’t know the laws and instructions and then you can ask yourself what he is doing there in the PL.
In a way that was even worse than allowing the first Hull goal to stand. This really is schoolboy stuff for any referee.
One of his tricks was trying to not blow a foul on an Arsenal player who then because of the foul fell in to a Hull player and then penalising that. Ramsey being a fine example.
As I was watching the match at first on a French channel I noticed they also noticed this and mentioned it a few times. Wilshere in that way getting a yellow card after being fouled first, nothing given, trying to make up for it, going in to wild, almost injured himself, getting booked. And all this because the ref failed to give the first obvious foul.
The best decision he made was to add 6 minutes of extra time. To cover the injuries (or feigned ones) that was about just enough. To cover the time wasting for 90 minutes surely not.
So the points: A first time score of 72% overall. Not that good and when we put weight on to it it goes down to only 58%. Allowing the goal from Hull to stand counting heavily of course. Only getting 50% of the important decisions correct.
The second half he got an overall score of just under 62%. So even worse. But because of the correct goals he won some points when we put weight on the decisions and it goes up to a still very low 64%. If we only look at the important decisions we see him have a score of 50%.
So the total score of this referee was 66,67% in total. When we put weight on the decisions it goes down to 61,54%. And only looking at the important decisions he gets a final score of 50%.
Bias score : with the wrongly awarded goal it is no surprise the important decisions went to Hull. Only a few small decisions went in favour of Arsenal. An unbalanced performance from the ref.
Was it just a bad day at the office for referee East? Or is he just another one from the bad production line that is called the PGMOL?
We didn’t know what to expect from this new ref in our preview but going by this we can now expect the worse in the future.
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