By Walter Broeckx
When I got my hands on the end of season 2011-2012 report from the PGMO (the secret organisation that runs the referees in the PL) I compared this with the numbers we gathered over the same season. I talked about this in a first article that you can find here and then in another article I highlighted some more strange numbers.
Now in this article I want to have a look at the overall performance of referees.
We will first have a look at what the PGMO has said and to do that I quote:
“The 20th season of the Premier League saw the most exciting finale since its inception. The fact that the title wasn’t decided until literally the last minute of the season said it all. This report attempts to reflect that season and what actually happened as opposed to what was often reported in the media.
You will see that there were even fewer fouls per game compared to other leagues across Europe and this determination to let the game flow is a tribute to the players and officials. Looking back over previous reports it is interesting to note that there are similar concerns season on season – holding at corners, interpretation of handball and time wasting.”
A first comment from me is that it seems that the PGMO has a dig at the media. I somehow find this very funny.
A second one is that the concern ‘to let the game flow’ is not what the PGMO should have as a concern. The main concern of any referee is to make sure that the laws of the game are respected by both teams. That should be the focus of any referee and of any PGMO. And if the “game will flow” or not is only a result. And a flowing game can only happen…if both teams respect the laws of the game.
If both teams play it to the laws of the game there will be few fouls. As they will try to play the ball and not the man. But in their eager to let the game flow we got the situation where referees didn’t blow the whistle despite obvious fouls. In order for the holy cow called: “let the game flow”. This is putting the carriage in front of the horses.
Let us move on to the numbers as this is how the PGMO said how the officials performed in the season 2011-2012.
First of all a reminder on how they put the performances in certain categories:
+83% TOP CLASS
76-82,99% GOOD PERFORMANCE
70-75,99% STANDARD PERFORMANCE
60-69,99% KEY ERRORS
-60% POOR PERFORMANCE
So how did match officials perform through the season according to the PGMO?
TOP CLASS PERFORMANCES 10%
GOOD PERFORMANCES 81%
KEY ERROR PERFORMANCES 9%
Yes, this is it according to the PGMO.
A first remark from my part is… where are the STANDARD PERFORMANCES? I don’t see it being marked. So do we have to believe that no referee had a standard performance in the PL in a whole season? Sorry, I can’t believe this. This is complete and utter rubbish.
And to add insult to our mental capacity they even have the nerve to say that there have been NO POOR PERFORMANCES in the whole season 2011-2012.
As I can’t find the category in their report and as the total is 100% of their numbers that is the only conclusion I can come too.
There have been no poor performances in the whole season 2011-2012 in the PL. That is the truth according to the PGMO. Do you find this believable? In my mother language we have an idiom for this: with all the Chinese people, but not with me. Saying you can try to tell this to a lot of people but I will not believe it. I can’t. Because it is impossible. And the funny thing is that on the same page they in fact show why this is impossible.
Again I quote from the PGMO report: “Another young referee, Stuart Attwell, was moved mid-season to continue his career in the Football League. He has not made the necessary progress expected but is still young enough to return if his performances merit it.”
So the PGMO tells us there have been no poor performances in a whole season and yet they have send one of their referees back to the lower leagues. But if there have been no poor performances….then why do you have to send someone back down the leagues again? If they would have said there have been a few poor performances then you could have thought: oh well this will have been Stuart Attwell matches and so he was send down. But no! These poor performances haven’t happened in the PGMO dream land.
Because all performances were good and even better. Ok, they have admitted a few key errors (43 in total remember from our previous articles. But even those few key errors were not that many. Only in 34 matches is what they are saying that we had key error performances from referees. In only 34 of the 380 matches.
So what are you all moaning about. Mike Riley does a great job and so say all of us. All of us being the PGMO themselves of course. It is a bit as if Fifa would investigate the allegations about corruption for giving the world cup to Russia and Qatar. And then from that own report they would come to the conclusion that all was well and no corruption took place. Oh wait a minute….that is exactly what they did. And that is exactly what the PGMO report sounds to me.
In the next article we will compare the numbers of the PGMO on overall performances with the numbers from our own Untold reviews. And I think this will show some more strange numbers.
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