Stoke v Arsenal 6 December 2014 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Assistants – J Collin and I Hussin
- Fourth Official – R East
Anthony Taylor –
Mr Taylor is a Cheshire FA referee, he was born in 1978 and (possibly for his extreme bias against Arsenal) is now FIFA accredited. He has been a Premier League referee since the start of the 2010-11 season. To date he has officiated in 87 matches issuing 16 red and 280 yellow cards
J Collin has worked with Mr Taylor once this year on season opening day when Stoke were beaten by Villa 0-1. Last year they were also paired once for Swansea’s home game v Southampton on 3 May 2014 which Southampton won by 1-0
I Hussin has worked with Mr Taylor once this year on 26 October when Spurs lost to Newcastle 1-2, nothing from last year.
Opening day last season, Anthony Taylor was in charge, and what an abomination of a referee he turned out to be for that game, so much so that we didn’t have him again till the away game at Leicester game on 31 August this year when he was also an abomination costing us two points. This man shouldn’t be allowed within a hundred miles of an Arsenal game.
Strong words, here is the evidence for the prosecution
|Ref review Leicester – Arsenal|
Overall score 61% weighted, balance against 7/93, three wrong important decisions (second yellow card, red card, penalty or goal) –
Minute 50 Hammond pushes Cazorla in the box, no penalty given; Min 58 Moore should be sent off for a second bookable offence (his first booking should have been for a dive to try and win a penalty in Minute 35 – needless to say that wasn’t given either) and in Minute 84 Hammond should have had a straight red for deliberately treading on Ramsey’s leg as he lay on the ground (he got a yellow! He had already committed more fouls than the rest of the players put together and should have received at least one booking.).
Arsenal 1 – Anthony Villa 3 – Quoting from Walter’s report
“From the first minutes it was clear that the ref was going to give us nothing. Every time an Arsenal player came close to an Anthony Villa player the whistle went. On the other hand Villa could do what they want and only when things really were bad the ref would give the foul.
Of course the balance wasn’t right with Arteta missing in midfield and that lead to the first Villa goal. Most refs would have given the advantage as Villa had a shot on an open goal but missed it. This ref came back to the foul and gave the penalty. Defendable according to the rules. But only a ref on a mission would take this decision.
Let us move on to the second half. How happy he was to give a penalty for a tackle on the ball from Koscielny. Koscienly clearly played the ball but the ref couldn’t wait to give the penalty and a yellow card. Two wrong decisions.
The ref then kept his card in his pocket when Vlaar who was already on a yellow made a similar foul on an Arsenal player with the difference being that Koscielny didn’t make contact but Vlaar clearly did take out Rosicky. But now the second yellow card was kept in the pocket.
I will not go on about Wilshere being stopped by Vlaar in the penalty area where the ref should have given a penalty to Arsenal when it was still 1-2. Because every person with knowledge knew that it would take the most blatant of handballs on the line to make sure that the ref would give a penalty for Arsenal.”
Three games :-
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Arsenal Vs Queens Park Rangers (1 – 0) [27/10/2012]|
71% overall score, bias against 81/19, one wrong Important Decision when in Minute 57 Granero should have had a second yellow card for a foul and then dissent.
Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Reading Vs Arsenal (2 – 5) [17/12/2012] 70% overall, bias against 16/84, no wrong important decisions. Seven correct goals and still a score of only 70%! He had a good first half only missing one foul by an Arsenal player. His second half performance was not very good earning only 59% and missing many fouls and getting all of four yellow card decisions wrong.
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Sunderland v Arsenal (0 – 1) [09/02/2013]|
58% overall score, bias against 11/89, and two wrong Important Decisions. In minute 24 Cattermole should have been sent off for striking Cazorla on the back of the head. in Minute 62 Larsson was given a yellow card for dissent, it should have been his second as he should have been booked in Minute 53 for two bad fouls in less than a minute.
He was reviewed in 5 games against all opponents during the season. His overall competency score (weighted) was 66.7%, he got 50% of penalty decisions wrong, 67% of yellow cards wrong and 75% of red card decisions wrong. Goal decisions were 90% correct. Looking at his performance with individual teams, Arsenal were in bottom place with a bias of -13, Norwich wee top with a bias of +8 and Liverpool on +7.
What of his history against Stoke
One game on opening day Stoke v Villa (0-1)
Two games; 29 September Stoke v Norwich (0-1) and 12 January Stoke v Liverpool (3-5)
One game reviewed
|Match Review: Anthony Taylor – Manchester United Vs Stoke City (4 – 2) [20/10/2012]|
94% overall rating – yes 94%! bias against 33/67 (but this figure is really irrelevant as he made very few mistakes) and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 42 Scholes should have had a second yellow card, the foul was given but not the card.
Four games and Stoke have lost all of them, so Stoke also unlikely to be looking forward to this appointment.
- The man makes Dean look an Arsenal Supporter
- His bias figures against Arsenal are enormous – he shouldn’t be allowed within a hundred miles of an Arsenal game.
- He doesn’t seem to know what should be a yellow or red card offence and penalty decisions are a lottery except if you are Arsenal, when you know you aren’t going to get one.
- Against a physical side (which Stoke have been over the past few years) I fear that Arsenal are at risk of getting another serious injury
- Stoke players are certain to get the benefit of every possible call.
- Arsenal players will be carded for the most petty of offences and are likely to be sent off for nothing.
- His overall competence numbers are far below acceptable and it beggars belief that he has been given FIFA accreditation.
- The last three Stoke home games he has refereed have all ended up as away wins so that might be a crumb of comfort for Arsenal fans. On the other hand Stoke fans will think they are owed a win.
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- Untold Dylan – the music, the lyrics, the meaning of Bob Dylan’s songs.
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