Liverpool v Arsenal 21 December 2014 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Now Walter has posted his referee review of Mr Dean’s sorry performance in the Arsenal v United game – Imagine a ref who only gets half his decisions right: Arsenal – MU ref review here is the updated Table of Shame. Still no signs of it evening out!
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||6|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||18|
On to the preview for Liverpool
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Assistants – S Long and L Betts
- 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’.
S Long this will be the second time this year with Mr Oliver, his other appearance came on 8 November in the Southampton v Leicester game. He has been a regular partner of Jonathan Moss this year
L Betts is also a regular with Mr Moss but hasn’t worked with Mr Oliver so far this year. He was at the Emirates for our 2 – 1 win over Palace on Season Opening day when Mr Moss was in charge.
So far this Season
Second time this year for Mr Oliver in charge of an Arsenal game. Here is the link to Walter’s review of the earlier game our 1-1 draw with Spurs on 27 September.
|REFEREE REVIEW: Arsenal – Tottenham|
Overall score (weighted) 65.7%, bias against 15/85, 2 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties or goals). In minute 30 Wilshere should have had a penalty when he was clearly kicked above the ankle by Rose in the penalty area but nothing given, In Minute 72 Mason should have been sent off for a dangerous tackle studs up on Ozil’s shin which could easily have broken his leg. Mr Oliver got away with a second not given penalty in Min 18 when Kaboul jumped in the back of Welbeck, the replay for Walter’s review froze and he had to bige Mr Oliver the benefit of the doubt under Walter’s ‘house rules’.
In terms of yellow cards he got 6 wrong (Adebayor in Min 68 and Chambers in Min 86 were wrongly booked, Min 7 Lamela, Min 15 Mason on Wilshere, Min 20 Rose on the Ox and Min 68 Chadli on Mertesacker should all have been booked but weren’t. All in all a typical piece of anti-Arsenal refereeing that (in my opinion) cost us two points.
It will be the third game he has refereed for Liverpool – previous games being City 3 Liverpool 1 on 25 August, and Liverpool 2 West Brom. 1 on 4 October.
Three times in less than a half season is far too often and shouldn’t happen in any well organised enterprise. Oh sorry I forgot that I am talking about the PGMO!
2013-14 Season – Arsenal had Mr Oliver three times
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.
Liverpool also had Mr Oliver three times:-
- Swansea v Liverpool 16 Sept 2013 2 – 2
- Liverpool v West Ham 7 Dec 2013 4 – 1
- Liverpool v Arsenal 8 Feb 2014 5 – 1 (covered above)
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 one Liverpool
|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 – Liverpool Vs Tottenham Hotspur (3 – 2) [10/03/2013]|
79% Overall, bias against 73/27 and 2 wrong Important Decisions – Vertongen should have been called for two penalties, the first in Min77 for a foul on Sturridge, the second in Min 86 when he fouled Johnson. Liverpool supporters should rightly feel aggrieved at his performance that day.
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 Liverpool. His main bias was in favour of United and Aston Villa.
My summary of Mr Oliver for the Spurs Game was :-
- 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!
His performance in the Spurs game has not altered my position on him as a referee – he certainly didn’t prove me wrong, and I stick with what I said then.
On the history site: The man who moved from Arsenal to Tottenham on Friday and played for Tottenham against Arsenal on Saturday.
- How the media always knocks Arsenal, but ignores England’s failures.
- Left has never been stronger at Arsenal FC!
- The seven main things that are wrong with football in England
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 2 comments from the manager and team news
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 1 the head to head record and comments on Spurs summer signings