Note: because of some misunderstandings and all that could go wrong going wrong we couldn’t publish the preview before the match this time. But it sure makes some interesting reading even now after the match.
Arsenal v QPR 26 December 2014 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Firstly here is the PGMO table of shame updated following Walter’s review of the West Brom Game. Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal. Biased by circumstance more than by nature . No decisions in that game to change the outcome, but yet another not given penalty and a typical bias against the teams of 22/78 and an overall rating of 70%. One of the comments on Walter’s review was that it is strange that we think of an overall score from a referee of 70% as acceptable. So far only Moss 81% and Jones 82% have higher scores, Foy is one of a handful between 70 and 73%; Dean at 53% and Atkinson 44.7% are the worst scores to date.
Wrong Important Decisions Favouring Arsenal Favouring Opponents
2nd Yellow Cards 0 6
Red Cards 3 8
Penalties 2 9
Goals 0 3
Possible Cost in Points 2 18
On to Sunday
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
Assistants – M Mullarkey and P Kirkup
Fourth Official – P Dowd
Current Season Second time for Mr Atkinson, he was at on hand to rob us at Chelsea gaining what is, to date, the lowest overall rating of the season 44.7% weighted.
Untold’s Unacceptable Referee Review: Chelsea – Arsenal
Bias against the teams 14/86 and 6 wrong important decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goal decisions). In Chronological order – Min20 Cahill should have a straighy red card for dangerous challenge on Alexis, Min 20 on the opposite side of the pitch Ivanovic elbows Özil off the ball and should be sent off, Min 40 Oscar should have a second yellow card, Min 43 Alexis should be sent off for a punch on Ivanovic (who shouldn’t have been on the pitch, Min 62 Arsenal should have a penalty when Fabregas handles the ball in his own area, Min 90 Alexis should be sent off for a punch on Fabregas.
Wrong decisions and a terrible bias cost Arsenal points. Chelsea should have been down to 9 men in Minute 20 and I fail to believe that Arsenal would have lose to a Chelsea team down to 9 players.
Martin Atkinson has refereed one match for QPR this season – their 2-2 home draw with Stoke on 20 September.
2013/2014 Four Arsenal games
Sunderland v Arsenal 14 Sep 2013 (1 – 3) Another game where Mr Atkinson put in a decent shift, OK penalty against Kos, decent decision to blow for a foul before Altidore put the ball in the net. Sunderland 1 – Arsenal 3 : a longer one, some interesting things about referees and booing and hating players
Arsenal v Liverpool 2 Nov 2013 (2 – 0) – a game where Walter didn’t mention the referee once in his post match summary Arsenal – Liverpool 2-0, Who had predicted this league table in August?
Man City v Arsenal 14 Dec 2013 (6 – 3) – Mr Atkinson assisted by Mssrs Burt and Lennard made a complete ‘horlicks’ of this game to the extent that Walter did a full referee review of this game A referee review Martin City – Arsenal. An utterly unacceptable referee – 21 wrong decisions and all against Arsenal. Key wrong decisions in Min 37 Monreal was wrongly called offside when he had both a shooting or passing option, wrong decision killed a goalscoring chance, in the following minute Negredo scores for City; Min 45+2 Walcott called back for offside again wrongly and again killing a promising attack; Min 55 Toure with studs up challenge on Giroud, not even a foul should have been at least a yellow and probably a red card; Min 59 Zabaletta handles the ball in the penalty area, nothing given; Min 64 Nasri dives with Sagna near him wins free kick from which City score, no foul so no goal and Nasri should be booked; <Min 89 Bendtner goal wrongly ruled out for offside, he was level.
A game where the referee and his assistants decided the outcome of the game.
Everton v Arsenal 6 Apr 2014 (3 – 0) Everton and a bit of Chelsea – Arsenal 3-0
Arsenal didn’t create enough to win the game but Atkinson didn’t make it easy for us, he was good in booking Coleman for a reckless challenge on Sagna, then forgot that standard when he allowed bad challenges from Naysmith on Arteta and Baines on Cazorla; he should have dismissed Barkley for pushing Arteta to the ground with both hands, booking Arteta instrad. His assistant then chipped in in extra time when Sanogo scored but was wrongly called for offside.
1. Mr Atkinson is one of those names I shudder at when I see it come up in an Arsenal game.
2. He can have a good game but rarely does when Arsenal are involved.
3. He is not good at making Important Decisions (second yellow or red cards, penalties or goals) and it would not be a surprise to me if he got a number wrong again in this game.
4. The only good thing is that we are playing QPR and not Chelsea, City or one of the other top teams and he might think twice about tilting the game too far which should ensure that our extra quality will win through.
5. On the other hand, if any of our players give him an opportunity for a card or worse he will take it.
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