Arsenal v Stoke – 11 January 2015 – The Match Officials

Arsenal v Stoke – 11 January 2015 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Firstly the Table of Shame updated following Walter’s reviews of the Newcastle and Liverpool game.

Wrong Important Decisions Favouring Arsenal Favouring Opponents
2nd Yellow Cards 0 10
Red Cards 3 11
Penalties 2 9
Goals 0 5
Total 5 35
Possible Cost in Points 2 23

Still no signs of it evening out – we beat Newcastle four one but still had a further three wrong Important Decisions against us – Min 8 Tiote should have been dismissed for a studs up challenge to Alexis’ chest, in Min 15 a perfectly good Wellbeck goal was ruled out for an imaginary foul and in Min 87 Dummett should have been dismissed for a second bookable offence (the referee did award a penalty against him but it should have been a yellow card as well).  Against Liverpool, Sterling should have been sent off in Minute 61 making a Liverpool comeback much less likely.  Whilst this didn’t affect the outcome (Liverpool still had to play with 10 men), It was a straight red card offence and he should have had the three game ban rather than one.

That’s 16 games and 35 wrong game changing decisions against Arsenal more than two a game!

On to Sunday

  • Referee – Jonathan Moss
  • Assistants – R West and A Halliday
  • Fourth Official – L Probert

2014 – 15 Jonathan Moss has been busy this season, this will be his 16th game in charge.  We had him for the season opener against Crystal Palace

The Untold Referee review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace

81% overall, bias against Arsenal 100%, and three wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties or goals).  In Min8 Ramsey was pushed in the penalty area and in Min 72 Hangerland fould Giroud in the penalty area.  In Min64 Chamakh should have been dismissed for a second yellow card for persistent fouling.  at 81% overall one would normally regard it as a good performance, but not with three wrong Important Decisions.

Stoke have had him twice this year, both away games Their 1-1 draw at Hull on 24 August and their 0-1 loss at Southampton on 25 October.

2013 – 14 Last Season Mr Moss refereed 23 games, three involving Arsenal

Arsenal v Cardiff 1 Jan 2014 (2-0) – Super, super Nick… never write a player off before he really is gone  Penalty missed for trip on Wilshere in the first half and another in the second half when Walcott was fouled in the penalty area that would have made life somewhat easier for us.  Finally Bendtner poked the ball home and Theo Lobbed the keeper in added time to put a gloss on the score.

Arsenal v Palace 2 Feb 2014 (2 – 0) – Arsenal -Crystal Palace 2-0  A good brace from the Ox and no word about the Referee from Walter so safe to assume he did nothing terrible.

Hull v Arsenal 20 April (0-3) – Hull, advertising boards, Poldi brace, Özil back, and some nice football First 20 minutes Hull trying to kick our brains out, literally in the case of Arteta for one particularly nasty studs up challenge to the head – needless to say no red card was issued.  Later on Özil brought down from behind in the penalty area again without sanction.  Gradually though the Hull press lost intensity and we started to come more into the game, Ramsey passing the ball into the corner followed by a Podolski special leading to a two goal lead at halftime.  A third goal in the second half settled matters.  Two wrong Important Decisions from the referee kept Hull in the game for far longer than they should have been.

He also was in charge of three Stoke Games

  • West Ham v Stoke 31 August 2013 (0 – 1)
  • Stoke v Chelsea 7 Dec 2013 (3 – 2)
  • Stoke v Swansea 12 Feb 2014 (1 – 1)


There were eleven of his games that had full referee reviews the four relevant to this review were:-

Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Wigan Athletic Vs Arsenal (0 – 1) [22/12/2012] – 75% overall, bias against Arsenal 59% and no wrong Important Decisions

Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Swansea City Vs Arsenal (0 – 2) [16/03/2013] – 92% overall, so few errors that bias figures are meaningless and no wrong Important Decisions

Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Stoke City Vs Manchester United (0 – 2) [14/04/2013] – 96% overall and no bias

Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Queens Park Rangers Vs Arsenal (0 – 1) [04/05/2013] – 73% overall, bias against Arsenal 83% and no wrong Important Decisions

A fairly good year, two games above 90% and no wrong Important Decisions in any of the four games.


  1. Mr Moss was off to a good start in the 2012-13 season, no wrong Important Decisions, two scores over 90% and no ridiculous bias against Arsenal.  Unfortunately it has been downhill since then (perhaps he has realised that an anti-Arsenal bias is required to progress as a PGMO referee).
  2. Last season in the same number of games there were four wrong Important Decisions, three not given penalties to Arsenal and a clear sending off of a Hull player not given.
  3. In his one game this year three wrong Important Decisions, two penalties for Arsenal and a Palace player not sent off for numerous fouls.  Also in that game every single wrong decision was against Arsenal – 100% – the whole ‘kit and caboodle’!
  4. It is difficult to see him returning to his 2012-13 form on Sunday – expect not given penalties, Crouch elbowing everyone in sight again without sanction and Arsenal players pulled up for breathing on the opposition.
  5. To those supporters in the ground, please get on his back the first time he gets things wrong and carry on throughout the game.  It probably won’t do any good but at least I won’t be on my own.



16 Replies to “Arsenal v Stoke – 11 January 2015 – The Match Officials”

  1. “Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross admits his sides loathing of Arsenal is as strong as ever as the sides prepare to do battle at the Emirates” Jesus christ, i really want us to stuff them tomorrow. Shawcross is such a pathetic meat-head, trying to use intimidation tactics once again before the match.

  2. This referee will not do us a pinch talkless of a slap during the course of his refereeing the match between the Gunners and the Potters at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening. The Gunners have come of age to be deterred by any Referee’s ploy to undermines or subverts the Gunners breaking to pieces the potteries of the Potters when they come knocking on the Emirates stadium door. Can I be allowed to digress a bit, I am surprised when I read through the pages of internet newspapers saying: Podolski accused the boss of not bidding him farewell. Whereas, he had subverted Arsenal by faking a injury so that he won’t be selected to play against the Saints. And he was even reported to have said he will not come back to Arsenal. That singular subversive action by Podolski to undermine Arsenal has turned a lot of Gooners against him. hitherto, he was much in our good books. I read today’s publication of the boss’ press conference as he was reported to have said he will not buy another striker to deploy him along with Giroud an Sanchez to play against Man City next week in a 3 strikers attack line. Knowing fully well that Walcott is still far from top form and Welbeck is erratic with form and often picking up injuries and Boastful Akpom largely remains boastful. I would have thought the boss will complement his team by updating his strike force with another top striker inclusion to give us a better chance of winning the big games. And even still challenge for the title. But on a second thought, I realise Arsenal don’t spend much on transfer during the winter. Let the boss get us a CDM then to complement Flamini and Coquelin.

  3. The one thing that annoys me is, when ref’s forget the persistent foul rule when it is against Arsenal.

  4. That tosser called shawcross knows the only time he’ll ever be in the media is when badmouths Arsenal. He even got an England call up after he broke Ramsey’s leg. Pathetic

  5. Andrew,
    I like the sound of your exhortation to the Emirates faithful to monitor referee Moss. They can play an important part in trying to ensure an honest encounter.

  6. With no decisions going our way I still expect a 3-0 win but imagine all will be done to keep stoke to 11 men and keep them “competitive” for as long as possible, lots of “game management”……

  7. You couldn’t make this sh1t up…
    And If we all look beyond our biasness shawcross is actually a good defender.

  8. Nick Lee….try using spellchecker:

    sh1t actually is spelt with an i in place of the 1,
    ¨biasness¨ is not a word that replaces bias… actually means to cut fabric diagonally,bias is fine.
    shawcross must be capitalized as it is a proper name: Shawcross

    Thanks for displaying your ignorance once again!

  9. By the way Nicky boy, Shawcross might be a good defender, but he is one of the most despised Stoke orcs to most Gooners. I personally have nothing for or against him, but that is my choice…hopefully you’ll cheer for the Arsenal,despite your hatred of Wenger and most things AFC?

  10. On a related point, it might be worth following Clattenburg and Atkinson’s appointments more closely. If the story that Riley is favouring Atkinson as he wants to put his mate forward for the next major finals, notwithstanding Clattenburg being a far superior ref, then that will show us something. And not even a mention of anti-Arsenal bias!

  11. But coming to Mr Moss, it has been suggested elsewhere that any biases demonstrated by him may not be entirely driven by any dislike of Arsenal…

  12. I saw the Shawcross quote. So the guy negligently and recklessly (I’m being generous) costs 3 years of the career of one the brightest prospects in the country and then has the gall to come up with that?

    Nick – I am trying hard not to respond to your obvious trolling but I have never heard any Arsenal fan, even those who want Wenger, the Board and the tea-lady fired, say anything positive about Shawcross.

    So you are clearly blatantly trolling and/or are not an Arsenal supporter.

  13. It is so disappointing, though not surprising, that Moss, once the best and fairest ref, has gone down the same anti-Arsenal route as the others.

  14. You AKBs are so classy and restrained even in the face of such stupidity!

    ” Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it ,
    not as a reflection of their character , but as a reflection of yours.”
    Dave Willis

  15. Then again , sometimes I , in weakness and in mirth deviate from that path !

    A British guy walks into a bar in Central London and before he could order his drink, he notices a Sikh man wearing a turban.
    Having a personal grudge against Sardars, the British guy says loudly to the bartender to the advantage of everyone seated in the bar, “Drinks for everyone in here, except for that Sikh Sardar over there.”

    The first round of drinks were served, and the Sikh guy gives him a smile, gestures to him saying, “Thank you!” in a loud voice.

    The British guy is upset and again orders loudly to the bartender to serve another round of drinks to everyone except the Sardar.

    The Sardar seems to be unruffled and he continues to smile, and yells back, “Thank you!”

    The British guy is mad by now and asks the bartender, “What’s wrong with this Sardar? I’ve insulted him by ordering drinks for everyone but him, and yet he smiles back and keeps thanking me. Has he lost his mind?”

    “No, Sir,” replies the bartender. “He is the owner of this place.”

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