QPR v Arsenal 4th March 2015 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
With this game so soon after the weekend, I have not been able to update the table of shame so it remains the same as for Sunday.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||15|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||23|
We are currently in third place in the League table, four points behind City and nine behind Chelsea. How we could have done with some of the points robbed from us by the PGMO!
Anyway enough wishful thinking on to Wednesday night and we have :-
- Referee – Kevin Friend
- Assistants – M Mullarkey and M McDonough
- Fourth Official – L Probert
Third time this year with Mr Friend, all away games (now there’s a surprise as he is a ‘home’ referee). I have noted nothing against either Mssrs Mullarkey or McDonough. Mr Probert still restricted to Fourth Official duties as he recovers from a back injury that has prevented him refereeing so far this year.
We had him in Matchweek 2 for our trip to Everton and again in week 9 when we were in Sunderland
|Untold Ref Review: Everton/Arsenal. What is an advantage, and what’s wrong with assistant Garratt?|
A rotten example of refereeing barely getting 60% overall rating, Bias against both teams 11/89 and two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties or goals). In Min 44 assistant referee A Garratt failed to flag Naismith when clearly offside and scoring a ‘goal’.
In minute 53 Wilshere was given a yellow card for a late challenge on Barry, probably should have been a red. The referee made his intentions perfectly clear at the first foul from Everton when a deliberate late challenge from Osman on Wilshere that warranted a yellow card wasn’t even called as a foul.
Mertesacker committed his first foul in Minute 43 in midfield, barely a foul and certainly not the booking he got. Pathetic one sided refereeing. I added one point in the Arsenal Column as with 10 men we might not have got the equaliser, I also added 2 points in the Opponents column as Everton only scored one valid goal and we scored two.
|Untold Referee Review: Sunderland – Arsenal|
Marginally better with an overall rating of 65% (but still an appallingly low figure). Bias against the two teams 25/75 so again a little more even. One wrong Important Decision, in Min 19 Rodwell should have had a straight red card for fouling Chambers. Flamini was rightly sent off last year for a similar foul. Usual anti-Arsenal bias in booking Gibbs for a minor foul in Min 23 and Wellbeck booked for diving in Min 49 when clearly fouled by O’Shea.
This will be the second game for Mr Friend involving QPR, he was in charge of their 2 – 0 loss away at Swansea in week 14.
In 2013-14 we only had Mr Friend once at home to West Ham a game which we won 3 – 1.
Arsenal – West Ham, business as usual – One nil down to three one at full time with two from Podolski and one from Giroud. No mention of the ref so presume he was OK (as he has been historically at the Emirates – he is a different animal in away games this year though)
Going back to 2012-13 we have :-
|Match Review: Kevin Friend – Arsenal Vs Liverpool (2 – 2) [30/01/2013]|
An amazing refereeing performance 94% overall making bias figures irrelevant. needless to say no wrong Important Decisions. How low has he sunk since then – from 94 to 60%! One wonders why?
- I used to look forward to Mr Friend being in charge because he gave decent honest refereeing.
- Not now, he is currently piss poor, biased in his handling of the game, allowing our opponents to get away with challenges for which he books our players and regularly shows little appreciation of the laws of the game.
- On his recent form, we will have our players booked for first innocuous fouls, whilst having lumps kicked out of them by QPR.
- Come on Mr Friend, watch a video of how you refereed our Liverpool game in 2013/4 and follow that example, you know that’s how to do it.
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