by Andrew Crawshaw
Following Walter’s review of Mike Jones in the Leicester game Ref Review : Arsenal – Leicester here is the updated table of shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||17|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||23|
A very poor performance from Mr Jones 54% overall weighted, bias against both teams 10/90 and three wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals) with decision becoming increasingly bizarre as the game progressed. Leicester players not being punished for obvious infringements, Upson should have had his second yellow card in Minute 28, for a two footed frontal tackle on Alexis (not even called a foul), in Minute 45 Simpson got away with the most blatant handball in the penalty area you will ever see (penalty and booking – neither given) and in Minute 88 Simpson should have been sent off for two yellows when he eventually got his first. In the last few minutes Giroud was called for handball when none of the officials could possibly have seen the offence (it hit his chest!) and was then booked when walking away from the Leicester keeper who kicked the ball at his back -wierd!
On to West Ham
Referee – Chris Foy
Assistants – A Garratt and D Bryan
Fourth Official – A Taylor
Chris Foy is one of the older referees at 53, his home FA is Liverpool. He has officiated in 258 games, issuing 38 red and 705 yellow cards, both of these card numbers are below the all referee average, possibly indicating a tendency to be lenient on the discipline front..
|Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal. Biased by circumstance more than by nature|
70% Overall weighted, bias against both teams 22/78 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 23 Lumumba fouled Giroud in the penalty area and the referee literally looked the other way. That miss was his only mistake of the first half where he had next to nothing to do but with a trip and legs being tangled up there can be no excuse for both Foy and his linesman to miss it. In the second half he was much poorer missing a succession of decisions mostly in WBA favour. As Foy is a noted ‘home’ referee this kind of bias is pretty much in line with our expectations.
West Ham v Spurs in week 1 0 – 1
West Ham v Swansea in week 15 3 – 1
Mr Garratt has something of a regular with Mr Foy in recent weeks, he also was with Mr Friend at the Everton away game where he made a complete cock-up of a number of decisions costing us points. One of our regular writer of comments – bjtgooner – has also flagged him at fault for not spotting the ‘hand of Vidic’ incident Vidic Handball Against Arsenal – YouTube . I just hope he is on better form on Saturday. Mr Bryan is a new partner for Mr Foy but has appeared in Arsenal games with Mr Taylor and Craig Pawson, he has a health warning from the Burnley game when one of the assistants (I don’t know which of Bryan or Eaton) missed a clear handball from Boyd on an Arsenal corner, clear not-given penalty . Mr Taylor we all know and love.
We only had him once for the away game to Crystal Palace on 26 October a game which we won two nil. Gnabry, Monreal, Jack, Özil. Hail the heroes from the game at Palace Arteta being sent off for a needless last man challenge on Chamakh only just in our half. Typical home ref decision.
West Ham also had one game – their three nil loss away at Chelsea.
2012-13 Season – four Arsenal and two West Ham games
74% overall, bias against 92/8 and no wrong Important Decisions
29 Dec Arsenal v Newcastle (7 – 3) 90% overall performance, bias against 100/0 but really only three wrong decision so this figure is essentially meaningless. no wrong Important Decisions. An excellent piece of refereeing in a crazy match.
63% overall, bias against 78/22 and three wrong Important Decisions. In Minute 76 Wilkinson should be sent off for his second (at least) yellow card offence, Min 88 Shawcross should be off for a tackle to Kos’s nuts. Min 91 Owen should be sent off for an attempted punch on Arteta (luckily the silly pratt missed but should still have been off)
67% overall, bias against 72/28 and four wrong Important Decisions. Minute 17 Giroud is bundled over by the keeper in the penalty area after pushing the ball past him and trying to follow it. Clear penalty and red card – neither given. Minute 76 Arsenal wrongly get penalty for a foul inches outside the area which Arteta scores. This (kind of balanced out the incident in Minute 18 but both were wrong so ‘nul points’ to the referee).
|Match Review: Chris Foy – West Ham United Vs Stoke City (1 – 1) [19/11/2012]|
77% overall, bias against 46/54 – about as even as you could wish for but note the difference with our home game against the same opponents!
|Match Review: Chris Foy – Norwich City Vs West Ham United (0 – 0) [15/09/2012]|
66% overall, bias against 67/33 and one wrong Important Decision when Norwich was given a free kick just outside the penalty area – the foul was on the line and it should have been a penalty.
- His basic tendency is to favour the home team in his decision making, however that doesn’t necessarily happen in Arsenal games
- His overall numbers indicate that he is lenient in judging yellow and red card offences in comparison with the all-referee averages. 0.15 red and 2.73 yellow cards per game against the average of 0.176 and 3.306. His strike rate for yellow cards is the lowest of all current referees. Not a referee who I would wish to be in charge against overly physical teams but that shouldn’t be a problem this weekend.
- He tends to ‘bottle’ penalty decisions, preferring not to have to give them and his judgement is often suspect in those he does actually award.
- In my opinion, his age is starting to show and his performances are starting to suffer as a result. I know a lot of mature runners are quite capable of putting in the necessary mileage involved in a football match but there are very few capable of matching the pace of the much younger players.
- On a good day he can be very good but, for Arsenal, they are relatively few and far between, tho only one I have referenced in the last three years was the Newcastle game from 2012/13. Since then he has been mediocre at best.
- A final word about the two assistants, I have warning flags against both of them. Neither seem capable of spotting handballs and Mr Garratt also has problems with goals scored from offside positions, all against Arsenal.
- The supporters will have to be in good voice and call out all of the officials when they make errors, deliberate or accidental. Writing in advance the lineup of Officials has the appearance of a ‘perfect storm’.COYG