The Referees 2014-15 A quick summary
by Andrew Crawshaw
First breaking news from the referees announced for this coming weekend – the PGMO have introduced an additional referee who is not on their Elite List. Simon Hooper is to take charge of the Norwich v Crystal Palace game. It will be interesting to see how he does and if he appears again.
I want to show in a single table the extent of the problems with the refereeing of Arsenal matches during the course of last season. I have included all 30 of the games that Walter reviewed (the Arsenal v West Ham game is listed twice as Chris Foy who started as referee was injured after 59 minutes and was replaced by Anthony Taylor.
I have deliberately not included the scores in the games, partly to keep the table more manageable but also because for the purposes of this review the score is irrelevant, what matters are the calls (decisions) the referee and his linesmen made during the course of the game.
For the purpose of this table, Important calls are those that either did or should have resulted in yellow cards, red cards, penalties or goals, Normal calls are run-of-the-mill fouls, corners, goal kicks, throw-ins etc..
There are two issues that we can look at using this table, general competence (ratio of correct calls to wrong) and bias (were the wrong calls evenly split between Arsenal and our opponents on the day.
|Referee||Correct Calls||Wrong Calls in Favour of…|
|Arsenal v Crystal Palace||Jonathan Moss||31||12||0||0||2||5|
|Everton v Arsenal||Kevin Friend||25||5||1||1||11||5|
|Leicester v Arsenal||Anthony Taylor||28||1||1||0||6||7|
|Arsenal v Man City||Mark Clattenberg||27||9||0||3||3||5|
|Aston Villa v Arsenal||Mike Jones||23||8||1||0||1||3|
|Arsenal v Spurs||Michael Oliver||45||8||1||1||5||6|
|Chelsea v Arsenal||Martin Atkinson||25||7||0||4||11||13|
|Arsenal v Hull||Roger East||26||10||3||0||10||4|
|Sunderland v Arsenal||Kevin Friend||26||7||2||1||4||5|
|Arsenal v Burnley||Craig Pawson||24||4||0||1||4||2|
|Swansea v Arsenal||Phil Dowd||38||9||1||1||6||9|
|Arsenal v Man United||Mike Dean||25||5||2||1||7||6|
|West Brom v Arsenal||Chris Foy||21||5||2||0||5||2|
|Arsenal v Southampton||Andre Marriner||25||2||2||1||6||4|
|Stoke v Arsenal||Anthony Taylor||43||4||0||0||11||11|
|Arsenal v Newcastle||Lee Mason||39||12||0||0||2||6|
|Liverpool v Arsenal||Michael Oliver||26||7||0||0||6||5|
|Arsenal v QPR||Martin Atkinson||29||9||0||1||3||4|
|West Ham v Arsenal||Neil Swarbrick||35||10||1||0||8||2|
|Southampton v Arsenal||Craig Pawson||25||6||1||0||3||3|
|Arsenal v Stoke||John Moss||34||7||1||0||4||5|
|Man City v Arsenal||Mike Dean||27||7||3||1||5||6|
|Arsenal v Aston Villa||Anthony Taylor||25||11||0||0||5||1|
|Spurs v Arsenal||Martin Atkinson||32||11||1||1||11||8|
|Arsenal v Leicester||Mike Jones||31||4||1||1||9||9|
|Crystal Palace v Arsenal||Mark Clattenberg||37||9||1||1||7||2|
|Arsenal v Everton||Andre Marriner||20||3||2||0||4||2|
|QPR v Arsenal||Kevin Friend||28||5||1||1||5||3|
|Arsenal v West Ham||Chris Foy (0 to 59 min)||17||2||0||0||0||2|
|Arsenal v West Ham||Anthony Taylor (Min 59 to end)||14||3||1||0||4||1|
|Newcastle v Arsenal||Mike Jones||27||5||0||1||7||9|
Looking first at overall competence
- The referees got 1085 decisions correct, 878 normal and 207 important. Now the PGMO claim to get 95% of all decisions correct so we would expect to see about 50 wrong calls and we actually got 50 wrong decisions in favour of Arsenal, unfortunately there were also 330 wrong decisions favouring our various opponents.
- So the overall competency figure over 30 games was 1085/1465 correct or 74% not the 95% claimed by PGMO.
- If we look at the Important decisions on their own the figures are far worse, 207 correct and 176 wrong – that’s a ratio of 54% correct and 46% wrong. Little better than tossing a coin and totally unacceptable
- The PGMO figures can clearly be shown to be a complete fabrication and if they lie about such easily checked facts they can’t be trusted about anything else they say!
Let’s now look at the question of Bias
- In the games analysed Arsenal benefited from 29 normal wrong calls – one a game on average.
- Our opponents got the ‘rub of the green’ on 175 occasions virtually six a game and it happened game after game irrespective of the referee.
- Arsenal benefited from 21 Important wrong calls, again about one per game
- Our opponents benefited from 155 Important wrong calls that’s five per game, like the Normal wrong calls game after game and irrespective of the referee in charge.
- Bias exists, all referees display it in every game and it is always against Arsenal. The systematic nature of the bias points to a cause other than the individual referees, be it Type 3 match fixing, a concerted plan by the PGMO or some other reason is something we all have our own opinions on.
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