Arsenal v Spurs Sunday 8 November – the Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
No updates to the Table of Shame for this week.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||11|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||6|
Nine games analysed and 29 Important Decisions against us.
For Sunday we have
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
- Assistants – M Mullarkey and S Child
- Fourth Official – A Marriner
Mr Atkinson is clearly trusted by the PGMO as he has been in the middle every week bar one this year. He was in charge of our game against West Ham on opening day.
|ARSENAL vs. WEST HAM UNITED ref review|
54% overall weighting, bias against the two teams 100/0 and three wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals).
In Min 37 Tomkins should have been dismissed for a second yellow card (his first should have been in Min 22 for a foul on Giroud), Min 43 There was no foul from Ramsey and West Ham scored from the ‘phantom’ free kick (no foul, no free kick, no goal), Min 62 Noble dived and and cheated a foul against Giroud, should have been a second yellow.
Mr Atkinson certainly being his usual anti-Arsenal self and ensuring that we had no chance of winning the game. Every single wrong decision was against Arsenal and as for overall competence tossing a coin would have been about as good. A Performance to cement his place in the PGMO eschelons.
Last year we had him for three London Derby’s
|Untold Ref Review: Arsenal – QPR|
70% overall, bias 87/13 and six wrong Important Decisions. Two not given penalties to Arsenal and one to QPR – in Min 23 Onuoha for wrapping up Giroud tighter than a Christmas parcel, Min 75 Fer on Mertesacker, and Min 90 Gibbs on Zamora.
Min 52 Ferdinand (already correctly booked) grabbed Giroud by the neck should have been his second yellow Min 77 wrong penalty to QPR as Debuchy cleanly cleared the ball and Hoilet dived, the ‘goal’ that QPR scored should also not have counted. Another awful piece of refereeing. We won 2 – 1 despite Mr Atkinson.
|Untold’s Unacceptable Referee Review: Chelsea – Arsenal|
45% overall score, bias against the two teams 14/86 and six wrong Important Decisions.
In Min 20 Chelsea should have had two players sent off in separate incidents, Cahill for an awful challenge on Alexis and Ivanovic for an elbow on Özil off the ball.
In Min 40 Oscar should also have been sent off for a foul on (or again in Min 45+2 or Min 74, take your pick). Min 43 Alexis should have been sent off for a punch on Ivanovic (who shouldn’t have been on the pitch anyway).
Min 62 not given penalty to Arsenal for Fabregas handball, Min 90 Alexis should have red card for foul on Fabregas. Mr Atkinson lost control of the game in the 20th minute and never got it back. Arsenal robbed of two points against Chelsea by a cowardly and inept referee on the day.
|Ref Review Tottenham – Arsenal|
61% overall, bias against the two teams 10/90 and three wrong Important Decisions. In Minute 10 the Arsenal goal should have been ruled out for offside (it was extremely close but offside none the less), Min 59 Rose should have had a straight red card for a stamp on Giroud’s Achilles and in Min 78 Mason should have had a second yellow card for stopping a quick free kick (his first should have come in Min12 for a scissors challenge on Özil.
We probably didn’t do enough on the day to have won the game, but gain Atkinson doing everything in his power to deny Arsenal a fair chance.
Was he any better in 2013/14?
76% Overall Weighted score, bias in favour of Liverpool 90%, 9 of 12 Big decisions were correct, the ones that were wrong were all in favour of Liverpool, an Arsenal penalty, a Liverpool player not given a yellow card and an Arsenal player being given one when it wasn’t justified.
63% Overall weighted, bias in favour of City 100% – yes every one of 21 wrong decisions! 12 of 17 Big calls were correct but two of these should have been Arsenal goals and one was a wrongly awarded City goal.
An utterly atrocious piece of refereeing.
58% Overall Weighted score, bias in favour of Sunderland 89%, 8 of 13 correct Big calls, including a missed straight red card and second yellow card for Sunderland players.
Not a full review, I’m afraid (I can’t find it in the Untold Archives) but some pertinent comments from Walter in his post-game summary. Poor challenges from Everton players being ignored for the most part, nothing allowed from Arsenal, a goal ruled out for offside which should have stood. Atkinson not to blame for our loss but certainly was on his normal Chelsea form.
The answer is No in 2013/14 he was no better than last season, terrible competence numbers and even worse anti-Arsenal bias.
And in 2012/13?
Match Review: Martin Atkinson – Arsenal Vs Chelsea (1 – 2) [29/09/2012] 71% Overall weighted, bias in favour of Chelsea 93%, 7 Big calls right out of 15
Match Review: Martin Atkinson – Chelsea Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [20/01/2013] 62% Overall weighted, bias in favour of Chelsea 90%, 3 Big calls right out of 13
Match Review: Martin Atkinson – Arsenal Vs Aston Villa (2 – 1) [23/02/2013] 85% Overall weighted, No significant bias (52/47) in favour of Arsenal All 6 Big calls correct.
He was appalling in the two matches involving Chelsea but gave an excellent display of refereeing in the Aston Villa game – If only he were like that every time!
- For a referee trusted by the august body FIFA to be in charge of any football match anywhere in the world his performances in Arsenal are simply not acceptable. In his last 11 games he has looked like a competent referee in only one
- Mr Atkinson displays appalling judgement when it comes to poor challenges and it is, I fear, only a matter of time before a player is seriously injured on his watch.
- He also is very poor when it comes to serious decisions, less than half were correct last year in Arsenal matches and he managed to get three wrong again on opening day this year.
- Before the game with West Ham I wrote, “Were I his boss I would be looking to sit down with him and agree a re-education programme to return his performance to an acceptable level and wouldn’t let him anywhere an Arsenal game until that happened.” His bosses have since given him a game every week (bar one) and are clearly happy with the way he performs so I would expect :-
- Serious fouls on Arsenal players to go unpunished.
- Dives from Spurs players earning free kicks, penalties and bookings for Arsenal players.
- Phantom fouls being awarded to allow Spurs time to regroup if they are in trouble or to give a scoring opportunity to Spurs.
- Inappropriate use (or non-use) of the advantage rule.
- At least three (and possibly more) wrong Important Decisions to be awarded against Arsenal.
- The overall bias of wrong decisions to be a minimum of 80/20% against Arsenal.
- A weighted overall performance figure below the 70% minimum acceptable level.
- Arsenal to be denied at least one penalty that should have been awarded.
- Arsenal players being carded for the most trivial (or made up) reasons.
Make no mistake, we are playing Atkinson and Spurs this Sunday and we will need a big slice of luck to get anything from this game.
7 November 1913: Hugh McDonald sold to Fulham – possibly because Henry Norris was a director of both clubs at the time (as the rules did not prohibit this, and Norris wasn’t the only “two club” man.) McDonald suffered from the effects of poison gas in the war, and after being a publican in the post-war period died from the after-effects of the gas in 1920.
7 November 1925: Final first team game for John (Jock) Robson against Man City – the shortest ever Arsenal keeper at 5 feet 8 inches. He played 101 times for Arsenal, including 9 games in Chapman’s first season in 1925/6,
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