by the Referee Review Team
1: Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek #11
|Bournemouth vs. Sunderland [1-2]
Referee – Mike Dean
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
|Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough [1-1]
Referee – Kevin Friend
1st Assistant Referee – Richard West
2nd Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official – Mike Jones
|West Ham United vs. Stoke City [1-1]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – James Adcock
|Burnley vs. Crystal Palace [3-2]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Jon Moss
|Chelsea vs. Everton [5-0]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
2nd Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell
|Arsenal vs. Tottenham [1-1]
Referee – Mark Clattenburg
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
Fourth Official – Andre Marriner
|Liverpool vs. Watford [6-1]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
2nd Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
Fourth Official – Jon Moss
|Hull City vs. Southampton [2-1]
Referee – Graham Scott
1st Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup
2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan
Fourth Official – Mike Jones
|Swansea City vs. Manchester United [1-3]
Referee – Neil Swarbrick
1st Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
2nd Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official – Roger East
|Leicester City vs. West Bromwich Albion [1-2]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
Fourth Official – Martin Atkinson
2: Matchweek 11 Summary
A somewhat better week in terms of the total number of wrong Important Decisions with 22 across the 10 games, but that is still an average of two per game which is simply not good enough. Three were for not given second yellow cards, 13 were for not given straight red cards, 5 were penalty incidents and the last was an incorrect goal.
Once again the incorrect decisions outnumber the correct ones by a ratio of two to one.
Referee of the Week with no wrong Important Decision – All referees made at least one wrong Important Decision so there is no award this week, however honourable mentions should go to Neil Swarbrick who only got one Important Decision wrong. Anthony Taylor, Craig Pawson, Graham Scott and Mark Clattenburg each got two Important Decisions Correct but also two Wrong.
Worst Referee of the Week with four wrong Important Decisions was Michael Oliver (two straight red cards and two penalties).
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the game
Mark Clattenburg – Arsenal v Tottenham The match finished as a one all draw but we feel that Tottenham should have been reduced to 10 men in Min 44 with Wanyama dismissed for a second yellow card for an off the ball assault on Walcott. At the time Arsenal were ahead by one goal to nil and we feel it highly probable that Arsenal would have made their player advantage count in the second half.
4: Lucky Players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight Red Cards (should be missing the next three games) Kone (Sunderland), King (Bournemouth), Arfield (Burnley), Navas (Man City), Noble (West Ham), Amrabat (Watford), Holebas (Watford), Ibrahimović (United), Dawson (West Brom), Coleman (Everton), Bolasie (Everton) and Tadic (Southampton)
- Two Yellow Cards (should be missing the next game) Pineaar (Sunderland), Allen (Stoke) and Wanyama (Tottenham)
- Villain of the Week – This week there are a number of serious contenders for this award – frankly they all should be banned for far more than three games. Zlatan Ibrahimović for a cowardly assault on Fer; Nordin Amrabat for a studs up challenge on Firminho; Dusan Tadic for an awful challenge on the Hull No 25 and Wanyama for two deliberate elbows and a series of poor and late challenges. Really you can take your pick but for me the prize should go to Ibrahimović
5: List of Major Errors on Matchweek #11
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1: No Red Card Against Lamine Kone (Min 36) – Kone has the attack in front of him and jumps above and elbows King in the front of his face. [Ref – Mike Dean]
2. No Red Card Against Steven Pienaar (Min 59) – Pienaar was already on a yellow card for a reckless foul earlier. In Min 59 he went lunging in, high foot above shin, studs up and stamped on Stanislas. The ref gave a second yellow card. But it should have been a direct red card. [Ref – Mike Dean]
3. No Red Card Against Joshua King (Min 79) – King stepped on the ankle of Anichebe with his studs who was already down on the ground. [Ref – Mike Dean]
4. No Red Card Against Scott Arfield (Min 46) – Arfield stamps on the foot of Zaha even after the ball was played. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
5. Wrong Goal Against Burnley (Min 60) – Wickham was in an offside position when he scored the goal. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
6. No Red Card Against Jesus Navas (Min 39) – Navas came in with his studs showing and made contact with the keeper and cut open his leg and left a bleeding wound. Serious foul play. [Ref – Kevin Friend]
7. No Penalty For Man City (Min 81) – Boro No 3 made a push in the back of De Bruyne inside the box. [Ref – Kevin Friend]
8. No Second Yellow Card Against Joe Allen (Min 93) – Allen committed two reckless challenges but was only booked for one. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
9. No Red Card Against Mark Noble (Min 88) – Noble made a late challenge with both feet and fouling Adams on both of his feet. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
10. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 10) – Behrami was pulling Firmino’s shirt inside the box. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
11. No Red Card Against Nordin Amrabat (Min 12) – the player was in front of him and still went in with his studs towards the stomach of the player: dangerous action and can cause serious internal injury. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
12. No Red Card Against Jose Holebas (Min 56) – Holebas kicked his studs of one foot on the ankle and the studs of his other foot on the knee of Mane. Serious foul play. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
13. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 80) – Firmino was pushed in the back by Kaboul inside the box. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
14. No Red Card Against Zlatan Ibrahimović (Min 76) – Ibrahimović kicks Fer in the face when on the ground, no need to make a kicking movement as there was no ball even near. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick]
15. No Red Card Against Craig Dawson (Min 11) – Dawson swung an elbow in the face of Fuchs. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
16. No Penalty For West Bromwich (Min 51) – Morgan fouled Dawson in a rugby like takedown inside the box. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
17. No Red Card Against Seamus Coleman (Min 8) – Coleman fouled with his studs on the shin on Costa. [Ref – Robert Madley]
18. No Red Card Against Yannick Bolasie (Min 15) – Bolasie fouled with his studs on the shin on Moses. [Ref – Robert Madley]
19. No Red Card Against Dusan Tadic (Min 29) – Tadic studs planted in the player in front of him, serious foul play. [Ref – Graham Scott]
20. No Penalty For Hull City (Min 96) – The Southampton player ran in to the Hull player from behind and bumped and brought him down in the box. [Ref – Graham Scott]
21. No Second Yellow Card Against Wanyama (Min 44) – Wanyama committed two reckless elbow challenges on Walcott and was not booked for any of them. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
23. No Second Yellow Card Against Wanyama (Min 90) – Wanyama committed four more fouls in the second half, without any warning or yellow card from the ref for each successive foul. This was a clear act of persistent fouling. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Matchweek #11
1: Correct Penalty For Sunderland (Min 73) – Smith was pulling the arm of Anichebe and prevented him from getting to the ball in the box. [Ref – Mike Dean]
2. Correct Penalty For Crystal Palace (Min 80) – Lowton blocked the ball with his hand. The ball came from a fair distance, and Lowton made himself bigger with a stretched arm. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
3. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 90) – The ball struck the stretched arm of the defender outside the box. [Ref – Anthony Taylor]
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 16) – Gundogan who missed the ball and kicked the defender, so a foul in favour of Middlesbrough should have been given. [Ref – Kevin Friend]
5. Correct Penalty Advantage For Goal For Stoke (Min 75) – Adrian fouled Pieters inside the box when a second later Bojan scored. [Ref – Andre Marriner]
6. Correct Non-Penalty For West Bromwich (Min 79) – McAuley did not look to have made any foul contact. Even with doubt over the contact the ref’s decision stands. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
7. Correct Non-Penalty For Leicester (Min 85) – Drinkwater looked to have committed an obstruction foul on Morrison. Should have been an indirect free kick. [Ref – Craig Pawson]
8. Correct Penalty For Southampton (Min 6) – Defender tries to play the ball but misses it and then brings down Yoshida who was stopped in his run. [Ref – Graham Scott]
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Southampton (Min 52) – It looked like a soft attempt to make something out of nothing. Ball was out of reach and not really a push could be seen. [Ref – Graham Scott]
10. Correct Non-Penalty For Tottenham (Min 35) – Xhaka and Vertonghen both had hold of each other’s shirts inside the box. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
11. Correct Penalty For Tottenham (Min 50) – Koscienly missed the ball and tripped Dembele just inside the box. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg]
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||Season to date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Pens||Goals||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red||Pens||Goals||Total||Avg|
As last time this table is ordered in descending order of the average number of wrong decisions made. Thus the referees most likely to make mistakes at the top and the most reliable are at the bottom. Neil Swarbrick has joined Mike Jones continues to show as the pick of the bunch. The usual suspects remain at the top.
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Matches||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Penalties||Total|
NOTE – THE *(ASTERISK) IS USED TO SHOW A DECISION OF HIGH DOUBT, WITH THE BENEFIT BEING GIVEN TO THE REFEREE.
9: Major Wrong Decisions Against Teams
This table is sorted so that the teams with the most wrong decisions are at the top and those with the least are at the bottom. Arsenal remain at the top and Sunderland, United and Leicester are at the bottom showing that they have suffered the least from wrong decisions.
Liverpool and Bournemouth are also at the top of the table showing that they are also not being treated leniently by the PGMO.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||4||4||6||0||14|
10: Major Wrong Decisions in Favour of Teams
This is the converse of the table in section 9 and shows where the largesse of the PGMO has fallen.
Man United remain top of this table but are joined by Watford and Tottenham
The bottom three teams are the same as those at the top of the previous table showing that the PGMO really have it in for Arsenal, Bournemouth and Liverpool. Taking both tables Arsenal have a net 20 decisions against them, Bournemouth have 13 against and Liverpool have 12 against.
In Contrast United have a net 16 decisions in their favour, Watford have 11 in their favour and Tottenham have 8 in their favour
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||3||5||1||9|
11: Possible Change in Points Week-by-Week Due To Wrong Major Decisions
NOTE – THE PLUS SIGN MEANS THESE TEAMS WERE DENIED THIS MANY POINTS AND IT SHOULD BE ADDED TO THEM.
THE MINUS SIGN MEANS THAT THESE TEAMS WERE AWARDED THESE EXTRA POINTS AND THE NUMBER SHOULD BE SUBTRACTED FROM THEM.
|West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-3||0||+1||0||-2|
Bournemouth have now overtaken Middlesbrough as the most robbed by the PGMO in terms of points with 7 and 6 points respectively, Watford and United have gained the most with 6 and 5 points respectively.
12: English Premier League Table Official
|17||West Ham United||11|
13: English Premier League Table Adjusted to Change in Points due to Major Wrong Decisions.
Here is how we feel the League Table should look with the corrections in paragraph 11 applied.
Arsenal should be top with 28 points from Liverpool on 27, City on 25 and Chelsea on 24 points. Bournemouth and Tottenham should be in joint 5th place on 19 and Everton and Middlesbrough both with 17. United should be much lower than they are with 13 points and in the relegation places should be Sunderland on 5 points with West Ham, Watford and Swansea all on 9.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|19||West Ham United||-2||9|
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