by the Referee Review Team
1: Referee Appointments and Results matchweek 12
|Manchester United vs. Arsenal [1-1]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – Michael Oliver
|Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City [1-2]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
2nd Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
Fourth Official – Andrew Davies
|Everton vs. Swansea City [1-1]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
Fourth Official – Anthony Taylor
|Southampton vs. Liverpool [0-0]
Referee – Mark Clattenburg
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
2nd Assistant Referee – Richard West
Fourth Official – Steve Martin
|Stoke City vs. Bournemouth [0-1]
Referee – Roger East
1st Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
2nd Assistant Referee – Derek Eaton
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Sunderland vs. Hull City [3-0]
Referee – Lee Mason
1st Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
2nd Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
Fourth Official – Craig Pawson
|Watford vs. Leicester [2-1]
Referee – Neil Swarbrick
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official – David Coote
|Tottenham vs. West Ham United [3-2]
Referee – Mike Dean
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
Fourth Official – Kevin Friend
|Middlesbrough vs. Chelsea [0-1]
Referee – Jon Moss
1st Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Craig Pawson
|West Bromwich Albion vs. Burnley [4-0]
Referee – Mike Jones
1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
2nd Assistant Referee – Mark Scholes
Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell
2: Matchweek 12 Summary
For the first time this season the numbers for correct Important Decisions equalled those for the wrong Important Decisions. Small mercies maybe as there were still an average of two wrong decisions per game, but definitely a step in the right direction.
Referee of the Week with no wrong Important Decisions – Jon Moss (Middlesbrough v Chelsea) – well done Mr Moss. Lee Mason and Mike Dean get honourable Mentions this week for correctly issuing two yellow cards to Papy Djilobod and Winston Reid respectively.
Worst Referee of the Week – this week there are a number of contenders, most of the referees made both correct and wrong decisions. Mike Dean had four wrong Important Decisions, Andre Marriner, Lee Mason, Martin Atkinson and Roger East all had three. against this Mike Dean got 6 decisions correct, Andre Marriner two, Lee Mason three, Martin Atkinson had none and Roger East had two. So on a points decision Martin Atkinson gets the award with three wrong Important Decisions and none correct
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the game
Andre Marriner – Man United v Arsenal. The game finished as a one all draw but we feel that it should have been a win for Arsenal. Matteo Darmian should have been sent off twice, once in Min25 for a second yellow card offence and for a second time in Min33 for a straight red card. With a man advantage for 60 minutes, Arsenal should have been comfortable winners. United should have been reduced to nine men at the end when Wayne Rooney should have been sent off for two yellow cards, handball and arguing with the referee.
Mark Clattenburg – Southampton v Liverpool. The game finished as a goal-less draw but we feel that it should have been a win for Liverpool as they were denied a penalty in Min 49.
Mike Dean – Tottenham v West Ham. The game finished as a three two win for Tottenham but we feel that it should have been a win for West Ham as no fewer than three Spurs players should have been sent off – Dembele (Min43 ), Janssen (Min68) and Rose (Min72).
4: Lucky Players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight Red Cards (should be missing the next three games) Dean Marney (Burnley), Wilfried Bony (Stoke), Robert Snodgrass (Sunderland), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Vincent Kompany (Man City), Matteo Darmian (Man United)
- Two Yellow Cards (should be missing the next game) Ashley Williams (Everton), Dembele (Spurs), Janssen (Spurs), Matteo Darmian (Man United), Wayne Rooney (Man United)
- Villain of the Week – Not an individual this week but Tottenham Hotspur for having so many cheats playing for them. Three players should have been sent off against West Ham.
5: List of Major Errors on Matchweek #12
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1. No Penalty For Liverpool (Min 49) – The fact that Coutinho miskicks the ball is no excuse for the Southampton player to go in and catch him late. A late tackle after the ball has been played the ball is a foul. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Saints vs Liverpool Coutinho Penalty, Saints vs Liverpool Coutinho Penalty002, Saints vs Liverpool Coutinho Penalty003
2. No Red Card Against Dean Marney (Min 35) – Marney made a deliberate swing of the arm in the face of Rondon. Serious foul play and a potential use of excessive force. [Ref – Mike Jones] West Brom vs Burnley Marney Red
3. Wrong Penalty Against Everton (Min 40) – Sigurdsson suddenly goes down without any real foul contact that can be seen. It looks as if he stops his run in order to make sure that the defender will make contact when he goes down. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Everton vs Swansea Sigurdsson Penalty, Everton vs Swansea Sigurdsson Penalty002
4. Wrong Goal Against Everton (Min 40) – The wrong penalty above resulted in a wrong goal. [Ref – Martin Atkinson]
5. No Second Yellow Card Against Ashley Williams (Min 52) – Williams committed one attack breaking foul and one deliberate attempt to prevent the keeper from playing the ball, but was not booked for any incident. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Everton vs Swansea Williams Yellow, Everton vs Swansea Williams Yellow002, Everton vs Swansea Williams Yellow003, Everton vs Swansea Williams Second Yellow, Everton vs Swansea Williams Second Yellow002
6. No Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 11) – Shawcross clearly brought down Wilson with a late sliding tackle from behind inside the box. [Ref – Roger East] Stoke vs Bournemouth Wilson Penalty, Stoke vs Bournemouth Wilson Penalty002, Stoke vs Bournemouth Wilson Penalty003, Stoke vs Bournemouth Wilson Penalty004
7. No Red Card Against Wilfried Bony (Min 22) – By going in with your foot and knee raised towards the upper chest and face of an opponent you endanger him and could cause serious injury. [Ref – Roger East], Stoke vs Bournemouth Bony Red, Stoke vs Bournemouth Bony Red002
8. Wrong Goal Against Stoke (Min 26) – Francis goes down without any contact from behind by Pieters. The following freekick leads to a goal for Bournemouth. [Ref – Roger East] Stoke vs Bournemouth wrong foul wrong goal
9. No Penalty For Sunderland (Min 20) – The keeper doesn’t plays the ball and clearly brings down Watmore. [Ref – Lee Mason] Sunderland vs Hull Watmore Penalty, Sunderland vs Hull Watmore Penalty002, Sunderland vs Hull Watmore Penalty003
10. No Red Card Against Snodgrass (Min 53) – A wild swing of the arm against the face of the Sunderland player. Clear use of excessive force. [Ref – Lee Mason] Sunderland vs Hull Snodgrass Red
11. No Penalty For Hull City (Min 82) – The defender throws himself in to the path of the cross from a fair distance with his arm raised. [Ref – Lee Mason] Sunderland vs Hull Handball Penalty
12. No Red Card Against Danny Drinkwater (Min 67) – Deliberate elbow in the face of Behrami. Serious foul and violent conduct. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Watford vs Leicester Drinkwater Red, Watford vs Leicester Drinkwater Red002
13. No Red Card Against Vincent Kompany (Min 24) – Kompany made a deliberate slap in the face of Benteke. Serious foul play. [Ref – Robert Madley] Palace vs Man City Kompany Yellow Red
14. No Penalty For Man City (Min 86) – Tompkins kicks and touches the foot of Touré, so it is a foul with the ball already gone. [Ref – Robert Madley] Palace vs Man City Toure Penalty
16. No Second Yellow Card Against Moussa Dembele (Min 43) – Dembele committed one act of dissent/protest and one deliberate attack breaking foul but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Dembele Yellow, Spurs vs West Ham Dembele Yellow002, Spurs vs West Ham Dembele Second Yellow
17. No Second Yellow Card Against Vincent Janssen (Min 67) – Janssen committed one reckless foul and one deliberate holding and pulling of the attacker in the penalty box, but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Yellow, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Yellow002, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Yellow003, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Yellow004, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Second Yellow, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Second Yellow002, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Second Yellow003
18. No Second Yellow Card Against Danny Rose (Min 72) – Rose committed one reckless foul and one act of simulation (dive) but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Rose Yellow, Spurs vs West Ham Rose Dive
19. No Second Yellow Card Against Matteo Darmian (Min 25) – Darmian committed two attack breaking fouls and was only booked for one. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Man United vs Arsenal Darmian Yellow, Man United vs Arsenal Darmian Second Yellow002, Man United vs Arsenal Darmian Second Yellow002
20. No Red Card Against Matteo Darmian (Min 33) – Jenkinson tried to play a pass when Darmian came in with his studs on the shin, with a fully stretched leg towards Jenkinson in front of him. Serious foul play. [Ref – Andre Marriner], Man United vs Arsenal Darmian Red, Man United vs Arsenal Darmian Red002
21. No Second Yellow Card Against Wayne Rooney (Min 94) – Rooney committed one act of dissent/protest and one deliberate attempt to score with his hand, but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Andre Marriner], Man United vs Arsenal Rooney handball scoring chance, Man United vs Arsenal Rooney Dissent
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Matchweek #12
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Southampton (Min 47) – Van Dijk made the foul outside the box not inside. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Saints vs Liverpool Firmino Penalty, Saints vs Liverpool Firmino Penalty002, Saints vs Liverpool Firmino Penalty003, Saints vs Liverpool Firmino Penalty004, Saints vs Liverpool Firmino Penalty005
2. Correct Non-Penalty For West Bromwich (Min 14) – There was no visible foul contact on Hendricks based on the footage available. [Ref – Mike Jones] West Brom vs Burnley Hendricks Penalty, West Brom vs Burnley Hendricks Penalty002
3. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 25) – Lowton had his hand close to the body in natural position, ball also seems to hit him on the side of his chest. [Ref – Mike Jones] West Brom vs Burnley Lowton Penalty, West Brom vs Burnley Lowton Penalty002
4. Correct Non-Penalty For West Bromwich (Min 62) – Barnes is the one who first makes contact with the defender by kicking against his leg from behind. [Ref – Mike Jones] West Brom vs Burnley Barnes Penalty, West Brom vs Burnley Barnes Penalty002
5. Correct Penalty For Stoke (Min 50) – Francis clearly stepped on the foot of Bojan. [Ref – Roger East] Stoke vs Bournemouth Bojan Penalty, Stoke vs Bournemouth Bojan Penalty002, Stoke vs Bournemouth Bojan Penalty003
6. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 65) – Pieters clearly tackled the ball inside the box. [Ref – Roger East] Stoke vs Bournemouth King Penalty
7. Correct Second Yellow Card Against Papy Djilobodji (Min 89) – Papy made two reckless challenges and was correctly booked for both and sent off. [Ref – Lee Mason] Sunderland vs Hull Papy Yellow, Sunderland vs Hull Papy Second Yellow002, Sunderland vs Hull Papy Second Yellow, Sunderland vs Hull Papy Second Yellow002
8. Correct Non-Penalty For Sunderland (Min 70) – Clucas tries to make contact himself with the defender by sticking out his leg towards the defender. [Ref – Lee Mason] Sunderland vs Hull Clucas Penalty, Sunderland vs Hull Clucas Penalty002
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Sunderland (Min 77) – Based on the available footage, the striker goes down without any foul contact. [Ref – Lee Mason] Sunderland vs Hull Second Penalty, Sunderland vs Hull Second Penalty002
10. Correct Penalty For Leicester (Min 16) – A difficult one as it looks as if Vardy is going for the penalty, there is some contact between Vardy and the defender but not 100% sure if it was Vardy who kicked the defender or if it was the defender his leg who blocked the natural run of Vardy: so in case of doubt we will agree with the decision of the ref on the field. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Watford vs Leicester Vardy Penalty, Watford vs Leicester Vardy Penalty002, Watford vs Leicester Vardy Penalty003
11. Correct Non-Penalty For Watford (Min 77) – Zuniga had his arms close to his body and in natural position. No intent. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Watford vs Leicester Gray Handball Penalty
12. Correct Non-Penalty For Watford (Min 86) – this can be judged to be a protective move as the ball is kicked from very close range and the arm is raised in the direction of his face. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Watford vs Leicester Kaboul Handball Penalty, Watford vs Leicester Kaboul Handball Penalty002
13. Correct Non-Penalty For Watford (Min 82) – defender blocks a cross and then the ball bounces up from the ground on to his hand. [Ref – Neil Swarbrick] Watford vs Leicester Prodl Penalty
14. Correct Non-Penalty For Spurs (Min 47) – Vertonghen cleanly blocked the ball with his tackle and that made Payet trip later on. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Payet Penalty, Spurs vs West Ham Payet Penalty002
15. Correct Non-Penalty For West Ham (Min 57) – The ball hits the arm of Antonio from behind at very close range. Antonio was already in motion of a header and not looking at the ball. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Kane Handball Penalty
16. Correct Penalty For West Ham (Min 67) – Clear pulling and holding done by Janssen for a long time inside the penalty box. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Penalty Plus Yellow, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Penalty Plus Yellow002, Spurs vs West Ham Janssen Penalty Plus Yellow003
17. Correct Non-Penalty For West Ham (Min 80) – Both Ogbonna and Kane had hold of each other inside the box. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Kane Second Penalty, Spurs vs West Ham Kane Second Penalty002
19. Correct Second Yellow Card Against Winston Reid (Min 96) – Reid committed two reckless fouls and was correctly booked for both of them and sent off. [Ref – Mike Dean] Spurs vs West Ham Reid Yellow, Spurs vs West Ham Reid Yellow002, Spurs vs West Ham Reid Yellow, Spurs vs West Ham Reid Second Yellow002
20. Correct Non-Penalty For Arsenal (Min 35) – Valencia made a run forward with Monreal alongside him. First Valencia first pushes Monreal down on the shoulder which should have been a foul. Second when Monreal stretches forward his arm in front of Valencia there was no foul contact. Third, there no was foul contact made Monreal anywhere near the feet or legs of Valencia. Fourth Valencia deliberately goes down without any foul contact. Any four of the above fills the criteria for it to be called it a non-penalty. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Man United vs Arsenal Valencia Monreal Penalty, Man United vs Arsenal Valencia Monreal Penalty002, Man United vs Arsenal Valencia Monreal Penalty004
21. Correct Non-Penalty For Arsenal (Min 50) – The shot from Rashford hits the groin region of Mustafi and then later deflects of his arm. Not intentional. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Man United vs Arsenal Mustafi Penalty, Man United vs Arsenal Mustafi Penalty002
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goal||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goal||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 and Mike Jones both had good weeks with only one wrong Important Decision each and continue 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||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Matches||Second Yellow Cards||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||7||4||6||0||17|
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 along with 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 23 decisions against them, Bournemouth have 14 against and Liverpool have 13 against.
In contrast United have a net 19 decisions in their favour, Watford and Spurs both have a net 10 decisions in their favour.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||3||6||1||10|
11: Possible Change in Points Week-by-Week Due To Wrong Major Decisions
NOTE – THE PLUS SIGN MEANS THESE TEAMS WERE DENIED THIS MUCH POINTS AND IT SHOULD BE ADDED TO THEM.
THE MINUS SIGN MEANS THAT THESE TEAMS WERE AWARDED THESE EXTRA POINTS AND IT SHOULD BE SUBTRACTED FROM THEM.
|West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-3||0||+1||0||+3||+1|
Bournemouth remain the most robbed team this season, they should have 7 more points than they currently have, Arsenal and Middlesbrough should both have another six points. Man United have now joined Watford as being the beneficiaries of six points and Tottenham have five.
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 31 points from Liverpool on 30, City on 28 and Chelsea on 27 points. Bournemouth should be fifth with 22 and Tottenham sixth on 19. United should be much lower than they are with 13 points and in the relegation places should be Sunderland on 8 points, Swansea on 10 and Hull on 11 with West Ham and Watford in close attendance on 12.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|17||West Ham United||+1||12|
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