by the Referee Review Team
1: Referee Appointments and Results matchweek 13
|Burnley vs. Manchester City [1-2]
Referee – Andre Marriner
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt
Fourth Official – Jon Moss
|Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace [5-4]
Referee – Kevin Friend
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official – Steve Martin
|Liverpool vs. Sunderland [2-0]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Stephen Child
2nd Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick
|Leicester City vs. Middlesbrough [2-2]
Referee – Lee Mason
1st Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
2nd Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
Fourth Official – Oliver Langford
|Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion [1-1]
Referee – Paul Tierney
1st Assistant Referee – Ian Hussin
2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan
Fourth Official – Mike Dean
|Chelsea vs. Tottenham [2-1]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
2nd Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
Fourth Official – Robert Madley
|Watford vs. Stoke City [0-1]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn
2nd Assistant Referee – Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
|Arsenal vs. Bournemouth [3-1]
Referee – Mike Jones
1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
2nd Assistant Referee – Mark Scholes
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Southampton vs. Everton [1-0]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
Fourth Official – Roger East
|Manchester United vs. West Ham United [1-1]
Referee – Jon Moss
1st Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
Fourth Official – Anthony Taylor
2: Matchweek 13 Summary
Back to normality this week with wrong Important Decisions outnumbering correct by 24 to 16. The number of wrong decisions still above 2 per game across the board. It also provided a graphic demonstration of the differing standards used to judge clubs when Cresswell of West Ham made a very similar challenge to the one Xhaka was sent off for and wasn’t sent off.
Referee of the week (with no wrong Important Decisions) Anthony Taylor (Liverpool v Sunderland). He also got three Important Decisions correct (all penalties).
Worst Referee of the Week – Mike Jones (Arsenal v Bournemouth) with 5 wrong Important Decisions (one second yellow card, two straight red cards and 2 wrong penalty decision), in fairness he did get 3 penalty decisions correct as well. Jonathan Moss (Man United v West Ham) wasn’t much better with 4 wrong Important Decisions (three red cards and 1 penalty), he managed to get one penalty decision correct.
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the game
Paul Tierney – Hull City v West Brom. The game finished as a one all draw but we feel that it should have been a win for West Brom as the Hull player Clucas should have had a red card in Min 45 meaning that West Brom should have had a player advantage for the whole of the second half which (on the balance of probabilities) they would have been able to use to their advantage.
4: Lucky Players who should have been sent off but weren’t
- Straight Red Cards (should be missing the next three games) Diafra Sakho (West Ham), Rojo (Man United), Cresswell (West Ham), José Holebas (Watford), Sam Clucas (Hull), Eric Dyer (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
- Second Yellow Cards (should be missing the next game) Jack Cork (Swansea), Yohan Cabaye (Palace), Ashley Williams (Everton), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)
- Villain of the Week There are four contenders this week Rojo and Holebas both for kicks which were head high and made contact with their opponents, Harry Arter for a stupidly out of control lunge which could easily have broken Monreal’s leg. There is also Dele Alli with yet another outrageous dive in an attempt to win a penalty. For me the winner this week is Harry Arter, but for the grace of God a leg breaking tackle which should have seen him banned for a long time.
5: List of Major Errors on Matchweek #13
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1. No Penalty For Man City (Min 35) – Lowton came in a fraction late and caught Nolito on the foot inside the box. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Burnley vs Man City Nolito Penalty, Burnley vs Man City Nolito Penalty002, Burnley vs Man City Nolito Penalty003
2. No Penalty For Man City (Min 60) – Ben Mee raises his knee and fouls Touré in the waist inside the box. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Burnley vs Man City Toure Penalty, Burnley vs Man City Toure Penalty002, Burnley vs Man City Toure Penalty003 , Burnley vs Man City Toure Penalty004
3. Wrong Penalty Against Middlesbrough (Min 33) – Morgan made the initial foul by jumping on the back of Chambers with his hands on the shoulders pushing him down. As the first foul should be given, a free kick to Middlesbrough should have been given. [Ref – Lee Mason] Leicester vs Boro Chambers Penalty , Leicester vs Boro Chambers Penalty002 , Leicester vs Boro Chambers Penalty003
4. Wrong Goal Against Middlesbrough (Min 33) – As the penalty given above was wrong, the goal scored was illegal. [Ref – Lee Mason]
5. No Penalty For Leicester City (Min 93) – De Roon made an attempt to kick out the ball, missed it and made foul contact with Morgan’s leg inside the box. [Ref – Lee Mason] Leicester vs Boro Morgan Penalty , Leicester vs Boro Morgan Penalty002
6. No Red Card Against Diafra Sakho (Min 5) – Sakho went running at Jones with a with a very high foot with studs showing. Serious foul play. [Ref – Jon Moss] Man Utd vs West Ham Sakho Red
7. No Penalty For West Ham (Min 46) – Rojo made himself wide by stretching out his arm to stop the cross inside the box. [Ref – Jon Moss] Man Utd vs West Ham Rojo Penalty
8. No Red Card Against Rojo (Min 51) – Rojo jumped up and kicked his foot very high to the face of the player in front of him. [Ref – Jon Moss] Man Utd vs West Ham Rojo Red , Man Utd vs West Ham Rojo Red_0002
9. No Red Card Against Aaron Cresswell (Min 90) – Cresswell had no chance to play the ball, was nowhere near the ball and made a deliberate foul. This is exactly the same foul as Xhaka was given a red card for earlier in the season. [Ref – Jon Moss] Man Utd vs West Ham Cresswell Red , Man Utd vs West Ham Cresswell Red002
10. No Second Yellow Card Against Jack Cork (Min 81) – Cork committed two attack breaking fouls and was only booked for one. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Swansea vs Palace Cork Yellow , Swansea vs Palace Cork Second Yellow
11. No Second Yellow Card Against Cabaye (Min 96) – Cabaye committed one act of dissent and one deliberate attempt to stop a goal with his hand (which was played an advantage for) but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Swansea vs Palace Cabaye Yellow , Swansea vs Palace Cabaye Yellow002 , Swansea vs Palace Cabaye Yellow003
12. No Penalty For Everton (Min 70) – Van Dijk first tripped Lukaku inside the box and then cleared the ball. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Saints vs Everton Lukaku Penalty
13. No Second Yellow Card Against Ashley Williams (Min 84) – Williams made one reckless challenge and one act of dissent, but was only booked for the later. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Saints vs Everton Williams Yellow
14. No Red Card Against Jose Holebas (Min 38) – Holebas kicked Diouf with a very high foot in the direction of his face. [Ref – Robert Madley] Watford vs Stoke Holebas Red , Watford vs Stoke Holebas Red002
15. No Penalty For Watford (Min 74) – Pieters pushed Ighalo in the back inside the box. [Ref – Robert Madley] Watford vs Stoke Ighalo Penalty
16. No Penalty For Stoke (Min 75) – Britos pushed Walters in the back inside the box. [Ref – Robert Madley] Watford vs Stoke Walters Penalty
17. No Red Card Against Sam Clucas (Min 45) – Clucas made a very late tackle with foot high up to the ankles and stamped his studs. [Ref – Paul Tierney] Hull vs West Brom Clucas Red
18. No Red Card Against Eric Dier (Min 4) – Dier elbowed Costa who was in front of him in the back of the head. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Chelsea vs Spurs Dier Red
19. No Red Card Against Kyle Walker (Min 87) – Walker was late in his challenge and planted his studs on the ankle of Oscar who was sliding across. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Chelsea vs Spurs Walker Red
20. No Second Yellow Card Against Nathan Ake (Min 26) – Ake committed two attack breaking fouls and was not booked for either of them. [Ref – Mike Jones] Arsenal vs Bournemouth Ake Yellow , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Ake Yellow002 , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Ake Yellow003 , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Ake Second Yellow002
21. No Penalty For Arsenal (Min 42) – Smith throws himself in front of the ball and makes himself bigger, almost like a keeper would throw himself. [Ref – Mike Jones] Arsenal vs Bournemouth Smith Handball Penalty
22. No Red Card Against Harry Arter (Min 45) – Arter throws himself from a distance with an outstretched leg, studs showing. A very wild lunge. Dangerous play, using excessive force. [Ref – Mike Jones] Arsenal vs Bournemouth Arter Red , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Arter Red002
23. No Red Card Against Alexis Sanchez (Min 62) – Sanchez made a late sliding tackle from behind with his studs on the heel of Arter. Serious foul play. [Ref – Mike Jones] Arsenal vs Bournemouth Sanchez Red , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Sanchez Red002
24. No Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 73) – Monreal’s arms were both away from his body and makes himself wide that way blocking the pass inside the penalty area. [Ref – Mike Jones]
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #12
Yet again this season no referee made a correct call to issue a red card to a player and only Robert Madley made a correct call to issue two yellow cards. It really seems as though the referees are under this firmest of instructions to keep players on the pitch. How they fail to realise that some of the challenges are within the rules of the game is totally beyond me.
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Man City (Min 8) – Hendricks was already in an offside position before he was fouled in the penalty area. [Ref – Andre Marriner] Burnley vs Man City Hendricks Penalty , Burnley vs Man City Hendricks Penalty002
2. Correct Non-Penalty For Liverpool (Min 68) – No conclusive footage or angle available to judge. Agree with the onfield referee. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Liverpool vs Sunderland Anichebe Penalty
3. Correct Non-Penalty For Liverpool (Min 85) – No conclusive footage or angle available to judge. Agree with the onfield referee. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Liverpool vs Sunderland Anichebe Second Penalty
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Sunderland (Min 90) – Ndong went in to tackle the ball, and missed it. There is no conclusive evidence as to whether he kicked Mane, also Mane looks to have been going down already. So will agree with onfield referee. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Liverpool vs Sunderland Mane Penalty , Liverpool vs Sunderland Mane Penalty002
5. Correct Non-Penalty For West Ham (Min 32) – The ball hits Noble just on the leg and his hands were well close to his body. Not intentional. [Ref – Jon Moss] Man Utd vs West Ham Noble Penalty
6. Correct Non-Penalty For Palace (Min 47) – Kelly had his arms well close to his body. No intention. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Swansea vs Palace Kelly Penalty
7. Correct Penalty Advantage For Swansea (Min 66) – Cabaye used his hands to stop a goal but Fer quickly managed to score on the rebound. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Swansea vs Palace Cabaye Penalty Goal , Swansea vs Palace Cabaye Penalty Goal002 , Swansea vs Palace Cabaye Penalty Goal003
8. Correct Penalty Advantage For Palace (Min 75) – Fulton was holding McArtur in the box when a moment later Tomkins scored. [Ref – Kevin Friend] Swansea vs Palace Palace Penalty Advantage , Swansea vs Palace Palace Penalty Advantage002 , Swansea vs Palace Palace Penalty Advantage003
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Watford (Min 8) – No conclusive angle or footage available to judge it. Agree with the onfield referee. [Ref – Robert Madley] Watford vs Stoke Adams Penalty
10. Correct Second Yellow Card Against Britos (Min 90) – Britos committed one reckless foul and one attack breaking foul. [Ref – Robert Madley] Watford vs Stoke Britos Yellow , Watford vs Stoke Britos Second Yellow , Watford vs Stoke Britos Second Yellow002
11. Correct Non-Penalty For Stoke (Min 48) – Johnson cleanly tackled the ball and then falls over the blocked ball. [Ref – Robert Madley] Watford vs Stoke Holebas Penalty
12. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 5) – defender kicked the ball cleanly and then his movement brought him together with the attacker but his leg was bent and as both were in the air a collision was not avoidable but as the defender first played the ball cleanly. [Ref – Paul Tierney] Hull vs West Brom Yacob Penalty , Hull vs West Brom Yacob Penalty002
13. Correct Non-Penalty For Chelsea (Min 36) – Alonso looks to have made no foul contact at all on Alli, who looks to have had dived to the ground. [Ref – Michael Oliver]
14. Correct Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 22) – Both players chased the ball in the Arsenal’s box. When Monreal stretches out his arm and uses it to block Wilson from the side. [Ref – Mike Jones] Chelsea vs Spurs Dele Penalty Dive
15. Correct Non-Penalty For Arsenal (Min 48) – Before Mustafi pushes Cook, Cook is pushing his elbow against the face of Oxlade-Chamberlain. As the ref has to punish the first foul he should have given a free kick in favour of Arsenal or ignore both fouls. So a correct non-penalty was the correct decision. [Ref – Mike Jones] Arsenal vs Bournemouth Mustafi Cook Penalty , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Mustafi Cook Penalty002
16. Correct Non-Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 82) – Both players had hold of each other’s shirt when challenging for the ball inside the penalty area. [Ref – Mike Jones] Arsenal vs Bournemouth Ake Giroud Penalty , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Ake Giroud Penalty002 , Arsenal vs Bournemouth Ake Giroud Penalty003
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goals||Total||Matches||2nd Yellow||Red||Penalties||Goals||Total||Avg|
Mike Jones somewhat blew his excellent numbers after a typical Arsenal performance. In 7 games prior to this week he had only made 8 wrong Important Decisions, one Arsenal game and he makes 5. At the top of the table no real change only Robert Madley and Craig Pawson had games and they both performed pretty much to their average scores
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. For this week I have added an extra column indicating the percentage of the total total number of wrong decisions that each team has suffered. (please let me know in the comments if this is useful additional data or not).
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total||% of total|
|West Ham United||7||5||7||0||19||7.4%|
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.
Manchester United remain firmly at the top of this table with Tottenham and Watford for company. At the bottom are Arsenal, still by far the least favoured team despite benefitting this week from 2 decisions.
Looking at both this and the previous table Arsenal have a net 24 decisions against them, Bournemouth and Liverpool have 13 each against them. Manchester United have 19 decisions in their favour, Tottenham have 12 and Watford have 11 in their favour.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||0||5||6||1||12|
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||0||+1|
No real change to this table this week as in our opinion only one match result was affected by the referees.
12: English Premier League Table Official
|16||West Ham United||12|
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 34 points, Liverpool in second with 33, then City on 31 and Chelsea on 30. These four teams should have an 8 point advantage over Bournemouth in fifth and Stoke and Spurs in seventh and eighth each on 19.
At the relegation end, Sunderland should be last with Hull and Watford above them.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|17||West Ham United||+1||13|
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