by the Referee Review Team
If you find our ever growing referee analysis too much, we’re now publishing a quick summary version. You’ll the summary for this matchweek on Untold here.
But of course we would be very critical of anyone who just published such a summary without the details, so if you like the full-on detailed analysis here it is.
Coming up on Saturday – the referee preview for the Burnley game and the match preview.
1: Referee Appointments and Results matchweek15
|Watford vs. Everton [3-2]
Referee – Anthony Taylor
1st Assistant Referee – Stuart Burt
2nd Assistant Referee – Gary Beswick
Fourth Official – Roger East
|Arsenal vs. Stoke City [3-1]
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Referee – Lee Mason
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck
2nd Assistant Referee – Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official – Paul Tierney
|Burnley vs. Bournemouth [3-2]
Referee – Martin Atkinson
1st Assistant Referee – Adrian Holmes
2nd Assistant Referee – Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick
|Hull City vs. Crystal Palace [3-3]
Referee – Mike Jones
1st Assistant Referee – Mark Scholes
2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Halliday
Fourth Official – Jon Moss
|Swansea City vs. Sunderland [3-0]
Referee – Craig Pawson
1st Assistant Referee – Scott Ledger
2nd Assistant Referee – David Bryan
Fourth Official – Graham Scott
|Leicester City vs. Manchester City [4-2]
Referee – Michael Oliver
1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin
2nd Assistant Referee – Simon Bennett
Fourth Official – Andre Marriner
|Chelsea vs. West Bromwich [1-0]
Referee – Mike Dean
1st Assistant Referee – Simon Long
2nd Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard
Fourth Official – Lee Mason
|Manchester United vs. Tottenham [1-0]
Referee – Robert Madley
1st Assistant Referee – Mick McDonough
2nd Assistant Referee – Marc Perry
Fourth Official – Mike Jones
|Southampton vs. Middlesbrough [1-0]
Referee – Stuart Attwell
1st Assistant Referee – Edward Smart
2nd Assistant Referee – Derek Eaton
Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick
|Liverpool vs. West Ham United [2-2]
Referee – Mark Clattenburg
1st Assistant Referee – Richard West
2nd Assistant Referee – Darren Cann
Fourth Official – Kevin Friend
2: Matchweek 15 Summary
25 wrong Important Decisions this week (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals) or 2.5 per game on average which regrettably is about average. There were 15 correct Important Decisions – all relating to penalty incidents. The referees continue to get about 60% of penalty calls correct but fail with virtually every disciplinary decision they have to make. There is clearly a big disconnect with what we at Untold believe to be a sending off offence and what the PGMO have instructed their referees to enforce. Please look at the video clips and see with whom you are agreeing.
Referee of the Week with no wrong Important Decisions was Mike Dean (Interesting to note that for Matchweek 21 he has demoted himself because of the number of errors he has made recently) Well done Mr Dean, you haven’t always been our favourite referee but we will always give credit where it is due and you have it for Matchweek 15.
Worst Referees of the week with 5 wrong Important Decisions and none correct was Michael Oliver. Mike Jones also got 5 decisions wrong but also managed to get 7 decisions correct and so cannot be considered for worst referee of the week.
3: Games where the referee arguably affected the result of the Match
This week there were 5 games where we felt that the results were probably influenced by poor refereeing – half of the games; a totally unsatisfactory state of affairs.
Martin Atkinson – Burnley v Bournemouth This was a game which Burnley won 3 – 2 but we feel that it should have been a win for Bournemouth. Burnley should have had a penalty in the opening minute but then should have had Arfield sent off in Min 54 and Boyd should have joined him in Min68. Bournemouth should have had a penalty in Min 82 to even out the not given Burnley penalty at the start of the match. With a player advantage for nearly 40 minutes and a two player advantage for 22 minutes we feel that Bournemouth would have had the firepower to scort the additional goals they needed to win the game.
Anthony Taylor – Watford v Everton This was a 3 – 2 win for Watford but we feel should have been a draw as Everton should have been awarded a penalty in the 90th minute.
Michael Oliver – Leicester v Man City This was a 4 – 2 win for Leicester but we feel that it should have been a win for City. This was a really poor display from Mr Oliver – he denied City no fewer than 4 penalties in Min 40, 42, 47 and 49. The mistakes weren’t only one sided as Fernando should have had a second yellow card in Min 67.
Mark Clattenburg – Liverpool v West Ham This ended as a 2 – 2 draw but we feel that it should have been a West Ham win. The supposed ‘best referee in the world’ again failing to recognise violent conduct and send off a Liverpool’s Mane for a deliberate punch to the stomach and a few minutes later a push in on another West Ham player’s face.
Robert Madley – Man United v Tottenham This ended as a 1 – 0 win for United but we feel that it should have been a draw. Herera for United and Wanyama for Spurs should both have been sent off and probably these cancel each other out bur Spurs should have had a penalty in Min 42.
4: Lucky Players who should have been sent off but weren’t
Straight Red Cards (Should be missing the next three games) Arfield (Burnley), NDong (Sunderland), Clayton (Middlesbrough), Branagan (Middlesbrough), Mane (Liverpool), Cabaye (Palace), Adams (Stoke), Herera (United) and Wanyama (Spurs)
Second Yellow Cards (should be missing the next game) Boyd (Burnley), Fernando (Man City), Tadic (Southampton), McArthur (Hull), Snodgrass (Hull)
Villain of the Week – Any of the straight red cards above are candidates for this week’s Villain but none are individually as bad as we have seen in previous weeks. Saido Mane of Liverpool does have the distinction this week of two not given red cards and therefore is the winner of this week’s Villain award.
5: List of Major Errors on Matchweek15
1. No Penalty For Burnley (Min 1) – Arter clipped the leg of Hendricks with left knee, bringing him down inside the box. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Burnley vs Bournemouth Hendricks Penalty , Burnley vs Bournemouth Hendricks Penalty002
2. No Second Yellow Against George Boyd (Min 68) – Boyd committed two reckless challenges but was only booked for the latter. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Burnley vs Bournemouth Boyd Yellow , Burnley vs Bournemouth Boyd Second Yellow
3. No Red Card Against Scott Arfield (Min 54) – Arfield made a late sliding challenge with the studs showing shin and foot well above the ball, serious foul play. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Burnley vs Bournemouth Arfield Red
4. No Penalty For Bournemouth (Min 82) – Lowton clearly brings down Pugh after making a standing tackle attempt with leg and missing the ball completely inside the box. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Burnley vs Bournemouth Pugh Penalty , Burnley vs Bournemouth Pugh Penalty002
5. No Red Card Against Didier Ndong (Min 18) – Ndong lunges himself, comes late and plants his studs on the ankle of the Swansea player, use of excessive force. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Swansea vs Sunderland Ndong Red
6. No Penalty For Everton (Min 90) – Britos has his arms around Valencia and prevents him from jumping up for the header and then uses him to get up himself, a foul and a penalty. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Watford vs Everton Valencia Penalty , Watford vs Everton Valencia Penalty002
7. No Second Yellow Card Against Fernando (Min 67) – Fernando committed two reckless challenges along with dissent for the second one, but was only booked for the latter. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Leicester vs Man City Fernando Yellow , Leicester vs Man City Fernando Second Yellow , Leicester vs Man City Fernando Second Yellow002
8. No Penalty For Manchester City (Min 40) – Kolarov was being pulled back by both arms of Simpson inside the box during the corner. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Leicester vs Man City Kolarov Penalty , Leicester vs Man City Kolarov Penalty002
9. No Penalty For Manchester City (Min 42) – The first fouls with Huth can be ignored as both players are holding each other. Morgan however is embracing and holding Kolarov and that is a foul and thus a penalty. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Leicester vs Man City Kolarov Second Penalty
10. No Penalty For Manchester City (Min 47) – Huth first hits the leg of Iheanacho from behind with a sliding tackle inside the box. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Leicester vs Man City Kelechi Penalty
11. No Penalty For Manchester City (Min 49) – Arm is in front of Albrighton’s body but as the ball came from a distance he should have removed it but he moved his arm a bit up and down but didn’t took it out of the way. [Ref – Michael Oliver] Leicester vs Man City Albrighton Handball Penalty
12. No Red Card Against Adam Clayton (Min 13) – Deliberate punch in the face of Bouffal, there was no need to move his arm that high so is a deliberate attempt to hit the player in the face. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Saints vs Boro Clayton Red
13. No Second Yellow Card Against Dusan Tadic (Min 39) – Tadic committed one deliberate attack breaking foul and one reckless foul, but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Saints vs Boro Tadic Yellow , Saints vs Boro Tadic Second Yellow
14. No Red Card Against Antonio Barragan (Min 22) – Barragan was next to the defender and then stuck out his leg to catch him on the floor, it was a deliberate stamp. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Saints vs Boro Barragan Stamp Red
15. No Red Card Against Sadio Mane (Min 72) – A deliberate punch with the fist: red card it doesn’t need to be hard or so, just the movement is enough. Violent conduct. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Liverpool vs West Ham Mane Red
16. No Red Card Against Sadio Mane (Min 76) – Mane deliberately thrusted his arm in to the face of Cresswell, violent conduct. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Liverpool vs West Ham Mane Second Red
17. No Second Yellow Card Against James McArthur (Min 46) – McArthur committed one reckless challenge and one deliberate attack breaking foul but was only booked for the latter. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace McArthur Yellow , Hull vs Palace McArthur Second Yellow
18. Wrong Penalty Against Crystal Palace (Min 25) – Snodgrass clearly dived to the ground inside the box. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Snodgrass Penalty Dive , Hull vs Palace Snodgrass Penalty Dive002 , Hull vs Palace Snodgrass Penalty Dive003
19 Wrong Goal Against Crystal Palace (Min 27) – As the penalty above was wrong, the goal scored was illegal. [Ref – Mike Jones]
20. No Second Yellow Card Against Robert Snodgrass (Min 25) – Snodgrass committed one deliberate attack breaking foul and one deliberate dive but was only booked for the former. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Snodgrass Yellow , Hull vs Palace Snodgrass Second Yellow
21. No Red Card Against Yohan Cabaye (Min 79) – High foot to the face of a player in front of him: extremely dangerous. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Cabaye Red
22. No Red Card Against Charlie Adam (Min 75) – Martins Indi tripped Sanchez but Iwobi came running from behind gained possession and scored. At the same time that Iwobi gained possession and was through on goal to score, Charlie Adam came from behind on Sanchez on stamped on the back of his leg, which was clearly an act of serious foul play and violent conduct and warranted a red card. [Ref – Lee Mason] Arsenal vs Stoke Adams Stamp Red , Arsenal vs Stoke Adams Stamp Red002 , Arsenal vs Stoke Adams Stamp Red003
23. No Red Card Against Ander Herrera (Min 36) – Herrera stepped his studs on the Achilles heel of Eriksen from behind, serious foul play. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Spurs Herrera Red
24. No Penalty For Tottenham (Min 42) – Rojo was clearly pulling and holding the shirt of Wanyama inside the penalty area while defending the corner. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Spurs Wanyama Penalty
25. No Red Card Against Victor Wanyama (Min 58) – Wanyama went in leading with the arm towards the face of Jones, use of excessive force. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Spurs Wanyama Red
6: List of Major Correct Decisions on Match Day #15
1. Correct Non-Penalty For Burnley (Min 43) – Defender tries to kick the ball away and mis-hits it and it ends up against his arm from a short distance, not a deliberate handball, no foul. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Burnley vs Bournemouth Handball Penalty
2. Correct Penalty For Swansea (Min 50) – Denayer clearly raises his arm above to make himself bigger and stop the cross. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Swansea vs Sunderland Denayer Penalty
3. Correct Non-Penalty For Everton (Min 81) – No replay was shown and nothing conclusive enough in the live footage. Ref’s on field decision stands. [Ref – Anthony Taylor] Watford vs Everton Holebas Penalty
4. Correct Non-Penalty For Southampton (Min 67) – Ball came from close, arms were next to his body in natural position: no penalty for handball. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Saints vs Boro Handball Penalty , Saints vs Boro Handball Penalty002
5. Correct Non-Penalty For Middlesbrough (Min 86) – The defender looked to have blocked the attempt from Long and won it cleanly. [Ref – Stuart Attwell] Saints vs Boro Long Penalty , Saints vs Boro Long Penalty002
6. Correct Non-Penalty For West Ham (Min 46) – It started as a shoulder to shoulder challenge which is allowed, after that Lallana never looked in control of his body, a hand on the chest but not really a pushing move from the defender, agree with the decision of the ref to give nothing. [Ref – Mark Clattenburg] Liverpool vs West Ham Lallana Penalty
7. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 11) – The Palace player was already off balance because he had to stretch to play the ball so was going down already: no foul, no penalty. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Penalty
8. Correct Penalty For Crystal Palace (Min 52) – Zaha was clearly tripped inside the box by the defender’s leg sticking out. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Zaha Penalty , Hull vs Palace Zaha Penalty002
9. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 57) – the defender puts his leg between the ball and Zaha and the ball is closest to the foot of the defender, Zaha then touches the foot of the defender from behind and goes down but in fact because of him making the contact. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Zaha Second Penalty
10. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 75) – It looked like a penalty to me but from this angle I cannot tell if the defender played the ball or not. It doesn’t look that he played the ball but have to be 100% sure to overrule the ref so based on this: no penalty. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Benteke Penalty
11. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 81) – as the defender was on his own when he jumped up and it looked more that Dann ran in to the arm than the other way round, so no penalty. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Dann Penalty
12. Correct Non-Penalty For Hull City (Min 85) – Can not judge it 100% on this clip alone. There was an arm on the shoulder of Benteke but couldn’t make out if he pulled him or just had his hand on his shoulder and Benteke jumped under the ball, so give the benefit of the doubt to the ref for this one. [Ref – Mike Jones] Hull vs Palace Benteke Second Penalty
13. Correct Penalty For Stoke City (Min 27) – Xhaka turned and as a result his arm moved away from his body and Allen ran in to it. Xhaka made himself wider so one could say Allen could not move out of the way. And the contact was the result of the arm being wider from the body. [Ref – Lee Mason] Arsenal vs Stoke Xhaka Allen Penalty , Arsenal vs Stoke Xhaka Allen Penalty002 , Arsenal vs Stoke Xhaka Allen Penalty003
14. Correct Non-Penalty For Manchester United (Min 62) – As Herrera also grabs the shirt of the defender who was using his body to push a bit and then only used his arm, two fouls both cancelling each other. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Spurs Herrera Penalty
15. Correct Non-Penalty For Manchester United (Min 95) – Jones cleanly tackled the ball from Rose inside the penalty area. [Ref – Robert Madley] Man Utd vs Spurs Rose Penalty
7: Major Wrong Decisions Made by Referees
15 weeks (150 matches) and 305 wrong Important Decisions in total – marginally more than two per game. A worrying 20 of them are wrongly awarded goals (offside, or from wrongly awarded free kicks or penalties). There are just over 100 each of red cards and penalties and a further 67 players who should have had time out for a second yellow card.
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red||Pen||Goal||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red||Pen||Goal||Total||Avg|
8: Major Correct Major Decisions Made by Referees
Not all Important Decisions by referees are wrong – here is a breakdown of those that we consider correct.
Firstly a commendation this week to Mike Jones for getting 6 Important Decisions correct (it was a pity that he also got 5 wrong) in what was clearly a difficult game.
The vast majority – 193 are penalty decisions so out of a total of 295 penalty decisions the referees have got 65.4% correct, probably as high a percentage as possible without the introduction of video evidence.
On disciplinary matters the referees are nowhere near as good adding both second yellow and red cards together they have had to make 189 decisions and have only got a miserable 13 of them correct – 7% of the total (or 93% of them have been wrong).
|This Week||Season To Date|
|Referee||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Matches||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Total|
|Mike Jones||0||0||4 + 2*||6||9||0||0||14+2*||16|
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
Some changes towards the top of this table, Bournemouth getting closer to Arsenal, West Ham and Man City both overtaking Liverpool who did not get any wrong calls against them this week. It will be interesting to see if this continues in the weeks to come or if ‘someone has had a word’.
No changes at the bottom of the table, Man United and Leicester remaining remarkably unaffected by poor decisions against them, as are Sunderland and Burnley.
|Team||Second Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Penalties||Goals||Total|
|West Ham United||7||7||7||1||22|
10: Major Wrong Decisions in Favour of Teams
This is the converse of the table in section 9 and shows where teams have been favourably looked on by the PGMO.
Clearly here Man United, Tottenham, Watford and Leicester are being treated very differently from Arsenal, Liverpool and Bournemouth. The bottom three clubs between them have the number of favourable decisions that Leicester have on their own.
|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||0||+2||+3|
11: English Premier League Table Official
|17||West Ham United||13|
13: English Premier League Table Adjusted to Change in Points due to Major Wrong Decisions.
At this point in the Season Arsenal should have been in first place with a lead of 4 points over Chelsea, Man City should have been third a further 2 points back with Liverpool only a point behind them in fourth place on 33 points.
Bournemouth should have a massive 10 points more than they actually had in fifth place on 28 and Spurs behind them on 23.
United should be mid table on 16 points 8 fewer than their actual total and both Watford and Leicester should have been in the relegation zone on 14 points.
|Rank||Team||Total Change in Points||Points|
|15||West Ham United||+3||16|
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