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March 2021

Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek 16 – The bullet points

by the Referee Team

Just in case you find the full weekly referee review too long – here is a quick summary in bullet point form.  The full analysis will follow.

Matchweek 16 included these games

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Everton 2 – 1 Arsenal
West Ham 1 – 0 Burnley
Sunderland 0 – 1 Chelsea
Spurs 3 – 0 Hull
Bournemouth 1 – 0 Leicester
Middlesbrough 0 – 3 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Man United
Stoke 0 – 0 Southampton
West Brom 3 – 1 Swansea
Man City 2 – 0 Watford

In Total

The referees made 17 wrong Important decisions – somewhat better than usual.  9 were red cards, 1 a second yellow, 5 were penalties and there were 2 wrongly awarded goals

The referees also made 15 correct decisions, 13 penalties, one red card and a second yellow.

Good and Bad Referrees

  • Neil Swarbrick and Paul Tierney were joint referees of the week, both with no wrong and two right decisions – well done to both of them
  • Craig Pawson was the worst referee of the week with four wrong decisions and none correct

Games where we believe the referees affected the outcome of the matches

  • Everton v Arsenal – should have been a win for Arsenal instead of a win for Everton
  • Crystal Palace v Man United – should have been a win for Palace rather than a win for United

9 Players who should have had straight red cards

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  • Long – Southampton
  • Lowton and Mee – Burnley
  • Taylor – Swansea
  • Davies – Hull
  • Rojo and Ibrahimović – United
  • Jagielka and McCarthy – Everton

The player who should have had a second yellow card was 

  • Martin De Roon – Middlesbrough

Most favoured and worst done by

Arsenal continue to be the team most affected by wrong decisions against with 31.  Also at the ‘wrong’ end of this table are Bournemouth and West Ham (both with 25) and palace, Liverpool and Man City (each with 21)

The teams with most decisions in their favour are United (31) Spurs (25), Watford (23) and Leicester (21).

In terms of points Man United have benefited most having 11 points more than they should, Watford are 7 points better off.  Bournemouth have been robbed the most and should have 10 points more than they have closely followed by Arsenal with 9.

For Hull and Sunderland so far it all balances out and their points total is correct.


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3 comments to Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek 16 – The bullet points

  • Goonermikey

    How many time is that now that Rojo and/or Ibrahimovic should have been sent off? Unbelievable

  • Andy L

    How predictable that Atkinson should be Chelsea’s 12th man on Saturday.

  • Gord


    I am more or less entering data all the time. I’m going back to 1994/95 (I just about have that year finished). I don’t have lineperson’s or 4th officials, but I have referees. And even in 1994/95, some referees are popping up many times for certain teams.