By Andrew Crawshaw
On Saturday at 17:15 Chelsea take on Tottenham
- Referee – Martin Atkinson Age 45 from West Yorkshire FIFA Accredited
- Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Burt from Northamptonshire FIFA Accredited
- Assistant Referee 2 – Ian Hussin from Mersyside
- Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick 50 years old from Lancashire
This game is being shown live in the UK on BBC1
In the PL this year Martin Atkinson has been in charge of four Chelsea games and only two Tottenham games. In Matchweek 20 he was in charge for the Spurs v Chelsea game which was a two nil home win.
The Chelsea games were
|5||Chelsea v Liverpool||1 – 2||No Red Card Against Ivanovic (Min 9) – Ivanovic stamps Lallana’s foot twice and does it again when the ball goes out of play. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Chelsea vs Liverpool Ivanovic Yellow Red|
|9||Chelsea v Man United||4 – 0||No Red Card Against David Luiz (Min 41) – High foot with studs making a strong stamping contact on Fellaini’s knee. Serious foul play. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Chelsea vs Man Utd Luiz Red Chelsea vs Man Utd Luiz Red002
No Second Yellow Card Against Eric Bailly (Min 48) – Bailly committed two deliberate attack breaking fouls but was only booked for one. [Ref – Martin Atkinson] Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Yellow Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Yellow002 Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Second Yellow Chelsea vs Man Utd Bailly Second Yellow002
|20||Spurs v Chelsea||2 – 0|
|24||Chelsea v Arsenal||3 – 1|
The Tottenham games were
|1||Everton v Spurs||1 – 1||No Red Card Against Lamela (Spurs) – Serious injury inducing foul play by Lamela. [Ref – Martin Atkinson], Everton vs Spurs Lamela Poor Tackle on McCarthy No Red Card|
|20||Spurs v Chelsea||2 – 0|
Please note that because of the enormousness of the project we only researched the video evidence for the first 160 games of the season.
From the perspective of Chelsea and Spurs he will probably make two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red card, penalties or goals) – almost certainly not sending off a player(s) who should be.
On Sunday 23 April at 15:00 Arsenal take on Manchester City
- Referee – Craig Pawson Age 37 from South Yorkshire and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant Referee 1 – Simon Bennett from Staffordshire and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant Referee 2 – Steve Child From Kent and FIFA Accredited
- Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell Age 33 from Warwickshire
This game is being shown live on BT Sport1
Craig Pawson has been the Man in Black for two Arsenal games this year and only one Manchester City game.
|7||Burnley v Arsenal||0 – 1||No Penalty For Arsenal (Min 72) – Keane’s arms were in a stretched position and the ball hit him on the arm from a fair distance. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Burnley vs. Arsenal Keane Handball Penalty , Burnley vs. Arsenal Keane Handball Penalty002
No Red Card Against Vokes (Min 85) – Vokes swung an elbow in to the head of Mustafi, which led to bleeding. Clear use of excessive force. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Burnley vs Arsenal Vokes Red , Burnley vs Arsenal Vokes Red002
No Penalty For Arsenal (Min 90) – Keane deliberately moved his arm towards the ball and struck it away in the box. [Ref – Craig Pawson] Burnley vs Arsenal Keane Second Handball Penalty
|14||West Ham v Arsenal||1 – 5||Wrong Goal Against West Ham (Min 86) – Sanchez was in an offside position when he received the pass and went on to score the goal. [Ref – Craig Pawson] West Ham vs Arsenal Sanchez Offside Goal|
|19||Liverpool v Man City||1 – 0|
Here are the links to the full minute by minute reviews of the Arsenal games:-
|Ref Review Burnley – Arsenal: at least he got that one right|
38% Overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 14/86 and the three wrong important Decisions referenced in the table above. A totally incompetent (or worse) example of refereeing. That we won the game was little short of a miracle.
|Ref Review: West Ham – Arsenal: an even bias score, miracles do happen|
73% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 41/59 and just the one wrong Important Decision referenced above. This was much better but still left a lot of room for improvement. We were really good on the day and left little scope for any referee to tilt the pitch. Alexis’ third goal shouldn’t have counted as he was offside.
Last season we had him as referee on four occasions
Leicester v Arsenal (2 – 5)
|Ref Review: Leicester – Arsenal, good performance from the ref|
84% overall weighting, bias against the two teams of 20/80 and no wrong Important decisions. Another good performance from Arsenal leaving no scope for the referee to affect the result.
Stoke v Arsenal (0 – 0)
|Ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal: who is that voice whispering in my ear….?|
34% overall weighting, bias against the two teams of 5/95 and 8 wrong Important Decisions.
- Min 51 Arsenal should have had a penalty for a foul on Giroud,
- Min 52 Wollscheid should have had a second yellow card and Arsenal a second penalty for a foul on Walcott,
- Min 58 Shawcross should have had a second yellow card for a professionsl foul on Giroud,
- Min 62 Pieters should have a second yellow card for a dive,
- Min 71 Pieters again for a foul on Campbell, Ditto in Min 80 and again in Min 90+1.
Awful refereeing with Mr Pawson deciding not to let Arsenal win the game.
West Ham v Arsenal (3 – 3)
|REF REVIEW WEST HAM – ARSENAL: A new entry in the table of shame|
42% overall, bias against the two teams of 23/77 and nine wrong Important Decisions.
- Min 4 Carroll should have been given a red card for an assault on Koscielny (he was wrongly given a yellow card),
- Min 14 Lanzini goal wrongly ruled out for offside,
- Min 22 Lanzini should have had a red card for a two footed stamp on Bellerin,
- Min 47 Carroll should have had a second yellow card for an elbow to Gabriel,
- Min 54 Noble second yellow card for deliberately preventing Arsenal taking a free kick,
- Min 63 Carroll red card for a foul on Ospina and
- Min 71 Carroll red card for a foul on Gabriel and Gabriel should also have had a red card for retalliation,
- Min 90+2 Reis second yellow card for foul on Alexis. Another awful example of refereeing, Mr Pawson lost the plot in the fourth minute and never ever regained control of the game.
He was the one who decided the destination of the points.
Man United v Arsenal (3 – 2)
|Ref Review: MU – Arsenal: again no penalty for Arsenal|
64% overall weighting, bias against the two teams of 3/97 and 4 wrong Important Decisions.
- Min 45+2 Rashford should have had a red card and Arsenal a penalty for deliberate handball,
- Min 70 Hererra was given a yellow card but it should have been his second,
- Min 75 Hererra should have had either a second yellow card or a straight red card for a two footed lunge on Alexis.
Again Mr Pawson decising who got the points.
- Mr Pawson has managed to earn FIFA Accreditation despite the evidence from our referee reviews that he isn’t terribly good.
- He won’t send off a City player no matter how much a challenge deserves one.
- He won’t award Arsenal a penalty.
- His wrong decisions will be strongly in favour of City
- The only way we will get a result is by playing so well that we take Mr Pawson completely out of the picture as we did this season against West Ham and last season against Leicester. In a cagy contest we will find the pitch tilted to the point where it will be almost impossible for us to get a win.
PS: It is common for commentators who have not understood the depth of the analysis that Untold has put into referee decisions to seek to negate our views with an “all evens out” approach or a view that we are biased. We’re happy to debate this, but would be grateful if contributors would first read these analyses.
If the argument is that we are all Arsenal supporters and thus biased you might also like to look at Referee Decisions web site
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