by Andrew Crawshaw
Just a quick one this week – our officials for tonight’s gamet are :-
- Referee – Robert (Bobby) Madley – age 30 from West Yorkshire and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant Referee 1 – Lee Betts, From Norfolk and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant Referee 2 – Marc Perry – from the West Midlands
- Fourth Official – Stuart Attwell Age 33 from Warwickshire
Last season we had young Mr Madley twice. The first was our 2- 1 win over Southampton in September and the second our 3 – 1 win against Liverpool in March. He got a score of 70 % in the first and 79% in the second game.
In the Southampton game there were 3 wrong Important Decisions all in Southampton’s favour (Min 45 Arter should have had a straight red card for a studs up challenge on Monreal, Min 90+1 Fonte should have had a second yellow card and Arsenal a penalty for a kick on Koscielny).
In the Liverpool game there were 2 one for each team (Can should have had yellow cards in Min 67 and 77 and in Min 56 Liverpool should have had a penalty for a Bellerin foul).
The previous season we again had him twice. The first time was against Sunderland and he was brilliant – he made 2 wrong decisions all game and scored an almost unheard of 90%.
The second time was against Swansea and he was absolutely terrible scoring a measly 38% with five wrong Important decisions –
- Min 47 Amat should have had a second yellow card for an attack breaking foul on Giroud,
- Min 73 Ayew should have had a second yellow card for a dive (it was wrongly given as a foul by Gabriel) and in
- Min 84 he again avoided a second yelllow card for another dive (this one given as a foul by Wellbeck). Both Swansea goals were incorrect…
- Min 32 Amat fouled Özil to win the ball leading to their first goal,
- Min 74 Williams was offside as he scored their second goal. Wrong decisions definitely cost us all three points in this game.
In all games over the two seasons (with the exception of the Sunderland game) his anti-arsenal bias was up to PGMO normal levels.
It is safe to assume that the usual PGMO rules will apply for this game:-
- West Brom being allowed to foul Arsenal more or less with impunity
- Watch out for the old ‘phantom foul’ routine enabling West Brom to pump in a long ball
- Any retalliation from Arsenal will be strictly punished in accordance with the written rules, anything else will be covered by sub-rule 8b “unless an Arsenal player is involved”
Of course I could be completely wrong and we could get a repeat of his Sunderland match where he only made two mistakes all game.
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I hope that we will have a bright start, moving the ball quickly and purposefully with an early goal or two which should be enough to take the match officials entirely out of the picture. The longer it goes before we score the more likely the game will be decided by the men in black rather than those in red and white.
- Arsenal v WBA. Men down, and how many Arsenal games Gibbs missed through injury
- Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion; they don’t pass, they get few cards, they don’t win much at the Ems.