by Andrew Crawshaw
A quick one this time I’m afraid and a sense of deja-view
Firstly a welcome to a new referee for this week’s fixtures – Simon Hooper from Wiltshire making an appearance for the Newcastle v Burnley Game he did a single game in the PL a couple of seasons ago before being demoted so it will be interesting to see if his time away has allowed him to improve to the required level(whatever that is).
Back to our game
- Referee – Lee Mason age 45 from Lancashire
- Assistant Referee 1 – Harry Lennard from East Sussex
- Assistant Referee 2 – Stuart Burt from Northamptonshire and FIFA accredited
- Fourth Official – Roger East age 52 from Wiltshire
Now for the Deja-view bit – When we played Swansea at the Emirates on 28 October winning 2 – 1, the referee was Lee Mason and the Assistant Referee 1 was Harry Lennard.
Usama didn’t pick up anything terrible from his performance that day, unlike his second game featuring Arsenal when we played Burnley a month later. He did everything possible then to avoid Arsenal winning the game, failing to send off Brady for numerous bookable offences issuing a single yellow card only (clip 22 on his log), Gudmundsson should have had a straight red card for an elbow to Ramsey and in Min 67 Brady should have given away a penalty for a foul on Bellerin. Luckily we did enough to win 1 – 0 but it would have been a lot easier with decent refereeing.
So this will be the third time with Mr Moss this season. Here is what I said about him before the Burnley Game and I really see little to make me change my mind.
- Mr Mason really isn’t a very good referee – even on a good day. On a bad day he can be bad on an epic scale. It takes real dedication to get an overall score of 34%!
- Mr Mason can always be relied on to deliver a one-eyed performance, to get a bias score of 100% against a team takes some believing, to do so twice in five games stretches credulity to breaking point.
- He has been known to award Arsenal a penalty, but has denied far more so I would suggest one in this match is unlikely.
- Second yellow cards are also rare as are red cards so Swansea are likely to get away with a fair amount in terms of challenges.
- He is also a proponent of the old ‘phantom foul’ routine so that is another thing to look out for.
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