by Andrew Crawshaw
Before I start thinking about our Men’s match on Saturday a quick reminder that our Ladies have their FA Cup semi-final against Everton with a 12:30 kickoff on Sunday. That match is being covered by the BBC and is available via their Red Button.
I’m sorry about the clash in the timings of the game but that’s what you get with two different broadcasters covering the events and neither one even thinking that some people might like to watch both games. I hope to be at the Ladies game as I have been visiting my daughter and family in Bolton which isn’t fat away from Liverpool. Match report early next week I hope.
On to what for most will be the main event. On Sunday at 13:30 our first team visits Newcastle where they will have the dubious pleasure of the following match officials :-
- Referee – Anthony Taylor Age 39 From Cheshire and FIFA accredited
- Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Beswick from Durham and FIFA accredited
- Assistant Referee 2 – Adam Nunn from Wiltshire and FIFA accredited
- Fourth Official – Kevin Friend
So the three main match officials are all FIFA accredited (Mr Friend is too old). We’ll have to see if that gives us confidence to not. (Not, I suspect based of past performances).
This will be the fourth time this year that we have had Mr Taylor in charge of one of our games, so far its one win, one draw (referee inspired) and one defeat.
Arsenal v Bournemouth (3 – 0) 9 September with both Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn as Assistants. There were two controversial incidents; King should have had two yellow cards when he first elbowed Kos then trod on him a foul was given but nothing else; the second incident was when Smith blocked a Kolasinac shot in the penalty area with his arm away from his body, this should have been a penalty. See clip 10 on Usama’s thread.
Arsenal v Chelsea (2 – 2) 3 January with Adam Nunn and Lee Betts as assistants. Here again there were two controversial incidents. Hazard grossly exaggerated any contact from Bellerin to win an undeserved penalty and Wilshere should have had a second yellow card for a dive (clip 35). The Chelsea penalty cost us two points.
Spurs v Arsenal (1 – 0) 10th February again with both Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn as his assistants. Kane scored for Spurs, we didn’t score and so lost the match.No particular interventions from Mr Taylor in this case.
I did a very thorough examination of our past history with Anthony Taylor in my preview for the Chelsea game and have seen nothing since then to make me want to change my mind.
Here is my Summary from that report :-
- Mr Taylor is definitely not a referee to be trusted despite us winning more games than we lose when he is in charge.
- His bias figures against us are biblical
- If we can establish a three goal lead then he tends to change and become an ‘honest broker’
- Only the most blatant of penalties will be given in our favour
- Virtually every match an opposition player is given a ‘licence to kill’ and is then allowed unlimited fouls against our players without fear of being given one let alone two yellow cards.
- Arsenal players are never ever allowed any freedom at all and will always be sanctioned to the maximum allowed in the rulebook.
- Make no mistake our task to win will be made much harder by Mr Taylor and his team of FIFA accredited match officials.
- Fifa are considering banning loans as they target Chelsea and Juventus
- Atlético ain’t that good, treating the Tots like Arsenal, and the Europa ain’t that bad
- Having Mr Taylor and his FIFA accredited supporters in charge for this game does not ease my fears that things will be even handed and controversy free.
- Mr Taylor is a good PGMO employee and will usually deliver the desired result for his masters (whatever that is).
- Look out for the Newcastle player with the number 007 on his shirt.
- Watch out also for Aubameyang being called offside when level with the last defender
- For our Women – you are one game away from a Wembley Cup Final, win it!