A second article following on from this is now published – see link at end of this piece.
by Andrew Crawshaw.
You will be aware that Untold has held strong views about the PGMO, how they keep appointing the same referees over and over again and how they continually fail to have sufficient referees for the PL.
So far this season the PGMO have utilised all the 17 referees on their ‘Select list’ and, in addition, four more have done one game each. Of those on the Select list eight have done 20 games or more whilst three have done fewer than 10 games. It looks to me like there are only eight referees really trusted. If the other nine are allowed to do games for some teams why not all of them?
But either they are competent or not, and surely all of the teams in the PL deserve an equal standard of refereeing. I am sick to death of seeing Atkinson, Dean, Kavanagh, Tierney and Attwell. I wouldn’t mind too much if I felt they were all 100% competent but they all show that they are at best erratic and at worst downright strange in their decision making.
It’s not only Arsenal that is affected by repeat refereeing though.
The runaway leaders Liverpool have only seen 11 referees. Anthony Taylor has done most matches with (plus another 2 as Video Referee). To date no other club has had a referee six times. Paul Tierney has been involved the most (9 matches) if we include his appearances as fourth official as well as Video referee – he has been involved in 30% of the Liverpool games. Oliver, Taylor and Moss have also been involved in over a quarter of their games with six, Marriner and Pawson have been involved in over a fifth of Liverpool’s games.
|Liverpool||As Referee||As 4th Official||As Video ref||Total Involvement||Involvement % of games played|
Sheffield United have had the joint most referees with 16, they also have the fewest serial visitors with two, but even with them things are odd. They have had both David Coote (total 11 matches in the PL) and Simon Hooper (9 matches) on four occasions – 40% of the total games the two of them have been in charge of.
As we keep saying the numbers don’t give a lot of confidence that match fixing in the PL can’t occur. The practices in place don’t appear to be sufficient to preclude the possibility of outside influences affecting results.
Here are the total matches allocated to each of the PL referees this season:
|Games including matchweek 29
The next question to ask is “is this situation common across the other European Leagues?” With a little digging and using data readily available on the internet here are comparable figures for total games across the other 4 major European leagues:-
Germany – Bundesliga
|Referees||Total games (to 23/2/20)|
|Dr. Felix Brych||12|
|Dr. Robert Kampka||6|
So in a smaller league, we have 25 referees used, one female (Bibiana Steinhaus), none more than 12 times and none fewer than four.
Spain – La Liga
|Referees||Total games (to 23/2/20)|
|Antonio Miguel Matéu Lahoz||14|
|Mario Melero López||14|
|Jesús Gil Manzano||14|
|Adrián Cordero Vega||14|
|Guillermo Cuadra Fernández||14|
|Javier Alberola Rojas||14|
|Juan Martínez Munuera||13|
|César Soto Grado||13|
|José María Sánchez Martínez||13|
|Valentin Pizarro Gomez||13|
|Pablo González Fuertes||13|
|José Luis Munuera Montero||13|
|Carlos Del Cerro Grande||12|
|Eduardo Prieto Iglesias||12|
|Santiago Jaime Latre||11|
|De Burgos Bengoetxea||11|
21 referees, all engaged in between 14 and 6 matches
Italy – Serie A
|Referee||Total games (to 23/2/20)|
|Federico La Penna||13|
|Marco Di Bello||12|
|Juan Luca Sacchi||2|
21 referees with between 14 and 9 matches with a further10 used for either 1 or 2 matches each
Finally France – Ligue 1
|Name||Matches to date|
|Hakim Ben El Hadj||15|
23 Referees in total, one female (Stéphanie Frappart) and Alain Bieri is Swiss not French. With he and Migulgorry excepted all between 16 and 9 games.
So we can clearly see that the UK pattern of refereeing is out of kilter with all of the other major leagues in Europe. Our busiest referee has done 25 matches as against 16 in France, 14 in Spain and Italy and 12 in Germany.
All of the other leagues have more referees and the individual workload is far more evenly spread between them than is the case in England.
The more one looks at the data the odder it appears.
In the next article we’ll break down these figures to show just how far away from the approach of the other major football leagues in Europe, the Premier League has stayed, and what this says about corruption among referees in the Premier League.
This theme continues in our next article to be published later today, “Is Premier League refereeing different from the other major European leagues? YES!!! “
Part two of this article is now published
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