Premier League 2022/23 – Matchweek 2 Refereeing matters

by Andrew Crawshaw

What did we learn from Matchweek 1?

1: Granit Xhaka is still being dealt with in a different manner from every other player in the Premier League. If his yellow card for simulation was warranted then at least three Crystal Palace players should also have gone into the book for the same offence (for example Ayew in Minute 81; Eze in Minute 82).

2: Far more was allowed in the way of challenges not being called fouls than last season. Supposedly this is an instruction to allow the game to flow more, which I wasn’t aware of when I gave my pre-season update last week.  This puts a further onus on the referees to act in an even-handed manner, not normally known in Arsenal matches (Jesus was fouled continually by Palace players and got absolutely no protection.  Anderson wiping him out from behind in Minute 69 was an example that would have been worth a booking last season).

3: We saw Anthony Taylor reverting to the old “Phantom Foul’ routine to give Palace a free kick in minute 78 last weekend.

4:  The match commentators and pundits last weekend continually referred to Mr Taylor as one of the best referees in the PL – all I can say is that if that is true ie is a woefully low standard.

Who is on duty this coming weekend?

Match Referee Assistant Referees 4th Official VAR referee Assistant VAR Referee
Aston Villa



Michael Oliver Stuart Burt

Simon Bennett

Tom Bramall Andy Madley Constantine Hatzidakis

V Leicester

Darren England James Mainwaring

wade Smith

Robert Jones Mike Dean Derek Eaton



Graham Scott Adrian Holmes

Mark Scholes

Gavin Ward Craig Pawson Darren Cann
Man City



David Coote Nick Hopton Timothy Wood

Josh Smith

Peter Bankes Adam Nunn



Tony Harrington Simon Long

Richard West

Michael Salisbury Simon Hooper Dan Cook



John Brookes Neil Davies

Natalie Aspinal

David Webb Jarred Gillett Steve Meredith


Man United

Stuart Attwell Marc Perry

Eddie Smart

Anthony Taylor Paul Tierney Gary Beswick
Nottingham Forest


West Ham

Robert Jones Lee Betts

Ian Hussin

Simon Hooper Michael Salisbury Richard West



Anthony Taylor Gary Beswick

Adam nunn

Peter Bankes Mike Dean Mark Scholes


Crystal Palace

Paul Tierney Dan Cook

Dan Robathan

Craig pawson Andre Marriner Nick Hopton


So as I said last week it hasn’t taken long for Mike Dean to appear on the officials list for an Arsenal game, I guess we should all be ready for a Xhaka red card following a VAR intervention for something completely innocuous.

5 Replies to “Premier League 2022/23 – Matchweek 2 Refereeing matters”

  1. Maybe Arsenal’s next strategy will be to field players depending on the referee.

    That said, to me Gabriel was really surprised by the treatment he received at the hands of CP players without the referee doing anything about it. I guess he was not used to that playing for Citeh…

  2. Chris,

    Tha’s the way I saw it.

    One other thing I meant to include was al IIWGX (If it were Granit Xhaka) moment which last weekend went to Manchester United’s Scott McTominay who’s over the ball studs up challenge was without doubt worthy of a red card. As it wasn’t by Granit, or any other Arsenal player, of course a mere yellow was the colourof the card brandished

  3. Plus VAR denying Brighton a blatant penalty and allowing a dubious Man Utd goal. Still not enough help to get them a point.

  4. Regarding the refusal to award Brighton an obvious penalty (an identical offence to our penalty v Seville) nobody has mentioned that the assistant referee was perfectly positioned to give it. I have no doubt the hapless Tierney would have awarded it at the other end. I eagerly await Liverpool v Crystal Palace Monday evening. to see Klopp’s favourite referee Tierney in action.

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