by Andrew Crawshaw
Who is on duty this coming weekend? Matchweek 16 – Saturday/Sunday
|Match||Referee||Assistant Referees||4th Official||VAR referee||Assistant VAR Referee|
|Man City v Brentford||Peter Bankes||Eddie Smart
|Darren Bond||David Coote||Nick Hopton|
|Bournemouth v Everton||Craig Pawson||Marc Perry
|Sam Allison||Tony Harringtom||Constantine Hatzidakis|
|Liverpool v Southampton||Simon Hooper||Adrian Holmes
|Dean Whitestone||Andre Marriner||Timothy Wood|
|Nottm Forest v Crystal Palace||John Brooks||Wade Smith
|Tom Nield||Darren England||Matther Wilkes|
|Tottenham v Leeds||Michael Salisbury||James Mainwaring
|Graham Scott||Paul Tierney||Natalie Aspinall|
|West Ham v Leicester||Jarred Gillett||Simon Long
|Josh Smith||Chris Kavanagh||Dan Robathan|
|Newcastle v Chelsea||Robert Jones||Lee Betts
|Tim Robinson||Andy Madley||Dan Cook|
|Wolverhampton v Arsenal||Stuart Attwell||Harry Lennard
|Tom Bramall||Mike Dean||Neil Davies|
|Brighton v Aston Villa||Chris Kavanagh||Dan Cook
|Graham Scott||Jarred Gillett||James Mainwaring|
|Fulham v Man United||Paul Tierney||Constantine Hatzidakis
|Tom Bramall||Stuart Attwell||Darren Cann|
Having returned from holiday and updated my data files, I noticed that Robert Madley has returned to the PGMO fold and was appointed to the Brentford v Wolverhampton game on 29 October.
Looking at the number of times each club has had referees twice or more, Liverpool are way out with all of the other clubs only having had seven referees so far for their 14 games. Given the way their season is going, if I were them I would be demanding that they are assigned some fresh faces as the ones they keep getting clearly aren’t helping them.
Liverpool and Tottenham are alone in having had two referees officiate three times so far this season. Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Manchester United have seen one referred on three occasions.
Newcastle are alone in seeing 13 different officials so far. Manchester City and ourselves have each seen 11 different faces.
Here is the current table showing repeat referees
|Team||Matches||No of different referees||Referees whistling twice||Referees whistling three times|
|Arsenal||14||11||Anthony Taylor, Robert Jones, Michael Oliver|
|Aston Villa||15||12||Anthony Taylor, Michael Oliver, Robert Jones|
|Bournemouth||15||11||Anthony Taylor, David Coote||Craig Pawson|
|Brentford||15||12||Peter Bankes, John Brookes, Jarred Gillett|
|Brighton||14||10||Andy Madley, Michael Salisbury, Tony Harrington, Graham Scott|
|Chelsea||14||10||Michael Oliver, Andy Madley, Robert Jones, Stuart Attwell|
|Crystal Palace||14||9||Andy Madley, Simon Hooper, Michael Salisbury||Paul Tierney|
|Everton||15||10||Michael Oliver, Craig Pawson Andre Marriner, John Brooks, David Coote|
|Fulham||15||12||John Brooks, Jarred Gillett, Darren England|
|Leeds||14||10||Robert Jones, Stuart Attwell, Michael Salisbury, Tony Harrington|
|Leicester||15||12||Robert Jones, Michael Salisbury, Jarred Gillett|
|Liverpool||14||7||Anthony Taylor, Paul Tierney, Stuart Attwell||Michael Oliver, Andy Madley|
|Man City||14||11||Anthony Taylor, Michael Oliver, Darren England|
|Man United||14||9||Michael Oliver, Craig Pawson, Stuart Attwell||Paul Tierney|
|Newcastle||15||13||Craig Pawson, Jarred Gillett|
|Notts Forest||15||11||Paul Tierney, Simon Hooper Robert Jones|
|Southampton||15||10||Andy Madley, Michael Salisbury, Tony Harrington, John Brooks, Andre Marriner|
|Tottenham||15||11||Anthony Taylor, Simon Hooper|
|West Ham||15||10||Paul Tierney, Michael Oliver, Peter Bankes, David Coote, Chris Kavanagh|
|Wolves||15||12||Anthony Taylor, Simon Hooper, John Brooks|
Comment from Tony: It has been the view of Untold since the earliest days of this site, that in order to protect against referee bias, incompetence and corruption, no referee should be involved in the matches of an individual club more than twice in a season – once at home, once away. This is not to allege that there is incompetence or corruption among referees, but it is a simple and obvious safety precaution and one that could be implemented readily, given the wealth of the Premier League and its clubs, and thus their ability to pay PGMO to implement such a change.
I find the refusal of PGMO and the Premier League even to engage with the conversation about clubs having the same referee three times in the first 13 games, extraordinary and worrying. I’m certainly not here to make excuses for Tottenham Hotspur, but at the current rate it is possible that they could have Taylor and Hooper five or even six times each this season, and that surely cannot be right.
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