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Untold Ref Review: Everton 4 – 0 Sunderland. A game of biased calls.

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

Our figures show that when we analyse the errors made by refs there are consistent trends which do not “even out” through the season, as some commentators would have […]

The chronicles of wasted time

By Walter Broeckx

Why on earth can we fly to the moon and back but still there is no time machine available on earth where we could put ourselves a few months ahead in time.

If such a machine did exist I surely would make use of it and move myself forward to September 1. […]

As Bankia fails, Real Madrid is teetering on the edge of the abyss

By Tony Attwood

The finances of Real Madrid are fairly sound. If the full-blown FFP were up and running now, Real Madrid would be ok. They are nothing like Man City, Chelsea, PSG etc.

Real Madrid owe money, but not too much compared with their turnover. So in normal times they won’t fail. But these […]

Untold Ref Review: Manchester United 1 – 0 Fulham. Oh for goodness sake!

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

Our figures show that when we analyse the errors made by refs there are consistent trends which do not “even out” through the season, as some commentators would have […]

All the players who will join Arsenal next season – Yanga-Mbiwa and the rest.

By Tony Attwood

The normal process for Arsenal recruiting new players in the summer is that we all go around talking about the big names on the horizon and then Mr Wenger goes and signs a Peruvian left back we have never heard of and plays him at centre forward. Or puts him out on […]

Uefa, Scotland, Italy, Fifa, England: Football enters a period of total crisis

By Tony Attwood

You would not know it from reading the papers, and even less from watching TV, but football is in total disarray. I’ll try and summarise just some of the issues that are facing the game at this moment.

1: Italy, Finland, Turkey…

Yesterday the Italian prime minister said, “Football should be stopped […]

Untold Ref Review: Sunderland 1 – 0 Liverpool

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

Our figures show that when we analyse the errors made by refs there are consistent trends which do not “even out” through the season, as some commentators would have […]

A best loved and iconic brand. Or nauseating commentary and self-opinionated twaddle. MOTD continues

By Tony Attwood

If there was no Match of the Day there’d be no need for blogs like this.

Well, maybe not quite, but even so, when Untold appeared for the first time on 14 January 2008 with “Arsenal witness the end of football”, the way in which commentators were ignoring what seemed to me […]

Who plays whom next season in the champs league

By Tony Attwood

I have to say that in setting up this article I am not so much saying “this is how it is going to be” but hoping you will be able to write in and tell me more about how the seedings work in practice for the Champions League next season.

I have […]

Untold Ref Review: Swansea City 1 – 0 Manchester City

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

Our figures show that when we analyse the errors made by refs there are consistent trends which do not “even out” through the season, as some commentators would have […]

Match fixing: the police move in a surprise dawn raid

By Tony Attwood

Would you believe it. A week or so ago, while I was staying in Antwerp with Walter, we sat down together to look at an article which would outline just how one would go about fixing football matches. There was no allegation that match fixing was taking place, but rather, if you […]

How to fix the Premier League in 10 simple steps

By Tony Attwood

Let’s imagine that you wanted to fix the Premier League so that your favourite team won. What would you do?

1. The most obvious approach would be to get someone else to suggest to certain referees that if they saw their way clear to helping your team then that lovely villa you […]

Money doesn’t guarantee success in the EPL but it helps.

By Tony Attwood

Man City are the richest club in the world, and yet they have increased season-ticket prices by an average 9% for next season. And just to make sure supporters get the message there was a price rise of 6% 12 months ago. The price rise is an average – some areas have […]

Players who might sign this summer: Bas Dost

By Tony Attwood

This series of articles is based around names of players that come up in newspapers and elsewhere as players “Arsenal are Tracking…”

Of course very few of them actually do come, but in my view it is always good to be prepared – and we have over the years even got one […]

26 May. A day that will forever live in Arsenal’s history – Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2

By Tony Attwood

Co-writing the book “Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed history” I came to realise very early on that some of the most important moments in our club’s history had been lost. Indeed there is an iconic moment in 1893 when one of the leading lights in the club says, “when the history […]

Has nothing changed in 40 years of refereeing?

How it all began: the book that re-writes Arsenal’s history

When Arsenal almost died. The story of 1910: “Making the Arsenal”

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By Walter Broeckx

 

A comment was made by “goonergerry” in one of the articles we published at Untold. And it was a very interesting thing he […]

Do Liverpool fans see the AAA as a blueprint rather than a dire warning?

By Tony Attwood

For me (and of course this is just a personal reflection, as are many of the posts on Untold – the personal reflection of the authors) the supporters of all clubs should take note of the AAA* and the damage they can do. Their unremitting attacks on certain players undoubtedly do […]

Arsenal should show some more ambition; just like Liverpool

By Walter Broeckx

Some things are hard to understand. A current line that is being used when it comes to Arsenal is that “we should show some more ambition”. And those words are followed by a list of players we should buy. The more expensive the better is the only thing that seems to matter.

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Deliberate injuries that unsettle players. Part 2 of our investigation.

By Anne

This article continues from the earlier piece: Sagna claims his leg was broken deliberately. You can read part one here

The first article which focusses on events at the start of the 2011/12 season concluded with the thought that in the case of injuries to Koscielny and Sagna, opposition player actions which appeared […]

How corrupt is football? From Rangers to Portsmouth, from Birmingham to Barca…

Last night the BBC did a TV programme about Rangers. It was only shown on BBC Scotland, rather than nationally across the UK, perhaps on the basis that the BBC planner think that no on in the south is interested in Scotland.

And yet what is happening at Rangers is a warning to all of […]

Bleacher Report hilarious cock up – or is it pure anti-Arsenal bias?

The Bleacher Report is a regular email which has a wide reach across the world, from its USA offices.

I have long seen it as an AAA product, and must admit I gave up looking at it on a regular basis long ago.

But today a headline in the report forced me in. It reads

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England’s problem is not coaching it is boredom

By Tony Attwood

We’ve published a lot of articles on Untold over the years but a few stand out – not least one a couple of years back on the question of why England was so poor as an international football team.

I like that one because I didn’t know the answer when I started […]

UNTOLD MEDIA: Sagna claims his leg was broken deliberately.

By Anne

Part I: Introduction

I’ve decided to go back and revisit the very first Untold Media article that was published on Untold, which Tony headlined The Sun goes bananas (even by their own sub-basement standards). If you look at the link, you’ll notice that this particular article is unique from any of my other […]

How to avoid refs making mistakes: use payment by results

By Walter Broeckx

The subject of referees was raised in an article of one of our readers this week, and the question was asked how the FA or the PGMOL could make sure refs would make less mistakes.

A reader asked about some kind of punishment that should be installed if a ref has had […]

Arsenal players at the Euros; Arsenal players not at the Euros.

By Tony Attwood

May 29 is deadline day for the Euro squads – although we seem to be well into the season of pre-tourney issue of warnings about what might happen if you go. (The latest warning is utterly shameful in my view – in that it overtly admits that the games are being held […]