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Arsenal v Stoke, the ref review.
By Ref Reviewer 04
For the game between Arsenal and Stoke we had ref Mason in the Emirates. Because of the computer problems we didn’t get the Ref Watch online so it will be interesting to see if what we found will be in agreement with what Dogface thought it would be.
|1||OFFSIDE||Walcott||NC||Walcott was level on the moment the ball was played||0||0|
|9||OTHER||Chamakh||Upson||NC||Push in the back||0||0|
|15||OTHER||Upson||Chamakh||C||Tackle from behind||1||1|
|19||OTHER||Whitehead||Arteta||NC||Frontal tackle catches ball and man||0||0|
|19||YELLOW||Whitehead||NC||It was dangerous and should have been punished with a yellow card||0||0|
|27||GOAL||Arsenal||C||Yervinho was onside, correct goal||1||3|
|29||OTHER||Crouch||Koscielny||C||Crouch touched Koscielny on his leg when he tried to jump||1||1|
|30||OTHER||Whitehead||ARteta||C||Arteta has to jump up to save his legs||1||1|
|30||YELLOW||Whitehead||C||Correct card. Could/should have been his second||1||2|
|33||OTHER||Koscielny||Crouch||NC||Koscielny made a clean jump. No foul||0||0|
|33||GOAL||Stoke||NC||Stoke score from the resulting free kick. Shouldn’t have been a free kick||0||0|
|34||PENALTY||Wilkinson||Chamakh||NC||Wilkinson clearly drags Chamakh to the ground. Clear penalty. Ref had a clear and unobstructed view.||0||0|
|36||OTHER||Ramsey||Whitehead||C||Assistant gave the foul was close to him||1||1|
|38||OTHER||Delap||NC||Delap steals two grassquares on the field (so some 10 meters) to take a throw closer to the goal||0||0|
|39||OTHER||Song||Crouch||NC||Song nicked the ball away but Crouch cannot be touched it seems||0||0|
|49||OTHER||Upson||Chamakh||C||Clean won header just like Koscielny, no foul given this time||1||1|
|50||OTHER||Shawcross||Arteta||NC||Push not given||0||0|
|52||OTHER||Whelan||Arteta||C||Kick on the ankle||1||1|
|55||OTHER||Wilkinson||Walcott||C||Pulled him by his shirt||1||1|
|55||YELLOW||Wilkinson||C||Blatant shirt pulling and stopping a possible promising move||1||2|
|56||PENALTY||Walters||Song||NC||Walters was holding Song with both his arms around Song. Song then tried to free himself and pushed Walters away against another Stoke player and then they both went to the ground. Surely the ref must know that he should punish the first foul?||0||0|
|62||OTHER||Wilkinson||Koscielny||NC||Push in the back of the defender not given||0||0|
|68||OTHER||Shawcross||RVP||NC||Shawcross wins the header but smashed his arm against the head of RVP. Clear foul||0||0|
|68||RED||Shawcross||NC||As shawcross had RVP clear in front of him all the time he knew that he couldn’t stretch his arm like that. So it must have been a deliberate act. Deliberate use of the arm against a player his head should be a red car||0||0|
|77||OTHER||Jerome||Szczesny||C||Barging in to the keeper||1||1|
|78||OTHER||Santos||Whelan||C||This was a foul but why didn’t he give the one seconds before on Arshavin?||1||1|
|80||OTHER||?||Arshavin||NC||Advantage signalled. When you go all the way back to the keeper there is not really an advantage||0||0|
|84||OTHER||Jones||Song||NC||Trip and pull||0||0|
|85||OTHER||Koscielny||Whelan?||C||Trip but advantage given. Stoke can almost manage a shot||1||1|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Arsenal||20||66,67%|
|Total correct calls||30|
|Wrong calls||Against Arsenal||17||85,00%|
An astonishing number of wrong calls from the ref. Almost 40% of his decisions were wrong.
And amongst them a few important decisions. The free kick from which Stoke scored… And maybe even worse the not given penalty for a foul on Chamakh. And the worst part was that the ref had a clear and unobstructed view of the defender wrestling Chamakh to the ground.
Shawcross also being his usual himself with planting his arm against the head of Van Persie when he just had come on the field. But then again this could have been the last thing Van Persie needed to make sure that Arsenal would win the game.
So another Arsenal win but a very low and poor display from the ref.
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