Ref Review: Swansea controversy; our take on van La Parra red

Date published: Monday 27th November 2017 12:40

The referees had a good week, but Swansea will feel aggrieved on matchday 13 of the Premier League and did Man Utd get lucky?


Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.


West Ham penalty appeal v Leicester City

Andre Ayew would almost certainly be facing an FA disciplinary charge a la Oumar Niasse had he won a penalty at the London Stadium on Friday night. The Ghana international shamefully took a dive in the area after making contact with Harry Maguire but it looked a blatant con job. Thankfully ref Martin Atkinson was brilliantly placed and waved play on. Well done that whistler.

Verdict: Correct decision


Manchester United goal v Brighton

Brighton deserved more from their endeavours at Old Trafford and it took a controversial, and immensely fortunate goal to decide the contest. Was the corner given just prior to United scoring really a corner though? Solly March and Romelu Lukaku tussled for the ball and a case could be made that Lukaku clearly slides the ball out with no touch from the defender. However we’ve watched it half a dozen times now and are just about prepared to give the linesman the benefit of the doubt.

Verdict: Correct decision


Ki Sung-yueng yellow card v Bournemouth

How Ki can push the ref but still only get a yellow is still puzzling us. Jordon Ibe and Martin Olsson originally came together and referee Stuart Attwell blew for a foul. The whistler then came across to calm the situation but was inadvertently manhandled by Ki, who got both hands on the ref in his attempt to get at Ibe! He was booked. But seriously, how is that not a red?

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Gareth Barry yellow card v Tottenham

Nobody has amassed more Premier League yellow cards down the years than Gareth Barry but this looked a tad harsh. The veteran midfielder lost possession to Harry Kane but wrapped his legs round the England man before winning the ball back. A foul? Yes. A yellow? Not so much.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Wilfried Bony disallowed goal v Bournemouth

Huge decision this and one that has potentially cost Swansea three points in what looked a must win game for them given their precarious position at the bottom of the table. Paul Clement was left seething after Attwell chalked off what looked a perfectly good goal just before half-time. Jordan Ayew was penalised for a push on Nathan Ake before he squared for Bony to fire home. To be fair none of the Bournemouth players appealed for the foul before Bony scored and it looked a very soft call. Clement raged afterwards that Attwell was “not up to the level required”. Strong words indeed, but we feel he has every right to feel aggrieved.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

Rajiv van La Parra red card v Manchester City

Ill tempered ending to a blood and thunder game of football as van La Parra was sent off right on the full-time whistle for raising his hands in an altercation with Leroy Sane. Sane was booked for a shove on La Parra but Craig Pawson dismissed the Dutchman for his violent reaction. You could argue Sane got off lightly but van La Parra can have few complaints and the fact he barely protested the dismissal speaks volumes.

Verdict: Correct decision


Arsenal penalty v Burnley

Lee Mason made a huge call in the second minute of injury-time at Turf Moor after James Tarkowski tangled with Aaron Ramsey. Tarkowski had been an absolute rock for the Clarets but did seem to shove the Arsenal man and the ref was well placed.

Verdict: Correct decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Swansea City

Swansea are heavy odds on shots with the bookmakers to be relegated this season but their plight has not been helped by two huge 50-50 calls going against them this weekend. Ayew’s challenge on Ake looked a fair one then in added time Attwell turned down frantic appeals for a penalty when he said Tammy Abraham slipped in the box when replays suggested he may have been clipped by Adam Smith.


Stonewall decision of the week

West Ham penalty appeal

Ayew’s dive on Friday evening was scandalous but fair play to Martin Atkinson for making the right call under pressure.

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