Liverpool have now had three major decisions go in their favour this season after Aaron Ramsey’s goal for Arsenal was incorrectly disallowed.
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 leading to a goal.
We’ll also keep a tally of the decisions to go for and against each team in an attempt to settle the never-ending debate about whether certain clubs are favoured more than others by Premier League referees.
Wayne Rooney disallowed goal v Newcastle: Louis van Gaal was unhappy about this but, although Rooney’s feet were onside, screenshots showed his right shoulder – from which he can legally score – was offside. It’s doubtful there would have been too many complaints had the goal been allowed, but the decision to disallow it was correct according to the rules. Verdict: Correct decision.
James McArthur disallowed goal v Aston Villa: It might have taken the officials a while to get there, but there was no doubt whatsoever that they were right to rule out McArthur’s goal for Crystal Palace. He was clearly offside when Dwight Gayle’s shot hit him on the way in. Verdict: Correct decision.
Riyad Mahrez penalty appeal v Tottenham: Mahrez and Jan Vertonghen had hold of each other’s shirts, which is par for the course in those situations, but what referee Martin Atkinson obviously missed was Vertonghen taking the legs of the Leicester winger as he tried to nick the ball away. Verdict: Incorrect decision.
Sunderland penalty appeal v Swansea: This was the toughest call to judge of all the weekend decisions. Ashley Williams’ hands were by his side by the time Jack Rodwell’s shot hit the defender’s left arm but, perhaps tellingly, they had been chest huge moments earlier. We didn’t get a unanimous verdict, but a four-to-one majority felt Sunderland should have had a penalty. Verdict: Incorrect decision.
West Ham penalty v Bournemouth: We’re certainly not pointing any accusing fingers at Jonathan Moss over this decision, but replays showed Josh King poked the ball away before Mark Noble went over. Fortunately, it didn’t cost the Cherries. Verdict: Incorrect decision.
Bourmemouth penalty and Carl Jenkinson red card: This fell into the ‘soft’ category but, after finding himself the wrong side of Callum Wilson, our panel unanimously agreed Moss had no choice but to award a penalty and give our a red card after Jenkinson put his arm across the onrushing forward. Verdict: Correct decision.
West Brom penalty v Chelsea: There was absolutely no debate about this one, Nemanja Matic clearly felling Callum McManaman in the box. Verdict: Correct decision.
John Terry red card: This one split the panel. It was even softer than the Jenkinson red card, with Salomon Rondon going down extremely easy after feeling the arm of Terry, but a player of the Chelsea skipper’s experience should know of the risk of using your arms with a striker running in on goal. A three-to-two majority just about favours with Mark Clattenburg. Verdict: Correct decision.
Romelu Lukaku disallowed goal v Manchester City: It was tight, but there was no feeling among the panel that the striker should have been given the benefit of the doubt on this occasion. Lukaku was definitely offside. Verdict: Correct decision.
Aaron Ramsey disallowed goal v Liverpool: The Rooney and Lukaku decisions were right, but the assistant referee got it wrong at Emirates Stadium on Monday night, with Ramsey played onside by Martin Skrtel’s backside. After benefiting from two major incorrect decisions last week, Liverpool have now had a league-high three go in their favour so far this season. Verdict: Incorrect decision.
For and Against – After three games
Liverpool – 3 for
Newcastle – 2 for
Crystal Palace – 1 for
Leicester – 2 for/1 against
Manchester City – 1 for
Manchester United – 1 for
Tottenham – 1 for
Arsenal – 1 for/1 against
Swansea – 1 for/1 against
Bournemouth – 3 against
Chelsea – 2 against
Aston Villa – 1 against
Crystal Palace – 1 against
Norwich – 1 against
Southampton – 1 against
Sunderland – 1 against
West Ham – 2 against/1 for