There were three offside goals awarded in the Tottenham v Manchester City game, but otherwise the officials enjoyed a superb weekend.
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 weekend.
We’ll also keep a tally of the major 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.
Manchester City goal v Tottenham: Replays showed that Kevin De Bruyne’s knee was offside when he collected Yaya Toure’s pass to put City ahead of White Hart Lane on Saturday, though the assistant referee could hardly be blamed for not spotting it. Still, it can only go down as an error. Verdict: Incorrect decision
Tottenham equaliser v Manchester City: While the first decision was understandable, how the assistant referee did not spot Kyle Walker was offside in the build-up to Eric Dier’s equaliser for Spurs against City is unfathomable. Bacary Sagna said the decision “changed the game”. Verdict: Incorrect decision
Tottenham third goal v Manchester City: Harry Kane won’t care, but he was marginally offside when side-footing home Spurs’ third after Christian Eriksen’s free-kick had struck the woodwork. Verdict: Incorrect decision
Crystal Palace penalty v Watford: On a terrific weekend for referees, Anthony Taylor was absolutely right to point to the penalty spot after Allan Nyom brought down Wilfried Zaha just inside the area. Verdict: Correct decision
For and Against
|4. Man Utd||Two||None||+2|
|6. Man City||Three||Two||+1|
|11. Aston Villa||None||One||-1|
|12. Crystal Palace||One||Two||-1|
|15. West Brom||None||One||-1|
|18. West Ham||One||Three||-2|