Ref Review: Southampton robbed; Arsenal wasted gift

Date published: Monday 23rd November 2015 2:42

Santi Cazorla: Missed penalty for Arsenal at West Brom

Santi Cazorla: Missed penalty for Arsenal at West Brom

Southampton were the only team to suffer from a major refereeing mistake over the weekend, according to our Ref Review panel.

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.

Week 13

Watford penalty v Manchester United: There was no debate about this one – Marcos Rojo undoubtedly took down Odion Ighalo from behind inside the box. Verdict: Correct decision

Norwich City penalty appeal v Chelsea: Alex Neil was convinced Norwich should have had a penalty when Willian bundled over Robbie Brady, but four out of five on our panel felt it would have been incredibly soft if awarded. Verdict: Correct decision

Chelsea penalty appeal v Norwich City: Chelsea also appealed for a penalty when Diego Costa was held by Sebastien Bassong, but nobody on the panel felt it was enough to warrant a spot-kick. Verdict: Correct decision

Jamie Vardy goal v Newcastle United: There were suggestions that Vardy’s opening goal for Leicester should have been ruled out for offside, but replays showed only his arm was beyond the last defender. Verdict: Correct decision

Robert Huth shove on Aleksandar Mitrovic: If spotted, a firm referee might have shown Huth a straight red card for shoving Mitrovic in the throat, but our panel believe a boking would have been suffice. Verdict: Correct decision (not to send him off)

Southampton penalty appeal v Stoke City: This was one of the easiest calls of the weekend, yet Lee Mason got it wrong. Philipp Wollscheid got nowhere near the ball when attempting to clear, instead hacking down Graziano Pelle, and Southampton can only wonder how Mason did not see it. Verdict: Incorrect decision

Swansea City penalty v Bournemouth: This was by far the most debatable call of the weekend. Simon Francis admitted to making contact with Andre Ayew, but the Swansea forward only fell over after clipping his own heels. But would that have happened were it not for Francis’ touch beforehand? Three to two argued ‘no’. Verdict: Correct decision

Swansea City penalty v Bournemouth: This was by far the most debatable call of the weekend. Simon Francis admitted to making contact with Andre Ayew, but the Swansea forward only fell over after clipping his own heels. But would that have happened were it not for Francis’ touch beforehand? Three to two argued ‘no’.   Verdict: Correct decision

West Brom first goal v Arsenal: There will be some – there was one on our panel, in fact – that believe James Morrison’s goal should have been ruled out because of Jonas Olsson’s holding and blocking as Chris Brunt’s free-kick was swung on, but a strong majority felt it was correctly allowed to stand after some standard tussling. Verdict: Correct decision

Arsenal penalty v West Brom: Chris Brunt argued “justice was done” after Santi Cazorla missed the penalty awarded for his pull on Alexis Sanchez. Three out of five on our panel agreed with the West Brom man, arguing it was more of a coming together than anything else and that, crucially, Sanchez would not have got to the ball in any case. Verdict: Inorrect decision

Liverpool first goal v Manchester City: Bacary Sagna felt he was fouled by Philippe Coutinho in the build-up to Liverpool’s opener at the Etihad Stadium, but nobody on our panel agreed with the Manchester City full-back. Verdict: Correct decision

For and Against

Team For Against Total For/Against
1. Leicester Eight Two +6
2. Liverpool Six One +5
3. Arsenal Six Three +3
4. Man City Five Three +2
5. Man Utd Two None +2
6. Newcastle Four Two +2
7. Tottenham Three One +2
8. Watford Two None +2
9. Aston Villa None One -1
10. Chelsea Four Five -1
11. Everton None One -1
12. Crystal Palace One Two -1
13. Stoke Two Three -1
14. Sunderland One Two -1
15. Norwich None Two -2
16. Swansea One Two -2
17. West Ham One Four -3
18. Southampton One Five -4
19. West Brom One Five -4
20. Bournemouth None Six -6

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