Ref Review: Controversial decisions from midweek games

Date published: Thursday 12th May 2016 10:48

Andy Carroll: Ref Review panel backed decision not to show him red card

Andy Carroll: Ref Review panel backed decision not to show him red card

There were four Premier League games in midweek but not a single major mistake from the officials, 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 matchday.

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 United penalty appeal v West Ham: Anthony Martial took a tumble in the area under a challenge from Michail Antonio, but referee Mike Dean, quite emphatically, and quite rightly, waved the appeals away. Verdict: Correct decision

Andy Carroll escaping red card v Manchester United: The West Ham striker was cautioned after chasing down Daley Blind, sliding in and cleaning him out with a very late challenge. A red card wasn’t out of the question, but our panel side with the referee on this occasion. Verdict: Correct decision (to only show a yellow card)

Foul on Aaron Cresswell leading to West Ham winner v Manchester United: The Hammers full-back was caught by a late challenge by Antonio Valencia and gave Dimitri Payet the chance to curl in the ball for Winston Reid’s winner. Once again, however, our panel had no arguments with the decision and actually felt the United player could have picked up a second booking on another day. Verdict: Correct decision (to award free-kick)

Norwich City second and fourth goals v Watford: The visiting defence appealed for offside after both of Dieumerci Mbokani’s goals for Norwich, but replays showed he was clearly onside on each occasion. Verdict: Correct decision

Norwich City penalty appeal v Watford: Mbokani later went down in a heap after an aerial challenge with Miguel Britos, but the Hornets defender did not do enough to warrant a penalty being awarded, despite his hand brushing Mbokani’s face. Verdict: Correct decision

Nathan Ake escaping red card v Norwich City: He lunged in for the ball and missed it with his studs up, but Ake avoided making any sort of meaningful contact with Mbokani too, justifying referee Roger East in showing only a yellow card. Verdict: Correct decision

NB: There were no major controversial decisions in the Sunderland v Everton or Liverpool v Chelsea games


Seasonal for and against

Team For Against Total For/Against
1. Man Utd Thirteen Four +9
2. Liverpool Fifteen Seven +8
3. Man City Thirteen Six +7
= Tottenham Twelve Five +7
5. Leicester Nineteen Thirteen +6
6. Aston Villa Seven Two +5
7. Crystal Palace Seven Five +2
= Sunderland Nine Seven +2
= Stoke Nine Seven +2
10. Everton Four Five -1
= Watford Six Seven -1
12. West Brom Eight Ten -2
13. Norwich Four Seven -3
14. Arsenal Ten Fourteen -4
= Southampton Seven Eleven -4
= Newcastle Six Ten -4
17. Chelsea Nine Fifteen -6
18. Bournemouth Six Thirteen -7
= Swansea Five Twelve -7
20. West Ham Seven Eighteen -11

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