Our panel discuss several highly-contested decisions in the Premier League this weekend, with John Terry’s red card and some dubious penalty decisions coming under the microscope.
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.
Norwich penalty appeal v Manchester United: Robbie Brady appealed for a spot-kick during the first half when he claimed he was pulled back in the area by Michael Carrick. However, our panel felt the Irishman went to ground far too easily and the referee was right to ignore the appeals. Verdict: Correct decision
John Terry red card v Sunderland: The long-serving Blues defender was shown his second red card of the season during the defeat at the Stadium of Light, with the impending two-match ban set to bring an inglorious end to his Chelsea career. However, our panel completely backed the referee and felt he had little choice branding both yellows. Some might say in the circumstances the ref might have shown leniency, but then he’d have been criticised had he done that too. Verdict: Correct decision (to brandish two yellow cards)
Possible Swansea offside during opening goal v West Ham: Questions were raised about whether Wayne Routledge had strayed offside when tapping home Kyle Naughton cross for the opener at Upton Park. However, replays showed the Swans winger had timed his movement to perfection and was level when the ball was played across goal. Verdict: Correct decision
Crystal Palace penalty appeal v Stoke: Dwight Gayle appeared to be shoved over by Phil Bardsley, but referee Kevin Friend waved away their appeals. While it was a foul, TV replays showed Gayle had been tumbled over outside of the area. Verdict: Correct decision
Foul on Gayle leading to second Crystal Palace goal v Stoke: Ryan Shawcross was penalised for pulling down / leaning on Dwight Gayle, leading to the free-kick that resulted directly in Palace’s winner against Stoke. Our panel, however, once again sided with the referee by a majority of 4-1. Verdict: Correct decision
Possible Bournemouth red card v West Brom: Harry Arter escaped with just a smack on the bottom (literally) from Mark Clattenburg after reacting to a Gareth McAuley tackle by squaring up to the West Brom defender and shoving him away. Some referees might have brandished at least a caution, and maybe even a red, but our panel backed the referee’s leniency in this case. Verdict: Correct decision (to not show a red, though a yellow would have been OK)
West Brom penalty v Bournemouth: The Baggies were awarded a penalty when Tommy Elphick was adjudged to have pulled back Craig Dawson in the area. While grappling in the area has been penalised a lot in the Premier League lately, we felt Clattenburg got this one wrong. Perhaps justice was served when Artur Boruc pushed away Craig Gardner’s spot-kick. Verdict: Incorrect decision
Leicester penalty No 1 v Everton: Matthew Pennington was adjudged to have brought Jamie Vardy down in the area. And while our panel felt Vardy has become a master of winning these type of penalties, by getting his legs across his opponents’ and waiting for a kick before going down, we felt the decision was 100% accurate. As a footnote, Pennington could have earned his second yellow card of the game for the challenge, but once again, we backed the officials here.Verdict: Correct decision (to award a penalty and not give a second yellow)
Leicester penalty No 2 v Everton: The Foxes were awarded a second penalty minutes later when Jeff Schlupp was catapulted into the air after a rash Darron Gibson challenge. The easiest decision of the week for our panel and a classic ‘stonewall’ peno. Verdict: Correct decision
Possible handball in build-up to Everton’s goal v Leicester: Kevin Mirallas ensured Everton at least got themselves on the scoresheet at the King Power Stadium when he carried the ball past three challenges before rolling a shot under Kasper Schmeichel. However, he was the beneficiary of a fortunate ricochet when a Marcin Wasilewski tackle bounced up and appeared to strike his arm. However, it’d have been harsh in the extreme to penalise the Belgian, and it was right for the goal to stand. Verdict: Correct decision
Southampton penalty appeal v Tottenham: Sadio Mane appealed for a spot-kick when he took a tumble in the area under a challenge with Jan Vertonghen. However, our panel decided there wasn’t enough contact on the Senegalese star and the officials were bang on the money not to buy it. Verdict: Correct decision
Possible offside in build-up to Man City opener v Arsenal: Fernandinho headed the ball back to Sergio Aguero and was then stood in an offside position when the striker rifled in his left-footed opener. However, as he wasn’t interfering with play, our panel backed the officials’ call. Verdict: Correct decision
Seasonal for and against
|1. Man Utd||Thirteen||Four||+9|
|3. Man City||Thirteen||Six||+7|
|6. Aston Villa||Seven||Two||+5|
|7. Crystal Palace||Seven||Five||+2|
|12. West Brom||Eight||Ten||-2|
|20. West Ham||Seven||Eighteen||-11|