Ref Review: The incorrect decisions from week 24

Date published: Thursday 4th February 2016 5:54

Norwich City: Felt they were hard done by against Tottenham

Norwich City: Felt they were hard done by against Tottenham

Norwich City were the only Premier League team to suffer from a major incorrect refereeing decision in midweek, 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 24

Robert Huth avoiding red card v Liverpool: In one of several incidents of players being caught in the face by a stray arm, Adam Lallana went down under a challenge from Robert Huth. Liverpool fans will no doubt disagree, but nobody on the panel felt it was a red-card offence. Verdict: Correct decision

Tottenham penalty v Norwich City: This was an incredibly tough one to call, even after viewing several replays. It can be classified as ‘soft’, but three out of five on the panel felt Sebastian Bassong did foul Dele Alli after the ball had gone. Verdict: Correct decision

Norwich City penalty appeal v Tottenham: Steven Naismith felt he should have had a penalty when he was barged over in the box by Kevin Wimmer, but nobody on the panel felt there was enough in the incident to warrant a spot-kick. Verdict: Correct decision

Tottenham third goal v Norwich City: It certainly didn’t affect the result, but everyone on the panel agreed with Alex Neil that Martin Olsson was fouled by Christian Eriksen in the build-up to Spurs’ third goal at Carrow Road. Verdict: Incorrect decision

Jermain Defoe avoiding red card v Manchester City: Defoe had a look at Nicolas Otamendi before challenging for a high ball, but it was an arm rather than an elbow he used to hold off the Manchester City defender. It was a yellow but not a red card. Verdict: Correct decision

Aston Villa penalty appeal v West Ham: With referees’ interpretation of the handball changing on a seemingly weekly basis, nobody was quite sure what to make of Villa’s penalty appeal when Michail Antonio turned his back on Gabby Agbonlahor’s cross, which hit his arm. Was it in an unnatural position? Probably, yes. But the rules say only deliberate handballs should be punished. Was it deliberate? We were torn, but three to two said ‘no penalty’. Verdict: Correct decision

Jordan Ayew red card v West Ham: Jostling with Aaron Cresswell, Ayew ridiculously lashed out with an elbow. Unsurprisingly, the Villa man apologised after the gameVerdict: Correct decision


Wayne Rooney disallowed goal v Stoke CityRooney was denied a goal when he out-muscled Glen Johnson to score past Jack Butland, though he was not to be denied two minutes later when he tapped home Anthony Martial’s pass. There was just enough of a push to make the first decision right. Verdict: Correct decision

Everton first penalty v Newcastle UnitedWhen Rolando Aarons clumsily brought down Aaron Lennon in the box, there was no doubt that referee Craig Pawson was right to point to the spot. Verdict: Correct decision

Everton second penalty v Newcastle United: There was little debate about Everton’s second penalty either, with Jamaal Lascelles shown a second yellow card for tripping Ross Barkley. Verdict: Correct decision


For and Against

Team For Against Total For/Against
1. Leicester Ten Five +5
= Liverpool Ten Five +5
= Man Utd Six One +5
4. Man City Eight Four +4
= Tottenham Six Two +4
6. Sunderland Seven Four +3
7. Aston Villa Four Two +2
8. Newcastle Five Four +1
9. Arsenal Seven Seven 0
= Crystal Palace Two Two 0
11. Everton One Two -1
= Southampton Five Six -1
= Stoke Four Five -1
= Watford Three Four -1
15. Norwich One Four -3
16. Chelsea Five Nine -4
17. West Brom Five Nine -4
18. Swansea Three Eight -5
19. Bournemouth Three Nine -6
= West Ham Two Eight -6

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    Norwich City were the only Premier League team to suffer from a major incorrect refereeing decision in midweek, say our Ref Review panel.

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    Now sure what being caught by a straw arm is all about 🙂

    I think the Spurs / Norwich penalties surely they are quite similar both would be classed as soft but if one is I think the other has to be, there is no consistency.



    There was no foul even remotely for the 3rd Spurs goal. It wasnt debated by the managers, Olson just got mugged because Eriksen was applying pressure. It’s these sort of decisions where people just take the easy option and say it was a foul rather than applauding good persistence and pressure that are spoiling the game.
    Cant believe this is even up for debate to be completely honest.



    I’m wildly biased, of course, but what about Okazaki’s penalty shout against Liverpool? To me, it looked like a penalty and I’m a little surprised that it didn’t get a mention here.



    And the farce which is TT Ref review goes on and on with no signs of slowing. Apparently this panel knows better than professional refs, ex players and pundits who review the footage after the game.



    is a elbow a yellow or not?


    A push? Nah. Rooney was penalised because Glen Johnson is piss-weak, and he went down like a sack of tatties as soon as he felt the contact. Poor decision. He had every right to out-muscle Johnson for that ball. If that sort of ‘push’ is a foul, then there’d be an hour of stoppage time after every game to account for the 100 fouls called.


    Would the Rooney ‘foul’ have been given as a penalty if it was the other way round? If it were I’m sure it would be called a dive.

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    Alfie, I didn’t think it was a foul at the time. I still don’t according to my interpretation of the rules, but defenders always get the benefit in those circumstances. One that springs to mind is when Stones got a FK when he was trying to Cruyff turn his way out of trouble. It’s soft as hell, but that’s modern football for you.

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    Mr Ridley Kemp, I actually haven’t seen that (wasn’t shown on the highlights I watched) but those that did see it said it was never a penalty.

    The Huth incident definitely wasn’t worth a red card, but I knew at least one Liverpool fan would kick off!

    Dental_Mental, there’s a Spurs fan on the panel and he thought it was a foul. He also said it was a very soft penalty you got…



    I dont disagree it was a soft penalty, but i can see why that was given. Regardless of a Spurs fan being on the panel, to give pressure and persistence as a foul because a player falls over being hassled whilst getting ALL of the ball would open the door to so many contentious decisions. It was right on the night and still baffles me that you even debated it.

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