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.
Possible Tottenham red card v West Ham: Emmanuel Eminike had drawn Kevin Wimmer’s first yellow card in the first half and the West Ham forward expected a second after the Spurs defender pulled him down as he burst clean through on goal in the second period. The referee, though, gave the decision in Spurs’ favour, with Emenike judged to have committed the first offence. Our panel believe this to be the case, with a subtle pull on Wimmer’s arm allowing Emenike to get ahead of the centre-half. Verdict: Correct decision
Possible foul in build up to Swansea’s first goal v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal “stopped playing” and were “caught by surprise” at the lack of a whistle folowing Jordi Amat’s tussle with Ozil on the half-way line. The Arsenal boss said Amat had “two arms around his neck and pulled him down” and the decision split the panel 3-2, with the majority believing Ozil went down too easily. As an aside, why did Arsenal decide to stop playing? Verdict: Correct decision
Swansea’s winning goal v Arsenal: Ashley Williams bundled a wonderful delivery from Gylfi Sigurdsson into the Gunners’ net but replays show the Swansea centre-half was marginally offside when the free-kick was delivered from wide on the right. Close call, but… Verdict: Incorrect decision
Chelsea’s second goal v Norwich: Alex Neil said after the game that Diego Costa was “probably a yard, half a yard” offside when he raced on to Kenedy’s pass to beat John Ruddy, and the Norwich boss is correct. Costa was clearly stood beyond the last defender, though the linesman, who was slightly ahead of the last line, did not see it that way. Verdict: Incorrect decision
Manchester City penalty appeal v Liverpool: Positioned near his own goal-line, James Milner blocked Sergio Aguero’s second-half header, leading to very muted calls for a City spot-kick. The Liverpool midfielder leaned his shoulder towards the ball but kept his left arm out of the way. Verdict: Correct decision.
Watford penalty appeal v Manchester United: Daley Blind had an off-night against the Hornets and could have given away a penalty following a challenge on Etienne Capoue. The Watford midfielder bundled his way beyond Blind and with the ball having gone beyond him, the United centre-half waved a leg behind him, bringing Capoue to the floor. Strangely, there were very few appeals and play continued, but the visitors can consider themselves hard done by in this instance. Verdict: Incorrect decision.
Another Watford penalty appeal v Manchester United: Sebastian Prodl lost his marker, Matteo Darmian, before rising to head a corner wide from close range. Replays showed that Darmian had a handful of Prodl’s shirt but it was not enough to stop the Watford defender, who did not seem to be impeded. Verdict: Correct decision.
Foul that led to Manchester United’s winner v Watford: Miguel Britos claimed Anthony Martial dived when he won the free-kick that gave Juan Mata the opportunity to curl in a set-piece winner, but the Watford defender’s lunge did impede the Frenchman, for which a yellow card was issued. Verdict: Correct decision.
West Brom’s opening goal v Leicester: Salomon Rondon brushed Robert Huth aside before putting the ball through Kasper Schmeichel’s legs to give West Brom the lead and replays showed that the striker was simply too strong for the Leicester centre-back. Verdict: Correct decision.
Bournemouth’s second goal v Southampton: Virgil van Dijk was judged by the linesman to have pushed Benik Afobe in the back as the Bournemouth defender attempted to take the ball on his chest. But Afobe seemed to wait for contact and exaggerate it when it arrived. Verdict: Incorrect decision.<
For and Against
|1. Man Utd||Eight||One||+6|
|= Man City||Nine||Five||+4|
|= Aston Villa||Six||Two||+4|
|10 Crystal Palace||Three||Four||-1|
|= West Brom||Six||Nine||-3|
|19. West Ham||Three||Nine||-6|