Ref Review: Did Jones get lucky v Chelsea? Verdict on City penalty

Date published: Monday 6th November 2017 7:06

A look at all the big decisions from matchday 11 in the Premier League and Arsene Wenger’s moaning seems justified.


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 decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

Dwight Gayle offside v Bournemouth

Massive call on Tyneside when, with the score 0-0, Gayle incorrectly had a goal chalked off for offside. Replays showed he was clearly level as Matt Ritchie blasted an effort off the post before the striker rolled the ball home from the rebound. Cryptically boss Rafa Benitez said afterwards “I will not talk about the decisions because I am not very happy with the decisions,” clearly making defence to ‘the’ decision of the day. Ref Paul Tierney got it wrong, as the Toon made it back-to-back 1-0 defeats in the Premier League.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

Rajiv van La Parra goal v West Brom

Dutch winger Van La Parra belted home a Goal of the Season candidate to settle an otherwise drab encounter, but should his 35-yard howitzer have stood? The free-kick Huddersfield were awarded in the build up to the goal could definitely have gone the other way, with a seething Tony Pulis saying afterwards: “We are disappointed as we think the free-kick leading up to the goal is a free-kick that should go our way.”

To be fair Jay Rodriguez doesn’t do a lot wrong as he tangles with Jonathan Hogg. It was right in front of ref Roger East and he called it as he saw it. Worrying times for the Baggies, who have now gone nine without a win. One wag on twitter summed their situation up brilliantly when he said: ‘Our current form is so bad that by the time we sack Tony Pulis the only man that will be able to save us from relegation will be Tony Pulis.” Touché.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Christopher Schindler red card v West Brom

The Terriers got the win but had to do it the hard way after Schindler was dismissed with more than half an hour remaining. He was booked for a second yellow after scything down Ahmed Hegazi’s Beckenbauer-esque run. It was a brainless challenge considering he was already on a caution and he rightly felt the wrath of Roger East.

Verdict: Correct decision


James McClean yellow card v Huddersfield

McClean came on as a sub in West Yorkshire and was booked for a wild lunge, that looked laden with intent, on Tom Ince near the corner flag. It was an awful challenge and fully deserved a red card. What McClean did not deserve afterwards however was the torrent of bottles and coins thrown in his direction by irate home fans.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Crystal Palace penalty appeal v Tottenham

Big moment at Wembley after just three minutes and a big let off for Spurs. Reserve goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga came for a cross, didn’t get the ball, and took out Mamadou Sakho in the area. The goalkeeper was nowhere near the ball when he clattered Sakho and it looked a clear foul.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Manchester City penalty v Arsenal

Interestingly, since the start of last season, Arsenal have conceded more goals from the penalty spot than any other Premier League side. Clumsy? Maybe. But Raheem Sterling just got his body across Nacho Monreal and although it looked shoulder to shoulder there was a tangle of legs which meant Michael Oliver was justified in pointing to the spot.

Verdict: Correct decision


Manchester City third goal v Arsenal

Pivotal moment at the Etihad both in terms of the match and perhaps the season. The Gunners had just halved the deficit through an Alexandre Lacazette strike and were looking dangerous when Fernandinho played a ball through to David Silva. The latter, as well as Gabriel Jesus, were in offside positions but while Arsenal went to sleep expecting a whistle Silva squared the ball for Jesus who made it 3-1. Arsenal were furious and rightly so as it was another huge call that’s gone against them.

Granit Xhaka protested the goal award so much he was booked, prompting Alan Smith to claim in the commentary box he was making “a fuss about nothing”. Said quote has to be up there with the most outrageous soundbites of the season so far surely?

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Chelsea disallowed ‘goal’ v Manchester United

Amazing start at Stamford Bridge when with just seven minutes on the clock the referee ruled out what would have been one of the finest own goals in Premier League history from Phil Jones. Jones was under real pressure from Alvaro Morata before volleying past David De Gea into the top corner. It was some finish but Morata, rightly, was penalised for a subtle shove on the England man.

Verdict: Correct decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award


There can be no denying that a soft, debatable penalty and an offside goal changed the game in Manchester. Arsenal were a million miles from their free flowing best but were right in the contest at 2-1 until that dodgy third goal from Jesus was given.


Stonewall decision of the week

Schindler red card

Terriers defender Schindler was dismissed for two bookable offences. The first yellow, for a shirt pull, was slightly contentious but he was very late on Hezaghi for the second foul and was resigned to his fate the moment he saw Mr East reaching for his pocket.


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