Ref Review: Monreal should have paid penalty; Barkley fortunate

Date published: Monday 3rd April 2017 3:00

A look at all the controversial decisions during this weekend’s Premier League games with a number of high-profile incidents up for debate.

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.


Ross Barkley tackle on Dejan Lovern

Everton boss Ronald Koeman accused the Liverpool bench of trying to get his players dismissed during Saturday’s Merseyside derby but in truth Barkley was doing a pretty good job of that all on his own.

He was lucky not to be cautioned for a really poor tackle on Emre Can early on and just before half-time could easily have walked for a shocking lunge on Lovern just before half-time. He went in very late and it was over the top.

Koeman said later it’s a”man’s sport” but there was nothing manly about Barkley’s challenge. He was booked but on reflection should have seen red.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Bournemouth penalty v Southampton

Whistler Jon Moss enraged the home faithful by pointing to the spot after Ryan Bertrand clashed with Ryan Fraser in the area.

In truth it looked a very soft decision so perhaps justice was done when Harry Arter blazed over just moments later.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Marouane Fellaini yellow card v West Brom

It was a hugely frustrating afternoon for the Red Devils – who were held to an eighth home draw in the Premier League this season by a dogged West Brom.

Portuguese battler Fellaini struggled to contain his frustration at the death as he put his head in on Claudio Yacob. He was booked but a less lenient referee than Mike Dean might have dismissed him.

The Portuguese has previous in this department too having been banned for three games in 2012 for a headbutt on Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross while playing for Everton.

On this occasion Fellaini was booked so won’t face the prospect of any retrospective action and while the yellow was deserved one could probably argue it wasn’t an aggressive enough act to be given a straight red.

Verdict: Correct decision


Francis Coquelin yellow card v Manchester City

Coquelin was rightly booked for a clumsy lunge on David Silva. It was late and it was rash, a booking all day long for a player who struggled to adjust to the pace of the game all afternoon.

Verdict: Correct decision


Theo Walcott’s goal v Manchester City

Several of Pep Guardiola’s players were shouting for offside moments before Theo Walcott bundled the ball home after being put through by a header from Shkodran Mustafi.

Replays showed though the referee got it spot on. A big call and definitely the right outcome.

Verdict: Correct decision


Manchester City penalty appeal v Arsenal

Guardiola was enraged after his team were denied a late penalty at the Emirates after Nacho Monreal appeared to handle the ball in his own box.

The Arsenal full-back later admitted that the ball struck his arm in the area and could be seen explaining as much to Sergio Aguero as the players walked off.

Alas it was missed by the officials.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award


The Reds claimed a solid win against their bitter rivals from across Stanley Park but regardless of what Mr Koeman might think Jurgen Klopp’s bench had every right to be outraged after some very poor challenges from Ross Barkley, who was clearly lucky to finish the game.

It was a ragged, immature performance from the England man, who was fortunate not to be booked inside 10 minutes after leaving stud marks on Emre Can’s ankle. The second foul on Dejan Lovern was dangerous and worthy of a straight red.


Stonewall decision of the week

Walcott’ goal v Manchester City

Social media was awash with ugly video footage of Arsenal fans fighting with each other in the stands on Sunday and their collective mood would not have improved if Walcott’s leveller had been chalked off for offside.

Too many of these big games suffer from poor refereeing calls but fair play to Andre Marriner and his assistants, who got this bang on.


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