Ref Review: Chelsea left fuming; verdict on double Spurs penalty appeal

The men in the middle got some big calls, in big games, wrong over the weekend as Chelsea and Arsenal were incorrectly denied – but what of Tottenham?


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.


Brighton penalty v Swansea City

It didn’t take Mike Dean long to make his presence felt at the Amex as he blew for a penalty when Glenn Murray took a tumble in the box after tangling with Mike Van der Hoorn. It was clumsy more than anything else by the Dutchman, who gave the ref little option. That said, it would be interesting to see where Brighton rate in the old ‘penalty awarded’ stats for 2017/18 as they do seem to get one every week.

Verdict: Correct decision


Swansea penalty appeal v Brighton

Swansea made a big appeal for a penalty on the hour mark against Glenn Murray for handball. The ball seemed to strike Murray’s mid-section, but it was not clear in real time or from subsequent replays whether it struck the Brighton man on the hand too. In any case Mike Dean wasn’t interested, and theatrically waved play on, much to the amusement of Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal.

Verdict: Correct decision


Brighton disallowed goal v Swansea City

Albion thought they had doubled their lead but the ‘goal’ was ruled out as Anthony Knockaert’s shot crept into the far post. Murray was rightly flagged for offside as he attempted to turn the ball home. The Brighton striker didn’t get a touch but was clearly impeding the ‘keeper. Good call.

Verdict: Correct decision

Huddersfield Town second goal v West Brom

There was a suspicion of offside about the goal that surely hammered the final nail in West Brom’s Premier League coffin but replays showed that Steve Mounie was just level after being put through by Alex Pritchard’s defence-splitting pass. With just 10 games remaining the Baggies are bottom of the table and seven points from safety. Ouch.

Verdict: Correct decision


Tottenham penalty appeal #1

Ben Davies was clearly wiped out by Wayne Hennessey in the eighth minute. He nipped in front of the Palace keeper and was taken out. Seriously, how is that not a penalty?

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Tottenham penalty appeal #2

Palace clearly got away with one here, as James MacArthur lost possession on the edge of his area and the ball was knocked forward to Harry Kane. The England man knocked it forward and was subsequently tripped. A foul, ergo a penalty, no danger. But what’s that? A flag up (very late) on the far side and it turned out Kane was fractionally offside. So when the dust finally settled it was an Eagles free-kick rather than a Spurs penalty.

Verdict: Correct decision


Chelsea disallowed goal v Manchester United

Absolutely massive call this and we feel the officials at Old Trafford got it wrong. Cesc Fabregas played a ball into the area with time running out and it was put away into the corner of the net by Alvaro Morata, who had been really quiet up to that point. The flag went up and Martin Atkinson blew for offside. Yes it was mighty close but we feel Victor Lindelof’s foot was keeping the Spaniard onside.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Manchester City second goal v Arsenal

Pep Guardiola won his first trophy as Manchester City boss and to be fair City were good value for the win. However we genuinely don’t understand the offside rule if Leroy Sane isn’t off for their second goal. Sane, stood in a blatantly offside position, was in David Ospina’s direct vision as the shot came in from Vincent Kompany so it’s nonsense to claim he was not interfering. Arsene Wenger was furious afterwards, claiming: “It’s a mystery to me how you can sit there and watch that (on VAR) and not give offside.”

Verdict: Incorrect decision

Team most likely to feel brassed off award


The handshake at the end between sworn enemies Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte was awkward to say the least, as was the offside call with a few minutes left to preserve United’s 2-1 advantage. The flag definitely came to United’s rescue on this occasion, with Antonio Conte stating afterwards perhaps the time has come to introduce the Video Assistant Referee to the Premier League. He added sagely “The draw was the right result but we are talking about a defeat, that’s all”.

Stonewall decision of the week

Brighton penalty

On a weekend where very little was 100% clear cut this was perhaps the biggest stick on. Brighton’s biggest Premier League win at the Amex all started with van der Hoorn’s rash challenge on Murray to gift the Seagulls a penalty.