Ref Review: Liverpool, Swansea & West Brom (again) wronged

Date published: Monday 21st December 2015 12:15

Adam Bogdan: Ball kicked out of his hands for Watford's first goal

Liverpool, Swansea City and West Brom all suffered at the hands of incorrect refereeing decisions in the Premier League over the weekend.

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 17

Chelsea penalty v Sunderland: There was no debate about this decision, with Costel Pantilimon clearly bringing down Willian in the box but the presence of Sunderland defenders making the yellow card the right call. Verdict: Correct decision

Leicester’s first penalty v Everton: Roberto Martinez felt this was a borderline call, but our panel all agreed the right decision was made, with Ramiro Funes Mori pulling down Shinji Okazaki after getting wrong side of his man inside the penalty area. Verdict: Correct decision

Leicester’s second penalty v Everton: Martinez offered a half-hearted complaint about Leicester’s second penalty, arguing that Jamie Vardy ‘invited’ the contact from Tim Howard, but ultimately Jonathan Moss was left with little opportunity but to point to the spot after Vardy was upended. Verdict: Correct decision

Leicester’s third goal v Everton: There was some controversy regarding Leicester’s third too, with Marc Albrighton handling in the build-up, but nobody on our panel felt there was cause to blow up. Verdict: Correct decision

Crystal Palace penalty v Stoke City: This was another straightforward call, with Glenn Whelan kicking Wilfried Zaha’s foot when needlessly trying to rob the Palace winger of the ball when shadowing him away from goal. Verdict: Correct decision

Stoke City penalty v Stoke City: This was rather more controversial, with Damien Delaney penalised for a clearly-accidental handball in the box. It split the panel, but three out of five felt it was so blatant and so close to goal that a penalty kick was the right call. Verdict: Correct decision

James McClean red card v Bournemouth: He was fortunate to escape a red card a fortnight earlier for a tackle on Mousa Dembele, but this time there was no let-off for McClean. His challenge on Adam Smith was reckless and clearly made with malice, just moments after McClean was on the wrong end of a foul himself by the Bournemouth man. Verdict: Correct decision

Bournemouth penalty v West Brom: While Tony Pulis did not defend McClean, he was upset that Bournemouth were awarded a penalty for Darren Fletcher’s foul on Dan Gosling which replays showed occurred outside of the box. It was difficult for the referee to spot, but Pulis was right to feel aggrieved. Verdict: Incorrect decision

Salomon Rondon red card v Bournemouth: He went head to head with Dan Gosling, who was not booked, but Rondon was clearly the aggressor. It was hard to argue his actions were not violent conduct; nobody on our panel did. Verdict: Correct decision

Watford’s first goal v Liverpool: Adam Bogdan kept his complaints to a minimum after his mistake, admitting it was hard for referee Mark Clattenburg to spot he had gathered the ball before it was kicked out of his hands by Nathan Ake, but replays clearly showed the goal should have been disallowed. Verdict: Incorrect decision

Swansea City penalty appeal v West Ham: James Collins did his best Steven Taylor impression, rubbing his head after blocking Ki Sung-yueng’s goalbound shot with his arm, but this would surely have been a penalty had the referee spotted what had really happened. Verdict: Incorrect decision


For and Against

Team For Against Total For/Against
1. Leicester Nine Three +6
2. Liverpool Eight Three +5
3. Man Utd Four None +4
4. Arsenal Six Three +3
5. Newcastle Five Ttwo +3
6. Man City Seven Four +3
7. Tottenham Three One +2
8. Watford Three Two 0
9. Aston Villa One One 0
10. Everton One One 0
11. Sunderland Two Two 0
12. Crystal Palace One Two -1
13. Norwich One Two -1
14. Chelsea Four Six -2
15. Stoke Two Four -2
16. Southampton Two Six -4
17. Swansea One Five -4
18. West Ham Two Six -4
19. Bournemouth Two Seven -5
20. West Brom One Seven -6

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