Ref Review: Benteke denied penalty; Arsenal get away without paying penalty

Date published: Monday 3rd September 2018 10:55

Christian Benteke TEAMtalk

Arsenal had a huge slice of luck in their win at Cardiff and Christian Benteke’s luck is definitely out as he was denied a penalty against Southampton, all in Ref Review.


Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season TEAMtalk’s ‘Ref Review’ panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty  (or avoidance of one) and any other major incident in each Premier League match.

We may be in the day and age of goalline technology, while VAR made its appearance at the World Cup, but football remains littered with controversies.

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 #1 v Fulham

Glenn Murray TEAMtalk

Fulham were raging on the south coast as Luciano Vietto brought down the evergreen Glenn Murray. Murray looked offside in the original build up but used all his experience and cunning by refusing to play the ball, presumably knowing he would have been flagged. When it eventually came back to him Vietto clumsily brought him down. Definite penalty. Dire challenge.

Verdict: Correct decision


Brighton penalty #2 v Fulham

Absolute madness this from Aleksandar Mitrovic this. In his own area, he bizarrely tried to control with his chest but it lands on his arm and Lee Probert points immediately to the spot with his assistant flagging frantically. Stonewall.

Verdict: Correct decision


Marcos Alonso yellow card v Bournemouth

Ref Lee Mason may have got things wrong twice at Stamford Bridge regarding Alonso on Saturday. In the first instance it looked very harsh to book him just after the half hour for what was really a nothing challenge. However during the second period, while on a yellow, Alonso clearly impeded Adam Smith as he looked to take a quick throw. He’s blatantly pushed him over but Mason seems to bottle making the correct call, which would have been a second caution.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Crystal Palace penalty appeal v Southampton

Christian Benteke TEAMtalk

Two penalty appeals waved away in quick succession from Martin Atkinson and while we feel he got it right with the first one, the latter appeared much less clear cut. Christian Benteke was clearly furious after he appeared to be body checked in the area by Jannik Vestergaard, and replays suggest the Palace man, who endured another frustrating afternoon, can count himself unlucky.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Gabriel Jesus offside v Newcastle United

Controversy just before the hour mark at the Etihad when Jesus was flagged for the most marginal of offside calls. Kyle Walker fizzed a free-kick towards goal that Martin Dubravka could only parry. Sergio Aguero then spooned an overhead kick attempt and the ball fell at the feet of Jesus. The Brazilian made no mistake from close range, but was adjudged offside. Replays suggest he was at least level.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Cardiff City penalty appeal v Arsenal

Sokratis TEAMtalk

Huge shout for a penalty in the Welsh capital as Sean Morrison went up with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and it looked as though the former was held down as he tried to jump. In the end Anthony Taylor was ultimately having none of it. Sokratis was brought in as a no nonsense, solid centre half by the Gunners but he was beaten to the ball a few times on Sunday and looked quite ponderous in possession (and more than once without it). As for the penno appeal? We’ve certainly seen them given.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Roberto Pereyra ‘simulation’ v Tottenham

Pereyra was bit fortunate not to be booked as he knocked the ball around Davinson Sanchez, who then slid in, and then Pereyra went to ground even though there was no contact from the Spurs defender. The referee rightly said no penalty, but also didn’t punish Pereyra, even though it looked a case of blatant simulation from the Argentine, who must now be wary of retrospective action.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Manchester United penalty v Burnley

Clumsy, clumsy stuff from Aaron Lennon, a player not noted for his stoic defensive displays, as he brought down Marcus Rashford after tangling with the England man in the area. Seriously, what was Lennon doing?

Verdict: Correct decision


Marcus Rashford red card v Burnley

Marcus Rashford red card TEAMtalk

The boy Rashford picked up his first ever red card as a Manchester United player after putting his head in on Phil Bardsley. There are headbutts and there are ‘headbutts’ of course. And while this would never qualify as ABH, his reaction to a kick from Bardsley was totally over the top. He’s left the ref no choice. He’s since apologised, but will have to sit out United’s next three Premier League games.

Verdict: Correct decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Neil Warnock TEAMtalk

Cardiff City

Neil Warnock reckoned Cardiff ‘could have had six or seven’ in the aftermath of their thrilling 3-2 defeat to Arsenal. They certainly could have had a penalty, when Sokratis seemed to have his arm around Morrison in the area stopping him from jumping. If the ref spots that, and Cardiff put away the penalty, the Bluebirds may have gone on to win.

Stonewall decision of the week

Mitrovic handball

The big Serb went from hero to zero at the Amex. On a day he continued his awesome scoring streak (since his debut for the Cottagers in February he’s scored more goals than anyone else in English football) he also blotted his copybook by conceding a bizarre penalty. It was the referee’s assistant who gave it, but it was clearly handball and clearly brainless from the Fulham striker.


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