Ref Review: The controversial decisions from matchday 15

Date published: Monday 12th December 2016 12:04 - James Marshment

Our panel discuss several highly-contested decisions in the Premier League this weekend, with Arsenal’s clash with Stoke and Robert Snodgrass’ simulation coming under the microscope.


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 most fortunate and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

Stoke City penalty against Arsenal

Granit Xhaka: Reacts after fouling Joe Allen

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said after their 3-1 win against Stoke “We have had three penalties against us at home, not one of them is a penalty.” That’s a pretty bold claim because Granit Xhaka definitely caught Welshman Joe Allen with his elbow in the box and on another day may even have seen red. It was pretty reckless use of the arm and he may yet face retrospective action from the FA.

Verdict Correct decision


Charlie Adam ‘stamp’ on Alexis Sanchez

Charlie Adam Stoke

Fiery Scot Adam clearly seemed to leave the boot in on a prone Alexis Sanchez in the build to to Arsenal’s third goal at the Emirates. The incident seemed to have been missed altogether by referee Lee Mason.

Naughty, unnecessary and a red card all day long. Could have been much worse for Adam, and for poor Sanchez.

Verdict Incorrect decision


Hull City penalty v Crystal Palace

You know it’s a poor decision when players take to social media to tweet “Apologies from my end.”

Robert Snodgrass himself said “it was never a penalty” and that’s about the top and bottom of it. However referee Mike Jones, who was perfectly placed to be fair, thought otherwise. Bit of a shocker this one Mr Jones as it’s clear simulation.

Verdict Incorrect decision


Middlesbrough penalty appeal against Southampton

It was the most optimist of penalty shouts from the Boro fans when Viktor Fischer’s shot his Jose Fonte. Ref Stuart Attwell was perfectly placed however and saw that the ball hit chest and not arm. Great spot.

Verdict Correct decision


Swansea penalty v Sunderland

Jason Denayer: Fancies Liverpool to win the league

Black Cats boss David Moyes said Sunderland’s 3-0 defeat to Swansea “turned on a tight decision” after the Swans were given a penalty following Jason Denayer’s handball. It may have been “tight” but it was also bang on.

Verdict Correct decision


Danny Rose yellow card v Manchester United

Danny Rose: Manchester-bound?

The Spurs defender can have few complaints after being booked for a rather nasty challenge on man-of-the-hour Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Old Trafford. United fans were seething about the tackle and booed the England full-back incessantly for the final few minutes of a full blooded contest.

Verdict  Correct decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew: Advocate of Andros Townsend England recall

Players duping referees is simply not acceptable and despite Rob Snograss’ sanguine apologies on social media he and Hull should never have got the penalty from which they scored their opener.


Stonewall decision of the week

Stoke penalty v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger: Critical of Arsenal display

Arsene Wenger can bemoan the call all he likes. The bottom line is Xhaka makes a movement with his arm into the player. Absolutely no question that it was a spot kick.

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