Ref Review: The incorrect decisions from week 24

Date published: Thursday 4th February 2016 5:54

Norwich City: Felt they were hard done by against Tottenham

Norwich City were the only Premier League team to suffer from a major incorrect refereeing decision in midweek, according to our Ref Review panel.

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 24

Robert Huth avoiding red card v Liverpool: In one of several incidents of players being caught in the face by a stray arm, Adam Lallana went down under a challenge from Robert Huth. Liverpool fans will no doubt disagree, but nobody on the panel felt it was a red-card offence. Verdict: Correct decision

Tottenham penalty v Norwich City: This was an incredibly tough one to call, even after viewing several replays. It can be classified as ‘soft’, but three out of five on the panel felt Sebastian Bassong did foul Dele Alli after the ball had gone. Verdict: Correct decision

Norwich City penalty appeal v Tottenham: Steven Naismith felt he should have had a penalty when he was barged over in the box by Kevin Wimmer, but nobody on the panel felt there was enough in the incident to warrant a spot-kick. Verdict: Correct decision

Tottenham third goal v Norwich City: It certainly didn’t affect the result, but everyone on the panel agreed with Alex Neil that Martin Olsson was fouled by Christian Eriksen in the build-up to Spurs’ third goal at Carrow Road. Verdict: Incorrect decision

Jermain Defoe avoiding red card v Manchester City: Defoe had a look at Nicolas Otamendi before challenging for a high ball, but it was an arm rather than an elbow he used to hold off the Manchester City defender. It was a yellow but not a red card. Verdict: Correct decision

Aston Villa penalty appeal v West Ham: With referees’ interpretation of the handball changing on a seemingly weekly basis, nobody was quite sure what to make of Villa’s penalty appeal when Michail Antonio turned his back on Gabby Agbonlahor’s cross, which hit his arm. Was it in an unnatural position? Probably, yes. But the rules say only deliberate handballs should be punished. Was it deliberate? We were torn, but three to two said ‘no penalty’. Verdict: Correct decision

Jordan Ayew red card v West Ham: Jostling with Aaron Cresswell, Ayew ridiculously lashed out with an elbow. Unsurprisingly, the Villa man apologised after the gameVerdict: Correct decision


Wayne Rooney disallowed goal v Stoke CityRooney was denied a goal when he out-muscled Glen Johnson to score past Jack Butland, though he was not to be denied two minutes later when he tapped home Anthony Martial’s pass. There was just enough of a push to make the first decision right. Verdict: Correct decision

Everton first penalty v Newcastle UnitedWhen Rolando Aarons clumsily brought down Aaron Lennon in the box, there was no doubt that referee Craig Pawson was right to point to the spot. Verdict: Correct decision

Everton second penalty v Newcastle United: There was little debate about Everton’s second penalty either, with Jamaal Lascelles shown a second yellow card for tripping Ross Barkley. Verdict: Correct decision


For and Against

Team For Against Total For/Against
1. Leicester Ten Five +5
= Liverpool Ten Five +5
= Man Utd Six One +5
4. Man City Eight Four +4
= Tottenham Six Two +4
6. Sunderland Seven Four +3
7. Aston Villa Four Two +2
8. Newcastle Five Four +1
9. Arsenal Seven Seven 0
= Crystal Palace Two Two 0
11. Everton One Two -1
= Southampton Five Six -1
= Stoke Four Five -1
= Watford Three Four -1
15. Norwich One Four -3
16. Chelsea Five Nine -4
17. West Brom Five Nine -4
18. Swansea Three Eight -5
19. Bournemouth Three Nine -6
= West Ham Two Eight -6

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