Ref Review: Our verdict on Holgate push and Saiz spit spat

Date published: Monday 8th January 2018 10:32

A look into all the controversial decisions from FA Cup third-round weekend with a few red cards flying around.


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.


Wayne Rooney yellow card v Liverpool

Fiery start at Anfield, and Wayne Rooney was booked for a crunching challenge on Joe Gomez just a couple of minutes in. Ref Bobby Madley was perfectly justified in brandishing the yellow and to be fair Rooney was lucky not to be sent off after putting in a series of over the top challenges before being hooked

Verdict: Correct decision


Liverpool penalty v Everton

Ref Bobby Madley had to deal with a number of contentious incidents at Anfield on Friday during a very lively Merseyside derby. However we feel he was wrong to award Liverpool a first half penalty after Mason Holgate tangled with Adam Lallana in the area. Lallana seemed to go to ground very easily and his legs seemed to give way despite Holgate putting his arms on his chest. Even Jurgen Klopp said afterwards he didn’t think it was a penalty.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Mason Holgate push on Roberto Firmino

We are still unsure quite how Holgate wasn’t booked for pushing Firmino into the main stand at Anfield? The duo were involved in an angry exchange after the Everton defender lost his cool and pushed the Brazilian into the crowd. He should have seen yellow for his troubles but somehow evaded a caution after squaring up to Firmino as words were exchanged.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Danny Hylton offside v Newcastle United

Luton had a real go on Tyneside and who knows how proceedings would have ended had Danny Hylton’s effort not been flagged offside? It was a shocking decision as the very least Hylton was level with the Newcastle defender before he slotted the ball home.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Samuel Saiz red card v Newport County

Saiz has been immense for Leeds this season but the Yorkshire giants are going to miss him now for three games (at least) following a straight red card towards the end of their 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Newport. Robbie Wilmott was caught on film showing Ref Mike Dean what Saiz had delivered on his shirt and the ref sent him off.

Dean confirmed afterwards Saiz was dismissed for spitting at an opponent which, if confirmed, is pretty indefensible and a six-match ban awaits.

Verdict: Correct decision


Nottingham Forest’s fourth goal v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has pulled no punches in his criticism of referees in recent weeks and can’t have been best pleased when John Moss elected to allow Forest’s fourth goal, when it seemed Dowell touched the ball twice as he slipped when running up to take a penalty. To be fair to the official numerous slow mo replays proved inconclusive in terms of whether Dowelled touches the ball more than once.

Verdict: Correct decision


Joe Worrall red card v Arsenal

Joe Worrall had a tidy enough game for Forest as they caused a shock against Arsenal on Sunday. However he picked up a second booking for a late challenge in the middle of his own half, after being given a yellow a few minutes before for kicking the ball away. On reflection the second yellow was perhaps a little unlucky as he did seem to get the ball first.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Luton Town

The Hatters gave a wonderful account of themselves at St James’ Park, electing to take the match to Newcastle instead of parking the bus and playing for a draw. And who knows how the match might have ended if Hylton’s effort to make it 3-2 had not incorrectly been called for offside.


Stonewall decision of the week

Rooney yellow card v Liverpool

We all like to see players showing a bit of passion but Rooney’s challenge that earned him a booking was completely reckless. A cast iron yellow.

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