Very significant series of refereeing cock-ups in this latest round of Premier League matches involving the top-6.
- Kevin Friend allowed Manchester United an offside goal vs Watford giving them a decisive 2:0 lead in a game they won 2:1.
- Craig Pawson allowed an even clearer offside goal to Chelsea in their game against Cardiff in a game they won 2:1.
Do fans still believe this is mere coincidence? After all the work that many have done, including us at UFV, to demonstrate that there is a pattern of bias by the PGMOL and its referees. Some say bent and crooked.
Today, Arsenal will once again have Anthony Taylor who in his last assignment involving Arsenal vs Tottenham was a total disgrace. On this blog I observed that the match
“will be remembered as another chapter in the unending story of biased, incompetent refereeing by the PGMOL.
“He (Taylor) together with his assistants, Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, somehow conspired to get every big decision wrong, without exception.”
Just a reminder of some of those poor decisions:
- The infamous 74th minute offside by Harry Kane and 3 other Spurs players as the free-kick but Mustafi was penalized shoving Kane in the back and him deciding to award a penalty to Spurs as they equalized.
- Awarding Arsenal a phantom penalty when Davidson Sanchez made little if any contact with Aubameyang as he fell to the ground. Lloris saved the penalty but Aubameyang is unable to take advantage of the rebound as Vertongen is first on the ball having committed encroachment of the box before the pen was taken, an offence ignored by Taylor and his band of incompetents.
- Missing in the 12th minute Xhaka’s studs up challenge, scything down Kane from behind. Should have been yellow-carded.
- Missing in the 22nd minute Xhaka blatantly grabbing and holding Eriksen. Another yellow-card offence.
Now remember Taylor was severely criticized in the media, not only by pundits but also by ex-referees, for that inept performance. While he had some support by some for that controversial call in favor of Kane, in general his performance was so poor one wonders why he has been given another Arsenal match to referee.
Who is optimistic he will do better in Arsenal vs Newcastle?
Taylor is by far Mike Riley’s favorite referee. So far this season he has gotten the most appointments. Below is a table of those who have had at least 20 appointments prior to this round of matches.
|Referee||P||H||A||Yellow||Yellow to Red||Red||Yellow/Match||Cards/Match|
|P = Matches played, FH = First half, SH = Second half, H = Home, A = Away, AM = Average minute.|
The table demonstrates Taylor is unremarkable by PGMOL standards:
- Average Cards per Match
- Average Yellow Cards per Match
- Zero, Nil, Nada in 2nd Yellows
It is fairly predictable how Taylor will perform today. He will let it be a physical game and ignore fouls that contravene the laws of the game, failing to give yellow cards for blatantly dangerous and reckless fouls. He will likely show his usual three plus yellow cards. By the stat above, most of the cards should be against Newcastle but it will be interesting to see whether this is the day he decides to show, for the first time this season, a second yellow. This is a ref who has a phobia for red cards unlike, say, Mike Dean.
If we are to go by the friendly decisions that went in favor of United and Chelsea at the hands of Friend and Pawson, I would not be surprised by another blatantly poor decision going against Arsenal, unlike their top-6 rivals. Xhaka beware!
We predicted in January that the referees will have their say in the top-4/top-6 battle. At the time we were pessimistic of Arsenal’s chances and figured they would come sixth based on the historic data, confident that Manchester United and Tottenham would be heavily favored by the referees in the run-in.
We were absolutely right about Manchester United. Mr. Riley first confirmed where the PGMO’s loyalties lay when it comes to United. Additionally, we provided Penalties-Against and Yellow-Red card data data to factually demonstrate they are the least penalized of the top-6 clubs.
Today’s game with Taylor will hopefully provide additionally confirmation of the bent, biased enterprise that the PGMOL and the PL have now devolved.
There is none so blind as who will not see.