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Everton and Referees

By Stuart Higgins  ::  26/08/2012 Hi Everton Fans,

I'm writing to ask if there are any qualified football referees here?

The reason I ask is that we are appealing for help with a ref review where a qualified ref reviews Premier League referee performances and scores them overall on key factors. This season just gone, we managed to review 155 (40%) games but we'd like to make that 100% with your help.

Did you know, based on the reviews we carried out, an unbelievable 100% of Red Card decisions as well as over 50% of Penalty Decisions and over 40% of Yellow Card decisions in Everton games were incorrect?

Over the course of the season, our refs have watched games for all teams in the Premier League and scored the ref on each incident assessing four main factors. Decisions could be one of the following:–

• Awarded correctly
• Awarded incorrectly
• Correctly not awarded
• Incorrectly not awarded

Another factor also considered was the type of decision and the effect (weight) it had on the game. For example, the ref not awarding a penalty carries far more weight than the ref awarding a throw-in to the wrong team in the middle of the park.

The format used to review the refs is an open database, you can see minute-by-minute assessments and challenge any part of the reviews. Our refs will re-look at the video and amend if appropriate.

If a decision cannot be confirmed from TV footage as right or wrong, we give the ref the benefit of the doubt so you could say our data is on the conservative side.

More information on how to get involved and links to the individual ref reviews for Everton can be found here :

1. The ref appeal : http://www.refereedecisions.co.uk/
2. The reviews : http://blog.emiratesstadium.info/archives/23022

We would really appreciate your help.

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Frank Duffy
435 Posted 27/08/2012 at 01:03:42
Why don,t we have a 4th officail ( just like rugby & cricket) looking at crucual ref decision. Such as penalters and offsde goals. And don't say it will stop the games - those decisionsfinal always stop the match!!!

Show the decision on the giant screens so everyone can see why the FINAL decison was made.

Done deal??

Mark Riding
437 Posted 27/08/2012 at 02:03:15
Frank, if you do not think that the ref on the field does not get told by the officials watching that he has made a mistake via the ear-piece then you are naive. They don't have the time to change the decision, as the break in play you suggest is not in place yet in football, but they know almost immediately if they have made an error.
Matt Traynor
438 Posted 27/08/2012 at 02:32:06
"Did you know, based on the reviews we carried out, an unbelievable 100% of Red Card decisions as well as over 50% of Penalty Decisions and over 40% of Yellow Card decisions in Everton games were incorrect?"

Is this a wind up?

BTW, under EPL rules, clubs are not permitted to show replays on the large screens of controversial incidents, that's for Hansen and Lawro to debate at 22:30 on a Saturday...

Jay Harris
441 Posted 27/08/2012 at 03:26:57
I really like the American NFL rules which allow each coach 2 challenges per game against referees decisions.

It takes about a minute to check and review/

Ernie Baywood
445 Posted 27/08/2012 at 04:29:04
I'm aware of this blog and review for a while. Got to be honest with you, it's designed to highlight biased behavior in refs but fails to identify the most significant bias in the reviews.

From memory, weren't Arsenal the most impacted? And by twice as much as any other team? I'm not saying the Arsenal supporting reviewers deliberately swayed the results, just that your club allegiance does sway your viewpoint - even if you are a qualified ref. It's in-built - the most reasonable supporter in the world can't help it.

If it were just Arsenal games that were impacted by this bias I guess it would be worthwhile, but that site is full of conspiracies. I recall the review of an Everton/Man City game was damning of the refereeing in Everton's favour... then you get to the end and see that the aim was to show that Peter Walton favors Man Utd and will do anything to hurt their rivals... with the conclusion being that Arsenal were at a refereeing disadvantage to Man Utd during their period as rivals. I actually went to the lengths of watching the game again, along with the review sheet. Seriously, every minor tap and throw in was reviewed if there was a hint of favoritism to City, the other side was disregarded!

Anyway, good luck with the search and fair play for trying to keep them honest as we know there are some that are questionable. I just don't quite think that a panel of supporters is the way to go and you'd be hard pushed to find anyone without bias - and I guess that's probably reflected in top level refs too.

Stefan Tosev
447 Posted 27/08/2012 at 06:44:13
http://blog.emiratesstadium.info/archives/18644

Everton - Man City

This is one of their "Reviews" read it and make your mind about it – for me it's pure drivel. Basically we cheated our way to the win and the ref was favoring us at every occasion; City should have had 2 pens. There was a foul from Fellaini before our goal.

Conclusion: the ref gave us 18 decisions in our favor?!?!? and only 4 to our disadvantage.

I want to know what are these guys drinking/taking!!!

Simon Harris
448 Posted 27/08/2012 at 07:44:10
"Anyway, good luck with the search and fair play for trying to keep them honest as we know there are some that are questionable.".........

......and Mark Clattenburg !

Dick Fearon
450 Posted 27/08/2012 at 07:46:06
What has happened to the old saying that good referees are hardly noticed.
The top tier of todays referees seem far too ready to impose themselves on the game.
They more like dictators than arbitrators and in their rush to show who's boss too many mistakes are made..
Tony J Williams
452 Posted 27/08/2012 at 08:28:46
I am a professional Basketball ref if that helps....well I used o be many moons ago.
Peter Warren
454 Posted 27/08/2012 at 08:51:50
Ernie 445 is spot on. If you watch a game of footy with your team, esp if you lose you cant help but be biased and believe refvhad a bad game. But if you watch two teams you're not fussed about sat stoke v arsenal yesterday you rarely notice the ref.
Anto Byrne
456 Posted 27/08/2012 at 09:10:36
I think you should blow the whistle on this debate. We need goal line technology and a referral to the third umpire/ref. Did the ref call the red card at Villa correctly or did Jelavic trip himself up by going sideways? I called it a red first time but the replay showed it in another light.

Hard call for the ref to make but had it gone for review then who knows. Also diving scum-bags like that sewerage from across the park can be shown up for what they are and sent off for cheating.
Dave Charles
457 Posted 27/08/2012 at 09:16:55
Will it question Graham Poll as to why, in a recent TV programme, he was interviewed (possibly in his own home) that on the wall behind him, was a framed Liverpool shirt with 8 GERRARD. I'm just curious where the shirt came from after some poor performances from him during his time as a PL referee.
Phil Walling
458 Posted 27/08/2012 at 09:17:52
I don`t need to be a qualified ref to know that 100% of penalty decisions given against my team are incorrect and 100% of those for absolute stonewallers.
The same applies to all Yellow Cards,free kicks and even throw-ins!
I`m happy to give you the benefit of 40 years supporting my team and I`ll even throw in my judgements on the decisions made by Bill Kenwright to to balance the equasion and prove I`m absolutely impartial!
Ray Roche
459 Posted 27/08/2012 at 09:28:09
Dave Charles @457

The only surprising thing about the shirt in Polls interview was that the twat wasn't wearing it.

Ian Bennett
490 Posted 27/08/2012 at 12:13:26
Clattenburg, Clive Thomas, Collina, Graham Poll. The list is getting longer. A Rogue Gallery which is beginning to challenge the Hall of Fame.
Brian Bates
554 Posted 27/08/2012 at 17:45:19
Don't forget the biggest ref out there: Sir Alex.
Sorry, not ref, oh whats the word? Its on the tip of my tongue...
Ian Bennett
620 Posted 27/08/2012 at 20:10:54
Brian — and Ryan Giggs. He has been in the ear of refs for 20 years.
Stuart Higgins
126 Posted 30/08/2012 at 01:08:11
Hi, thanks for posting this. I agree with many of the comments above; yes, there are flaws and having just completed our second season, we wish to address them.

If there are any qualified refs here, we really hope you can help.

Ernie Haywood, yes, in some cases, Arsenal were the worst affected but overall, no we were not. Again, one of our weaknesses is that all the reviewers last year happen to be Arsenal fans. We really want to address this.

Matt Tractor, these are the actual figures; however, we were unable to do every Everton game. The figures represent both for and against combined.

Frank Duffy, maybe this could be the push come shove for video replays?

Stefan, you are welcome to point out anything you don't agree with in the reviews. Our refs will and do re-look at the incidents, some entries have been changed once challenged. Please, go ahead, this is what we want.

Once again, thanks for publishing this and I hope we gain some new refs for this season.

Stuart Higgins
816 Posted 30/08/2012 at 01:08:11
Hi, thanks for posting this. I agree with many of the comments above, yes there are flaws and having just completed our second season, we wish to address them.

If there are any qualified refs here, we really hope you can help.

Ernie Haywood, yes, in some cased, Arsenal were the worst affected but overall, no we were not. Again, one of our weaknesses is that all the reviewers last year happen to be Arsenal fans. We really want to address this.

Matt Tractor, these are the actual figures however, we were unable to do every Everton game. The figures represent both for and against combined.

Frank Duffy, maybe this could be the push come shove for video replays?

Stefan, you are welcome to point out anything you don't agree with in the reviews. Our refs will and do re-look at the incidents, some entries have been changed once challenged. Please, go ahead, this is what we want.

Once again, thanks for publishing this and I hope we gain some new refs for this season.

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