Arsenal v Anderlecht – UEFA Champions League Group D


AM at 2014-11-04 23:09:10

Many thanks for your interactive comments and company this evening at You-Are-The- – Please join us again this Saturday for a cracker Liverpool v Chelsea with a 12.45pm start. Anthony Taylor is due to referee this game. This will be a good opportunity for him to display his early season promising refereeing performances.

Have a Good Evening and many thanks again for all your comments tonight.


Andy Martin

What are your thoughts? contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

AM at 2014-11-04 23:03:04

Overall Summary:

The Referee`s overall performance can be characterised by a good foul detection with 3 yellow cards being shown to Anderlecht players in the final 5 minutes as the tempo rose somewhat as they sensed an opportunity to come back in this quite remarkable comeback game seen in the Champions League for some time. The Referee showed a  good management of the players and match control. His fitness and dynamic movement throughout the 90 minutes was impressive and I know that I have mentioned this previously but it is so evident when we view a number of our Premier League Referees performances as we have witnessed and discussed on REF CAM and The Ref show so far this season. The referee correctly evaluated the 2 penalty kicks awarded with help in the 2nd situation I am sure from his AAR 1 who would have had a good on field view from behind the goal line. There was little evidence of grappling from players at corner kicks and the preventative work done by the EUFA Match Officials has to be learnt from and put into place consistently by our Premier League Referees.

Teamwork with all Officials was good except for the one incorrect key offside judgement made by the nearside AR. This was not a difficult judgement to make and can only be down to a lack of concentration and incorrect positioning by this Assistant at such a key moment as it turned out to be in this game. We have called for video referees in the stand and this would have been an ideal opportunity to review this decision. Maybe with Michelle Platini at the game then this decision will be certainly be reviewed and discussed. Having just seen replays again of the incident involving 18 of Arsenal who committed the challenge on the Anderlecht player by pulling the referees arm then he should have been sent off for violent conduct and he can count himself very fortunate to have stayed on the field of play. I am sure that this will be an area that will be discussed with the referee by the Referee Observer in attendance at this game.


AM at 2014-11-04 22:39:58

Further free kick awarded this time to Arsenal spray out and the whistle then blown for full time. With a final score of 3-3. What a comeback by Anderlecht to give them a valuable point and make Arsenal`s job of qualification to the last 16 that much harder.

My overall match official`s summary is to follow………

AM at 2014-11-04 22:35:59

39 Anderlecht recklessYellow Card

AM at 2014-11-04 22:35:25

Arsenal come back with the referee again in a great viewing position to judge any potential key match incident and with a quick break he shows dynamic pace to get to the other end of the field of play

AM at 2014-11-04 22:33:36

45 of Anderlecht then scores the equaliser with a headed a goal in the 90th minute. How the first Anderlecht goal will be looked at and become a key discussion point in Arsene Wenger`s post match analysis

AM at 2014-11-04 22:31:52

45 Anderlecht shown the yellow card reckless on Arsenal Player

Yellow Card

AM at 2014-11-04 22:31:03

19 Anderlecht reckless on Arsenal player shown yellow card, with the referee slowing down play by taking his time

Yellow Card

AM at 2014-11-04 22:29:56

20 Flamini commits a careless challenge with no free kick awarded  39 of Anderlecht commiting another careless challenge awarded by the referee, who will need to keep a tight grip on these challenges.

AM at 2014-11-04 22:27:06

As we move into the final 6 minutes and added time the referee and his team will need to keep fully focussed as the tempo has risen rapidly. An effort from Anderlecht just shaves the top of the Arsenal cross bar

AM at 2014-11-04 22:25:10

The first goal now scored incorrectly by Anderlecht is crucial and how the game has changed.

Arsenal sub 15 off 7 on and 23 off 9 on

AM at 2014-11-04 22:22:18

Free kick awarded to Anderlecht, spray in use, good management again seen by the referee prior to the taking of the free kick. The tempo has risen with Anderlecht feeling that they can eqaulise, good defending from Gibbs the ball is out of play for a corner kick to Anderlecht

AM at 2014-11-04 22:19:49

With regards to both penalty kicks awarded by the referee, he has shown a very positive body language in both cases. I am sure that in the case of the  2nd penalty the AAR 1 behind the goal would have communicated and assisted the referee with his view looking into the offence. As I mentioned prematch could this have aided the referee in the Manchester Derby?

AM at 2014-11-04 22:16:57

Penalty to Anderlecht pulling offence on the shirt of an Anderlecht player committed by Arsenal 18  Monreal. Monreal 18 is then showed the yellow card for unsporting behaviour shown towards the referee. 39 of Anderlecht scores from the penalty kick to make it 3-2 and game on.

AM at 2014-11-04 22:13:31

Good effort from Arsenal results in a goal kick to Anderlecht

AM at 2014-11-04 22:12:20

Good advantage to Arsenal with signal and communication seen from the referee

AM at 2014-11-04 22:11:28

Throw in to Anderlecht good focus and flag technique from AR far side. Throw ins close to you can be more difficult to judge.

AM at 2014-11-04 22:09:45

Going back to the offside goal scored by Anderlecht this would have been an ideal time to bring in the video referee in the stand. A stoppage had occurred, a quick review by the video referee in the stand and the goal could then have been quickly and correctly ruled out.

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

AM at 2014-11-04 22:07:34

Good view and position adopted by the referee following a high ball clearance and challenge by 2 players

AM at 2014-11-04 22:06:52

Anderlecht corner kick as they press forward in search of another goal

AM at 2014-11-04 22:06:14

Arsenal sub 8 off 20 on

AM at 2014-11-04 22:05:46

The referee speaks to 45 of Anderlecht and 4 of Arsenal in the context of the game this is well managed by a referee in full control of this game. He has spoken to both players in a firm and respectful manner.

AM at 2014-11-04 22:04:20

Anderlecht quickly pull a goal back, but replays show that 39 of Anderlecht is offside WHEN THE BALL IS PLAYED TO HIM this is a poor decision from the nearside AR

AM at 2014-11-04 22:02:01

Quick breakaway by Oxlade-Chamberlain and a goal for Arsenal, did you notice the quick and dynamic pace adopted by the referee to get into the best view should he need to make a key match decision. His acceleration is impressive!

at 2014-11-04 21:58:57

Again good to see the AAR 2 looking from his view point, don’t you think that this adds to the decision making process? What do you think should the Premier League consider their introduction?

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

at 2014-11-04 21:57:05

Anderlecht Sub 22 off 32 on. Well managed by the 4th Official who has correctly kept a low profile so far.

at 2014-11-04 21:55:36

Stoppage in play due to injury to 22 of Anderlecht, he leaves the field of play.

at 2014-11-04 21:53:32

No free kick awarded to Arsenal when Cazorla appeared to be fouled, although the Referee was looking to his AR on the far side to judge, he did not flag for a free kick within his patrol area. But instead awarded a throw in to Arsenal.

at 2014-11-04 21:50:41

Again have a look at the AAR.2 positive body language from behind the goal line. He looks really focussed and positive. The AR on the far side is also showing a positive body language and flag technique.

at 2014-11-04 21:47:52

The referee blows his whistle to start the 2nd half. Anderlecht Sub 20 off 38 on.

at 2014-11-04 21:44:52

Half time summary – Referee good foul detection, very good management and a very good fitness and dynamic sprint seen. Correct evaluation of all fouls and free kicks. Teamwork has been very good with ARs making excellent onside calls.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:35:06

Half time and the score is 2-0 to The Arsenal

AM at 2014-11-04 21:34:38

No free kick awarded to Arsenal 17 with the referee in a good position to view and judge, replays have just shown that there was a push on Sanchez just outside of the penalty area.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:32:04

Free kick to Arsenal and 16 of Arsenal receives treatment on the field of play from his physio. 1 additional minute of added time is shown by the 4th Official.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:29:58

By having the AAR on the same diagonal as the AR. The referee can remain and achieve a fairly active movement and position within the other diagonal.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:27:20

Great non offside flag from AR nearside who is well in line with the 2nd rearmost Anderlecht defender. Replays show how close but correct the non flag is.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:25:55

As we enter the final 5 minutes and additional time the Match Officials will be communicating to each other the importance of bringing the 1st half to a safe and satisfactory conclusion.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:23:32

Again have you noticed the referee`s desire and commitment to get to the best position and create good viewing angles? I know that I have mentioned this a number of times so far but it is so noticeable and positive. Take a leaf out of this referee`s book – fitness and preparation has aided his game control with little or no dissent seen. What about grappling? not evident so far? why is this not particularly seen in European games?

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


Michelle Plattini in evidence at this game will be impressed to date with this referee. No better time or place to make an impression.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:18:36

We discussed pre match Anderlecht`s late arrival at the stadium (7pm) well do you think this has contributed to their indifferent start to this game?

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

AM at 2014-11-04 21:16:34

What a cracker! for the time of year with tomorrow night in mind. Great goal from Sanchez to make the score 2-0 to Arsenal

AM at 2014-11-04 21:14:38

The quick dynamic sprint by the referee to then award a free kick to Arsenal from just outside Anderlecht`s defending penalty sees little or no dissent from any players. Out comes the magic spray and did you notice the referee`s pre management to the players prior to the taking of this free kick?

AM at 2014-11-04 21:12:04

Penalty awarded to Arsenal foul on Wellbeck by 22 of Anderlecht. Correct decision from a remarkably close view and angle achieved by the referee. Goal scored by Arsenal – Arteta. 1 – 0

AM at 2014-11-04 21:10:07

Again a close view from the referee no free kick awarded for handball and no dissent either from the players. The referee is keeping up with the players!

AM at 2014-11-04 21:07:43

A great effort from Sanchez hits the post. Did you notice the AARs 1 positive body language!

AM at 2014-11-04 21:06:21

An Arsenal throw in awarded when the AR far side appear to go one way to Anderlecht and then maybe a quick word or signal from the referee he has then awarded a throw in to Arsenal. A slight delay in the ARs signal would have ensured the correct directional signal.

AM at 2014-11-04 21:02:48

The referee is showing a real pace and movement with dynamic sprinting is this so noticeable because we have raised a lack of fitness and movement from a number of our Premier League Referees so far this Season in Premier League Games?

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at



AM at 2014-11-04 20:59:17

Again good communication from AAR 1 (from behind the goal line) and AR nearside to judge ball not out of play and then to award a goal kick

AM at 2014-11-04 20:57:37

The referees pace and acceleration is very noticeable in the opening 10 minutes, it will be interesting to see if he can maintain this throughout the entire game?

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


AM at 2014-11-04 20:55:18

Good effort from Anderlecht takes a deflection just wide of the Arsenal Post with the referee seeing to be in the best viewing position to make his judgement. A corner kick to Anderlecht.

AM at 2014-11-04 20:53:41

Correct position from AR nearside touchline in line to judge offside decisions being in line with the 2nd rearmost defender.

AM at 2014-11-04 20:52:33

Ball still in play good focus and concentration from AAR and AR

AM at 2014-11-04 20:51:33

Clement Turpin tonight`s referee is just 32 years old and in the early stages is showing good movement and acceleration, creating good viewing angles as he penetrates the penalty areas.

AM at 2014-11-04 20:49:37

The referee awards his first free kick to Anderlecht and keeps moving to his next position in the process

AM at 2014-11-04 20:48:05

Good movement from the far side Assistant with a positive body language

AM at 2014-11-04 20:47:13

Arsenal go straight on the attack, resulting in a goal kick to Anderlecht

AM at 2014-11-04 20:45:41

The Referee blows his whistle to signal the kick off

AM at 2014-11-04 20:45:15

As the Teams and Match Officials enter the field of play for the handshakes. My question to you is how will the late arrival at the stadium affect Anderlecht having arrived at the stadium at 7.00pm. Preparation is key in anything that you do and it will be interesting to see what effect this has on tonight`s game.

AM at 2014-11-04 20:40:11

Tonight`s Match Officials are:

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)

Clément Turpin (born 16 May 1982[1]) is a French football referee. He refereed at 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

Turpin became a FIFA referee in 2010.[2] He has served as a referee in 2014 World Cup qualifiers.[3]

Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)

Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)

Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)

UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)

We wish all Match Officials the best of luck tonight.

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

AM at 2014-11-04 20:34:26

I have included for your information:

Guidelines for Additional Assistant Referees

The referee should ensure that a full pre-match discussion, where roles and responsibilities are clarified, takes place prior to the arrival at the stadium.

The communication equipment must be tested during the field inspection following the arrival at the stadium.

AAR’s should do a light warming up, not exactly the same as the referees, but on the pitch or in their match position and generally give the impression of a team. They should be careful not to get too hot/sweaty, as they will cool down rapidly once the match starts and may not be able to retain body heat as well as the referee and assistant referees.

All five match officials enter the field with both teams. The fourth official shall assume his position between both technical areas.

During inclement weather both AARs shall dress in a consistent manner, e.g.:

• Both wearing leggings or not (but not the tracksuit trousers) under the short, with no manufacturer logos visible.

• Both wearing long/short sleeves or not.

• In extremely cold or wet conditions a tracksuit top/rain jacket cannot be worn on top of the referee shirt. It is important however that suitable undergarment is worn in order that the AAR remains comfortable during the match.

• In extremely cold conditions the AARs are allowed to wear gloves, but no hats.

41Assistant referees will continue to be responsible for inspecting the goal nets before kick-off and prior to the beginning of the second half where AAR’s are not appointed. This procedure will continue should there be extra time.

Where AAR’s are not appointed and any of the match officials become injured he will be replaced by the fourth official.

Where AAR’s are appointed and the fourth official is an assistant referee and the referee is unable to continue, the senior AAR takes over as the referee with the fourth official becoming an AAR.

The AARs must not enter the field of play whilst the ball is in play but can do so during a stoppage to assist the referee to control the players when required to do so.

The AAR must be active and move along the goal line to ensure he gains the best view/angle of any possible incident that he may be required to inform the referee of. He must not remain static.

Information will be passed to the referee by means of the radio communication system. Should the system fail then the electronic beep stick (no flag attached), should be used to attract his attention.

The AAR will assist the referee to control incidents in and around the penalty area, particularly at free kicks and corner kicks. Prior to the match the referee and AAR should agree their specific areas of responsibility.

As a general rule, the AAR must give no obvious hand signals. However, in some instances, a discreet hand signal may give valuable support to the referee. The hand signal should have a clear meaning. Penalty kick

At the taking of a penalty kick during normal play the AAR must be positioned at the intersection of the goal line and the goal area. Kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner of the match.

Both additional assistant referees must be positioned at each intersection of the goal line and the goal area, at the right and left side of the goal respectively. They must check if the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line.

General He must act in a preventative manner when holding and pulling offences occur within the penalty area and inform the referee immediately should the behaviour continue.

Should the AAR feel at anytime endangered by spectators (e.g. throwing objects etc) then he must inform the referee immediately.

At half time and at the end of the match the AARs will join the referee and his colleagues in the centre of the field.



AM at 2014-11-04 20:30:28

Tonight we have Additional Assistant Referees and this is an area that we have discussed on before. Should they be introduced in the FA Premier League. If they had been employed on Sunday in the Manchester Derby would we have seen 3 penalties awarded to Manchester City?

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


Guidelines for Additional Assistant Referees to follow:

AM at 2014-11-04 20:26:29

Some more news coming up for you, but why not take a look for yourself at the website an innovative and up to date information web site that raises and discusses all you need to know about the latest Refereeing issues. It simply is a must for all those interested in the beautiful game.

EVENTS   Sunday 14th November 2014 – Tickets are free! Football

Join Mark Halsey at the Referee Conference in Dublin, Saturday 10 Jan 2015

Mark Halsey of You Are The Ref, former FIFA & Premier League referee will be speaking at the Referee Conference Sat 10th January 2015.

Click here for further details


AM at 2014-11-04 20:20:41

Whilst you are waiting for kick off, why not visit YATR TV to watch the meeting they said would never happen – Tony Gale and Keith Hackett in the same room.

Now, not only has Gale met the man who subjected him to one of the most infamous sending-off of modern times, they have publicly debated the incident for the first time.

Click on   to find out what happened when Hackett faced up to the former West Ham defender he controversially red carded in an FA Cup semi-final.

AM at 2014-11-04 20:18:54


Some stats for you tonight are:

  • Two goals in two minutes give Arsenal a precious win at Anderlecht
  • Podolski nets winner with first goal of the season
  • The Gunners have six points from three matches
  • Dortmund lead Group D with nine points

Arsene Wenger celebrated his 65th birthday with a vital Champions League away win as Arsenal scored twice in the final two minutes to beat Anderlecht.

After a dire first half, the Belgian champions looked set to ruin Wenger’s day when Honduras winger Andy Najar headed in Dennis Praet’s cross.

But left-back Kieran Gibbs’s volley at the far post brought the Gunners level.

And Lukas Podolski smashed in the winner from close range as Arsenal maintained their grip on second place.


AM at 2014-11-04 20:11:54

Welcome to tonight`s live REFCAM game on 04/11/2014, 19:45 kick off CET @  Emirates Stadium, London, England Arsenal FC – RSC Anderlecht (D)

Arsenal can secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League when they take on Anderlecht tonight, if results go their way.

The Gunners go into the game second in Group D knowing a win and a defeat for Galatasaray against Borussia Dortmund will book their place in the last 16.

Arsenal left it late to beat Anderlecht in Brussels a fortnight ago as two goals in the closing stages from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski rescued the north London side from defeat.

Anderlecht arrived tonight at the Stadium at 7.00pm  will this late arrival affect their preparations for this vital game?

Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at