Arsenal -v- Chelsea

Arsenal -v- Chelsea

Commentary By: Trevor Simpson

FINAL SCORE: 0 - 0



at 2015-04-26 18:14:51

Seven cautions (four for Arsenal – three for Chelsea) – pulsating contest that needed a cool head. Michael delivered on that score but the big decisions will be the major talking points. I always highlighted in my pre-match instructions to my assistants that how ever many ‘right decisions’ we gave, we would be judged on the FIVE big ones. A penalty (or not) was the major one of those 5 and Michael has had several of these decisions to make today. Right or wrong, he will live or die by his judgement. Make no mistake, they were all ‘judgement calls’ which under the Laws of the Game were ‘in the referee’s opinion’. The first one was a high foot and a genuine attempt by the keeper which all the pundits thought was a penalty kick and a red card! Rubbish! Difficult ones and easy ones all need a judgement. I have made my views clear and Michael will look carefully at a replay of the game to be critical of his own performance. There were 28 free kicks awarded by Michael – not quite evenly balanced, but the penalty area decisions were not included as he made no positive awards in these areas. John Terry confirmed Michael got them all right! He would –  and had a penalty been awarded to each team, the balance of control would have been satisfied. Why are we seeing them not given? A question for Alan Biggs to ask on the Ref Show this week with Keith Hackett. It will be worth watching! Thanks for joining us today and watch for more games in the coming weeks on Ref Cam.


at 2015-04-26 17:56:06

Caution Monreal who ‘took one for the team’ with a foul on half way,as Chelsea broke Yellow Card Final whistle as Mourinho heads down the tunnel without looking back. Full Time The summary to follow.


at 2015-04-26 17:53:25

Arsenal looking the more likely to create a goal Caution for Cozorla as Chelsea sub. Yellow Card Willian off and Cadrado on.


at 2015-04-26 17:50:52

4 added minutes shown by Lee Mason who has managed the Technical Are with aplomb!


at 2015-04-26 17:49:48

Chelsea sub – Fabergas off and Zouma on for Chelsea.


at 2015-04-26 17:48:52

Ivanovic needs to be cateful! On a caution and almost committed another reckless challenge. Ball out for a throw in saved him. Caution for Ramsey issued by Michael. Yellow Card


at 2015-04-26 17:46:42

Foul on Terry earns Chelsea a free kick as we approach the last 3 minutes.


at 2015-04-26 17:45:08

First flag for a foul by AR Betts gives Chelsea a free kick. Good flag, well delivered to show good teamwork.


at 2015-04-26 17:43:22

Approaching 82 minutes as Welbeck earns Arsenal a corner. A foul awarded against Arsenal for a challenge on the keeper resulting in treatment being required. Walcott on for Giroud for Arsenal.


at 2015-04-26 17:40:57

Ivanovic earned his caution for the reckless challenge (not careless as I blogged!) after being fortunate to escape a yellow card in the first half when Michael ‘managed’ the incident by bringing Skipper Terry into the discussion. A lucky boy, not to have had this latest challenge ruled a ‘second yellow’.i am sure Mr Wenger will make this point. A Monreal foul gives Chelsea a free kick.


at 2015-04-26 17:36:28

Here comes Welbeck for Coquelin on 76 minutes for Arsenal.


at 2015-04-26 17:33:54

Drogba wanted a penalty for handling but did get a corner! Still no goals as we approach 75 minutes.


at 2015-04-26 17:32:01

Substitutes are warming up which will inject more passion into the game as they try and prove to the manager that they should have been on from the start. Beware of substitutions! As a referee the introduction of Substitutions can turn a game upside down. At any level referees must always be aware that a game can change on the introduction of new players. Either they will come on to disrupt play, be badly disciplined or attempt to show the manager that they should have been on from the start and score wonder goals. Added awareness from the referee is requires to manage all these eventualities. Ivanovic cautioned for a careless challenge in front of the dugout. Yellow Card


at 2015-04-26 17:28:23

A Drogba shot is easily saved before Arsenal attack and Sanchez is blocked  ‘off the ball’. Nothing given and then Chlsea get a free kick. More Arsenal pressure and they have a corner. Willian gets a caution for a high foot as his boot catches Koscielny in the face. Yellow Card


at 2015-04-26 17:20:36

A quite start to the second half in the first 15 minutes. Injury to Coqueline (cautioned in the first half) takes the sting out of the game to the referee’s advantage.


at 2015-04-26 17:18:01

Ramires claims he was hit in the face as Chelsea are awarded a free kick. Keith Hackett recently rightly highlighted to issues of the illegal use of arms and hands, saying “I am becoming increasingly concerned with players using their hands and arms illegally and not being sanctioned in the appropriate manner. To detect these offences all officials must improve their concentration and awareness to put these challenges under proper scrutiny. Often match officials miss the illegal hand/arm challenge because their focus is on a player’s feet and legs. So match officials, you need to raise your awareness to ensure that you detect and act upon these strong, unfair physical contacts where players use elbows and arms illegally. Recently, Chelsea’s John Terry was guilty of using an arm illegally in his challenge into the back of Manchester United’s Falcao who finished up on the floor, the offence was unpunished by referee Mike Dean. Play continued and a goal resulted for Chelsea, which proved the 1-0 match winner at Stamford Bridge”.

Keith further added, “This was a rare and unusual error by Dean who, later in the game, made a terrific decision in detecting an act of simulation by Manchester United’s Ander Herrera. Highlighted in the www.you-are-the-ref Ref Cam report on the Manchester City v West Ham United game, our reporter Stuart Martin was clear in his view that referee Anthony Taylor should have issued a RED CARD (not a yellow) to Cheikhou Kouyate The West Ham player clearly used an illegal arm/elbow into the face of his opponent, David Silva, who was carried off on a stretcher with an oxygen mask strapped to his face. Howard Webb, in your new role with PGMOL, you need to ensure that the match officials under your direct control are reminded of their duties to apply the law and to protect players. Remember, when looking at challenges between players, referees must focus not only on feet and legs; they need to ensure that illegal use of arm/elbow ARE DETECTED AND PUNISHED!!” Strong words and sound advice from Keith and as always, your views are appreciated. Please let us have your thoughts on You-Are-The-Ref.com throughout the game.


at 2015-04-26 17:18:00

Ramires claims he was hit in the face as Chelsea are awarded a free kick. Keith Hackett recently rightly highlighted to issues of the illegal use of arms and hands, saying “I am becoming increasingly concerned with players using their hands and arms illegally and not being sanctioned in the appropriate manner. To detect these offences all officials must improve their concentration and awareness to put these challenges under proper scrutiny. Often match officials miss the illegal hand/arm challenge because their focus is on a player’s feet and legs. So match officials, you need to raise your awareness to ensure that you detect and act upon these strong, unfair physical contacts where players use elbows and arms illegally. Recently, Chelsea’s John Terry was guilty of using an arm illegally in his challenge into the back of Manchester United’s Falcao who finished up on the floor, the offence was unpunished by referee Mike Dean. Play continued and a goal resulted for Chelsea, which proved the 1-0 match winner at Stamford Bridge”.

Keith further added, “This was a rare and unusual error by Dean who, later in the game, made a terrific decision in detecting an act of simulation by Manchester United’s Ander Herrera. Highlighted in the www.you-are-the-ref Ref Cam report on the Manchester City v West Ham United game, our reporter Stuart Martin was clear in his view that referee Anthony Taylor should have issued a RED CARD (not a yellow) to Cheikhou Kouyate The West Ham player clearly used an illegal arm/elbow into the face of his opponent, David Silva, who was carried off on a stretcher with an oxygen mask strapped to his face. Howard Webb, in your new role with PGMOL, you need to ensure that the match officials under your direct control are reminded of their duties to apply the law and to protect players. Remember, when looking at challenges between players, referees must focus not only on feet and legs; they need to ensure that illegal use of arm/elbow ARE DETECTED AND PUNISHED!!” Strong words and sound advice from Keith and as always, your views are appreciated. Please let us have your thoughts on You-Are-The-Ref.com throughout the game.


at 2015-04-26 17:15:55

Free kick rightly awarded to Arsenal and a good position wasted as Chelsea clear. Good turn of speed by Michal to get forward before Hazard shoots over the bar.


at 2015-04-26 17:13:17

Technical hitch on the blog when the Arsenal keeper was injured. Hope we are back now!


at 2015-04-26 17:12:10


TS at 2015-04-26 17:12:09

Injury to the Arsenalkeeperwho collides with his own player as Fabergas challenges.


TS at 2015-04-26 17:10:44

Remaining mentally alert and aware is vital for all the officials and also ensuring that correct decisions are made in a consistent manner. The half time discussions in the referee’s room will have focused on the penalty decisions and the general control of the game. More tempo management required and the two cautions – Fabergas and Arsenal’s Coqueline are noted and  preventative dialogue to them both might deter further misconduct.


TS at 2015-04-26 17:09:27

The whistle blows for the start of the final 45 minutes of this crucial game. Keith Hackett recently extolled the virtues of ‘ten minute refereeing’ and that is something that Michael will have been working on during this season as he breaks the game down into manageable chunks of officiating. substitutes – Oscar off and Drogba on for Chelsea.


TS at 2015-04-26 17:04:49

The whistle blows for the start of the final 45 minutes of this crucial game. Keith Hackett recently extolled the virtues of ‘ten minute refereeing’ and that is something that Michael will have been working on during this season as he breaks the game down into manageable chunks of officiating. substitutes – Oscar off and Drogba on for Chelsea.


TS at 2015-04-26 17:02:44

Penalties or not? The slight contact on Oscar was not a penalty for me as the minimal contact was not sufficient. We would be having free kicks all over the field if this was a foul!  Fabergas made a meal of his fall in the area and was booked for simulation. There was contact but he embellished it which earned him the caution. Difficult for the referee but the player came across him and his leg was used to try and block the run. The goalkeeper collision looked reckless on the replays, but at the time it was a genuine attempt to play the ball! The consequence of the action was a judgement call but it was not a DOGSO as the header was goal bound but cleared. Cahill’s handling offence was more difficult. Was his hand in a natural position or did he make himself bigger and try and prevent the ball travelling goal wards? Michael Oliver ruled ‘no penalty’ on all three occasions – he was well positioned and that helped sell his decisions (right or wrong).


TS at 2015-04-26 16:54:02

Fabergas – looking like the Lone Ranger – will feel aggrieved to have not won a penalty for Chelsea and to be cautioned for simulation.Half Time No goals so far but lots of talking points regarding the referee’s judgement! He has to get the ‘big decisions’ right and whilst he was in good positions to judge, he failed to award two ‘clear penalty kicks’. We must ask the question – WHY? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com Join us for the second half in ten minutes.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:47:13

Two minutes added time at the end of the first half.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:43:34

40 minutes gone and stil no goals! Just the one caution (to Fabergas) as this pulsating game continues. Penalty discussions will dominate the half time talk!


TS at 2015-04-26 16:36:45

Arsenal’s turn to be aggrieved at the referee as Cahill’s arm strikes the ball as he goes to ground! We could – should have – had two penalties awarded (one for each team) but the referee’s judgement on the other two had my agreement.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:34:26

Fabergas was cautioned for his alleged simulation Yellow Card a big talking point and one that will be raised against the referee.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:32:53

Some good body posture by both assistants in giving throw in awards as Chelsea put the pressure on Arsenal.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:31:13

Chelsea have had 3 unsuccessful penalty appeals in this first 30 minutes. If they lose, it will be the fault of the referee according to Mourinho! A manager in the 90’s told me, “It is not whether you win or lose, but who you blame!” Still true today!


TS at 2015-04-26 16:27:33

Simulation and play acting have been the focus of Keith Hackett’s discussion on You Are The Ref TV with Alan Biggs. The clubs have a responsibility in this area as also have the PFA. Referees need to be vigilant and accurate in their judgements of incidents of this sort, particularly in the penalty area. Many believe that the Yellow Card for simulation is a softer option for the referees than the award of a penalty and the possible Red Card for the denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity. (DOGSO).


TS at 2015-04-26 16:26:08

Michael in the way of play as Fabergas cautioned for simulation when there was certainly contact and a penalty looked inevitable! What were your views? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


TS at 2015-04-26 16:22:35

20 minutes gone and whilst there have been talking points,the referee’s been successful in selling his decisions because of his close proximity to play.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:20:55

Positionally, Michael has been in the way of play in the ‘inside left channel’ and needs to adjust his position in this area.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:19:21

Great chance for Chelsea, cleared off the line for a corner as Oscar collides with the Arsenal keeper. Mourinho blasting Lee Mason and demanding a penalty as treatment to Oscar continues. As an ‘old keeper’ I think he had every right to go for that ball Michael in a great position to judge and award the corner.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:15:29

Another Arsenal corner but Chelsea gain possession to slow the game down.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:13:06

Ten minutes gone and signs that this will take great referee skills to maintain control. He had a chance to kill the game with an offside flag but played advantage! Tempo management opportunity missed!


TS at 2015-04-26 16:11:07

Oscar down in the Penalty Area! Some slight contact but no penalty for me! Foul by Ivanovic and Michael showing great maturity in getting Captain Terry involved. He obviously has a game plan of keeping his powder dry and not going for an early caution. Managing the event is a skill but a caution is a caution!


TS at 2015-04-26 16:08:06

Corner to Arsenal. First corner kick and we will all be watching the issue of grappling! This it is an area of the laws of the game that is not consistently applied. Law is clear and it should be applied consistently within the Premier League.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:06:04

Wasted free kick straight at the keeper. But the start indicates player commitment and the need for tight officiating.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:04:49

A good start to the game by Chelsea keeping the ball and earning the first free kick. Just two players – Cahill and Terry with English names in this multi national game. Free kick Arsenal in ago opposition. Spray time.


TS at 2015-04-26 16:01:12

The whistle blows, Chelsea kick off and we are under way for what should be an interesting game as both teams have shown great quality throughout the season to date. The minutes silence in tribute to those 56 supporters who lost their lives in the Bradford fire was beautifully observed.


TS at 2015-04-26 15:56:12

Mourinho entered the technical area early, before Wenger and The players are in the tunnel and ready to enter the field of play after the Assistant Referees have carried out equipment checks.


TS at 2015-04-26 15:55:02

Fourth Official, Lee Mason is well known to me having worked with him as his referee coach for many years during his Football League days and he has certainly progressed his career since our time together from the start of his career. He works hard at his game, has a keen sense of humour, an incredible knowledge of quiz trivia and after today’s encounter may well be in line to referee the up and coming boxing match between Pacquiao and Mayweather! The friction between Wenger and Mourinho has in the past spilled over from bitter rivalry to physical confrontation. Seconds out – round one!


TS at 2015-04-26 15:52:15

Today’s assistants are L. Betts and J. Brooks. Assistant Referee John Brooks was the AR in the FA Cup Semi Final last Sunday who incorrectly flagged Balotelli offside near the end of the game. It was a major game changing incorrect decision and incredibly he has received this appointment on the Premier League today. It seems to confirm that the FA and PGMOL are part of the situation where the right hand is unaware of what the left hand is doing! Will John’s confidence be in tact after that major error and should he then have received a role in the top game of the weekend on the Premier League? Both Assistant Referees I am sure will be working hard to support the referee with a high standard of teamwork. and correct offside judgement is a vital part of that. The first offside decision sets the standard for the game. Offside judgement has been proven suspect in the Premier League this season with too many Assistant Referees getting their decisions wrong. Incorrect judgement happens but the over-riding feature is that there does not seem to be an effective mentor working with the Select Group of Assistant Referees to help them solve their problems. Let’s hope that all offside decisions are correct today and do not cost either team points in the League


TS at 2015-04-26 15:49:46

Referee Michael Oliver has been one of the top officials in terms of credible performances in the Premier League this season with his communication and man management skills being something for the others to copy. His experience now outweighs his youth and he is perfectly placed to push for becoming one of the top officials at this level. His application of Law has been consistently accurate with most of his decisions having full credibility because of his fitness and close proximity to play.


TS at 2015-04-26 15:46:59

Good afternoon and welcome to You-are-the-ref for this afternoon’s game, another red against blue contest, from The Emirates Stadium. Chelsea will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League whilst Arsenal will hope to pull off a win against their great London rivals and consolidate their high flying position in the Premier League. They go second if they win today’s game but will remain third, one place above Manchester United, if they fail to win.


TS at 2015-04-26 15:45:42

Arsenal -v- Chelsea

Sunday April 26th 2015 – Kick off: 16.00 GMT.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Assistant 1: L. Betts.

Assistant 2: J. Brooks.

Fourth Official: Lee Mason.

Thanks to Andy Martin for his work on Ref Cam throughout the Everton -v- Manchester United game this afternoon on which he offered some clear and effective advice and judgement of the referee and his team. His advice to Assistant Referees is outstanding and should be followed by anyone ‘running with a flag in the hand’ from local parks to Premier League! The three nil Everton win helped ease their relegation worries but the defeat has not pleased the ‘red half’ of Manchester!