SM at 2017-02-11 15:45:23

Definitely a game of two halves as they say as far as the Officials are concerned. The first half saw a good performance with a good standard of decision making, sensible “low key” assertion of authority with control maintained at a high level and the only talking point the goal scored by Sanchez. Did the Arsenal player deliberately put the ball into goal with his hand?. Well, the ball certainly hit Sanchez’s hand but it was played at pace by the Hull defender from very close proximity and rebounded into goal. The important word here is “deliberate” and NO Sanchez did not handle the ball deliberately.. However, having the advantage of seeing a video replay it does look as if Sanchez may well have ensured that ball hit his raised arm.

The second half was a different story. The intensity rose and it became necessary for the Referee to issue cautions to ensure control was maintained at a high level.The cautions for Walcott, Sanchez and Ranocchia were warranted but what about the one for Gibbs for his foul on Marcovic. No doubt about the offence being recognised and penalised but  was it the denial of a goalscoring opportunity and hence should have resulted in the red card and dismissal for Gibbs? My opinion is that Gibbs knew exactly what he was doing and was fortunate to only receive a yellow card. The dismissal of Clucas was absolutely correct. The Arsenal shot was not from close proximity and Clucas moved his arm to keep the ball out of the goal.;   Overall Mark Clattenburg had a reasonable game which was spoiled by two contentious decisions which were unfortunately “big” ones. I understand he apologised for his “errors” after the game. Very commendable but not what we need from our so called “better” referees.

SM at 2017-02-11 15:22:47

Full Time


SM at 2017-02-11 15:22:20

Advantage applied by Referee with a clear signal.

SM at 2017-02-11 15:20:07

Deliberate handball by Clucas Red CardPenalty kick Arsenal  4 minutes added time.GOAL! 2-0

SM at 2017-02-11 15:11:16

Simon Jackson…I may well agree but need to see a replay for position of any other defenders.

SM at 2017-02-11 15:06:26

Dai Evans….completely agree. And so did the Officials.

SM at 2017-02-11 15:03:20

Yellow CardSanchez for simulation.

SM at 2017-02-11 15:02:32

The Laws do not permit the scoring of a goal using hand or arm. But this has to be a deliberate and intentional act . Sanchez had no chance of avoiding the ball (wherever it may have hit him) as it was played at pace by the defender from very close proximity. In my opinion ( and clearly that of the officials) Sanchez did not intentionally put the ball into goal with his hand..

SM at 2017-02-11 14:57:18

Yellow CardRannochia

SM at 2017-02-11 14:55:15

Jane… the ball was played at pace by the defender and Sanchez was so close he had no chance to move his arm hence no offence. Hull were unlucky the ball could have gone anywhere but by the same token it could have hit Sanchez anywhere and still gone in to goal.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:51:10

The game is at a fast pace moving quickly from end to end but this is not causing the Referee any problems. His fitness level is good.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:48:32

Hull substitution Evandro for Grosicki.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:47:17

If the ball strikes a defenders arm who is standing on the goal line then if his arms are by his side and the player does not move them, then no offence has been committed and hence a penalty kick should not be awarded.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:43:30

Yellow CardGibbs for foul on Marcovic. Referee behind play but making up ground quickly. Was it a clear goalscoring opportunity denied?

SM at 2017-02-11 14:41:06

Referee shows a calm approach, takes his time and rightly cautions Walcott for throwing ball away. Yellow Card

SM at 2017-02-11 14:38:49

A quick Hull counter-attack and once again the Referee is not found wanting. and has achieved a good viewing position to award Hull a corner kick.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:35:30

The Referee again very close to award Hull a free-kick.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:32:37

Trev Wallace you are completely correct. Handball has to be deliberate and as I said Sanchez did NOT move his arm towards the ball. Who would say his arm was in an unnatural position. Sanchez was moving forward and players to not run with their arm by their side so I would suggest that his arms were in a natural position.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:24:52

A very good first 45 minutes by the Referee. He’s always been near to any incident which required the game to be stopped and used his experience to assert authority in a very “low key manner making sensible use of the “quiet word” on a couple of occasions. Nothing contentious apart from maybe the Arsenal goal where Hull players claimed handball by Sanchez before he scored. However, the ball was played by the Hull defender from off the goal line and hit Sanchez who was less than a yard away and who did NOT move his arm. Referee sensibly went to communicate with his Assistant to ensure the correct decision was to award the goal.

Officials rarely noticed during the first half so let’s hope more of the same. Join us for the second vital 45 minutes after a quick cuppa again.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:16:32

Good detection and signal of ball out of play by Assistant before being crossed into goal area  Foul by Gibbs. Free-kick to Hull.   Half Time.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:12:37

Correct award of free-kick following foul by Coqulin. Quiet word for the Arsenal culprit  shows sensible assertion of authority in keeping with the game.

SM at 2017-02-11 14:06:15

GOAL! 1-0 to Arsenal but did Sanchez handle ?. Absolutely not a deliberate movement of the arm by the Arsenal player. Referee correct to award he goal

SM at 2017-02-11 14:03:25

What a good sprint from the Referee and a clear advantage signal following minor offence as Arsenal had a good attacking option.   Referee well positioned to turn down handball claims by Arsenal attackers. Absolutely the correct call.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:58:44

Once again Referee within 3 or 4 yards to spot offence. Superb positioning. Good offside recognition by Assistant. Positive prompt flag signal used..   Sensible quiet word with Huddlestone following his foul on Walcott. Free-kick to Arsenal.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:55:07

See the Referees adjustment of position keeps him close to play and yet not be in the way. Good reading of play.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:52:40

Once again great Referee position to penalise Oxlade-Chamberlain.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:49:44

See how close the Referee was when awarding Arsenal a free-kick for a foul.  Close proximity gives added credibility.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:45:59

Another Hull attack and the Referee has achieved a good viewing position on the edge of the penalty area and then injects a good acceleration to deal with the Arsenal counter-attack.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:42:56

Watch how the Referee reads the patterns of play and adjusts position to suit. So far so good.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:41:36

A quick counter-attack by Hull and the Referee was able to use his obvious fitness to deal with it comfortably.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:40:19

Notice the quick acceleration by the Referee when the ball suddenly fell for  an Arsenal attacking situation. Ensured he had an unobstructed view of any situation that may have arisen

SM at 2017-02-11 13:37:42

Good awareness by Referee of where play was going ensured he was able to quickly move out of the way to prevent getting hit by a player.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:35:30

Good spot of handball by Bellerin and award of free-kick to Hull

SM at 2017-02-11 13:33:19

Hull kick-off.   Notice how the Referee is happy to move about slowly in a midfield position as Arsenal play across the back hence keeping play in view but then adding a good movement when the ball is played forward so as to keep near play.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:27:29

Well here we go….teams in the tunnel, Officials resplendent in light blue kit. Let’s hope they produce a great performance.

SM at 2017-02-11 13:02:31

Good Morning from You-Are-The-Ref.

Todays lunchtime match features Arsenal and Hull City at the Emirates Stadium.

As we reach the “business end” of the season points are becoming more and more important for differing reasons. Arsenal are desperate to re-ignite their challenge for the title ( which looks a little ambitious after last weeks loss to Chelsea) while Hull City’s new manager seems to have kick-started their attempt to stay in the league following a victory over Liverpool and a draw at Manchester United.

So today’s game is very important to both teams and hence we have one of England’s top officials in charge…Mark Clattenburg… who will be ably assisted by Jake Collin, Adrian Holmes and Roger East.

Join us for the match which has a 12.30 kick-off.

Just time to grab a cuppa and then we should be about ready to go.