Arsenal v Hull City


RH at 2015-01-04 20:37:53

The final result went very much to form and from a Refereeing point of view we went 88 minutes before a Key Match Incident arrived, but when it did, its disappointing to report that the Referee got it wrong. Francis Coquelin’s two footed tackle was surely endangering the safety of his opponent, in my view a red card should have been shown not a yellow for the challenge. Whilst i appreciate that it would not have affected the final result, offenders must be correctly punished when they launch themselves two footed at another player. The applying of sanctions was also inconsistent given that the same player Francis Coquelin should have been cautioned in the first half for a Reckless tackle on Quinn. So either way for a straight Red card or a second yellow card, he should have been sent off. The other talking point was Sanchez’s harsh caution following his follow through contact on Davis, not so serious and fortunately for Sanchez he went on to score a superb goal. However from a technical point of view Bobby Madley did well, i commented in the match blog on his good reading of play and effective movement. He did better in this respect than many of his senior colleagues. But as we say its the major decisions that matter and although he shows promise, on this performance he needs more time before he is regularly introduced to Premier League Refereeing . I can see his potential to Referee at Select list level but overall i saw this as an opportunity missed. The teamwork though was good and he received good support from his colleagues.

RH at 2015-01-04 20:22:21

There’s more Third Round FA Cup action coming your way on REFCAM, why not join us for tomorrow evening’s intriguing game between AFC Wimbledon and Liverpool, Should Liverpool come through that tie or not, they feature again on REFCAM next Saturday 10th January against Sunderland, when we return to Premier League Business, would be great to have you on board for both games!


RH at 2015-01-04 20:21:45

Full Time

RH at 2015-01-04 20:21:24

Another chance to see the Manchester derby that saw City beat United 3-1 season 2005/06 7.30pm today

RH at 2015-01-04 20:19:44

3 minutes added time

RH at 2015-01-04 20:19:27

Yellow Cardfor Coquelin who needlessly left the ground two footed to commit a challenge on Maguire, isn’t that the basis of a sending off offence? The only mitigation is that by the time contact was made he was going to ground. What are your thoughts? should he have been sent off?  Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RH at 2015-01-04 20:14:32

Yellow Cardstraight forward caution for Davis following his crude challenge


RH at 2015-01-04 20:13:20

Although there has been some inconsistency in the use of the yellow card, from a technical perspective Bobby Madley is doing very well, his reading of the game so far has been good, he doesn’t get caught up in play and does not use up needless energy by chasing the ball, he maintains a good proximity to play and has missed very little

RH at 2015-01-04 20:10:50

GOAL!Sanchez makes it Arsenal 2-0 Hull City

RH at 2015-01-04 20:07:53

Another great tackle by Maguire on Rosicky! again superbly timed!

RH at 2015-01-04 20:06:30

So was Sanchez unlucky to pick up a yellow card there?

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RH at 2015-01-04 20:05:31

Sanchez catching Davis with his follow through gained mainly from momentum, Yellow Carda harsh caution, does make you reflect on that first half Coquelin tackle on Quinn, more about that later

RH at 2015-01-04 20:01:01


There’s more Third Round FA Cup action coming your way on REFCAM, why not join us for tomorrow evening’s intriguing game between AFC Wimbledon and Liverpool, Should Liverpool come through that tie or not, they feature again on REFCAM next Saturday 10th January against Sunderland, when we return to Premier League Business, would be great to have you onboard for both games!



RH at 2015-01-04 19:59:14

Maguire receiving words from Bobby Madley following that great advantage as Sanchez was unfairly challenged, TV pictures suggesting that the tackle was borderline Careless/Reckless

RH at 2015-01-04 19:57:25

TV replays confirming Maguire’s superb last ditch tackle on Sannchez, which needed to be well timed!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:56:05

Fantastic advantage following a late challenge on Sanchez to allow Walcott in on goal, he misses!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:54:10

The Referee still looking composed and adopting a similar patrol path as he did during the first half

RH at 2015-01-04 19:51:57

Hull sensing an opportunity to get back into the game, Elmohamady is now on which means that they intend to attack down the flanks, could bring Assistant Stephen Child into the game more

RH at 2015-01-04 19:49:33

Its not the Referees problem that his profile is raised at the moment, its down to frustration on Arsenals part and a growing confidence from the Hull players, Bobby needs to stand tall here

RH at 2015-01-04 19:47:12

A late whistle for a high leg challenge on McShane, no point in delaying matters at this point in the game, better to nail it straight away!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:45:16

This is an important phase of the game, Hull are coming back into the game, Arsenal are giving away mid field free kicks, the Referee needs to be on his game here!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:43:48

Another midfield free kick, this time for a careless challenge by Tomas Rosicky, as with the previous two offences the Referee was well placed to deliver his judgement!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:41:40

Bobby Madley angering the home crowd with another midfield free kick, he’s right to do that! its moments like these where two unpunished challenges suddenly see’s the game getting away from the Referee, he can let some slack out later, good refereeing

RH at 2015-01-04 19:39:17

Sanchez and Quinn clashing there, no malice in it, Bobby Madley right to stop play quickly and award a direct free kick to Hull.

RH at 2015-01-04 19:37:26

Arsenal showing pace with that attack as Sanchez goes close, a taste of things to come?

RH at 2015-01-04 19:35:17

Andy Wood tweeting on that first half challenge by Francis Coquelin, he feels as i do, that a yellow card should have been shown! Thanks Andy!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:33:39

The second half has started!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:27:39

Well a decent first half for the large crowd, with the accent very much on Football. The players must take much of the credit for that, showing for the most part a respect for each other. As for the Match Officials no Key Match Incidents/error’s but there is a talking point. The challenge by Francis Coquelin on Quinn was Reckless and i feel that Bobby Madley would have helped his cause no end by cautioning the tackle. It is down to the players that no recriminations took place after. He did however make no mistake with the caution of McShane for his reckless challenge on Monreal in the closing minutes of the half. He must be consistent in the second period. However he looks composed and i like his positional sense in keeping play at a good viewing distance. This could be tested as the game progresses. On balance though he takes no baggage into the second half!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:17:42

Half Time

RH at 2015-01-04 19:17:22

Yellow Cardfor McShane following a reckless challenge on Monreal, correct!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:13:59

Replays of the Arsenal goal confirming that Mertesacker’s goal was the result of a great jump, nothing to question from a Refereeing perspective

RH at 2015-01-04 19:11:47

Bobby Madley right to insist that the free kick was taken from the correct place!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:10:37

The game not stretching the Referee or his Assistants too much at this stage, however as player tiredness creeps in during the second half the Referee could be tested more as play becomes ragged

RH at 2015-01-04 19:06:48

Arsenal clearly in control at this stage, but Hull are only one strike away from being right in the game, everything still to play for!

RH at 2015-01-04 19:05:23

The Referee having to take avoiding action during that last Arsenal attack, no real problem, just underlines his good positional sense up to that point

RH at 2015-01-04 19:02:44

A good opening half hour from the Match Officials, Bobby Madley should be happy with his handling of this game so far, the only talking point being Coquelin’s challenge on Quinn

RH at 2015-01-04 19:01:02

Assistant Gary Beswick continues to demonstrate good sideways movement on the far touchline, has to be the method of keeping play in view!

RH at 2015-01-04 18:57:22

The Referee maintaining his patrol path of a rectangular area between both penalty area’s, allowing play to develop and making small adjustments, using an explosive sprint to create good viewing angles in the final third of the field of play, good stuff!

RH at 2015-01-04 18:53:31

Bobby Madley needs to focused a s Hull will be rocked by the goal and those two Arsenal corners!

RH at 2015-01-04 18:52:10

GOAL!Per Mertesacker opens the scoring, 1-0 Arsenal

RH at 2015-01-04 18:47:40

The Referee correctly awards a free kick for a push by Monreal on Tom Ince

RH at 2015-01-04 18:46:24

The Referee showing confidence in that last Arsenal attack to refrain from penalising Sanchez’s fair challenge on Figueroa

RH at 2015-01-04 18:43:51

Francis Coquelin making a challenge on Quinn that on another day would almost certainly have earned him a caution, Bobby Madley choosing to have words

RH at 2015-01-04 18:41:33

The Referee is showing good positional awareness at the moment, play is developing slowly in midfield, Bobby Madley is watching play develop and then making small adjustments to track play and keep a correct viewing distance

RH at 2015-01-04 18:38:21

Good sideways movement technique from Assistant Gary Beswick keeping play in view

RH at 2015-01-04 18:37:19

Bobby Madley looking composed in these opening minutes of the game

RH at 2015-01-04 18:36:05

Sanchez going to ground in the Hull penalty area well placed

RH at 2015-01-04 18:34:46

Assistant Stephen Child is patrolling the Technical area touch line and Gary Beswick patrolling the ‘far side’ touch line

RH at 2015-01-04 18:31:16

Our match Referee Bobby Madley gets us underway!


RH at 2015-01-04 18:25:04

2015 Got off to a disappointing start for the Select Referee Group, the New Year’s Day Premier League programme was punctuated with several high profile decision making errors from Referees who should be capable of higher standards.  Keith Hackett has addressed most of the contributing factors in his blog on Friday 2nd January. However one other reason for the current malaise is the lack of competition for places that exists within current Select Refereeing group, the healthy pressure being placed on the current group that needs to emerge from those up and coming Referees who hunger for a place at the top domestic tier of English Refereeing. Yes it has been noticeable that the likes of Atwell, Stroud and Scott have been appointed to games in recent weeks and the imminent return of FIFA and FA Cup Final Referee Lee Probert from injury can only improve competition for places. But it is this regard that the FA Cup can play its part in providing an opportunity for younger Referee’s to make their mark. Already this season in earlier rounds promising Referees like David Coote and Andy Madley have officiated on live TV games. The Third Round of the FA Cup provides an excellent opportunity for a promising Referee to take charge of a match that features Premier League teams competing in a televised game. Here acknowledgement is due to the FA for offering one Referee the chance. So step forward today’s Match Referee Bobby Madley following in the footsteps of his brother Andy who refereed that memorable live TV Second tie between Hartlepool and Blythe Spartans. Bobby is young enough not only to succeed at Select list level but also progress to the FIFA list of Referees. We all at ‘You Are The Ref’ care passionately about Refereeing at all levels of the game and nothing would give us greater pleasure than to witness a strong performance today from a young Referee that would place healthy pressure on some of the Select Group Referees who currently are not doing themselves any favors.

RH at 2015-01-04 18:19:14

Welcome to our coverage of this FA Cup Tie at The Emirates Stadium, for the second meeting here this season of these two teams. Today’s Match Referee is Bobby Madley, his Assistant Referees are Gary Beswick and Stephen Child, the Fourth Official is Anthony Taylor.