Arsenal v Leicester City


RCT at 2016-02-14 15:01:13

Thanks for tuning in and stay with us for our coverage of 2 further RefCam games this afternoon, namely Villa v Liverpool at 2.05pm (UK time) and Manchester City v Tottenham at 4.15pm.  I’m off to buy my better half a belated Valentine’s day present, but I need to be back for the start of the game from Villa Park – I will be in trouble. Wish me luck, and bye for now as I hand over to Mark Halsey who will be your expert coach for the next game here on You Are The Ref.

RCT at 2016-02-14 15:00:28

There is some debate here at You Are The Ref re Drinkwater’s challenge on Ramsey in the latter stages, but overall – that was a sound performance ….

RCT at 2016-02-14 14:57:55

Full Time

We should also not underestimate the input from Mike Mullarkey who made several correct key decisions to assist in the match official’s team performance, which I can only describe as commendable.

RCT at 2016-02-14 14:56:03

Full Time

Wow, well that was one hum-dinger of a game, probably the most severe test I have seen for the match officials on a Premiership game this season and they have come through with great distinction. The formal sanctions issued were correct in law and vital in retaining match control and the referee displayed clear and calm thought processing in making his decisions.


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:54:14

GOAL!Welbeck heads home to break Leicester hearts ….

RCT at 2016-02-14 14:53:08

Yellow CardStandards retained as Wasilewski in correctly cautioned.


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:50:08

4 additional minutes for Leicester City to hold on …


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:49:46

4 additional minutes for Leicester City to hold on …


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:46:27

Schmeichel produces a world-class save to keep the game at 1-1


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:41:30

2 substitutions allows the refereeing team a 30 second breather to refocus ….


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:39:27

10 to go, keep focused Gents, rest assured the team will be using the comms system to keep each other in tune with the game and to encourage each other to continue with their high standards.


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:33:11

15 minutes to go, and we must commend Martin Atkinson and his team for retaining control in this crackerjack of a high importance game. Calm and clear thinking have been the key attributes …..


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:29:46

GOAL! Walcott shows composure to equalise – the last 20 minute are going to be very interesting.


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:24:46

By the letter of the law Michael, you are correct, but in the interests of match control, would it be wise to issue these cards? What’s your opinion on this, let us know, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:22:52

A very interesting tweet from @MBurkeDentonLab who says, according to the latter of the law, Sanchez and Giroud sg=should have been cautioned for imaginary card waving


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:19:48

We said that the first 15 minutes of this half would be critical – this has been a major test of Martin Atkinson’s refereeing and, so far, he has risen to all the challenges presented to him.


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:17:08

Yellow CardFirst class refereeing as Kante is cautioned, taking his time to calm the game down and to think clearly before correctly deciding to caution



RCT at 2016-02-14 14:15:20

Red CardSimpson has to go – a second yellow for a cynical pull back by the Foxes’s defender – surely the Leicester defenders were aware of the tolerance level being utilised by the referee – apparently not, Simpson can have no complaints.



RCT at 2016-02-14 14:12:13

Yellow CardAnother good example of applying advantage and returning to caution the offending player as Fuchs joins the list of those who have been cautioned


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:10:51

Another very close and key call for the refereeing team, I would not be surprised if Mike Mullarkey had an input into that ‘non-give’ of a penalty as Mahrez goes to ground too easily – correct decision


RCT at 2016-02-14 14:08:08

Yellow CardSimpson caution for a cynical challenge – solid decision making by the referee – again



RCT at 2016-02-14 14:06:08

Here we go for the 2nd half – it’s a key first 10/15 minutes of the second half, I envisage that the referee will be keen to slow the game wherever possible in order to retain control

RCT at 2016-02-14 14:04:07

Half Time

On further analysis, that passage of play shows how switched on the Premiership referees have to be focused and to think clearly, 5 key decisions within a minute – no offence by Morgan, a cracking advantage, 2 yellow cards and a penalty – commendable refereeing.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:59:36

Whoosh – our twitter feed has gone bonkers -thank you to all who have contributed over this incident. Half Time

RCT at 2016-02-14 13:56:53

Half Time

Then, as Vardy moves into the penalty area, he “draws the foul” in basketball terms Coquelin’s challenge causes Vardy to fall and the decision to award the penalty kick is 100% correct.

RCT at 2016-02-14 13:55:01

Half Time

Moving forward, a stellar piece of high quality refereeing as Martin Atkinson allows play to continue and applies the advantage clause as Leicestre develop a promising attack, and then returns to the incident to caution Kosielny for his challenge

RCT at 2016-02-14 13:52:35

Half Time

So , let’s take a closer look at the build up to Leicester’s goal.  Did Morgan commit a penal offence, I have seen them given, but it is not a clear cut offence as Morgan has his eyes on the ball and for me the referee was correct to allow play to continue


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:49:54

Yellow CardRamsey joins the yellow club card for reckless challenge, no doubt about that one


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:48:23

Yellow CardKoscienly correctly cautioned as Martin Atkinson applied the advantage in the build up to the goal


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:46:41

Everyone’s favourite second team (unless you support someone in the top 4) take the lead through guess who, Jamie Vardy, strikes with a cracker of a penalty to put the cat well and truly amongst the Premiership pigeons, but did Morgan offend in the build up ?


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:45:37

Yellow CardGOAL!Key decision – penalty as Moinreal draws the foul and Vardy converts ..


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:42:08

More accurate decision making by Mike Mullarkey, he is having a commendable game


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:38:20

Yellow CardGood refereeing, Coquelin’s challenge was cynical and prevented Leicester from developing a promising attack. A well-timed an meaningful caution in the closing stages of the first-half.



RCT at 2016-02-14 13:36:19

10 minutes to half-time, would Leicester take a half-time 0-0 scoreline at this stage, probably yes as they have withstood long spells of pressure from the Home Team.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:33:04

No goal – a first class decision by Mike Mullarkey to disallow Giruod’s headed ‘goal’


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:28:12

Arsenal have had the better of the opening exchanges, but Leicester, in true Leicester style, are holding their own and can look dangerous on the break.  We perhaps could have predicted this pattern of play pre-match


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:25:32

One quarter of the game gone, no major drama so far, the match is being well controlled by the Refereeing team.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:23:52

Did you notice Mike Mullarkey’s movement as Arsenal developed that fast attack, he was running in a somewhat awkward fashion, at a 45 degree angle, I would much prefer to see him using a sideways ‘crabbing’ movement, facing infield as he runs, thus giving him a better viewpoint as he would be square on to play.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:20:36

… and that is the key phrase for me – ‘ball hits the arm’, and not the other way round.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:19:15

Especially as the reply shows that the ball appears to have come off Kante’s body before hitting his arm.

RCT at 2016-02-14 13:17:23

Thanks to LUKE MAC @lukemac93 for his tweet – he disagrees with me in that his opinion Kante’s movement towards the ball is intentional, but not for me Luke. There are too many factors which have not been met for the refereeing team to give the penalty; the team have to be 100% sure to award a penalty and be in no doubt, there was an element of doubt in Kante’e intent.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:12:03

The first big call of the game falls to Mike Mullarkey who decides no handball offence by Kante.  A correct decision for me, Kante’s arms were in the expected position, he had no intent to handle and the ball only traveled a short distance.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:08:55

Good early interventions by Martin Atkinson, asserting his authority with several positive penal offence decisions.


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:06:53

Drinkwater gets a well-timed public rebuke from Martin Atkinson, Sanchez was looking for a greater sanction, however the referee was correct not to caution so early in the match


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:05:07

A good confident start by Assistant Mike Mullarkey who has been under pressure in recent games


RCT at 2016-02-14 13:01:21

Here we go – good luck to the refereeing team …


RCT at 2016-02-14 12:56:48

Martin Atkinson will be supported this afternoon by the experienced of Mike Mullarkey and Steve Child, and although the former has not had the best of season’s so far, he does have the know-how and experience to produce quality performances.  Roger East, fresh from his Stamford Bridge appointment yesterday where he produced a solid performance, has the 4th official duties.


RCT at 2016-02-14 12:52:02

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RCT at 2016-02-14 12:47:59

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RCT at 2016-02-14 12:46:34

Sandwiched in between these games is the match between Aston Villa and Liverpool from Villa Park, which also gets full RefCam analysis, making this a 3 match Premiership ‘love-in’ on Valentine’s day!


RCT at 2016-02-14 12:44:36

By the same logic, Mark Clattenburg is in charge of Manchester City v Tottenham in this afternoon’s 4.15 kick-off, a game we are covering here on You Are The Ref.


RCT at 2016-02-14 12:41:39

In my opinion, a good call by the PGMO to appoint the experienced Martin Atkinson to referee this key fixture this afternoon.  They may have been tempted to appoint one of the younger high-flyers (e.g. Craig Pawson or Anthony Taylor), however their decision to select the experienced Leeds based referee is one of least risk for such a pivotal fixture.


RCT at 2016-02-14 12:35:34

Welcome to the Emirates Stadium for this key Premiership fixture between Arsenal and Leicester City’s. Back in August who would of thought that Arsenal would be welcoming the league leaders for this fixture, and although some pundits are unwisely referring to the game as a ‘title decider’ (which it isn’t!), there can be little doubt as to the games importance, with an Arsenal victory putting them within 2 points of the high flying Midlands outfit.