Aston Villa v Leicester City



GB at 2016-01-16 20:45:09

I have been watching Roger East referee for years now and I have to say that that performance was indicative of how a lot of his games have gone since his elevation to the top flight. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the way he referees, he just often seems to fail to get over the line without a big talking point in his games.

He moves well, he looks alert and confident. He has no mannerisms or habits which consistently let him down, except that too often than not, he seems to be the centre of attention in the end. Once again tonight, there was for me a clear penalty missed in the 60th minute when the illegal use of the arm by Robert Huth (LC 6) in the Leicester penalty area which should have resulted in a penalty to Villa went unpunished.


Over the years I have often thought that Roger has been “unlucky” at times, but I can’t help thinking of what I have always been told and seen for myself – the top referees do not make mistakes. I also think that there is a lot to be said for the harder you work the luckier you get, so I would encourage Roger to keep at it!


Take that big call out and there were also times in the second half when there were a few challenges that did not result in free kicks, which seemed to have been picked off in the first half. Credit where it is due though, the ball to hand in the build up to the Villa gaol was a great call of no offence, even though the player gained an advantage from it.


So there you have it, not the worse performance I have seen this season but just a little inconsistent for me at times and certainly a clear penalty not given.


Darren Cann was his normal self and provided genuine assistance to the referee throughout the game, including a penalty decision which the referee was not in a position to give. This was compounded by a number of other fouls given by the assistant, but even he was not there to bale the referee out in the 60th minute.


Gary Beswick had as little to do in the second half as he did in the first, but went about his business competently.

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GB at 2016-01-16 20:23:35

My final summary will follow very shortly.


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GB at 2016-01-16 20:23:05

Full TimeAston Villa1 v 1 Leicester City


GB at 2016-01-16 20:20:50

Fair play to Roger East for deciding there should be 5 added minutes – I have worked with a lot of referees who would have liked to get out of this game a lot sooner than that!


GB at 2016-01-16 20:19:00

another little nudge goes un-punished in the centre


GB at 2016-01-16 20:17:47

minimum of 5 added minutes – could be interesting!


GB at 2016-01-16 20:16:28

There is nothing wrong with this referee’s body language tonight, he has just not quite nailing the big calls


GB at 2016-01-16 20:13:54

This could be a big last 5 minutes for the officials


GB at 2016-01-16 20:13:03

This coming together of the players is precisely what I said might happen at half time if the referee did not keep a strong grip on this game.

Yellow Cards for Jamie Vardy (LC 9) and Leandro Bacuna (AV 7) was the least required for that


GB at 2016-01-16 20:10:51

Having just said that the referee looks relaxed – by missing that clear foul for Leicester, I hope he he not gone too far the other way. There is still a job to be done here and there are some straight forward decisions which need to be made

GB at 2016-01-16 20:09:16

Looks like YATR are not the only ones who think the officials missed a penalty just now – thanks for the Tweet Liam

Stick on penalty to the Villa there!



GB at 2016-01-16 20:07:24

The close up of the referee a few minutes ago at least showed that he still looks relaxed and not flustered as this game starts to come to the oil


GB at 2016-01-16 20:06:26

That was not quite so obvious a foul for me that time as the Leicester Player’s arm made contact with his opponent, the difference for me that time was that he did not look at the player first!


GB at 2016-01-16 20:04:14

GOAL!  Rudy Gestede (AV 39)


Aston Villa 1 v 1 Leicester City


Was that the Key Match Decision? – Definately NOT deliberate hand ball (even if the player gained control of the ball from the ball touching his hand) – well done officials for that one


GB at 2016-01-16 20:02:00

With the way the tempo has increased in the second half I have a feeling there is at least one more key match decision to come in this game yet


GB at 2016-01-16 20:00:59

No chance of a hand ball then in the Leicester penalty area – rest assured Cann would have given it if there was !


GB at 2016-01-16 19:58:31

There has been very little to criticise about the referee’s movement and fitness tonight, apart from the occasional getting in the way of the players, but he just seems to be stopping a little short of the edge of the penalty area at times


GB at 2016-01-16 19:55:38

The referee will have well and truly parked that penalty call by now, but needs to stay focussed – once again Darren Cann is getting involved. He has been very busy today. I have been in similar circumstances when you really want to help the referee you seem to be flagging for everything on the line.


GB at 2016-01-16 19:53:46

Once again all the good work done by this referee starts to unravel when he fails to get the big decision right with that Villa penalty


GB at 2016-01-16 19:51:55

We have seen some great teamwork so far in this game, but when the big one came along there, Roger East was on his own and should not have needed Darren Cann to get him out of the mire that time. No excuses for not giving that penalty for me – it was nailed on illegal use of the arm by the defender and the referee was looking straight at it.


GB at 2016-01-16 19:49:52

Well here we have the BIG CALL of the game.

Replays make it very hard to understand how the officials could not see that illegal use of the arm by Robert Huth (LC 6) in the Leicester penalty area as an offence?


GB at 2016-01-16 19:47:50

interesting turn of events then – referee thought Darren Cann was flagging for hand ball against Villa,played advantage then brought it back


GB at 2016-01-16 19:45:07

Over 10 minutes of the second half gone and the referee continues to look like he is on his toes and all over this one – can he keep it up I wonder?


GB at 2016-01-16 19:42:25

There has never been anything “flashy” or “showy” about this referee, he just goes about his business to the best of his ability and does his best not to become the centre of attention. Unfortunately he has been inclined to get the key match decision wrong, which obviously raises his profile in the wrong manner.


So far tonight though, he is grinding this one out without any negative effect on the game.


GB at 2016-01-16 19:39:30

The referee could be seen squeezing the play over towards his assistant then – even though the assistant is one of the best in the world, the referee still demonstrating best practice when required


GB at 2016-01-16 19:36:31

Good to see Roger East has the same amount of energy in the second half. Some of the younger referees on the list would do well to copy the energy rate which this referee demonstrates.

GB at 2016-01-16 19:34:00

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GB at 2016-01-16 19:32:27

Leicester City get second half under way


GB at 2016-01-16 19:30:29

To be fair to Roger East, he has not had a bad first half. He has nailed the big decisions which is what we are always looking for, he hasn’t missed much, and he has taken a few chances by being lenient occasionally rather than throwing yellow cards around. So far his tactics have worked for him in this game, but he just needs to be consistent from here on in as best he can, without jeopardising his control. By that, I mean that he may have to lower his tolerance level in the second half so as to keep the game in his pocket. If he tries to be too clever and talk his way through the second half using the stepped approach I believe it could be a recipe for disaster, as this game is going to get far more competitive than it has been so far.


The first yellow card was all which was required when the Villa keeper came out of his penalty area, and the second one for unsporting behaviour following the hand ball which led to the penalty was also credible.


There is no doubt at all that Darren Cann gave the penalty as he was the only one with the angle and he flagged for it. In the present climate with the player putting his arms up to make himself larger as the shot came in, I can support the top class assistant for that decision. Well done to the referee as well for supporting his Assistant!


Very quiet afternoon for Gary Beswick so far, but he needs to remain focussed as that could all change in the second half.

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GB at 2016-01-16 19:18:28

Last week saw Keith Hackett offer a frank opinion on some of the key match decisions made by our top officials in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, an error-strewn FA Cup and there is still time for YATR followers to join in The Sin Bin Debate via this link.


We also recently posted some correspondence from Eddie McDonnell of Manchester on the subject of referees getting to grip with grappling all over the pitch. I personally found this very interesting as I remember an assessor offering me some advice after I had refereed a National League game, on how to allow the game to flow better; he said “Guy, you can’t keep giving free kicks every time a player grabs hold of somebody’s shirt”. I challenged this statement (as all referees should if they do not agree with the assessor), and asked the assessor to “do me a favour” and put that advice into my report. I cannot repeat his reply to my request, because of the language used, and I often reflect on that conversation these days, which leads me to endorse all the things Eddie has raised in his e-mail. As always, YATR values your opinions on all issues surrounding refereeing at all levels, so if you have some thoughts which you think deserve a wider audience, why not do what Eddie did and drop us a line at


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You won’t want to miss the next edition of The Ref Show on Monday night, which already looks like it has plenty to debate following the mid-week Premier League fixtures, although it seems to have been a much quieter weekend for the top flight officials so far ……. You can always catch up with all the previous editions here at any time videos


GB at 2016-01-16 19:17:45

Half Time

Aston Villa 0 v 1 Leicester City


GB at 2016-01-16 19:16:41

Roger East showing a good awareness then as he spotted something off the ball committed by Shinji Okazaki (LC 20)


GB at 2016-01-16 19:15:34

minimum of 2 added minutes to be played


GB at 2016-01-16 19:12:59

This has not been a particularly feisty game by any means with only 11 free kicks so far but there is at least one Villa player on his last warning as they have clearly been happy to break up the Leicester game in the centre of the field of play

GB at 2016-01-16 19:10:42

Nice to see that someone else spotted who gave?)

Darren Cann’s a busy man


GB at 2016-01-16 19:05:54

No the free kicks are getting closer together and RE needs to be careful that this game does not start to drift away from him. He has tried to manage what he can so far, but it could start to unravel if he does not keep a tight grip on the proceedings


GB at 2016-01-16 19:03:53

It was not clear by any means if Roger East would have give the spot kick then – but with the quality he has on the line it made no difference!


GB at 2016-01-16 19:02:45

Darren Cann steps up to the plate and gives the Penalty.

Yellow Card for Aly Cissokho (AV 43)


GB at 2016-01-16 19:01:31

Another step on the ladder is to bring the captain in – but in this case a clear reckless challenge from behind goes unpunished!


GB at 2016-01-16 19:00:10

GOAL! for Shinji Okazaki (LC 20) as technology kicks in again!


I wonder if that would have been given a few years ago?


Aston Villa 0 v 1 Leicester City



GB at 2016-01-16 18:58:24

I will just put a marker down here that GB looked a bit slow off the mark then as the ball was played forwards along the touch-line. Speed off the mark is one of the most important attributes for a top class assistant


GB at 2016-01-16 18:56:55

The Villa player must have used all his chances up now – I talked about the stepped approach earlier, but unless the referee carries it through he loses all credibility


GB at 2016-01-16 18:55:40

I have to say that I am liking the way Roger East is getting all the basic stuff ticked off so far – watch how he stands adjacent to the point at which a throw-in should be taken to help the players


GB at 2016-01-16 18:52:55

20 minutes gone by and the referee looks relaxed and confident in his movement and decision making so far – the trick for this man in the middle though is can he maintain consistency for the whole game


GB at 2016-01-16 18:51:17

Good communication by the referee there in demonstrating that he gave the free kick for handball – nothing wrong with that


GB at 2016-01-16 18:49:45

What a chance missed by Villa then!


GB at 2016-01-16 18:48:39

Good example of the stepped approach often talked about – free kicks and no word has been the order of the day so far now the next step is taken and the Villa player gets a verbal warning which sets up a later yellow card


GB at 2016-01-16 18:46:50

Big call for Roger East then and he was absolutely spot on just to issue a Yellow Card to the Villa keeper Mark Bunn (AV 31).


Never a goal scoring importunity and an outfield player would only have been cautioned for that one – good refereeing and first key match decision chalked up in favour of the official


GB at 2016-01-16 18:44:20

RE is doing well to pick off all these careless challenges early in the game. Not worth trying to be too clever and letting play continue


GB at 2016-01-16 18:42:37

Another good shot of the referee perfectly placed for the dropping ball in the centre – new referees would do well to watch where he stands and how he moves whilst the ball is in the air if necessary


GB at 2016-01-16 18:40:52

10 minutes gone and at least both teams seem to want to play football tonight and not intimidate each other so far


GB at 2016-01-16 18:39:13

RE was well placed again to spot that little trip from behind – so important to be side on when you can to spot those


GB at 2016-01-16 18:37:53

No foul – the Leicester player jumped over the Villa player – if anything


GB at 2016-01-16 18:36:45

Roger East just keeping his tinder dry with that throw-in near to the half-way line and letting the players sort out whose it was – timing is everything in those situations, no need for a quick signal if you are not entirely sure!


GB at 2016-01-16 18:34:49

Good to see the referee right out on the touchline giving the best chance to get side on for the 9 on 5 following the goal kick


GB at 2016-01-16 18:33:23

Darren Cann get the first off-side under his belt as soon as Vardy moved towards the ball – bread and butter decision for out top assistant!


GB at 2016-01-16 18:32:21

Roger East having the opportunity to show his speed across the ground then. His fitness has always been one of his plus points.



GB at 2016-01-16 18:31:14

AR1: Darren Cann (DC) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-01-16 18:30:50

nice easy free kick to get started with in the opening seconds!


GB at 2016-01-16 18:30:06

Leicester City won the toss so it will be Aston Villa  to kick off.


Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!


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GB at 2016-01-16 18:26:19

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2016-01-16 18:21:31

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Roger East (RE)

AR1: Darren Cann (DC)

AR2: Gary Beswick (GB)

4th Official: Michael Oliver (MO)

Roger East

Roger East takes charge of his second live TV game of the season and gets the pleasure of overseeing a potential banana skin as (nearly) Top takes on well and truly bottom!

Into his 3rd full term on the Select Group, this will be Roger’s 13th game this season, which puts him way ahead of the 6 appointments he had received by this time last season. A significant increase in the confidence shown in him by the PGMOL had resulted in a better run of performances, which is not exactly rocket science as any official will tell you, “you can only improve if you are getting the games”. That said, he has some work to do today to restore his reputation today, having nearly got to the end of the game relatively unscathed at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, before that dreadful howler when he failed to award a penalty after Stones wiped out Sterling in the Everton Penalty Area. That decision would have done his clamour for more fixtures any good at all.


Roger made the move onto the National List back in 2006 after a brief but salubrious career as a very competent assistant referee which saw him reach the FIFA List and tick off a number of major domestic achievements on the line. I remember assessing this referee a number of times on the Football League, and it was a pleasure to witness the way he matured over the years until he fully warranted his full elevation at the beginning of the 2013/14 season. The 51 year old was not actually expecting the call which eventually came when he was 48, but he has since hung on in there and put up with prolonged periods in the wilderness, when he could have been forgiven for thinking he was only there to make up the numbers! A run of the games at the end of last season may have had something to do with the fact that the list was shrinking fast due to injuries and lack of form, so it seems like his current glut of appointments at least gives him the opportunity to fight for his position in the top flight when the music stops before the next campaign starts. At that point I expect some of the current crop are likely to scrapping to keep themselves out of the 2nd tier of professional officials. Unfortunately for this referee, appearing in the headlines like he did on Wednesday night is unlikely to help his cause.


So it’s up to you today Roger – get out there and show us what you’ve got!


Daren Cann’s reputation on the line obviously goes before him and current FIFA Assistant Gary Beswick should provide another safe pair of eyes for today’s referee.


Making up the crew is Michael Oliver who gets to assist the referee to control the game from the technical areas. Having been left off of the midweek appointments, he gets a run out on Monday at Swansea v Watford which will also be covered by RefCam.


GB at 2016-01-16 18:17:14

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

Aston Villa
Aston Villa


Mark Bunn (AV 31)

Jores Okore (AV 5)

Leandro Bacuna (AV 7)

Idrissa Gueye (AV 8)

Ashley Westwood (AV 15)

Joleon Lescott (AV 16)

Jordan Veretout (AV 17)

Jordan Ayew (AV 19)

Carles Gil (AV 25)

Libor Kozák (AV 27)

Aly Cissokho (AV 43)


Brad Guzan (AV 1)

Micah Richards (AV 4)

Ciaran Clark (AV 6)

Scott Sinclair (AV 9)

Kieran Richardson (AV 18)

Jordan Lyden (AV 38)

Rudy Gestede (AV 39)


Leicester City



Kasper Schmeichel (LC 1)

Daniel Drinkwater (LC 4)

Wes Morgan (LC 5)

Robert Huth (LC 6)

Jamie Vardy (LC 9)

Marc Albrighton (LC 11)

Ngolo Kanté (LC 14)

Danny Simpson (LC 17)

Shinji Okazaki (LC 20)

Riyad Mahrez (LC 26)

Christian Fuchs (LC 28)


Ritchie De Laet (LC 2)

Andy King (LC 10)

Demaral Gray (LC 22)

Leonardo Ulloa (LC 23)

Marcin Wasilewski (LC 27)

Mark Schwarzer (LC 32)

Gökhan Inler (LC 33)


GB at 2016-01-16 18:14:23

Aston Villa are chasing their second win of the season following their excellent mid-week result which broke their duck with a win over Crystal Palace by the only goal in the game. Tuesday’s result ended a 19 match run without a win for the Villa and could not have come at a better time following the angry reactions of their fans following their exit from the FA Cup to Wycombe last weekend. Remi Garde’s side really need to start to put together a decent run now if they are to have any chance at all of avoiding the drop at the end of the season.


Leicester on the other hand will be buoyed by their last gasp winner at Tottenham in the week which ensured that they maintained their momentum at the top to draw level on points with Arsenal. The Foxes seem to showing the type of resolve which some of the pundits questioned they may not have, as they press on to become serious contenders for the title. That said, today’s game can often be just the type of contest which has a habit of throwing up a shock result if the team at the top shows even a glint of complacency, so the opening quarter could be prove to be either frenetic or subdued – either way, the officials will need to be prepared for the unexpected to keep a tight grip on this one.


The two sides played out one of the games of the season in September, as the Foxes came from two goals down to win in the last 20 minutes at the King Power Stadium, so lets hope for more of the same today.


GB at 2016-01-16 18:13:06

Welcome to this early evening’s RefCam coverage today of the premier League game between Aston Villa and Leicester City

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