Aston Villa v Tottenham


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:57:16

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RCT at 2014-11-02 18:56:59

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RCT at 2014-11-02 18:56:07

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RCT at 2014-11-02 18:55:37

This was a significant test for Neil Swarbrick and his team, and they passed with flying colours.  It would be interesting to learn if it was Simon Long or Bobby Madley who offered the advice re the Benteke dismissal, but either way, quality teamwork was very much in evidence.  Probably one of the best performances we have witnessed at ‘You Are The Ref’ this season.

Full Time

RCT at 2014-11-02 18:54:41

Full time, to conclude a high quality and effective display by the match officials.  The Villa management team may disagree, but it was their players lack of discipline on the field of play which caused them problems, and they only have themselves to blame.


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:51:34

I have little doubt that the match officials will be talking down the comms kits “keep focused, keep going ….” – it’s a world apart from the local park, but the concentration levels needed are the same ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:50:29

Almost home and dry guys – keep going and remain focused Neil


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:48:16

Still 5 minutes of additional time …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:47:10

A winner for Spurs – Kane is more than able …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:45:46

Yellow Cardconsistent refereeing – caution for Sanchez – correct AGAIN



RCT at 2014-11-02 18:41:29

Goal to Spurs – no more than they deserve, are you watching Mr Benteke …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:39:21

Quality positioning to award the penal offence against Agbonlahor – keep to tight Neil ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:37:12

Yellow Card more cool calm and collected officiating – a clear caution for Chadli


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:32:47

From a refereeing point of view, it’s time to “kill the game”.  Time to increase their intervention and keep a tight rein on proceedings


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:32:16

15 minute to go, so, time to refocus gents, the temperature will remain high – remain cool, calm and in control – you have done everything expected of you so far ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:29:11

Another quality penal offence decision by Neil Swarbrick


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:27:21

Yellow CardFoolish actions by Weimann – they need to remain ddisciplined… stick to your guns gents



RCT at 2014-11-02 18:25:07

Either way – the decision was 100% correct, raising hands gives the match officials no choice


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:23:48

Red CardBenteke deserved to go – was the intervetion from Simon Long or Bobby Madley, the 4th official ?



RCT at 2014-11-02 18:20:09

Wow – hasn’t the game gone up a notch or two since the substitution …….


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:18:40

Yellow Card Correct again in a caution for Vertonghen.  We also liked the way he ushered other players away before making his decision and issuing the card …



RCT at 2014-11-02 18:15:08

Sub for Spurs – will Kane be able …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:09:28

Quality penal offence interventions so far by Neil Swarbrick, this time after Adeybayor offended  – this has been a feature of a very solid display …. so far ……..


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:06:35

Spurs will have to push forward at some point … this will trigger an increase in temperature of the game ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 18:02:27

Half-way through – so far so good for the refereeing team, but I sense an increase in the intensity as the game progresses from this point – remain focused Gents …….

RCT at 2014-11-02 17:58:15

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RCT at 2014-11-02 17:55:31

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RCT at 2014-11-02 17:51:51

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RCT at 2014-11-02 17:50:59

By comparison, have a look on BBC’s sport website at the disallowed try late in the Australia v England Rugby League game this morning and see how efficient and effective the use of video is ……. provided it is utilised correctly

RCT at 2014-11-02 17:48:57

During half-time, why not visit  Here we discuss the fascinating issue of the use of video refs.

Half Time

RCT at 2014-11-02 17:47:36

Half-time, all good so far … very low penal offence count and 2 well-timed cautions, plus some quality offside decisions …..let’s hope for the same in the second 45 …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:43:55

“Summat or nowt” as we say up north with Benteke close to the half-way line – get on with it Gents …


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:39:10

Yellow CardAnwyay, back to Villa Park, and a justified caution for Cissokho, although the referee did take a while to take the decision


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:37:02

Ian Millar @miller409 tweeted ‘Bad day at the office for Oliver’ – what do you think ?


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:35:19

Not much to discuss so far from this game, but plenty of taking points from our earlier game, including the penalty appeals and the red card to Smalling – did you agree with the referee’s actions ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:31:37

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RCT at 2014-11-02 17:30:26

30 minutes gone and just one caution … it can often by the case that ‘quiet games’ of this nature can turn on a single incident, time to keep focused


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:28:46

Great offside call by Andy Halliday – his first real test of the afternoon and he correctly allowed Adebayor to proceed on goal


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:26:18

Yellow Card a good caution for Erikson in terms of match control – he has taken his first chance to assert his authority


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:23:34

London Buses – no offence for ages, 2 offences in 2 minutes – good concentration levels guys – well done …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:20:38

If you have been refereeing on your local park this morning – did you go through the first 20 minutes without giving a free-kick ?


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:18:42

I wonder if we have ever had 18 minutes of a Premier League game before with NO penal offences ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:16:52

we should have had a cheeky 50p on that  – good fifnsh from Weimann 1-0 Villa


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:15:30

Both defenses are looking insecure, surely a goal must come soon ….



RCT at 2014-11-02 17:13:05

12 minutes gone, such a marked contrast in temperament and indeed controversy between this and our earlier game at the Eitihad  ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:09:56

First offside, routine and correct …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:09:04

8 minutes gone, still no significant intervention from the officials ….. keep focused guys …..


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:04:23

A relaxed start to the game for the match officials, nothing to concern us so far ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 17:00:46

here we go ………

RCT at 2014-11-02 17:00:00

… age will not weary them ….. we will remember them ……..

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:58:38

Respect …..

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:55:54

Nice touch by Neil, allowing the mascot to carry the match ball …

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:54:04

The match officials for this game are led by Lancashire based Neil Swarbrick, who, has been operating on the Premier League since season 2010/11. Neil will be supported by Simon Long and Andy Halliday, with Bobby Madley on 4th official duties.

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:52:48

Surfing the web this morning in preparation for today’s matches, here at You Are The Ref we were intrigued by article ‘Footballer banned for 50 years for kicking a ball into the referee’s face and spraying him with water’ – the headline says it all really.  The player will be allowed to return to the game on June 5th, 2064, when he will be 78 years old !

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:51:09

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RCT at 2014-11-02 16:49:47

Mark’s fixture at Leicester City was handed to Stuart Atwell.  Many in the refereeing fraternity felt that Stuart was hard done by as he was promoted to quickly for a man in his mid-20s, but all credit to the guy for his resilience and fortitude.  Visit for our take on this issue.

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:47:59

This is a typical example of football authority ‘right hand – left hand’ syndrome, with the PGMO removing him from the Leicester City fixture yesterday, even though he was retained on the Capitol One Cup game at Tottenham on Wednesday evening.  Anyone understand the logic here?

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:46:44

Well, what do you make of the Mark Clattenburg situation?  Mark has hardly had a ‘squeaky clean’ career with the PGMO, which included a 8 month ban back in 2009 following an investigation into his “private business affairs”, but he is widely recognised by many as one of the top officials in the country.

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:45:00

Whilst waiting for kick off, why not visit YATR TV to watch the meeting they said would never happen – Tony Gale and Keith Hackett in the same room.

Now, not only has Gale met the man who subjected him to one of the most infamous sending-off of modern times, they have publicly debated the incident for the first time.

Click on   to find out what happened when Hackett faced up to the former West Ham defender he controversially red carded in an FA Cup semi-final.

RCT at 2014-11-02 16:42:00

Thanks to @owls_4life @United_Journal @karlos1309 @miller409 @simonhall_ref and others for all your tweets during oir coverage of City v United – keep them coming ….


RCT at 2014-11-02 16:39:07

Welcome to our coverage of Aston Villa v Tottenham from Villa Park.  The Home Side have not scored for 5 matches since they defeated Liverpool  at Anfield in mid-September, let’s see if they can achieve a change in their fortunes this afternoon against their visitors from North London.