Bournemouth v Arsenal


Full Time Summary

GB at 2018-01-14 16:29:29


The main points in this game from the officials perspective were:

  • Kevin Friend would have taken that performance every day of the week before the game started.
  • Even though there was one major talking point about a possible penalty in the first half, the final result makes it inconsequential.
  • On the whole, most people will not be talking about the officials in this game, which is just how Kevin Friend would like it, but this performance lacked the wow factor for me I am afraid.

As I said at half time, I can understand why he did not give the penalty even if there was a movement of the arm towards the ball. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me that it was not a penalty in the first half but I personally have very strict parameters when considering hand ball offences and the player literally needs to catch it for me to be convinced it was deliberate. It could be just me of course, but my view is that if there is a debate, then it was not deliberate – just give the ones everyone (including me) agrees with!

The other thing I mentioned was this referee’s ability to detect between careless and reckless and that’s where he just lacks total confidence for me.

The Football League Referees Officer used to talk about the “foot soldiers” in the pack of referees on the National List, and I have to say that describes Kevin Friend on the Select Group. He is pretty reliable but “nothing special”. Personally I think all the referees on the Select Group should be “special”. There is no room for a few of the “foot soldiers” who are on the list at the moment. What do you think? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

More RefCam to come

GB at 2018-01-14 16:22:02


My final summary will follow very shortly.

I trust you have enjoyed our RefCam coverage so far this weekend. Coming up straight away we have one of the biggest games of the season when Liverpool take on Manchester City KO at 16.00 which will be scrutinised by my colleague Dean Mohareb.

Then on Monday night Andy Hogg will be taking over the reigns for coverage of Manchester United v Stoke City, so I hope you will stay turned for much more technical input from the referee’s perspective.

Please keep your views coming on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

A full list of forthcoming RefCam games is always available at:


GB at 2018-01-14 16:21:16

Full Time

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Arsenal


GB at 2018-01-14 16:19:28

There was a classic example of why I am always saying the AR should run “down the line” and look back – he cant make a decision of who touched that ball last before it went out of play when he steps back from the line


GB at 2018-01-14 16:17:20

minimum of 4 added minutes


GB at 2018-01-14 16:12:24

The first one given anyway


GB at 2018-01-14 16:11:44

There we go, the first (?) hand ball of the game ……..


GB at 2018-01-14 16:10:48

The referee needs to keep his concentration level high as the game enters the final stages as there could be one more big call to come in this one


GB at 2018-01-14 16:05:55

When summing up Kevin Friend in this performance it all comes down to recognition of careless and reckless challenges which has not been as good as it could have been at times


GB at 2018-01-14 16:03:26

GOAL! Jordon Ibe (B 33)

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Arsenal


GB at 2018-01-14 16:01:48

Dan Gosling (B 4) has just used up all his lives after getting away with not picking up a second yellow card for that foul – it was more of an offence than the one which Simon Francis (B 2) picked up a card for in the first half.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:58:43

Yellow Card Jack Wilshere (A 10) for unsporting behaviour. Arsenal need to keep their discipline as Friend will not duck his responsibilities.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:57:04

GOAL! Callum Wilson (B 13)

Just onside for me!

Game on

Bournemouth 1 v 1 Arsenal


GB at 2018-01-14 15:55:44

As the game enters a phase where the players are not fouling each other it gives the referee the opportunity to take a step back into the shadows which this particular official feels a lot more comfortable doing.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:49:23

Good positioning by Friend to see that foul on the edge of the Bournemouth penalty area. That was not deliberate contact bu the Arsenal player but it was still a foul whether he meant to do it or not – unlike hand ball of course.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:47:22

With another big shout for hand ball as it strikes the arm again, the one think this referee has been consistent with is hand ball! well not giving them anyway!


GB at 2018-01-14 15:44:09


Well that’s one way to increase your presence! Granit Xhaka (A 29) picks up the 3rd yellow card Yellow Cardof the game for that nailed on reckless challenge with that trip from behind.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:41:59

I have been a supporter of Kevin Friend over the years, but I have to admit he is not coming across as the most dynamic referee in this game. He needs to increase his presence for me.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:39:39

Good to see AR1 Lennard right on the goal-line when the ball entered the goal.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:38:34

GOAL! Héctor Bellerín (A 24)

Bournemouth 0 v 1 Arsenal

GB at 2018-01-14 15:36:19

Good to see the debate on Twitter about the “penalty” which was not awarded.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me that it was not a penalty in the first half but I personally have very strict parameters when considering hand ball offences and the player literally needs to catch it for me to be convinced it was deliberate. It could be just me of course!


GB at 2018-01-14 15:31:35

second half underway

Half time Summary

GB at 2018-01-14 15:26:18


That was a typical Kevin Friend performance in that first half. He looks relaxed, but does not instill a lot of confidence as soon as there are decisions to be made. He gives some, but not others, and that what frustrates the players and spectators.

Then only BIG call so far has been the strong appeals for a penalty then for hand ball when the ball clearly strikes Alex Iwobi (A 17) on the arm in a crowded penalty area. I wonder just how “deliberate” that act was? Clearly struck his arm, but did he really mean to commit that offence? Friend obviously did not think so, and I was not convinced either. There will be a lot of others who think that was a penalty just because the ball struck the arm, but I am not convinced it was deliberate.

The cautions were both interesting. The first one sent out a strong signal by the referee for simulation, but the other one seemed a bit harsh and came at a time when the referee felt the need to raise his profile so I think Simon Francis (B 2) took a soft one for the team! The problem with that is if he picks up another one later …..

I have the feeling we could be in for some fun in the second half!

GB at 2018-01-14 15:19:07


There is plenty to catch up with on the main You Are The Ref website at the moment, including Keith Hackett’s verdict on the first use of VAR in a club game in England Video Assistant Referee Result

Don’t forget to tune into the Ref Show tomorrow when our Panel will be giving their opinions of how the first two public trials of the VAR went, along with an analysis of all the controversial calls from the weekends fixtures..

There is also an extra helping of the RefShow for our Academy members only in the Ref Show Extra which is; More technical; More specific; More for referees!  Academy members can access this via

Our 24/7 Academy Coaches can assist you with any issues, be it an incident over the weekend or general developmental advice. Register for the then go to the Coach Call section and request a call from one of our coaches!

As always, we value your opinions on all matters concerning referees from where ever you are following us around the world, so please keep your comments coming in on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

The You Are The Ref Facebook page is also proving to be a great place to keep track on what’s new and is well worth a “like” at

Sign up to the academy at


GB at 2018-01-14 15:17:58

Half Time

Bournemouth 0 v 0 Arsenal

GB at 2018-01-14 15:16:53

There were strong appeals for a penalty then for hand ball when the ball clearly strikes Alex Iwobi (A 17) on the arm in a crowded penalty area. I wonder just how “deliberate” that act was? Clearly struck his arm, but did he really mean to commit that offence? Friend obviously did not think so, and I was not convinced either.


GB at 2018-01-14 15:13:42

Whilst I am happy for Friend to start giving a few more free kicks he still does not look completely comfortable with all his decisions and then finds himself getting his by the ball as it leaves the penalty area. Sometimes it happens, but a referee should not be getting in the way in that area of the field of play


GB at 2018-01-14 15:10:36

The officials got that one wrong between them as the whole of the ball did not cross the touch-line. That would have been Harry Lenard’s call from the half way line


GB at 2018-01-14 15:08:46

In the last 3 minutes the referee seems to have change his tolerance level since my last comment, and that Yellow Card yellow card for Simon Francis (B 2) emphasised a change of attitude by Friend. I have to say that it was a bit soft for me though and really could have been managed


GB at 2018-01-14 15:03:46

Kevin Friend is not the type of referee who ever goes looking for trouble, but he needs to be careful not to get over confident in this game in his efforts to keep it going with minimum stoppages. Some of these careless challenges need to be picked off as fouls.


GB at 2018-01-14 14:58:55


Kevin Friend set his stall out then with that yellow card Yellow Card for Dan Gosling (B 4) for simulation. To be fair to the ref he was very close and the player took it well!


GB at 2018-01-14 14:51:01

Good consistency displayed there by Friend as he ensured there was no encroachment with that throw-in near to the Arsenal corner flag, which was exactly what he did in the opening minute at the other end.


GB at 2018-01-14 14:47:34

Only yesterday I told a young referee about the importance of not turning your back on the ball – especially when it is in the goalkeepers hands! I hope he was watching that incident. Excellent awareness and alertness from all the officials so a free kick was awarded when the ball was knocked out of the goalkeeper’s hands.


GB at 2018-01-14 14:44:32

In games of low intensity like this, referee’s need to make extra efforts in their positioning and movement etc to impress the observer when there are no decisions to make!


GB at 2018-01-14 14:40:35

#AFCBvAFC #AFCB #AFC #BOUARSThere is no doubt that when a game gets to 10 minutes in without a free kick it often signals a quieter time for the officials throughout. The average free kicks in a Premier Game these days is almost 23 a game.


GB at 2018-01-14 14:36:49

The referee’s body language looks comfortable and relaxed in these early stages which is normal for this official


GB at 2018-01-14 14:33:27

Always good to see a referee take the first opportunity to get their authority across as Friend did then by making sure the throw-in was taken from correct place in the first minute

kick off

GB at 2018-01-14 14:30:09

Bournemouth won the toss so it will be Arsenal to kick off.

Good luck to all! And may the ball run kindly for you.

Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at

GB at 2018-01-14 14:26:06

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


GB at 2018-01-14 14:21:14


YATR Academy is now available for referees from all over the world to join a platform like no other which will give you access to:

  • Webinars, downloads, blogs and presentations from top former FIFA and EPL officials.
  • Interactive scenario based referee e-learning tools.
  • Fitness plans and interactive Q&A section with former FIFA Sports Science experts.
  • Accredited external courses and qualifications to bolster your CV outside of the game.
  • Advice and guidance on career progression.
  • Applications and invitations to live events, training camps scholarship programmes and Youdan Trophy Pro tournament.
  • Member-discounted partner benefits and shop including RefLive software.
  • Insight on the laws of the game.

GB at 2018-01-14 14:18:55


Today’s officials are:

Referee: Kevin Friend

AR1: Harry Lennard (Technical Area)

AR2: Matthew Wilkes

4th Official: Lee Probert

Kevin Friend

Kevin Friend was promoted onto the Select Group back in the 2009/10 season. A popular member of the Group, the 46 year old whistler he has failed to really break into the pack of referees who the PGMOL pick on to handle the big games, due to more than his fair share of inconsistent performances over the years. That said, on his day Kevin has proved to be a very steady official, capable of managing the more routine appointments competently with ease.

His fitness has never been an issue, but his tally of only 11 games so far this term reflects the confidence the powers that be have in his reliability not to throw in the odd curve ball when everything is going well.

Kevin is one of a handful of SG1 officials not to issue a red card in the EPL so far this season and has issued 26 yellows in his games which have included both of these teams once each.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2018-01-14 14:15:55


27     Asmir Begovic (B27)

2       Simon Francis (B 2)

3       Steve Cook (B 3)

4       Dan Gosling (B 4)

5       Nathan Ake (B 5)

11     Charlie Daniels (B 11)

13     Callum Wilson (B 13)

15     Adam Smith (B 15)

16     Lewis Cook (B 16)

24     Ryan Fraser (B 24)

33     Jordon Ibe (B 33)


1       Artur Boruc (B 1)

6       Andrew Surman (B 6)

7       Marc Pugh (B 7)

8       Harry Arter (B 8)

9       Benik Afobe (B 9)

31     Lys Mousset (B 31)

42     J Simpson (B 42)


33     Petr Cech (A 33)

9       Alexandre Lacazette (A 9)

10     Jack Wilshere (A 10)

16     Rob Holding (A 16)

17     Alex Iwobi (A 17)

20     Shkodran Mustafi (A 20)

21     Calum Chambers (A 21)

23     Danny Welbeck (A 23)

24     Héctor Bellerín (A 24)

29     Granit Xhaka (A 29)

30     Ainsley Maitland-Niles (A 30)


4       Per Mertesacker (A 4)

8       Aaron Ramsey (A 8)

13     David Ospina (A 13)

14     Theo Walcott (A 14)

31     Sead Kolasinac (A 31)

35     Mohamed Elneny (A 35)

62     E Nketiah (A 62)


GB at 2018-01-14 14:12:08


It’s back to Premier league action for both these teams following their recent exploits in the Cababao Cup and FA Cup respectfully, and there is no doubt which manager is under the most pressure for a result today. Anything less than a convincing victory for Arsenal will mean the knives will be out again for the longest serving active manager in the top flight at the moment.

This is Arsene Wenger’s 3rd game on the bounce sitting in the stands after his outburst towards Mike Dean in the dressing room after the much discussed penalty call against WBA on New Year’s Eve. Managers often comment about the advantages of seeing their teams perform from an elevated position occasionally, although the Head Gooner’s team selection for the recent cup matches has not given him the opportunity to see his tactics being carried out by his first choice selection in the last seven days. That is unlikely to be the case today, however, as the Gunners need to start showing their class if they are not going to risk being just “contenders” for a Champion’s League place again next season.

Bournemouth have been unbeaten in 3 since their last outing against a team from the top 6, which saw them lose 3 in a row to Man Utd, Liverpool and Man City. A packed house at Dean Court would probably settle for a point today after that lot, but I do not expect the Cherries to come out and park the bus in front of their Home fans for one minute! This could turn out to be a very exciting game.


GB at 2018-01-14 14:10:18


Welcome to this afternoon’s RefCam coverage of the EPL game between Bournemouth and Arsenal. Minute by minute commentary from the referee’s perspective is about to follow.

Feel free to interact with me at any time during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at

Any thoughts on the big calls in the EPL over the weekend so far?