Chelsea v Newcastle United



GB at 2016-02-13 20:36:44

Well that was certainly the proverbial game of two halves and I am sure that Roger East would have settled for that performance before the game started. He has proved today that he has the mental ability to judge his level of involvement to perfection in a potentially very difficult game. Despite all the frenetic exchanges (certainly in the first half), it must be conceded that there was not really any “big calls” required in this game, but the important thing was always going to be getting all the “little calls” right, and this is where I think he deserves the credit. He set his stall out early and stuck to it when the tackles went flying in at the start and the players responded well by accepting his decisions and eventually settling down to playing football without persistently fouling each other.


There may have been a couple of extra yellows at the end of the first half, but I am being hyper critical there as the referee has hardly been noticed in this game, despite his correct high profile at the start. The incident at the beginning of the second half was also really unlucky for Roger East. Replays showed that it was a foul when Daryl Janmaat (NU 22) got a rake down his Achilies which actually should have been a penalty for Newcastle, but it must be said that it was one of those that would have come as a “surprise” to the players had it been given! Sometimes you earn your luck as an official at all levels, so I have a feeling that that one will get lost in the noise in this game.


There was very little for the assistants to get over involved in during the game and once again nobody will be talking about any of their decisions tonight!


So well done for that one Roger – bank it and move on now in the satisfaction that you will not be mentioned in any of the reports in tomorrow’s paper s for a change. That said, I think your handling of this game merits a mention, as things could have turned out a lot differently had you not achieved such a firm grip in the first half and maintained it to the end.

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-02-13 20:24:06

My final summary will follow very shortly.


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GB at 2016-02-13 20:21:37

Full Time

Chelsea 5 v 1 Newcastle


GB at 2016-02-13 20:18:12

minimum of 3 added minute to be played


GB at 2016-02-13 20:17:38

GOAL! Andros Townsend (NU 25)

Chelsea 5 v 1 Newcastle

It is consolation prize time!


GB at 2016-02-13 20:16:48

As the referee takes a long hard look at his watch, I am sure he is talking to himself and saying “don’t mess this up now”!


GB at 2016-02-13 20:14:48

The foul count in the second half has been just 7 compared the the 19 in the first half and the man in the middle deserves some credit for that as his stance in the early stages made the players realise that they would not get away with much in this one so eventually they have just got on with playing relatively fairly. That is precisely what tempo management is all about


GB at 2016-02-13 20:10:52

GOAL! Andre Schürrle (C 14)

Chelsea 5 v 0 Newcastle


GB at 2016-02-13 20:07:27

The foul count may have subsided, but at least the tempo is actually remaining as Chelsea continue to press home their superiority in the game


GB at 2016-02-13 20:03:44

It is inevitable that this game could begin to peter-out now, but the officials must keep their concentration to the end


GB at 2016-02-13 20:00:23

The referees positioning and movement have both been very sound in this game and he remains “on his toes” with less than 20 minutes to go. All he needs to do now is make sure he gets any key match decisions right in order to earn his spurs today!


GB at 2016-02-13 19:56:48

Talking of players leaving the field of play for treatment, news of a proposed Law change to be announced later this year suggests that a player injured by a foul which resulted in a yellow card for the perpetrator will not have to leave the field of play for minor and “quick” treatment. This is at least one sensible amendment that people have been asking for f, for some time now.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:54:25

Strong challenge by Cheick Tioté (NU 24) and correct “no foul” decision by the referee who was once again in a credible position to sell his decision.

Excellent example of how to drop the ball after the player went off for treatment too.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:51:02

The remainder of this game could be a real test of character for this referee as Newcastle know they have lost the battle, but they have a few players out there who might feel like going out to win the war!


GB at 2016-02-13 19:49:36

Yellow CardJonjo Shelvey (NU 12)

Clear reckless challenge from behind.

I get the feeling that the referee had decided just before that challenge to take his foot off the pedal, but that was always what was going to happen.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:46:16

GOAL! Pedro (C 17)

Chelsea 4 v 0 Newcastle


GB at 2016-02-13 19:43:44

The referee looks full of energy in this game as he keeps up with the fast breaks from end to end and effortlessly squeezes the play towards his assistants when required


GB at 2016-02-13 19:42:00

Routine first off-side for Peter Kirkup


GB at 2016-02-13 19:40:14

The goalkeeper was entitled to collect the ball into his hands even though is was last kicked by a defender, as the back-pass was not a deliberate act.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:38:25

I must say that the players were very respectful to the referee following that poor challenge on the edge of the penalty area. Had this referee not been so much in control of this game so far he could have expected a lot of challenges to his authority having missed that one.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:36:21

That was a nasty step on the Newcastle players Achilles heel and although the referee was right there he must have taken eye off the two players and followed the ball which is why he missed it.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:34:07

here we go again – the referee has started the second half the same as the first. All these “little” fouls need to be recognised in order to maintain the confidence of the players.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:32:31

second half underway


GB at 2016-02-13 19:31:20

That was the best 45 minutes of refereeing I have seen from Roger East for a long time. The opening exchanges were always going to be important in this one and the Referee proved to be up for it. He really came out of the blocks with the correct attitude and made sure that he was seen to pick off all the early fouls, regardless of how close they came together.


This was just the type of game I expected and predicted in my pre-match notes, so it was vital that the referee did not try to be too clever and “let it go” early doors. Even though there were 19 free kicks in the first half, the game has still moved freely and apart from the last two offences in the half, all misconduct was appropriately managed.


The referee has also showed his awareness and spoken to a few players when required and the first yellow card stood out as the correct sanction.


Going back to the last two offences in the game, Roger East just slightly dropped his guard for the first couple of times in the game. A yellow card for the poor challenge from behind and another for the trip just outside of the penalty area would not have been questioned. That said, I must congratulate the referee for gauging his level of involvement excellently so far in this one, so if he was content that his actions were all which were required out there in that caldron – then I am happy to give him the benefit of any doubt based on his performance so far.


All that remains to be seen now if this referee can maintain this consistent standard right to the end?


Only one off-side in the game and neither assistant has hardly been called into play. I expect they are feeling every challenge like the referee in this one though and will be really to mirror his tolerance level if offences go undetected by the referee close to them.


More of the same would do nicely from all the officials in the second half.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:18:59

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GB at 2016-02-13 19:18:28

Half Time

Chelsea 3 v 0 Newcastle


GB at 2016-02-13 19:17:23

Half time will come just right for Roger East, as another reckless challenge which broke up a promising Chelsea move goes by without a yellow card. Concentration to the end is required today!


GB at 2016-02-13 19:15:41

2 added minutes after the first 45


GB at 2016-02-13 19:15:03

The screams of Hazard should really have given the clue to the referee that there was a major contact in the back of the Chelsea player. A firm public warning was the least Daryl Janmaat (NU 22) could have expected for that foul challenge from behind. Don’t start taken chances now please Mr Referee!


GB at 2016-02-13 19:11:40

Once again, Roger East continues to pick off the minor offences in the centre of the field of play, but they are still offences, and this has really not been the type of game where he could afford to “let a bit go”


GB at 2016-02-13 19:08:06

One of the major factors about how Roger East has set his stall out in this game so far is that he has always been in a very credible distance from every decision he has taken to stop the game to maintain his control


GB at 2016-02-13 19:06:23

When you are giving as many free kicks as this, the most important thing is consistency


GB at 2016-02-13 19:05:40

That looked like the first “soft” free kick in the game, but to be fair again, the players are reacting pretty well to how Roger East has continued to keep a really firm grip on the proceedings


GB at 2016-02-13 19:03:10

Thanks to Bik M’path @2wheels04 for the Tweet

“RE will still have the ebullient Costa and effervescent Shelvey to handle for the remainder of match.”

YES – you are quite correct there will be no room to relax in this one as wee have another clutch of quick free kicks in quick succession.


GB at 2016-02-13 19:00:16

The quietest period of the game so far with 5 minutes without a free kick! Roger East did so well in the early exchanges the game has suddenly settled down after that first yellow card.


GB at 2016-02-13 18:56:43

Roger East displaying his excellent turn of speed then. His adrenaline must be really pumping in this game. I just hope he can keep this up.


GB at 2016-02-13 18:54:39

The Referee did well then to step up to have a word with Costa following his slide into the keeper and also proved how his level of awareness is set very high in this game by sensible managing John Terry (C 26) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (NU 45).

No need to go looking for trouble in this game!


GB at 2016-02-13 18:51:42

With 3 goals and not a whiff of controversy about any of them, the officials should be feeling pretty comfortable so far, although they will know there is a lot more “control” required in this one.


GB at 2016-02-13 18:49:54

Yellow Card Steven Taylor (NU 27)

With all the fouls so far that was the first which required a sanction for a reckless challenge. It was also important for the referee to step up his profile with so much foul play in the opening 20 minutes


GB at 2016-02-13 18:47:13

GOAL! Willian (C 22)

Chelsea 3 v 0 Newcastle

It is looking like men against boys out there at the moment


GB at 2016-02-13 18:44:10

Roger East gave himself a split second there to see if he needed to stop the game again but then wisely decided that the safety first tactics he has employed so far would be the best course of action


GB at 2016-02-13 18:42:31

The referee has hardly had time to take a breath inside the first 12 minutes but all his decisions (and there have already been a lot of them) have been sound so far


GB at 2016-02-13 18:41:03

All these free kicks might not make for much of a flowing game but we have had 2 goals already and the pace is certainly hectic so the stoppages have hardly been noticed!


GB at 2016-02-13 18:39:37

GOAL! Pedro (C 17)

Chelsea 2 v 0 Newcastle


GB at 2016-02-13 18:38:42

Fair play to Roger East – we nearly went a whole minute without a free kick but he spotted another offence – definitely consistent so far


GB at 2016-02-13 18:36:20

And still the free kicks keep coming. The referee’s game plan is obviously to keep a firm grip on this one – nothing wrong with that


GB at 2016-02-13 18:35:29

GOAL! Diego Costa (C 19)

Chelsea 1 v 0 Newcastle

Now Newcastle have a bigger mountain to climb!



GB at 2016-02-13 18:34:24

Three free kicks in the first 3 minutes – I did think this was going to be a fiesty one. So far Roger East doing well to set his stall out – no quibbles with any of those early stoppages


GB at 2016-02-13 18:33:12

There consistency for you as the next foul from behind gets penalised as well!


GB at 2016-02-13 18:32:18

Nice straight forward push in the back for Roger East to get involved early in the game. Important to get the first foul in the game to show everyone you have hit the ground running

GB at 2016-02-13 18:31:07

AR1: Peter Kirkup (PK) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-02-13 18:30:26

Chelsea  won the toss so it will be  Newcastle United to kick off.


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


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GB at 2016-02-13 18:25:56

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


GB at 2016-02-13 18:18:40

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Roger East (RE)

AR1: Peter Kirkup (PK)

AR2: Scott Ledger (SL)

4th Official: Kevin Friend (KF)

Roger East

The appointments continue to come thick and fast for Roger East this season as he prepares for his respectable 17th Premier League game of this campaign. He certainly cannot complain of being passed over this season, however, he still needs to shrug off his tendency for coming out of his games with a major talking point surrounding his decision making. I have long been a fan of this referee who always looks the part on the field of play and has been technically very sound ever since his elevation to the National List, but he just doesn’t do himself any favours when he fails to react appropriately to key match decisions, like another clear penalty for West Ham which “got away” in the mid-week FA Cup Tie with Liverpool. As I say every week, the top referees just don’t make mistakes.

This will be my second RefCam in a row watching Chelsea, and I hope that Roger did the same last weekend in preparation for this game. If he did, he would have witnessed how Michael Oliver literally shadowed Diego Costa from very early in the game and almost stifled the temperamental Brazilian born Spanish international by breathing down his neck and gaining his confidence with his man-management style. Roger has the type of personality to mirror this pro-active tactic with players who are known to be “difficult” to handle, and he will need all his wits about him today if he is not going to become the centre of attention.

Before the start of this game Roger is the only regular Select Group Referee, other than Martin Atkinson, who has yet to administer the ultimate sanction to a player in a Premier League game so far this season. With the potential for this one to get very feisty indeed, I can’t help wondering whether this will still be the case at the end of 90 minutes today.


Ex FIFA Assistant Peter Kirkup (removed from the list this January at the now defunct age limit of 45), and Scott Ledger (who has been on the Select Group list since 2009), have the responsibility for making sure that today’s referee gets all the big decisions right, alongside all their other duties this afternoon.

Kevin Friend makes up the crew in his familiar 4th Official role.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-02-13 18:15:52




Thibaut Courtois (C 13)

Branislav Ivanovi? (C 2)

Cesc Fàbregas (C 4)

Eden Hazard (C 10)

Pedro (C 17)

Diego Costa (C 19)

Nemanja Mati? (C 21)

Willian (C 22)

Gary Cahill (C 24)

John Terry (C 26)

César Azpilicueta (C 28)


Asmir Begovi? (C 1)

Nathan Aké (C 6)

Mikel John Obi (C 12)

Andre Schürrle (C 14)

Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento (C 16)

Loïc Rémy (C 18)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (C 36)


Newcastle United



Robert Elliot (NU 21)

Fabricio Coloccini (NU 2)

Georginio Wijnaldum (NU 5)

Moussa Sissoko (NU 7)

Jonjo Shelvey (NU 12)

Rolando Aarons (NU 16)

Daryl Janmaat (NU 22)

Cheick Tioté (NU 24)

Andros Townsend (NU 25)

Steven Taylor (NU 27)

Aleksandar Mitrovic (NU 45)


Jack Colback (NU 4)

Jamaal Lascelles (NU 15)

Ayoze Pérez (NU 17)

Henri Saivet (NU 23)

Karl Darlow (NU 26)

Seydou Doumbia (NU 28)

Emmanuel Riviere (NU 29)


GB at 2016-02-13 18:13:31

Some might say that Chelsea have only got their pride left to play for this season, but I expect that lion on their shirt to has a few more roars left in it yet. You only have to look at their current form as they are currently on the longest unbeaten run in the BPL, nine matches (W3 D6 L0). Add to that the manager’s personal pride in the fact that he has still only lost one of his 21 matches as a Barclays Premier League manager (W13 D7 L1 – unbeaten in his last 16), and this tells the story that Stamford Bridge is still not a place which teams are rocking up to expecting an easy game.

For the Home Team, a European place in the lesser Competition is still there to go for (if they want to go for it!?), but more importantly, the players will be aware that with a new manager on the horizon for next season, they only have 13 games left to stake a claim for a place in next year’s line-up in the West End, or increase their value in the transfer market!

The Newcastle team on the other hand will be really fired up for this fixture as they started the day outside of the Relegation Zone for the first time since mid-December. They also have an excellent record against the Blues, having taken more points off them (13) than any other team in the last five seasons. Chelsea are not in the mode to give away all 3 gold coins at the moment though, so with Newcastle desperate to get their hands on as much of the proceeds from this one as they can, I would not be surprised if it turns out to be quite a scrap come the end.

So my prediction is that this is going to need a strong referee to keep the lid on it.


GB at 2016-02-13 18:12:46

Welcome to this early evening’s RefCam coverage today of the premier League game Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Thanks to Glenn for keeper the seat warm at lunchtime for an action packed encounter between Sunderland and Manchester United, in which a dodgy penalty decision not given seems to have been the only blot on Andre Mariner’s copy book. Looks like he was in good company in that department today though as the pundits have been shouting about a similar failing from the Officials in the Bournemouth v Stoke game, and a disallowed “goal” in the Swansea v Southampton encounter has also provided a major talking point already today.

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