Leicester City v Everton



GB at 2016-05-07 19:34:20

So as the party goes on – a sincere CONGRATULATIONS to Leicester City from everyone here at http://you-are-the-ref.com/ for a marvellous achievement in winner the Premier League this season.


GB at 2016-05-07 19:30:51

Not the most difficult game that Andre is ever going to referee I am sure, but still there was a job to do out there and I felt that he did it really well. Two penalties and 3 yellow cards had to be recognised and correctly administered, which I totally agreed with.

I always felt that Andre’s temperament would suit this game, and he did not disappoint.

Main coaching point from this game is the need to remain professional in every game at all levels and manage what is put in front of you and deliver a performance which reflects the expectations of all those involved. Bank that one Andre, and well done for the way you kept the balance of total control and man-management without being “weak” when a yellow card or penalty call was required. All you need to do now is study Mark Clattenburg, whom I know you will be working with in the European Championships in the summer, and pick up some tips from him of how to look far more energetic as you go about your business.

Just one uncharacteristic incorrect off-side call from Stephen Child in the build up to the penalty which led to Vardy’s second gaol, but apart from that, both assistants can feel happy with the parts they played in in a solid team performance!

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-05-07 19:27:41

My final summary will follow very shortly.

I trust you have enjoyed our RefCam coverage today, and please keep your views coming on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at  Info@you-are-the-ref.com

Coming up tomorrow we have the two games which will go a long way in deciding who should get the next best positions in the race to secure a qualification free place in next year’s European Champion’s League:

Tottenham v Southampton 1:30PM

Manchester City v Arsenal 4:00PM

Then we have two more games next week as the league fixtures even out the numbers played ahead of the final set next Sunday:

Tuesday 10th May, West Ham United v Manchester United 7:45PM

Wednesday 11th May, Liverpool v Chelsea 8:00PM

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GB at 2016-05-07 19:20:46

Full Time

Leicester City 3 v 1 Everton

And handshakes all round!


GB at 2016-05-07 19:19:27

consistency again by the referee as the ball is blasted at the player so not deliberate hand ball again


GB at 2016-05-07 19:18:11

minimum of 3 added minutes


GB at 2016-05-07 19:17:35

minimum of 3 added minutes


GB at 2016-05-07 19:16:58

GOAL!  Kevin Mirallas (EV 11)

Leicester City 3 v 1 Everton

That was a great example of when the player even gained an advantage from the ball striking his hand – BUT IT IS STILL NOT AN OFFENCE! Even though the ball dropped nicely for the attacker to press on and score, is was still correctly not penalised as it was not deliberate hand ball.


GB at 2016-05-07 19:14:03

The foul count of just 3 committed by the Champions and just 7 by Everton, reflects what a quiet game this has been for the officials tonight


GB at 2016-05-07 19:09:34

Camera shot did not show it but I trust that Scott Ledger gave that free kick in the corner – it never looks good when the referee gives a free kick from much further away if the offence takes place right under the assistant’s nose.


GB at 2016-05-07 19:07:59

The longer that game goes on the more content the referee should feel about his performance today. It should never have been “all about him” in this game, and so far it certainly hasn’t been.


GB at 2016-05-07 19:02:38

The more I study Andre’s movement, the more I don’t understand why he does not put a little more effort into making it look like he is putting more effort in! He is such a fit guy, he just leaves himself open to be criticized because of his body language. No need to look flash or for it to become all about him, but his coach really should be working with him to improve how he looks as he moves around the field of play.


GB at 2016-05-07 18:59:04

Another clear penalty and a justifiable Yellow Card for Darron Gibson (EV 4) for his reckless challenge. Vardy unable to join Harry Kane for goals scored this season though as he blasts it over the top!


GB at 2016-05-07 18:57:24

Nothing wrong with the referee changing his mind as long as play has not re-started if players reactions told him it was a corner


GB at 2016-05-07 18:56:03

The replays of the build up to the foul on Vardy in the Everton penalty area showed that he was “just” off-side and therefore should have been penalised. Stephen Child will be very disappointed when he sees that he got that one wrong! But I was always told that being “just” off-side, was like being a “little bit pregnant”! You either are or you aren’t!

At least he got his next off-side decision correct though – park it and move on as we always say.


GB at 2016-05-07 18:52:34

GOAL!  Jamie Vardy (LC 9)

Leicester City 3 v 0 Everton

This is not looking good for Roberto Martínez!



GB at 2016-05-07 18:50:56

The referee has continued as he started in the first half and has kept this game flowing as much as he can which is just what the game needed. But when a foul is committed in the penalty area then a penalty MUST be given!


GB at 2016-05-07 18:49:05

Nice neat goal-kick signal demonstrated by Stephen Child there. I am sure that a lot of the other assistant referees in the European Championships this summer will be watching and learning from out officials out there when it come to clear precise signals


GB at 2016-05-07 18:44:05

I mentioned “assessments” in my last post, which we all know are not formally delivered by an ex-referee on the Premier League these days, but a merit list is still produced based on Ke Match Decisions and reports from Match Delegates, so referees need to keep their standards up right to the end of the season and not drop their standards in quiet games like this one.


GB at 2016-05-07 18:41:08

Once again, the referee is managing the expectations of the players and giving the fouls that are standing out. Tom Cleverley (EV 15) needs to be careful though as Andre will not be likely to show him any favours! The referees want to finish as high up in their own merit tables as it will effect their end of season bonus. Therefore they are not going to risk getting a poor “assessment” because they took their foot off the pedal in a game like this.


GB at 2016-05-07 18:37:40

Yellow Card Tom Cleverley (EV 15) for his reckless challenge. That was the type of challenge where the referee has to show his professionalism as I said at half time. Failure to issue disciplinary sanctions required in any game can lead to disaster!


GB at 2016-05-07 18:35:50

lovely little cameo then as Andre really did not want to stop the play for a free kick if he could play the advantage for Leicester, and he communicated this well so the game was kept moving


GB at 2016-05-07 18:33:37

that looked like a very close call for off-side for Scott Ledger to make in the 1st minute of the second half, but the Leicester player closest to him was actually keeping the Everton players well on-side – just shows the importance of hitting the ground running at the start of each half though


GB at 2016-05-07 18:31:28

second half underway


GB at 2016-05-07 18:23:49

To be fair, this game has definitely not required the referee to raise his profile at all with just 7 fouls committed in that 1st half and just one yellow card required for unsporting behaviour.

The order of the day in games like this for the officials is to remain professional at all times and just deal with what is put in front of you. No need for any heroics so far from the team in yellow, who have managed to just drift in and out at the times when their involvement has been expected. Over the course of a season you can earn the odd game like this, but you still have to make sure it does not catch you out!

Andre’s movement is as deceptive as always, but he always manages to get within credible distances for his decisions as he reads the game calmly these days. Proximity is only half the battle though and needs to be complemented with the required angle to achieve the best view.

Both assistants have put in sound performances in the first half and also just dealt with what the have needed to.

More of the same all round in the second half would bring no complaints from anyone.


GB at 2016-05-07 18:17:02

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GB at 2016-05-07 18:16:24

Half Time

Leicester City 2 v 0 Everton


GB at 2016-05-07 18:15:05

As the players knock the ball about like a training session, my thoughts that Andre would be a good referee for this game are proving correct, as he is not one to generally draw attention to himself unless there is a controversial big decision to make – and there seems little chance of that in this game so far. That said, he was processional enough to pick out that Yellow Card for Matthew Pennington (EV 38) for unsporting behaviour in breaking up that promising Leicester City attacking move.


GB at 2016-05-07 18:10:34

All the officials are just going about there business calmly and  with the minimum of fuss so far in this game – no need to raise there profile at all yet


GB at 2016-05-07 18:07:55

It is actually fitting that Leicester are so much on top of this game which befits the gap between the Champions and Everton in the league table

GB at 2016-05-07 18:06:10

Did anyone reading this see the Red card in the Middlesbrough v Brighton game earlier? What did you think? Was Mike Dean swayed by the severity of the injury to change his mind from issuing a yellow card to a red card? Let us know on Twitter @youaretheref


GB at 2016-05-07 18:03:21

GOAL!  Andy King (LC 10)

Leicester City 2 v 0 Everton


GB at 2016-05-07 18:01:20

spray out for the first time for this attacking free-kick outside of the Everton penalty area. It is strange how used we have become to the spray now which has only been used for two seasons


GB at 2016-05-07 17:59:46

Clear shake of the head by the referee following that appeal for “hand ball” – just lets the players know that the referee saw what they are shouting for but has consciously made a decision that the contact was not as a result of a deliberate action of hand-to-ball.


GB at 2016-05-07 17:57:15

Safe refereeing then as the expectation was for a foul to be awarded as the Everton player ran into the back of his opponent. Whether he had any intention to knock him to the ground is irrelevant, as the contact from behind made it a foul challenge.


GB at 2016-05-07 17:52:57

The latest PRO Play of the Week focussed on “Concentration” –  that will certainly be the order of the day for the officials in this game as they will not want to get caught out if something surprising suddenly happens as the players are generally showing so much respect to each other at the moment.


GB at 2016-05-07 17:48:47

With little else going on so far, there is a chance to study the officials body language and movement. Scott Ledger looked sharp then as he crabbed along the line keeping on his toes. Little things like that can make you look better and more alert than the assistant on the other side.


GB at 2016-05-07 17:47:02

1st foul out by the touch-line in the 15th minute as the referee must have thought it was about time he let everyone know he was around!


GB at 2016-05-07 17:45:09

The defender gave the referee a decision to make then and Andre’s position which started with a smart sprint out from the opposite end, ensured he read to challenge correctly and no foul had been committed in the Everton penalty area


GB at 2016-05-07 17:43:19

Good to see the officials ensuring that the last throw-in was taken from the correct place – attention to detail in a “nothing” game is important to maintain respect which you may need later.


GB at 2016-05-07 17:41:44

10 minutes gone and we have not had a foul in the game yet! Bit different to Chelsea the other night!


GB at 2016-05-07 17:40:29

1st off-side for Stephen Child and nice subtle delay before raising his flag as soon as the player made a movement towards the ball


GB at 2016-05-07 17:36:33

GOAL!Jamie Vardy (LC 9)

Looks like he got the script on time then!

Leicester City 1 v 0 Everton


GB at 2016-05-07 17:35:24

The referee is already displaying his generally underwhelming movement, but as I have said before, this can be deceptive when he needs to sprint.


GB at 2016-05-07 17:33:42

The officials would much rather the game was played with commitment as it is actually easier to control because players do not expect any extra leniency


GB at 2016-05-07 17:32:36

The opening exchanges at least look like this is not going to be an end of season “kick about”

GB at 2016-05-07 17:30:51

AR1: Stephen Child (SC) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-05-07 17:30:19

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

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

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GB at 2016-05-07 17:28:35

I know I keep on about this, but I just wish referees at this level did not perform in the same colour as either of the goalkeepers! I know the player should change, but it is not as if the referee does not have enough colours to choose from! Rant over!


GB at 2016-05-07 17:26:34

The teams ………., are coming out so we better get this party started!!


GB at 2016-05-07 17:22:16

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Andre Marriner (AM)

AR1: Stephen Child (SC)

AR2: Scott Ledger (SL)

4th Official: Graham Salisbury (GS)

Andre Marriner

I think this is good appointment for this game, as Andre Marriner has the ideal personality to take charge of this dead rubber in a relaxed but professional manner (you have only got to look at this to see what I mean by that! Only joking! ) This will be the Birmingham based FIFA official’s 23rd appointment this season, which he starts with a total of 83 yellow cards issued and 5 reds behind him. Andre’s temperament will suit this game as he always works hard to empathise with the players as part of his management style. This can occasionally be his downfall when players take this as a sign of weakness and exploit it, but I doubt there will be anyone out there today planning to approach this one as if they were playing for a row of houses, as we all know that Leicester City have already bought and paid for the hotel on the Mayfair!

Stephen Child (who normally assists Martin Atkinson who is recovering from injury at the moment), walks out for his 36th Premier League outing this term, to add to 4 FA Cup appointments and numerous European fixtures. Assistant Referee 2, in the shape of Scott Ledger, has almost been as equally well employed with 32 Premier lines already to add to 4 FA Cup games and 5 Football League outings.

53 year old Graham Salisbury gets the pleasure of joining the party in the sunshine this afternoon as 4th Official.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-05-07 17:18:58

Leicester City



Kasper Schmeichel (LC 1)

Wes Morgan (LC 5)

Jamie Vardy (LC 9)

Andy King (LC 10)

Marc Albrighton (LC 11)

Ngolo Kanté (LC 14)

Danny Simpson (LC 17)

Shinji Okazaki (LC 20)

Riyad Mahrez (LC 26)

Marcin Wasilewski (LC 27)

Christian Fuchs (LC 28)


Daniel Amartey (LC 13)

Jeffrey Schlupp (LC 15)

Demarai Gray (LC 22)

Leonardo Ulloa (LC 23)

Ben Chilwell (LC 30)

M Schwarzer (LC 32)

Gökhan Inler (LC 33)





Joel Robles (EV 1)

Leighton Baines (EV 3)

John Stones (EV 5)

Bryan Oviedo (EV 8)

Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

Aaron Lennon (EV 12)

Steven Naismith (EV 14)

Tom Cleverley (EV 15)

James McCarthy (EV 16)

Ross Barkley (EV 20)

Matthew Pennington (EV 38)


Darron Gibson (EV 4)

Kevin Mirallas (EV 11)

Muhamed Bešic (EV 17)

Leon Osman (EV 21)

Tim Howard (EV 24)

Callum Connolly (EV 33)

Denis Kavlinov (EV 51)


GB at 2016-05-07 17:15:31

Many have been saying for weeks that it’s all been over bar the shouting, so now the shouting can begin, and I expect a lot of it here at the King Power Stadium today.

As soon as the deed had been done on Monday night, many of the pundits have been asking what Ranieri’s secret was this season, and the Premier League has subsequently issued the following statistics which demonstrate what makes Leicester’s title so unique:

With two matches to go, Leicester’s 64 goals this season is four shy of the lowest goals tallies for BPL champions, the 68 that took Arsenal, in 1997/98, and Manchester United, in 2008/09, to the title.

Leicester are currently the third-highest scorers in this top-flight campaign, after Manchester City (68) and Tottenham Hotspur (67).

The Foxes’ average of 1.78 goals per match is below the mean of 2.1 goals in each fixture for past champions. Only Man Utd’s 1992/93 team scored at a lower ratio, averaging 1.6 goals across 42 matches.

Season    Team Pld Goals Goals per match
1992/93 Man Utd 42 67 1.6
2015/16 Leicester 36 64 1.8
2008/09 Man Utd 38 68 1.8
1997/98 Arsenal 38 68 1.8

This may be because Leicester have been shot-shy. Their average of 10.1 shots per match is the fewest of any champions in the competition, with the previous lowest recorded being Chelsea’s 16.5 shots per match in 2009/10.

But they have been clinical with their shooting. Their conversion rate of 17.7% is the best in the division and they average a goal every 2.6 shots, also a league high.

With their scoring drying up midway through the campaign, Ranieri instead shored up his defence to complete Leicester’s fairy-tale journey. The Foxes have only conceded nine goals in their last 18 league matches.

They have recorded 14 victories by a one-goal margin, a figure only two past champions have beaten.  They have managed to do that with the help of a rock-solid defence, who have committed fewer defensive errors (10) than any team, of which only one has led to a goal, again top of the BPL.

This has in turn affected their goal difference which, as things stand at +30, would be the lowest of any BPL winners.  The previous lowest is +32, recorded by Manchester United in 1996/97.


Even though this might seem like a dead rubber to everyone else, I am sure Roberto Martinez has other ideas about that. His Everton team has failed to impress their loyal fans for a number of months now and anything less than two convincing wins from convincing passionate performances will not help the manager’s business case for keeping his job for next season.

So maybe there could be an edge to this game after all, which todays officials need to be alert to.

GB at 2016-05-07 17:13:51

How moving is this?

GB at 2016-05-07 17:12:22

What an atmosphere in the ground already!


GB at 2016-05-07 17:11:24

Welcome to this afternoons RefCam coverage today of the premier League game between the Champions Leicester  City and Everton.

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