SM at 2014-09-21 15:37:30


What a game. One decision has had such a major influence on the outcome of this game. With Manchester Utd leading 3-1 the Referee made a massive error in awarding Leicester a penalty kick for a foul by Rafael on Vardy. But what about a clear push by Vardy on the Manchester Utd defender immediately prior to this ?  How did the Referee miss such a clear offence? He was in close proximity to play following good movement and yet failed to detect Vardy’s offence. Was he too near ?  Was it slight lack of concentration? I’m sure Mark will analyse this himself. It goes to show even the top Referee can get a big decision wrong so there’s hope for every Referee at every level. Accept when you get it wrong, learn from it and move on. Overcoming an error such as we’ve seen today will make you stronger and ultimately a better Referee. It is such a shame that we hare talking about this because this apart ,Mark refereed the game very well; letting the game breath, not being fussy, working hard to always be in good viewing positions and working well with his colleagues. But what a game for the spectators. Eight goals, end to end play, plenty of excitement. What more could you ask for?  Time to get my breath back and have a cuppa. Thanks for being with us this afternoon.

SM at 2014-09-21 15:23:51

The Referee brings the game to a close with Leicester wining 5-3.

SM at 2014-09-21 15:19:56

Van Persie offside

SM at 2014-09-21 15:17:52

6 minutes added time. Can I stand any more?

SM at 2014-09-21 15:17:22

Foul by Blind. Free-kick Leicester

SM at 2014-09-21 15:16:31

Leicester really on the front foot now. What a difference the error by the Referee for the first penalty kick has made. Oh dear. Just shows how the big decisions have to be correct.

SM at 2014-09-21 15:12:33

Good spot by Assistant Collin as Van Persie comes back from offside position to collect ball.

SM at 2014-09-21 15:11:28

Foul by Blackett on Vardy. Penalty kick to Leicester and red card for Blackett for denying goal scoring opportunity. At least this award was correct! Caution for Rooney for dissent.

Leicester score for the penalty markRed CardYellow Card

SM at 2014-09-21 15:09:19

Referee points to watch to indicate time-wasting. Does this actually have any effect.

SM at 2014-09-21 15:08:02

Not a bad finish from a lad who started up the road from where I live in non-league at Stocksbridge PS in the Unibond League

SM at 2014-09-21 15:06:38

Quick counter-attack by Leicester and Vardy puts them ahead by beating De Gea

SM at 2014-09-21 15:05:00

Good advantage played by Referee with a clear arm signal

SM at 2014-09-21 15:02:38

Assistant Collin well posiitoned to award correct throw direction.

Substitution for Leicester No8 for 35

SM at 2014-09-21 14:59:24


Man Utd No11 for 9

SM at 2014-09-21 14:58:30

Leicester substitution No10 for 19

SM at 2014-09-21 14:57:33

Good advantage played for Man Utd. A clear arm signal ensured everyone was immediately aware of the Referee’s intentions.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:56:05

Referee’s fitness being tested with end to end play but he’s not found wanting, He’s always within a reasonable distance of play.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:53:22

What a game this is. Officials have to have a high level of concentration.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:52:42

SM at 2014-09-21 14:52:30

Cambiasso scores for Leicester to equalise. Wow..what a turn around. Leicester just will not lay down.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:50:56

Rafael fouls Vardy and penalty kick awarded. Should Man UItd have had a free-kick for a push prior to Rafael’s foul?

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Nugent scores from the penalty mark

SM at 2014-09-21 14:48:34

Appeal for hand ball by Blackett but Referee well positioned to view and indicated ball struck Blackett’s chest. COMPLETELY CORRECT

SM at 2014-09-21 14:47:26

Referee  shows good sprinting to deal with these quick counter-attacks.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:46:54

Good Leicester response but another quick Man Utd counter-attack and Van Persie is almost in on goal again.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:44:51

Deflected shot gives Schmeichel no chance and Man Utd extend their lead.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:43:18

Another good offside detection by Assistant Beck. Immediate flag signal made it easy for Referee to give decision.

Falcao trips De Laet and Referee awards free-kick.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:41:08

Another good offside detection by Assistant Beck. Immediate flag signal made it easy for Referee to give decision.

Falcao trips De Laet and Referee awards free-kick.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:38:32

De L;aet fouls Di Maria just outside of penalty area. Referee close and gives immediate clear decision.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:37:30

Great shot by Falcao hits the crossbar and bounces out. No need for goal line technology on this one but Assistant Collin was correctly positioned to judge anyway.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:36:11

Notice again the Referee’s proximity to play. Not only does this add credibility to any decision but it ensures any potential confrontations can be quickly defused.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:33:54

Just look how positive the flag signals are by the Assistants.

Push by Smalling on Cambiasso penalised immediately.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:32:19

Manchester United get the game underway for the second half hoping to add more goals to give themselves breathing space as Leicester pose problems when they attack at pace.

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SM at 2014-09-21 14:26:50

Half-time analysis:

Leicester started the game very well but found themselves two goals down. They fought back immediately within 14 seconds to reduce the arrears but Manchester United look very dangerous whenever they break quickly. The Referee has allowed the game to flow but quickly asserted his authority with the caution for De Laet. Should he have taken some action when shortly afterwards De Laet pushed Di Maria which left the Man Utd player in a heap off the pitch requiring attention.

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Overall the officials have been sensibly very “low key” and so far so good. Keep it going for another 45 minutes boys.


SM at 2014-09-21 14:17:29

Referee brings the first half to a close.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:17:04

2 minutes of added time to be played indicated by 4th Official.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:14:17

Another corner kick to the visitors. Referee takes up good viewing position at edge of penalty area which allows him to award another corner. But was the decision correct?


SM at 2014-09-21 14:09:02

Referee reading the game very well and allowing as much flow to play as possible. Not afraid to slow his movement to suit the phases of play. Not always necessary to be running around like a headless chicken.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:05:58

Referee communicating with Man Utd captain following tackle by De Laet which left Di Maria needing attention off the field of play.  Sensible low-key management of situation by the Referee.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:03:39

Leicester No2 (De Laet) cautioned following late tackle on Man Utd No42 (Blackett)Yellow Card

SM at 2014-09-21 14:02:22

Referee getting slightly in front of play as Man Utd break. Not always the best option.

SM at 2014-09-21 14:00:52

Substitution; Manchester Utd 12 for 6. 4th Official suoervises

SM at 2014-09-21 13:59:28

Assistants always on the move to remain in-line with second rearmost defender..

A high degree of concentration noted by both Assistants with excellent movement.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:57:59

Corner kick to Man Utd. Nice to see  not much grappling or holding

SM at 2014-09-21 13:56:45

The Referee is always close to play and this adds to credibility of judgements. But you have to be careful not to get too near and get in the way.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:54:20

Referee brings play back after detecting off-ball trip on Di Maria. Good awareness by Referee.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:53:15

Good eye contact between officials ensures decision is given quickly and positively.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:52:23

Another good offside detection by Assistant Beck.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:51:09

When Assistants are correctly positioned it becomes easy to detect offside offences and adds to credibility of decision.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:50:21

Assistant Beck detects Van Persie offside and gives a clear flag signal.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:49:40

Assistant Collin spots Vardy offside and gives a positive flag signal.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:48:57

Quick response Leicester get a goal back by Ulloa. Assistant Collin right on the spot to determine the ball was not over the goal line before Vardy crossed to Ulloa.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:47:07

Officials need heightened concentration following goal as home team seek to get back in the game quickly.

On the break Man Utd score a second by Di Maria

SM at 2014-09-21 13:43:59

Good offside decision by Assistant Collin. Prompt, positive flag signal.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:42:54

Fast pace of game not causing Referee any problems.

Van Persie scores for Man Utd

SM at 2014-09-21 13:41:48

Good save by Leicester Goalkeeper to prevent Van Persie shot on goal.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:40:30

Foul by De Laet on Van Persie. Referee allows quick free-kick

SM at 2014-09-21 13:38:51

Good movement by Referee to keep reasonably near to play

SM at 2014-09-21 13:37:39

Assistant Beck using good crabbing movement to keep in line with second rearmost defender while keeping eyes on play. Good practice.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:35:22

Foul by R5. F/K leads to Leicester corner but goes for goalkick/

SM at 2014-09-21 13:33:58

Foul by M42 on Vardy.  Vardy arrived at Leicester after starting his career at Stocksbridge PS then Halifax and Fleetwood.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:32:16

First foul L7 on M2. Positive signal by Referee

SM at 2014-09-21 13:31:23

L23 quickly closes down the Manchester defender but the ball goes for a goal kick

SM at 2014-09-21 13:30:25

The Referee blows the whistle and Leicester get  the game  under way.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:25:12

The teams are in the tunnel and the 4th Official is checking players’ jewelry etc.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:10:54

Manchester United’s big money signings Di Maria and Falcao are included in the starting line-up and it will be interesting to see how Leicester cope with these high-profile players.

SM at 2014-09-21 13:03:17

Good afternoon everybody

Today we are covering the Leicester City v Manchester United game taking place at the King Power Stadium. Leicester are newly promoted back to the Premiership and have made a steady start to life in the top division, having gained 5 points from their four games. Manchester United also have a similar points return as they look to improve on last seasons disappointing campaign. Both teams won their last games, Leicester 1-0 at Stoke and Manchester United 4-0 at home to QPR.  Leicester have drawn their two home games while Manchester United have drawn their two away games so both teams will be confident of getting some points return from this game.

The stature of this game is recognised with the appointment of an English FIFA team of officials:

Referee – Mark Clattenburg   Assistants- Simon Beck and Jake Collin   4th Official – Lee Mason