Leicester City v Southampton


Full time thoughts

AM at 2016-04-03 15:35:29

In what was a quiet first half up until just before half time when Vardy committed a reckless challenge on his opponent, this challenge which was missed by MO then saw a very different 2nd half with feelings still running high from this challenge. MO then had to use disciplinary sanctions to then bring the game and tempo back down. Michael’s recognition of foul / non foul was otherwise overall of a good standard, his positioning and movement was very good.

We discussed the 31st minute handball incident – Simpson handball and law 12 says that handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take into account the following:

the movement of hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)

that was the key judgement that MO had to make and he decided no penalty kick to Saints.



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Both Assistant Referees contributed their part very well with all offside judgements correct and with good positioning and signal technique in evidence. Ball out of play judgements looked to be correct with a number of gk and ck judgements to be made.

Many thanks for your company this afternoon, stay with us for Manchester United v Everton.

Full time summary to follow

AM at 2016-04-03 15:25:18

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Full time

AM at 2016-04-03 15:24:37

Full Time




AM at 2016-04-03 15:24:17

GB signals a fk to S. maybe a slightly quicker flag signal would have assisted here as there was a clear foul in front of GB


AM at 2016-04-03 15:22:50

GK to L. as the ball went out of play off Mane last in a challenge with Ulloa


AM at 2016-04-03 15:21:42

Vardy gives away a fk and then dives with a smile in front of the referee to show what he thought of that decision – MO gets on with play as S. take the fk


AM at 2016-04-03 15:20:14

Cedric gives away a fk in the corner area as MO remains close by to keep play moving

5 minutes minimum additional time

AM at 2016-04-03 15:19:15

Lee Mason gets booed by L. fans as he shows the added time board of 5 minutes

L. Sub

AM at 2016-04-03 15:18:01

11 off 24 on


AM at 2016-04-03 15:17:44

Tadic careless and he needs to be very careful as he is on a yellow card


AM at 2016-04-03 15:17:02

Yellow Card

Fuchs yellow card delaying the restart of play


AM at 2016-04-03 15:16:28

MO strides over to ensure that L. keep play moving at that last L. throw in. Proactive refereeing

Pelle now moaning he did not get a fk and is spoken to by MO.


AM at 2016-04-03 15:14:33

MO just getting very close to play and has to avoid being caught with the ball as he raises his arm to acknowledge this


AM at 2016-04-03 15:13:36

Vardy through and again a great save from Forster who must now be England`s No. 1 goal keeper

31 minutes ket match decision no handball against Simpson

AM at 2016-04-03 15:12:16

We will discuss further this key match decision at the end of the game.


AM at 2016-04-03 15:11:17

As we move into the final few minutes absolutely key for all match officials to remain focussed and fully aware of all that is going on around them

Coming up next on REF CAM

AM at 2016-04-03 15:09:45

Upcoming matches on REFCAM

Stay with us for expert analysis from former FIFA Referee Mark Halsey who will lead you through an always feisty game when we next see:

  • Man Utd v Everton 3rd Apr, 4:00PM



  • Man City v WBA 9th Apr, 5:30PM
  • Sunderland v Leicester City 10th Apr, 1:30PM
  • Tottenham v Man Utd 10th Apr, 4:00PM


AM at 2016-04-03 15:07:39

Vardy offside and is signalled by AH – Vardy disagrees but AH has a better view here to judge.


AM at 2016-04-03 15:06:47

MO in a great and close viewing position to judge no fk against Vardy as Van Dijk comes in with a clean and fair challenge for the ball.

L. sub 26 off 22 on


AM at 2016-04-03 15:04:03

Yellow Card

Tadic 11 goes into Michael Oliver`s book for that reckless challenge on Simpson


AM at 2016-04-03 15:03:00

The ball is blasted in from very short range to hit Huth on the hand and out for a ck to S. Huth knew very little about this act and it was not deliberate handball so CK correct

71 – Saints sub

AM at 2016-04-03 15:01:17

4 off 28 Austin on


AM at 2016-04-03 14:59:51

Another save by Forster this time from Simpson


AM at 2016-04-03 14:58:11

S. fk correct against Mane although a slight delay in the award this is correct despite L .players protests. Dissent seems as area to be tolerated a lot more these days by referees and can you remember the last time you saw a player shown the yellow card for dissent?



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AM at 2016-04-03 14:55:20

Vardy who is in the thick of the action then sees the ball rebound off him for a S. gk

L. Sub

AM at 2016-04-03 14:54:02

23 Ulloa has come for Okazaki and his height and presence will make a difference up front for L.

Pelle then careless on Simpson and the referee correctly awards a L. fk


AM at 2016-04-03 14:52:08

Saints apply pressure as the game settles down somewhat – tempo has come down.

L. Sub.

20 OFF 23 ON


AM at 2016-04-03 14:49:15

Great save by Forster from a Fonte miss hit back pass

Advantage to S.

AM at 2016-04-03 14:48:15

Good opportunity for S. to advance forward

Youdan Trophy 2016

AM at 2016-04-03 14:46:45

Plans are well in hand for the Youdan Trophy, an International Youth Tournament to be held between August 1st – 5th in Sheffield.  Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural tournament, we have expanded to allow 16 teams at both Under 14 and Under 16 level, with teams from 11 countries taking part.  Please visit http://www.youdantrophy.com/ for more details.

Holding and pulling by Vardy and Van Dijk

AM at 2016-04-03 14:44:08

This needs to be detected early and fk`s awarded because if it does develop then we could see further action being taken from our referee


AM at 2016-04-03 14:41:41

Simpson late on TADIC the referee is now really going to have to up his game and concentration levels as the game has gone in tempo as we discussed at half time


AM at 2016-04-03 14:40:13

Yellow Card

Drinkwater sees yellow for pulling back TADIC as the half begins in a very different way


AM at 2016-04-03 14:38:56

Play brought back for a fk to S. although there was no advantage signal seen initially from MO


AM at 2016-04-03 14:36:42

Yellow CardWanyama goes into the referees notebook very early for that challenge on Vardy as feelings still run high from the Vardy challenge just before half time – not an obvious goal scoring opportunity for Vardy here.



AM at 2016-04-03 14:34:09

Targett off and Tadic on

Half time thoughts

AM at 2016-04-03 14:31:37

Michael Oliver has remained well in control of this game right through to just before half time when there was a flashpoint when Vardy has committed a reckless challenge on his opponent and this has been missed by the referee and may well feature early in the 2nd half as Saints players feel aggrieved that this decision was not detected by MO.

Key match Decision – 31st minute no penalty to S. as Mane rounds the L. gk and the ball then hits the arm of Simpson who in his running motion has blocked the ball with his arm. Was this a deliberate act? and should a penalty kick of been awarded to Saints? MO had a great view and position to say no but what did you think?


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MO has judged foul / non /foul well his movement and position has been very good.

Both Assistants have supported MO well and offside judgements and positioning have been key and effective by both. Bring on the 2nd half this could be feisty for reasons as we have discussed.


Half time summary to follow

AM at 2016-04-03 14:22:38

Half Time





AM at 2016-04-03 14:22:07

Vardy has committed a reckless challenge on Clasie just before half time and whilst he claims he got the ball there was a follow through with a foot up which the Saints players are unhappy with. I think Vardy could have easily received a yellow card here as it was reckless. He is spoken to by MO. Right on half time. I don’t think we have heard the end of this challenge. Officials will need to be mindful of this at half time. Did MO have the best view / position to judge?




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FK to S.

AM at 2016-04-03 14:16:37

FK correctly awarded against Okazaki who waves his arms around for some reason?


AM at 2016-04-03 14:14:44

Good spot by MO as the ball deflects off Vardy and out of play for a gk to S.

AM at 2016-04-03 14:13:23

As we enter the final 5 minutes and additional time it is important for all match officials to not let the good work disappear as we enter the half time break. Concentration and focus key.


AM at 2016-04-03 14:10:01


Morgan scores a brilliant goal from a header from a Fuchs cross



AM at 2016-04-03 14:08:07

Clasie strong in his challenge on Mahrez looked to be a fair challenge and no fk is awarded by MO correctly in my opinion


AM at 2016-04-03 14:06:59

What an effort from Fonte as Schmeichel tips the ball over the bar and MO uses his whistle to indicate a ck to S.

What a chance that was for The Saints

AM at 2016-04-03 14:05:05


AM at 2016-04-03 14:04:29

Mane breaks clear and having rounded the keeper Mane hits the ball that then hits Simpson on the arm which is inwards and is towards his body

Offside against Cedric

AM at 2016-04-03 14:02:20

AH correctly judges this offside

Pelle takes a knee in the lower back area

AM at 2016-04-03 14:01:24

MO awards a fk to S. as we reach the half hour mark.

GB on the far touchline

AM at 2016-04-03 14:00:02

Keep an eye on his positioning for offside – he remains in the perfect position in line with the 2nd rearmost defender.


AM at 2016-04-03 13:58:51

FK to .L. allowed to be taken quickly by MO


AM at 2016-04-03 13:57:06

No handball against Mane – again great position from MO to view. Players are also helping matters by just wanting to get on with the game. MO is allowing this to happen by just intervening only when absolutely necessary.


AM at 2016-04-03 13:53:46

Two cases there of no free kicks by MO. Great position and view to judge


AM at 2016-04-03 13:52:23

Pelle not offside correct judgement from AH who is in line with 2nd rear most defender


AM at 2016-04-03 13:51:21

Vardy offside coming back into the active area – correctly awarded by GB.


AM at 2016-04-03 13:50:32

S. appeal for handball not given maybe on MO blindside by Vardy


AM at 2016-04-03 13:49:15

CK to L. sees MO. making good movement and running well into the S. penalty area to make that judgement

Foul throw in by S.

AM at 2016-04-03 13:47:57

Correctly judged and is now to be taken by L.


AM at 2016-04-03 13:46:34

Good advantage played by MO for S. Correct advantage signal and is a good judgement.


AM at 2016-04-03 13:43:36

L. ck a good detection by GB as confirmed by replay as the ball goes out of play for a further L. ck


AM at 2016-04-03 13:42:31

Throw in to S. Adrian Holmes will be glad to get that first decision under his belt as this is his 14th appearance on the line in the Premier League today and a big appointment for him.


AM at 2016-04-03 13:40:35

L. fk Mane careless in that challenge with Morgan. MO awards from a close position and view


AM at 2016-04-03 13:38:53

Good non offside flag from GB against L. Did you notice GB right in line 2nd rearmost defender to make that correct judgement


AM at 2016-04-03 13:36:13

Good sharp and positive flag signal for a throw in to L. from GB.


AM at 2016-04-03 13:34:32

MO takes up a good position and view at that L. ck


AM at 2016-04-03 13:33:50

L. fk and from it comes a L. ck

AM at 2016-04-03 13:32:59

Stripes across the field of play will certainly help the Assistants in their offside judgements

Leicester kick us off

AM at 2016-04-03 13:31:28

We are underway

Todays Assistant Referees

AM at 2016-04-03 13:30:54

Gary Beswick (GB) will be on the technical area touchline far side from camera and Adrian Holmes (AH) will be on the nearside touchline

Well we are nearly ready for kick off

AM at 2016-04-03 13:27:07

Teams are all ready in the tunnel – look at the focus on the players faces – they are all up for this one! Michael Oliver leads out the teams.

Michael Oliver – Referee

AM at 2016-04-03 13:25:51

Michael Oliver (MO)

all you need to know: Matches in 2015/16: 19 (10 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 10 Football League appointments in 2015/16: 28 Last refereed Leicester City: 5 December 2015 Last refereed Southampton: 28 December 2015 Honours: 4th official – 2013 League Cup Final, 2014 Community Shield, Assistant 2014 UEFA Super Cup, 2015 FA Trophy Final, 2015 U17 World Cup Final, 2015 League Cup Final


Michael Oliver – Todays Referee

AM at 2016-04-03 13:24:56

Michael Oliver should enjoy this one. Whilst he has come in for some criticism in recent weeks for not having the bravery or courage to make that big key match decision when it needs to be made. Although he has great potential and undoubted talent he needs to ensure that these big key match decisions are awarded and this is a key area that we will focus upon this afternoon.

A pressure cooker atmosphere is something the young official thrives on and it would be a big surprise to see him not handling the big occasion today.



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Todays Match Officials

AM at 2016-04-03 13:20:53

The Match Officials selected by The PGMOL Management Team for this crucial  key game are as follows:



Referee: Michael Oliver (MO) – FIFA Referee



AR1. Gary Beswick (GB)


AR2. Adrian Holmes (AH)


4th Official. Lee Mason (LM)

Back to today at Leicester City

AM at 2016-04-03 13:16:12

They won’t stay there. It’s a flash in the pan. They can’t do it. Leicester have heard it all before and guess what? The Foxes are still sat proudly at the top of the Premier League tree.

The most wins in the division, the least amount of losses. Only two goals behind the highest scorers in the league. The table doesn’t lie.

Perhaps the insouciance of everyone else has allowed Claudio Ranieri’s side to play without pressure. With a five point cushion ahead of the weekend action, they’re still able to relax to some degree, and that could be the precise reason why Jamie Vardy et al continue to confound the doubters.

Southampton have aspirations of their own and should Manchester United slip up against Everton the Saints can leapfrog United into sixth in the table. The carrot of European football will ensure that the visitors don’t arrive just to make up the numbers and I feel that a shock could be on the cards today.

Next on REFCAM today

AM at 2016-04-03 13:13:52

Next on REFCAM we have Manchester United v Everton with expert analysis from former FIFA Referee Mark Halsey who will lead you through an always feisty encounter this game kicks of at 16.00hrs.

Pre Match Build Up

AM at 2016-04-03 13:11:50

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to all our REF CAM followers from around the world as we start the first of 2 massive games in the Premier League today. We start at the King Power Stadium the home of Leicester City who look to continue their marvellous season against inform Southampton (The Saints) Ronald Koeman`s Saints will be formidable opposition today and I just wonder if this could be an upset with a Saints win?

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