Liverpool v Swansea City


GB at 2014-12-29 23:07:45

Episode 18of The Ref Show is now available and is a packed edition, with so many Key Match Incidents to be dissected by our panel of experts who review The Good, The Bad and The down-right Ugly decisions made by some of our elite officials over the festive period.  All the previous editions are still available to view at  so why not take a look and let us know if you agree with the panel on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

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until the next time

Guy Beale signing off for 2014

Have a great New Year

GB at 2014-12-29 23:06:40

Don’t forget to join us again on New Year’s Day for:

Stoke City v Manchester United 12.45pm, and;

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea 5.30pm

Next weekend also promised to be a bit special as well, when the Ref Cam presents observations on two FA Cup 3rd Round games scheduled to be live on BBC:

Sunday – Arsenal v Hull City 4.30pm, and;

Monday – AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool v Arsenal  7.55 pm

A list of all the big games coming up on YATR is always available at:

GB at 2014-12-29 23:06:12

In one of Keith Hackett’s recent blogs he highlighted the consequences of poor teamwork between the Referee and his Assistants and the Stirling incident certainly emphasises this. Most recently the issue of the accountability of the Referee Managers at the PGMO following some very disappointing performances from our top officials on Boxing Day is also reflected in what we have seen this evening..

You can read the latest words of wisdom and also catch-up on all the previous blogs at

GB at 2014-12-29 23:05:56

Final Comments

Well this was certainly the classic game of two halves!

I talked about where Andre Mariner’s confidence level probably was before the start, and I have to say he just looked like a referee who is frankly “not match fit” at the moment.

You could not call this a challenging game by any stretch of the imagination. The players generally showed respect to each other and the officials at the start but that but it was almost as though this lulled Andre into a false sense of security so that when the temperature hit boiling point with two Red Card offences, he failed to take the appropriate action. As I said in my commentary, the FA have some awkward decisions to make now in respect to two acts of violent conduct happening right in front of two of their FIFA officials – who do they support?.

Setting aside the Red Card offences, Andre’s positioning left a lot to be desired this evening. Far too often he found himself in the area where the players wanted to play the ball.

Andre Mariner was sent to Fleetwood following his performance at Manchester City on 6th December, and I would not be surprised if he is sent to Felixstowe next week after missing that Red Card offence in the first half. Once again the comments made by Keith Hackett in his blog about the accountability of those in charge of the top flight referees is brought to the forefront when you see poor decisions like the ones we have seen this evening.

A quiet game for Adam Nunn on the line, and Mike Mullarkey had just that one incident of note, otherwise the assistants were hardly ever noticed at all.

That said, the teamwork was generally poor when it came to the big calls.

GB at 2014-12-29 22:51:39

The end of an uninspiring performance from the officials tonight when I felt they let themselves down with two major decisions.

More comments to follow.Full Time

GB at 2014-12-29 22:48:09

Minimum of 3 minutes of added time to be played and I expect AM can’t wait for the game to finish if he was told at half time what he missed.

GB at 2014-12-29 22:44:46

We often talk about “No Surprises” when it comes to dealing with misconduct. We have had two cases tonight when players have struck opponents in the face and no one would have been surprised if they had both been sent off. Not a grate end to 2014 for the standard of officiating this season – although I suppose it could be argued that we have seen consistency!

GB at 2014-12-29 22:41:04

Such a shame that one of our top Assistants gets dragged down to the level of an incompetent referee when it comes to dealing with serious misconduct

GB at 2014-12-29 22:39:22

I can sympathise with MM there. The art of good lining is getting onto the referees wavelength and so he probably thought AM has not given those all night so why should I?

That said, another Red Card offence goes by …..

GB at 2014-12-29 22:37:15

I know it is getting monotonous, but I need to highlight the position AM was in again then when the ball was played almost straight to his feet. He really needs to sit down with his coach and analysewhy he is getting dragged into the mixer so much

GB at 2014-12-29 22:34:04

I was watching Mark Clattenburg running around like an Olympic sprinter the other day and contrast between his movement and that of AM’s tonight is miles apart.

GB at 2014-12-29 22:30:08

Good routine off side call my MM

GB at 2014-12-29 22:29:45

It could be my imagination but AM is beginning to look even more laboured to me

GB at 2014-12-29 22:26:45

Own GOAL! by Jonjo Shelvey (SW 8)

He will remember this game for a long time. Especially if he gets retrospectively charged and suspended by the FA for that first half elbow

GB at 2014-12-29 22:24:40

Liverpool seem to be fully in control now with just over 20 minutes to go

GB at 2014-12-29 22:21:00

I don’t think any of the other officials were in a position to help with the missed elbow in the first half – none of them had such a good view as him anyway

GB at 2014-12-29 22:19:51

On a positive note – the teamwork between all the officials has been very good so far.

GB at 2014-12-29 22:18:15

GOAL!Adam Lallana (L 20)

Brilliant goal

GB at 2014-12-29 22:17:27

Putting the whistle up to your mouth and not blowing it is a very poor habit and not one you expect to see a Premier League referee guilty of. I can’t believe AM was thinking of playing an advantage then on the edge of the Penalty Area? JUST GIVE IT!

GB at 2014-12-29 22:15:10

AM setting his tolerance level for the rest of the game without even a word for that cynical trip on the half way line

GB at 2014-12-29 22:10:59

AM is STILL too far ahead of play and standing where the players want to pass the ball. He needs to give the centre circle back to them to play in

GB at 2014-12-29 22:09:11

What a difference from the first half

GB at 2014-12-29 22:08:41

GOAL!Gylfi Sigurðsson (SW 23)

Now we have a game on

GB at 2014-12-29 22:07:51

GOAL!Adam Lallana (L 20)

Maybe the pantomime season is still not over after all!

GB at 2014-12-29 22:06:43

Yellow CardMartin Škrte? (L 37) – mandatory caution that one for a reckless challenge of holding.


GB at 2014-12-29 22:04:25

Comment on Twitter from Lee: “how will AM be able to state he did not see arm/ elbow to face when looking at incident? Will this prevent a ban?”

You make a very good point Lee and as a FIFA Official AM has caused the Football Association a problem now. Do they support one of there chosen few or do they hang him out to dry?

GB at 2014-12-29 22:01:38

off we go again

GB at 2014-12-29 22:01:24

For those of you who have just joined us for the second half, today’s officials are:

Referee: Andre Marriner (AM)

AR1: Mike Mullarkey (MM)

AR2: Adam Nunn (AN)

4th Official: Martin Atkinson (MA)

GB at 2014-12-29 21:59:05

I would not be at all surprised if the players come out highly charged in the second half so Andre has given himself a mountain to climb again by not showing a Red Card for a clear act of violent conduct  by Jonjo Shelvey (SW 8)

GB at 2014-12-29 21:56:54

To be fair, the first half has been very quiet for all the officials, but games like this bring with them their own challenges in maintaining concentration levels and getting the basic refereeing skills right., and above all getting the bid decision right when they come along.

At times I felt that Andre was showing signs that he has still lost his “mojo” as he allowed himself to get dragged into areas where the players wanted to play the ball. In games like this the referee has the opportunity to shine in other ways when he is not called upon to make regular decisions in respect to foul play, so positioning takes a more important role.

The major disappointment for me was the total lack of response to a deliberate illegal use of the arm by Jonjo Shelvey (SW 8) when he caught Emre Can (L 23) in the face. There has to be response from the referee when he sees this type of thing happening.  This was a clear Red Card offence and it is just unbelievable that Andre has not taken the appropriate action considering the viewing angle he had of this offence.

GB at 2014-12-29 21:46:33

Half Time

GB at 2014-12-29 21:46:07

Very good example of keeping a trailing eye on the proceedings there by AM as he spotted the two players have a petty squabble then as the ball came out of the Penalty Area

GB at 2014-12-29 21:44:28

No chance of an advantage there so AM should have whistled earlier. To delay the signal looks indecisive

GB at 2014-12-29 21:42:51

There was literally no reaction from any of the other players except the one who was struck in the face, but that does not excuse AM from taking no action at all

GB at 2014-12-29 21:40:55

Oh dear! That was shocking. It looked like AM was looking straight at that illegal use of the arm into the Liverpool player’s face.

GB at 2014-12-29 21:39:18

The close up of that grappling at the corner does not bode well for the second half is AM does not take a pro-active response to it

GB at 2014-12-29 21:37:02

AM was on his toes then and pressing into the Penalty Area again

GB at 2014-12-29 21:34:44

Now I expect the last 15 minutes of the first half to liven up a bit. Goals change games of course so the officials need to expect the unexpected for a few minutes

GB at 2014-12-29 21:33:19

GOAL! Alberto Moreno (L 18)

The game really needed that

GB at 2014-12-29 21:31:35

I have seen referees getting mixed up in play on a number of occasions when games just seem to be carrying on around them and I often put this down to complacency – AM skipping out of the way of the ball again

GB at 2014-12-29 21:29:15

Once again AM is right where the players want to play the ball

GB at 2014-12-29 21:28:40

AM just letting EVERYONE know that he is aware that those two players are having their own personal battle

GB at 2014-12-29 21:27:33

There is a fine line between maintaining an optimum distance from the play and getting in the way

GB at 2014-12-29 21:25:20

AM is now in the position to be able to allow the game to flow a little but he needs to make sure that he improves on how he is reading the game so that he does not get ahead of the players but lets the play develop in front of him

GB at 2014-12-29 21:21:48

The important thing now is for all the officials to remain focussed and not to become complacent

GB at 2014-12-29 21:20:55

20 minutes gone and the officials will be happy with the way things are panning out so far

GB at 2014-12-29 21:20:14

Back to basics again – note the way AM gets off the mark when the ball is in the air as it drops to the “9 on 5” challenge and moves towards the players rather than just standing still in his side-on position

GB at 2014-12-29 21:18:12

AM quick to identify that careless charge from behind and he used a good strong whistle tone just to let everyone know he is still around as he has had very little to do so far

GB at 2014-12-29 21:16:54

Another mid-field advantage – good clear signal

GB at 2014-12-29 21:16:09

Great chance for Liverpool there – once again good to see AM inside the Penalty Area as the shots went in

GB at 2014-12-29 21:13:33

Great chance for Liverpool there – once again good to see AM inside the Penalty Area as the shots went in

GB at 2014-12-29 21:12:15

I AM is utilising the tactic to break the game into ten minute bite sizes to assist in his concentration, then he will be banking that first period and hoping the next phase goes by as nondescript as that one

GB at 2014-12-29 21:09:14

A quick look at the watch by AM there – he can’t be tired already I hope?

GB at 2014-12-29 21:06:32

I would like to think that would have been a free kick for climbing on the defender’s back if that had gone in

GB at 2014-12-29 21:05:36

I do like the way AM always presses the play into the Penalty Area

GB at 2014-12-29 21:04:23

Routine off-side there from AN – he will be pleased to get that one under his belt

GB at 2014-12-29 21:03:15

The grass cutting lines will be very much appreciated by the assistants tonight

GB at 2014-12-29 21:01:55

First advantage there in mid-field, good to see AM giving the game a chance so early on

GB at 2014-12-29 21:00:18

Game on

GB at 2014-12-29 21:00:01

Swansea won the toss so it will be Liverpool to kick off.

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

GB at 2014-12-29 20:55:55

Players are in the tunnel and start to move out now

GB at 2014-12-29 20:54:17

Andre was in charge of Sunderland v Hull on Boxing Day, which was his first game back in the Premier League since his less than auspicious performance when I watched him for the Ref Cam at Manchester City v Everton on the 6th December. The unanimous opinion of the whole You Are The Ref team on that day was that his performance was far below par.

One of the fundamental requirements of a good refereeing performance is confidence – goodness knows where Andre’s mind is at the moment following more controversial decisions on Boxing Day at Sunderland when he failed to award at least one penalty for a deliberate hand ball offence. I expect he would settle for a quiet game without any talking points involving the officials, but what I am hoping for (and what he needs to be aiming for), is a quality performance all round, with all the officials really  hitting the ground running right from the start tonight.

GB at 2014-12-29 20:48:51

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Andre Marriner (AM)

AR1: Mike Mullarkey (MM)

AR2: Adam Nunn (AN)

4th Official: Martin Atkinson (MA)


Andre refereed his first Premier League game in 2004 before being promoted to the Select Group of referees in 2005. He obtained his FIFA badge at the beginning of 2009. So far this season Andre has only refereed 6 matches in the Premier League after a delayed start to the season due to injury. He has issued 31 yellow cards and has yet to administer the ultimate sanction (despite having had a few opportunities!)

GB at 2014-12-29 20:45:55

Looking back at the history of this match in various League encounters, Swansea have yet to register a win Away to Liverpool in 13 attempts dating back to 1955 and there have been 3 drawn fixtures here. Taking all League games into consideration both home and away, Liverpool have 12 wins to Swansea’s 7, and there have been 7 draws.

Last season’s League meeting at Anfield provided a veritable feast of goals with Liverpool eventually producing the winner in the 70th minute to run out victorious at 4 – 3. This game was refereed by Mike Jones, who was required to issue just 1 yellow card throughout the contest.

Twelve months ago Liverpool were top of the table at Christmas, but this time round they can either jump above their visitors if they were to score a few goals today, but also risk the scenario of dropping into the bottom half of the table if they lose. One thing is certain though, this will not be easy for the Home side, as Swansea will be approaching this game with a really positive attitude as they are chasing their third win on the bounce.

GB at 2014-12-29 20:42:53

The teams previously met at Anfield in October this season in the Capital One Cup which was refereed by Keith Stroud, when Liverpool took the honours 2 – 1. I hope all the officials have done their homework on this one which could well have left a bid of afters for them to deal with, due to a frantic finale when Fernandez was given his marching orders for a crunching challenge on Philippe Coutinho before Lovren settled the tie in 95th minute. In a game which also included 4 yellow cards, Garry Monk was very vocal in his opinion about the late sending off which he felt was unjustified and called for the referee to rescind the decision. When this did not happen, Swansea exercised their right to appeal against the Red Card with a written statement and video evidence and a Football Association appeals panel overturned the referee’s decision.When flash points like this occur in previous fixtures, particularly so late in the game, it is always vital that the officials ensure that they are fully aware of such events so that they can be prepared for the next encounter, whilst never actually pre-judging the actions of any team or individual.

GB at 2014-12-29 20:41:16

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