Man City v Arsenal


RH at 2014-08-10 16:56:36

Given that today’s game was played with an intensity that that was something less than we can expect from next week’s Premier League games, a Referee of Michael Oliver’s ability was always going to cope comfortably with any challenges that came his way. So it proved, Michael was able to raise or lower his profile whenever required and led his team well to deliver the desired outcome.

The Kieran Gibbs challenge on Gael Clichy was a talking point and he may wish to reflect on his decision not to caution what was in my view a Reckless challenge, but overall he’ll be well pleased when he looks back on this game and his safe handling of this high profile season opener will have done his reputation and confidence no harm. A solid performance that showed much quality from a Referee with a great future.


RH at 2014-08-10 16:52:45

Game over, Michael Oliver brings this years Community Shield to a close!

RH at 2014-08-10 16:50:26

Szczesny picks up another knock in a 50/50 challenge with Sinclair, offers a break as we move into three minutes added time

RH at 2014-08-10 16:49:00

To the players credit there hasn’t been the ‘Grapling’ at corners with players all over each other, Keith Hackett was right to raise this in his blog, not been a problem today! might be a different matter come next Saturday?

RH at 2014-08-10 16:46:44

As play has moved to the extremities of the field of play Michael Oliver has moved in to offer a presence and enhance his decision making quality, a great example to any young Referee!

RH at 2014-08-10 16:44:39

Arsenal making what looks like their last change as the game moves into the final five minutes of normal time

RH at 2014-08-10 16:43:12

Michael Oliver stopping play so that Kieran Gibbs can be treated for a knock, sensible Refereeing

RH at 2014-08-10 16:41:08

Michael Oliver quite rightly having words with Fernando, following a careless challenge, the last thing the City player needs is to pick up a second caution in this game

RH at 2014-08-10 16:39:54

Television replays supporting the Referee’s decision not award a penalty for a challenge on Man City’s Jovetic

RH at 2014-08-10 16:36:53

As the players get tired, there is less contrast between the attacking styles of the teams, with more of the game congested in mid-field the Referee must be mindful not to get caught up in play

RH at 2014-08-10 16:33:35

With the match moving into the last fifteen minutes, the Referee and his two Assistants’ are moving well and demonstrating good technique

RH at 2014-08-10 16:31:34

Michael Oliver showing a good distinction between fair robust challenges as opposed to careless contact, just adds to his credibility

RH at 2014-08-10 16:28:56

Good to note great technique there from Stuart Burt in both movement and signalling, so important to maintain standards and quality!

RH at 2014-08-10 16:26:38

Both teams now making changes, which appear not to have any great affect on the pattern or tempo of play

RH at 2014-08-10 16:25:42

Wojciech Szczesny landing awkwardly there, the referee wisely stops play immediately


RH at 2014-08-10 16:23:45

Michael Oliver again demonstrating a great patrol pattern during this half to gain good viewing angles and maintain a close proximity to play

RH at 2014-08-10 16:20:14

With a third goal to Arsenal and more changes for Manchester City I wonder what effects these developments will have on the game?

RH at 2014-08-10 16:19:04

Giroud makes it 3-0 Arsenal!

RH at 2014-08-10 16:18:31

Michael Oliver in really quickly there defuse a potentially nasty challenge for the ball on the goal line between Szczny and Kolarov, great refereeing

at 2014-08-10 16:15:19

Well was the ball out of play there and was Debuchy right to be aggrieved?


at 2014-08-10 16:14:26

Darren England the nearside Assistant is coping well with the changing pattern of a brightly sun-lit area of the field of play, which is ‘coming and going’ Something for aspiring Referees to consider as break into higher levels of the game where areas of the field of play are shaded by stands

at 2014-08-10 16:11:13

Referee well placed for a handball appeal in the Man City penalty area, definitely no penalty, Fernando playing the ball with his shoulder

at 2014-08-10 16:09:45

Yellow Card for Fernando Reges for a challenge on wilshire

at 2014-08-10 16:06:40

With three changes on the Manchester City team will this affect the pattern of play or the match tempo in the second half?

at 2014-08-10 16:03:27

Michael Oliver signals the start of the second half!


at 2014-08-10 15:55:30

A first half that offered few problems for Michael Oliver he looked at ease moving around the field of play and he picked up all the careless challenges especially in mid-field, he has read play well and has coped well by not getting mixed up the contrasting attacking styles of Manchester City’s slower build up as opposed to Arsenal’s quicker more direct style of play. my only concern being Kieran Gibbs escaping a yellow card for an obvious Reckless challenge on Gael Clichy

at 2014-08-10 15:46:31

Michael Oliver brings the first half to a close

at 2014-08-10 15:46:05

Jon Moss the Fourth official shows one minute added time

at 2014-08-10 15:45:20

Both Assistants will be pleased I’m sure that the bright sun lit area’s of the playing area have gone, must be better for cross-field viewing!

at 2014-08-10 15:43:16

Good to note that the Referee was well up with play in the lead up to that second goal, Michael Oliver is coping well with the break away attacks!

at 2014-08-10 15:42:06

Aaron Ramsey makes it 2-0!

at 2014-08-10 15:41:03

The Referee is taking advantage of the match tempo and slower pace at the moment to be close to careless challenges in midfield, this can only benefit the quality of decision making!

at 2014-08-10 15:38:31

It’s time for the spray, History in the making here as the Free-Kick Spray is used in in English football for the very first time!

at 2014-08-10 15:37:16

Words to Arteta there for a ‘tactical’ challenge that broke up play, quite right!

at 2014-08-10 15:35:24

Important that the Match Officials team maintain their focus and concentration at this quieter period of the game

at 2014-08-10 15:31:33

Good Refereeing there to bring play back and penalise the earlier careless challenge rather than award an offside decision against Arsenal.

at 2014-08-10 15:30:27

Arsenal are counter attacking at speed which is at contrast with Man City’s slower build up, Michael Oliver showing a good reading of play not to get in the way

at 2014-08-10 15:27:45

Michael Oliver’s patrol pattern is offering him good viewing angles in mid field where he is picking up careless challenges

at 2014-08-10 15:24:54

Good positioning to spot that careless challenge by Kolarov

at 2014-08-10 15:23:09

Interesting that some of the players are changing their boots, could balance be a problem at this stage in the game, something for Michael Oliver to be aware of.

at 2014-08-10 15:21:37

Arsenal take the lead 1-0

at 2014-08-10 15:17:19

A nasty challenge by Kieran Gibbs there that he is lucky to have escaped a sanction from

Arsenal v Manchester CityRH at 2014-08-10 15:10:12


RH at 2014-08-10 15:07:01

Michael Oliver looking comfortable and moving with ease on these opening moments of the game

RH at 2014-08-10 15:03:56

Interesting in that one Assistant will be working in a shaded area viewing across into a bright sun lit part of the field of play with his colleague operating with contrasting conditions , just something else to consider!

RH at 2014-08-10 15:01:16


A sizable crowd and warm summer conditions will require much concentration, both Assistants will want to ‘get their eye in early’ and focus on distances and viewing range – this stadium and the playing area looks very different to way it looked empty two hours ago!

RH at 2014-08-10 15:00:10


Our match Referee Michael Olivergets us underway!


RH at 2014-08-10 14:55:57


Welcome to Wembley, for this prestigious opening fixture! There were eleven goals in their two Premier League meetings last season so it’s a mouth-watering game to herald in the 2014-15 campaign

RH at 2014-08-10 14:55:06

in Michael Oliver’s words

 “I was delighted to be told I’d been chosen to referee this year’s FA Community Shield. It’s a game I’ve followed for many years both as a fan and as a referee. It’s still a competitive fixture and everyone, from the fans and players involved, look forward to this fixture at the start of the new season. 

RH at 2014-08-10 14:50:04


Welcome to Wembley, for this prestigious opening fixture! There were eleven goals in their two Premier League meetings between these teams last season so it’s a mouth-watering game to herald in the 2014-15 campaign!

at 2014-08-08 17:00:46