SM at 2017-05-13 14:51:07


A good competitive game for Bobby Madley to control and overall he produced a reasonable performance. On the minus side was his failure to detect the offence committed by Ferandino which should have been accompanied by a yellow card for the Manchester City player.Also a better awareness of play and players movements would have allowed him to make his movements more pro-active rather than re-active but this being said he was rarely caught out of position when having to make a decision. On the plus side there could be no question of any of the cautions that were issued. Neither was his award of the two penalty kicks controversial. His detection of Mahrez playing the ball twice when he slipped taking the Leicester penalty was nothing short of brilliant and illustrated the fact that how important concentration by the Referee at all times is. It was nice to see the Referee have the confidence to not only communicate with players using sensible man-management techniques but also not to be afraid to control the game with a smile on his face when appropriate. Good learning points to be had.


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SM at 2017-05-13 14:27:56

Full Time


SM at 2017-05-13 14:27:39

Ndidi commits foul on Caballero. Fre-kick to Man City. Silva foul on Mahrez. Yellow Cardfor Silva in the 9th minute of added time.

SM at 2017-05-13 14:21:44

Navas replaces Jesus.

SM at 2017-05-13 14:18:46

7 minutes of added time

SM at 2017-05-13 14:13:58

Yellow Cardfor Aguero for delaying taking of Leicester free kick.

SM at 2017-05-13 14:09:53

Jesus substituted by Aguero.

Cynical foul on Fernandino by Albrighton. Yellow Cardfor Albrighton.

Albrighton substituted


De Bruyne replaced by Zabaleta

SM at 2017-05-13 14:07:05

Clichy trip on Mahrez. Correct award of penalty kick for Leicester. Mahrez puts penalty into goal but goal correctly disallowed as Referee absolutely correct in detecting MAHREZ PLAYS BALL TWICE AS HE SLIPS WHILE TAKING KICK.

Brilliant spot by Referee.

SM at 2017-05-13 14:01:15

Good judgement by Assistant to spot ball over goal line for a corner.

When play stops Fuchs gets Yellow Cardfor previous offence on Jesus in build up play.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:57:52

Referee fails to detect Fernandino blocking Albrighton with a forearm into his opponents face.  Definitely a cautionable offence but Fernandino not punished..


Leicester substitute Amartey for King.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:54:16

Fuchs foul on Jesus. Correct award of free-kick    .De Druyne not happy with being penalised and Referee deals with it in a consistent manner having a verbal rebuke. (similar to Sterling incident in first half )

SM at 2017-05-13 13:46:11

Ndidi foul on Jesus. Free-kick correctly awarded.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:45:33

Good to see the Referee’s rapport with players, not being afraid to have a smile on his face when appropriate and this approach seems to be well accepted by players.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:44:16

The Referee showing good judgement when players go to ground under a challenge. Not influenced to simply award a free-kick and players are accepting this.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:41:36

Albrighton blocks a cross and Assistant well positioned to see there was no hand ball although Sterling appealed for a free-kick.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:38:07

Kompany challenge on Chilwell. Yellow Cardfor Kompany.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:37:05

Referee attempts to allow advantage but rightly brings back play to penalise the original offence when the advantage does not accrue.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:33:17

Second half underway.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:30:01

Half Time

Half-Time summary

From a Refereeing point of view two main incidents. ..the penalty award and the first Man City goal.   The penalty decision was quite simply a correct call by the Referee when Benalouane clumsily brought down Sane. The first goal , however, was contentious. We all know the Officials do not have the luxury of viewing a video replay and have to make a split-second judgement. The Referee was well positioned getting an angular view and could not be expected to tell if Sterling had got a touch or not when he swung a boot at the ball. The Assistant may well have had a slightly better view and for sure the Officials would have communicated via the headsets. replays from different angles are inconclusive, hence no reason to disallow the goal. But was Sterling’s position detrimental to the goalkeeper’s chances of saving Silva’s shot. I think not as there was a defender close to Sterling who would have the same effect of having some impact on the goalkeepers view of the shot on goal. In my opinion I believe the correct decision was made by the Officials.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:17:41

Once again the Referee starts to move after the ball has been played to the Man City player moving free on the left wing. It was clear where the pass was going; hence more awareness would have allowed a pro-active positional movement  by the Referee.

SM at 2017-05-13 13:12:26

Superb goal by Okazaki to bring Leicester back into the game. GOAL!

SM at 2017-05-13 13:07:37

Benalouane has clumsy challenge on Sane and the Referee awards a penalty kick and shows the Leicester player a Yellow Card. Jesus nets the subsequent penaty kick GOAL!. No arguments with the Referee’s decision

SM at 2017-05-13 13:02:37

Another example there where the Referee isn’t aware of Sterlings run into space and hence doesn’t start to move to a suitable viewing position until after the pass has been made. With an increased awareness of players movement the Referee could be proactive.

GOAL! By Silva but did Sterling get a touch while being in an offside position.? Probably the Assistant had more of a view  than the Referee. Several views on replay are inconclusive.

SM at 2017-05-13 12:51:47

Sterling shows some dissent at not getting a free-kick following a challenge by Chilwell. Such actions by players should not be ignored and Bobby Madley decides, in my opinion quite sensibly, that a verbal rebuke is  all that is necessary. The main thing in some action was taken. Foul by Clichy on Vardy. Good decision by the Referee to award Leicester a free-kick.   Foul by Albrighton on Jesus. Free-kick correctly awarded.

SM at 2017-05-13 12:46:28

Foul by Toure and a “quiet word” with the offender by the Referee. Good to let players know when you’re not happy with a challenge.

SM at 2017-05-13 12:42:09

Foul by Ndidi on De Bruyne.  Free kick correctly awarded.

SM at 2017-05-13 12:38:54

Although it’s still the early stages of the game, the Referee’s movement is more re-active than pro-active.  But he was on the spot to penalise the foul challenge by Albrighton on Sterling. As we constantly say…close proximity gives added credibility.

SM at 2017-05-13 12:34:23

First corner of the game to Man City.  The Referee has taken up a good position at the edge of the penalty area so as to get a clear view of goalmouth action.

SM at 2017-05-13 12:32:00

Here we go.   Referee has to make a quick adjustment to prevent being hit by the ball. Already needs more awareness of where play is going.

SM at 2017-05-13 12:02:48

Good morning and welcome to the first of today’s Premier League games.

We feature the clash between Manchester City and Leicester City from the Etihad stadium.

Manchester City will be looking for another home win to move above Liverpool into 3rd place while Leicester will hope to continue the form that has seen them move up to 9th place since changing their manager.

Officials for today’s game are :


Referee: Bobby Madley   Assistants:  P.Kirkup and A.Holmes  4th Officials: Paul Tierney.


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