Swansea City v Manchester City


good afternoon and goodbye

GB at 2015-05-17 15:27:37

Thanks for your company this afternoon and it is over to Andy Martin now to take us through the next big game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal.


full time summery

GB at 2015-05-17 15:26:44

Well if there was anyone out there who still needed confirmation that Mark Clattenburg deservers the mantle as the top referee in England this season, that performance must have convinced them now. From the very beginning of this game this referee stamped his authority onto the proceedings by just giving a few straight forward free kicks rather than letting them go and risking the players thinking he was going to sit back and let them get on with it. From that point, however, he was able to do just that and it paid him rich dividends as the game just flowed and he was able to take a back seat, which is what the game required in the first half and which just carried on into the second half as well.


He quickly gained the respect of the players and repaid their respect to him by the way he interacted with them and managed their expectations throughout the game.


Once again the stand out factor of Mark’s impact on this game was his first class fitness and positioning, which he displayed consistently for the full 90 minutes, never looking like he was tiring at the end and his energetic sprints through the middle were a joy to watch. This master class in work-rate and maintaining the optimum angles as well as a credible distance from all the major incidents underpinned all the decisions the referee made and helped to demonstrate how close proximity to the action can dramatically cut out dissent from the players. There is no doubt that if you are right up with play when the big call comes along, you can sell it with confidence and assuredly which rubs off on all those around you.


As for the Assistants:

They both proved the value of positive teamwork and were always on the same wavelength as Mark in this game and only intervened when their presence was required. Off sides were credible and they can both sleep easy tonight!


A wonderful game all round and a pleasure to be able to sum up in such a positive fashion and all the officials can be totally satisfied with their contribution to it.

full time

GB at 2015-05-17 15:23:59

My final summary will follow very soon; meanwhile I hope you can stick with us here on RefCam for the next game which could prove to be a classic winner takes all affair, as Manchester United and Arsenal scrap it out to try to secure the third qualifying place for next season’s Champions League.


This game will be followed later tonight by the MLS clash between Orlando City v LA Galaxy which kicks off 10:00pm


Monday night football on RefCam returns tomorrow with West Bromwich Albion v the League Champions Chelsea KO 8:00pm


Then we have an extra Premier League game this week on Wednesday night, with a massive game for two teams at either end of the table as Arsenal take on Sunderland in the game which evens up games played by all the teams in the EPL and could have a massive impact on what is left to play for in the final fixtures on Sunday.


Keep checking RefCam for the full list of the most important games left in the footballing calendar which we will be covering for you in the next few weeks



GB at 2015-05-17 15:23:24

no big decision to make there in the end right at the death

Full Time

Swansea 2 -4 Manchester City



GB at 2015-05-17 15:20:13

still no controversy around any of the six goals – just how we like it


GB at 2015-05-17 15:19:31

GOAL! Wilfred Bony (MC14)

Swansea 2 – 4 Manchester City


GB at 2015-05-17 15:18:19

MC positioned himself well to be able to see the wall and judge no hand ball in there


GB at 2015-05-17 15:17:43

minimum of 5 added minutes to be played


GB at 2015-05-17 15:17:14

good 9.15 metres for important free kick


GB at 2015-05-17 15:16:47

has the game got one more goal?


GB at 2015-05-17 15:14:25

the one thing which Mark has definitely not gone all continental on and that is his advantage signal – text book two low hands – watch and learn


GB at 2015-05-17 15:12:27

this is the game which just keeps giving with another amazing save by Joe Hart (MC 1)


GB at 2015-05-17 15:10:24

the officials still have some work to do to see this one out to a satisfactory conclusion but they certainly all seem up for it


GB at 2015-05-17 15:09:05

incredible save


GB at 2015-05-17 15:08:44

no matter how well things have gone, the officials need to be ready for the unexpected in the last 10 minutes


GB at 2015-05-17 15:06:52

MC moving right over to the assistants side then to get the best angle as the play entered the penalty area – good awareness


GB at 2015-05-17 15:05:16

once again MC was breathing down the player’s neck when that last yellow card offence took place


GB at 2015-05-17 15:04:14

Yellow Card Fernandinho (MC 25)

clear reckless challenge – good to see player is made to stand up before the card is shown – good technique!


GB at 2015-05-17 15:02:59

I can’t sea Swansea sitting back though so we could be in for a frenetic last 15 minutes


GB at 2015-05-17 15:02:20

Class shown there by Yaya Touré (MC 42) as his strength got him that goal


GB at 2015-05-17 15:01:41

GOAL! Yaya Touré (MC 42)

Swansea 2 – 3 Manchester City


GB at 2015-05-17 15:00:13

a rare rest bite for everyone in a pulsating game – time for the officials to keep focussed


GB at 2015-05-17 14:58:17

SB making sure the basics are adhered to there with the ball on the corner arc and not outside of it for that corner


GB at 2015-05-17 14:56:56

all the officials have drifted in and out of this game only when required and are letting the players do the entertaining


GB at 2015-05-17 14:54:00

not a whiff of controversy about any of the goals so far in what is turning out to be a terrific game


GB at 2015-05-17 14:52:40

GOAL! Bafetibis Gomis (SW 18)

Swansea 2 – 2 Manchester City


excellent no flag for off side from JC – he is on fire today just like the referee


GB at 2015-05-17 14:51:12

one again the referee giving himself time and really trying not to stop the game unless he really needs to


GB at 2015-05-17 14:50:03

incidents like that last caution show the quality of the top referees who know when to manage the tempo and take the fizz out of the game before it gets away


GB at 2015-05-17 14:48:36

Yellow Card Pablo Zabaleta (MC 5)

reckless challenge. Mark wanted to play on then but his experience told him he needed to stop the game as the takles start to fly in


GB at 2015-05-17 14:46:54

MC very close in to that throw-in decision which helped him to sell it


GB at 2015-05-17 14:46:00

as we have said all season, the officials need to be aware of what changes in tactics substitutions make


GB at 2015-05-17 14:44:28

great example of pressing into the penalty area by the referee then


GB at 2015-05-17 14:43:35

the tempo was always going to rise in the second half and so far MC is going along with it and his presence is much more visible as required


GB at 2015-05-17 14:42:11

MC coming into the screen before the shot on goal after another excellent sprint from one end to the other


GB at 2015-05-17 14:40:22

the referee was just checking to see if there was a chance for an advantage there. The top referees make time for themselves when they give decisions


GB at 2015-05-17 14:37:40

Yellow Card James Milner (MC 7)

not the classic style I was talking about but of course very effective for this level – no fuss!



GB at 2015-05-17 14:36:16

I have to repeat what I said about the referee’s body language in the first half – already Mark is showing those positives signs again as he looks in at the players and is always moving his head to get the best view as the ball is played around him


GB at 2015-05-17 14:33:44

MC looking to keep game going with that first challenge then soon though better of it when the second one went in. Not ready to let everything go yet!


GB at 2015-05-17 14:32:28

Second half is underway – more of the same please officials

half time

GB at 2015-05-17 14:26:35

On the back of Mark Clattenburg’s performance in Europe on Tuesday which simply compounded the form he has been in all season, Keith Hackett’s first blog this week continued the debate as to why the Football Association did not reward England’s top referee with the ultimate accolade to walk out under the arch with the ball on May 30th?


This was followed by an excellent educational piece on Friday covering the importance of dealing with dissent correctly by referees at all levels of the game from the grass roots upwards.


This and all previous blogs are still available now at Hackett’s Blog


As usual there are many other new articles available at YATR-MAG including the second instalment of the recent interview with ex Top FIFA Referee from Denmark, Kim Milton Kim Milton part 2


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half time

GB at 2015-05-17 14:25:43

We have not seen a caution in the game so far (and there has not been anything like the possibility of one yet), but if one does come, I hope that we will see a much more traditional cautioning technique than Mark employed on Tuesday night in Europe.  Whilst his technique in Munich was fully acceptable and effective for the level at which he was operating, it was a far cry from the established routine of:

  • Isolate the player if required
  • Enquire and record the player’s name
  • Warn as to future conduct
  • Show yellow card

This is the procedure referees need to follow as they progress up the refereeing pyramid. Having extolled the virtues of copying positive body language from watching top officials in my pre-match notes, some of the referees I coach have tried to mimic the cautioning style demonstrated by professional referees in their games at county league level and below, for which they get a sharp rebuke from me for being “far too Premier League” for my liking, and placing themselves in danger of losing precious marks from the assessor for something which they have total control over.

half time

GB at 2015-05-17 14:23:26

In this week’s edition of The Ref Show the panel agreed that our Premier League referees seemed to be benefiting from looking more relaxed and coming into form as they approach the most important games of the season. In particular, the scenario of a clear head-to-head competition between Mark Clattenburg and Martin Atkinson for poll position in the stakes for the one slot for an English referee at EURO 2016 was seen as a good thing as both of them strike a rich vein.


All-in-all it was not a bad week for our elite referees and our colleagues in the MLS also come in for some praise following the latest showing on RefCam.


All the previous editions, remain available to view at The Ref Show


As always, YATR values your opinions on all the points raised by out experts via Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

half time summary

GB at 2015-05-17 14:22:45

It has to be said that Mark Clattenburg looks like he has hardy broken into a sweat yet and nobody really knows he is out there – just the perfect feeling all referees want in their games.


His positioning and movement have been there for all to see and there have been no surprises at all. Like I said before the start, what he does is gets all the basics right without being a show-man and once you can do that the respect from the players comes with it.


Apart from a possible missed off side from Simon Beck in the early stages which I am still not convinced he could have missed entirely, the whole team work on display has been first class so far.


More of the same second half please gents!

half time

GB at 2015-05-17 14:17:26

Half Time

Swansea 1 – 2 Manchester City


GB at 2015-05-17 14:16:57

great movement across the penalty area again there by MC


GB at 2015-05-17 14:16:13

Minimum of 1 minute of added time


GB at 2015-05-17 14:15:57

game on GOAL! Gylfi Sigurðsson (SW 23)

Swansea 1 – 2 Manchester City


GB at 2015-05-17 14:14:20

JC keeping up his average with another routine off side call


GB at 2015-05-17 14:13:02

clear careless challenge well spotted illegal use of the arm. MC right there again


GB at 2015-05-17 14:12:13

MC was right there when Frank Lampard (MC 18) went over but there was never a question of trying to look for a penalty. The players are respecting the referee well today


GB at 2015-05-17 14:09:05

everything about the referee’s body language say 100% concentration so far


GB at 2015-05-17 14:08:16

Manchester City clearly look in control now but the officials must not get complacent


GB at 2015-05-17 14:07:12

GOAL!James Milner (MC 7)

Swansea 0 – 2 Manchester City



GB at 2015-05-17 14:06:22

well done SB – nothing in that.


GB at 2015-05-17 14:05:14

going back to SB’s off side which MC was able to play on from it was good to see the referee acknowledge the flag with a signal to the assistant even with all the comms kit they have another example of how MC gets the basic right


GB at 2015-05-17 14:02:42

SB joins the part and gets his off side correct bt the referee is able to keep the game going – good teamwork


GB at 2015-05-17 14:01:59

Great communication again with his arms by MC – not a back pass


GB at 2015-05-17 14:01:24

another great judgement not off side by JC


GB at 2015-05-17 14:00:57

The referee’s proximity to the play has been faultless so far and it has to be said he makes it look so easy by always being alert when he needs to inject a quick sprint even over a very short distance


GB at 2015-05-17 13:57:52

MC showing an excellent sprint then and pressing into the penalty area at the end of it


GB at 2015-05-17 13:55:12

His advantage signal at that quick free kick showed all the players what he had done – good communication


GB at 2015-05-17 13:54:32

MC showing the game respect there in allowing the quick free kick from a little away from the position of the foul


GB at 2015-05-17 13:53:37

JC did well then to make his decision very quickly to support the referee with that goalkick


GB at 2015-05-17 13:52:05

GOAL! Yaya Touré (MC 42)

Swansea 0 -1 Manchester City


GB at 2015-05-17 13:50:55

20 minutes of the game gone and MC seems to be taking the game in his stride and moving around with all his usual ease and confidence


GB at 2015-05-17 13:49:11

Manchester City clearly not going to have everything their own way today


GB at 2015-05-17 13:48:30

JC had a great chance to show his quality there and got that off side spot on


GB at 2015-05-17 13:47:27

well that must go down as a chance!


GB at 2015-05-17 13:47:01

it is good practice to do what MC did then and remind the players to keep their arms down in the wall


GB at 2015-05-17 13:46:12

MC in a perfect position to give the free kick just outside of the penalty area and managing the wall well


GB at 2015-05-17 13:45:26

Cant criticize the referee for getting hit by the ball when he is in the right place


GB at 2015-05-17 13:43:09

great example of that personality I talked about as MC was sharing a joke with the Swansea player then – may be he was telling him he would have given that off side?


GB at 2015-05-17 13:41:25

MC seemed to be ready to give that off side then but did not need to. Can’t understand why there was no flag, but may be there was – cant see SB under the camera


GB at 2015-05-17 13:40:00

MC adjusting his position all the time to keep that optimum angle as the play enters the penalty area


GB at 2015-05-17 13:38:49

the players will need to better than that to dupe today’s referee !


GB at 2015-05-17 13:37:45

MC obviously all over this already and just letting the players know were his tolerance level is


GB at 2015-05-17 13:37:03

No surprises so far in foul recognition!


GB at 2015-05-17 13:36:33

another basic point for all referees – get side on to where you want the throw-intaken from so the players can use you as a reference point


GB at 2015-05-17 13:35:07

MC setting his stall out with that throw-in and making sure it is taken from the correct place. Important do do this for the first one rather than cause problems later in the game


GB at 2015-05-17 13:32:41

I hope you saw that first arm signal – I knew Mark would not let me down! Basics done well!


GB at 2015-05-17 13:31:49

nice early free kick for Mark to settle in with


GB at 2015-05-17 13:31:17

AR1: Simon Beck (SB) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-05-17 13:30:29

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


Interesting to see the sides change ends – don’t see that much these days.


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


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pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:26:12

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pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:25:28

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:23:26

Apart from a dreadful penalty decision at Anfield when the challenge was clearly outside of the Penalty Area and another very debateable “not deliberate?”(well it was an offence for me) hand ball decision in the Everton Penalty Area yesterday, it seemed like a relatively quiet day for the officials in the Premier League on Saturday. We certainly don’t want any controversial decisions in either of the two big games today.

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:21:18

4th Official: Lee Probert (LP)

Making up the full set of FIFA Officials on show today, Lee takes on the board holding duties for the 12th time this season, having turned up late to the party following and injury which meant he was not fully fit at the beginning of the season.


Coming from the South, our paths crossed a bit as Lee was making his mark as a young referee in the Southern League and we spent many hours together in the car driving around the south of England when Lee was occasionally appointed to run the line to me in the Panel Leagues competitions. I don’t wish to imply any credit what so every for what Lee has genuinely earned in his career, but I always tease him whenever we meet that he got his big break when I twisted my ankle after 2 minutes of a Football Combination game with Bristol Rovers Reserves, and Lee took over the middle as Senior Linesman. He had a great game that night and at the end of that season he was promoted to the Football League line, and I was soon returning the complement and running the line to him in the Football League and Premier League.

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:20:24

My colleague Glenn Turner here at You Are The Ref, could tell you all about what a great feeling it is to be working with the best referee in England from his own personal experience. But with that feeling of pride and achievement, comes the immense pressure to deliver the goods both on and off the field of play as a team to maintain that trust and absolute confidence between the group of you that you would all go over the wall for each other.


The utmost importance of the unity in the team cannot be understated and although very few officials ever reach the level where they regularly work with the same officials week-in week-out, the pro-active progressive referees at all levels are consciously “sussing out” their assistants from the moment they meet them for the first time on match days and building up that camaraderie and understanding which will be necessary to ensure symmetry between them from the first minute of the game.


pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:17:19

Today’s Assistants:


AR1: Simon Beck (SB)

When he started his career on the Premier League, Simon was a member of Peter Walton’s* regular crew along with myself and so we regularly officiated together on EPL and FL games. In those early days Simon’s eagerness to do well was always very evident as he displayed an excellent attitude and was always eager to learn and was very keen to improve technique. This willing to listen to advice has obviously paid extreme dividends over the years as Simon has been part of Mark’s crew now ever since he was awarded his FIFA badge back in 2009 and has hardly left his side.


The benefits of officials working in teams has been well documented over the years and Simon has obviously gained the complete confidence of today’s referee as they have been through some real highs and lows together over the past 6 years. Simon has been Mark’s right-hand-man on every single Premier League game and UEFA appointment this season. I mention lows as well, because Simon (like us all), has had his share of controversy over the years, but he has demonstrated the strength of character and mental ability to move on and put in a better performance following any setbacks.


Judging by the high standards he sets for himself, he would have been disappointed with one of his off-side judgements he made in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final and would also not have been happy with his positioning in the run up to the 1st Barcelona goal, as highlighted by RefCam. But as I said above, Becky will most definitely have moved on already and be desperate to put in a top class performance for Mark today.


*Peter Walton is currently the General Manager of the Professional Referee Organization in North America


AR2: Jake Collin (JC)

Jake earned his FIFA bade in 2010 and is now also a regular member of Mark Clattenburg’s crew, so he finds himself in one of the best places to be as an Assistant Referee in this country. You are only as good as you last game though and Jake won’t mind that, as RefCam was generally impressed by the way he conducted himself on Tuesday night. This will be the 15th Premier League game this season in which Jake has been part of Mark’s crew.

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:14:39

Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Mark Clattenburg (MC)

AR1: Simon Beck (SB)

AR2: Jake Collin (JC)

4th Official: Lee Probert (LP)


I was fortunate to work with Mark in his early days as a Premier League Referee and there was no doubt even then that he had the personality, charisma and drive and determination to reach the top. He was virtually the full article already when he made the step up from the National List, but although he has always been “his own man”, he clearly benefited from the assessment system and coaching scheme which was in place back in 2004, which he used wisely to earn his place on the FIFA list within 2 years.


There is nothing “super-human” about this referee, but if you really study his performances, you will see that what he actually does is concentrate on all the basic attributes required by a referee, and then carry them off consistently and to a very high standard. A small but easy way to spot example of this is to watch his directional arm signals – look out for the sharp positive straight arm at right angles to the body which leave no ambiguity. Then compare that with some of the laid back, bent arms and casual 45 degrees styles of some of his colleagues – vive la difference! It is this sort of attention to detail, along with the personality to look calm and assertive when everyone around you is losing their heads, pulled together by the exceptional fitness displayed which gets him in close to the big decisions, which makes him stand out from the pack.


In my last blog on Monday night, I mentioned that Kevin Friend’s style was not to continually talk to the players all the time and that worked for him. Today’s referee however is a total contrast to that and I expect to see him constantly communicating and working with the players throughout the game to keep them “on-side”. When looking for ways to improve you own performance, it is dangerous to attempt to copy another referees’ personality on the field of play if you are not the type of person who can carry it off. What you can do, however, is to mirror someone else’s positive body language, so that all those looking on can read the signs of a confident decisive official and then use your own more subtle characteristics and personality to gain the same respect. Everyone’s personality is different, but the point is that you have something special about you, and you have to impose whatever it is into your games if you want to progress, as you will not find any “shrinking violets” at the top of the referees ladder!


So far this season Mark has refereed 26 Premier League games in which he has issued 90 Yellow cards and 3 Reds. It seems like the smell of coffee has eventually percolated into the office of whoever has been doing the appointments lately, as this is precisely the calibre of game one would expect our top referee to be awarded at this stage of the season.

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:13:48

Here are the missing Manchester City Substitutes!

Jesús Navas (MC 15)

Gaël Clichy (MC 22)

Stevan Jovetic (MC 35)

Sorry about that!

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:12:00

Here are the teams for this afternoon’s game:




Lukasz Fabianski (SW 1)

Neil Taylor (SW 3)

Ashley Williams (SW 6)

Jonjo Shelvey (SW 8)

Nathan Dyer (SW 12)

Bafetibis Gomis (SW 18)

Jefferson Montero (SW 20)

Gylfi Sigurðsson (SW 23)

Cork (SW 24)

Ashley Richards (SW 29)

Federico Fernández (SW 33)


Leon Britton (SW 7)

Marvin Emnes (SW 11)

Dwight Tiendalli (SW 19)

Grimes (SW 21)

Gerhard Tremmel (SW 25)

Kyle Bartley (SW 27)

Barrow (SW 58)




Joe Hart (MC 1)

Pablo Zabaleta (MC 5)

James Milner (MC 7)

Aleksandar Kolarov (MC 11)

Sergio Agüero (MC 16)

Frank Lampard (MC 18)

Eliaquim Mangala (MC 20)

David Silva (MC 21)

Fernandinho (MC 25)

Martin Demichelis (MC 26)

Yaya Touré (MC 42)


Vincent Kompany (MC 4)

Edin Džeko (MC 10)

Wilfredo Caballero (MC 13)

Wilfred Bony (MC14)

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:10:31

Looking back at the history of this match in League competitions in South Wales, these teams have only faced each other before 13 times and Swansea just have their neck in front with 6 wins to Manchester City’s 5 and there has been 1 draw since the teams first met in the League back in 1926. Taking all League games into consideration home and away, the picture is a bit different, with Manchester City holding the bragging rights with 17 wins to Swansea’s 7  and 3 matches ending in a draw.


Manchester City took the honours 2-1 in the reverse fixture this season in November which was refereed by Neil Swarbrick. The game was entertaining and turned out to be a quiet affair for the officials with just 3 yellow cards being issued; 2 for City and 1 for the Swans.

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:09:42

The current Premier League form table sets this one up nicely as well with Swansea 2 places above the Sky Blues in 2nd.


Form Pos CLUB League Pos HOME






3 Swansea 8 D W L W D W 11 W L W L W W 12 W D L W W W 13
5 Man City 2 W W W W W W 18 W L L L L W 6 L L L L W W 12


pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:07:32

So we now know that it is still two down and one to go as far as the Relegation places in the Premier League after yesterday’s results but the fat lady is still not ready to start singing yet as the twists and turns of the jockeying for positions in next season European competitions keeps the interest in the premier league right to the end, particularly after Swansea’s win at Arsenal on Monday night.


Gary Monk looked as pleased as punch after his team’s performance at the Emirates Stadium last week and he will expect nothing less than the same today from his lads in front of their fanatical home supporters, whom I am sure, would love to secure European football at the Liberty Stadium for next season.


Manchester City will no doubt on the one hand have breathed a sigh of relief on Monday night as the Swans did them a favour at Arsenal, but at the same time them will appreciate that Swansea are not likely to be a push-over today either on their own cabbage patch.


City really need to take all three points to get them almost out of reach in second place, so we should expect some really attacking football from both teams which hopefully our officials can just drift into the background of.

pre match

GB at 2015-05-17 13:06:29

25 minutes to go before KO and welcome to this lunch time’s live minute by minute RefCam coverage of the Premier League clash between Swansea City and Manchester City.

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