From an Arsenal blog – REF REVIEW 2012: Liverpool – only half the penalty calls were correct!

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An Arsenal fan sent me the following, it was written before today’s game and doesn’t reflect today’s game however it is very interesting…

Hi Liverpool Fans,

I’m writing to ask if there are any qualified football referees here?

The reason I ask is that we are appealing for help with a ref review where a qualified ref reviews Premier League referee performances and scores them overall on key factors. This season just gone, we managed to review 155 (40%) games but we’d like to make that 100% with your help.

Did you know, based on the reviews we carried out, over 75% of Red card decisions as well as 50% of Penalty Decisions and over 45% of Yellow card decisions in Liverpool games were incorrect?

Over the course of the season, our refs have watched games for all teams in the Premier League and scored the ref on each incident assessing four main factors. Decisions could be one of the following:-

Awarded correctly

Awarded incorrectly

Correctly not awarded

Incorrectly not awarded

Another factor also considered was the type of decision and the effect (weight) it had on the game. For example, the ref not awarding a penalty carries far more weight than the ref awarding a throw in to the wrong team in the middle of the park.

The format used to review the refs is an open database, you can see minute by minute assessments and challenge any part of the reviews. Our refs will re-look at the video and amend if appropriate.

Ps, if a decision cannot be confirmed from TV footage as right or wrong, we give the ref the benefit of the doubt so you could say our data is on the conservative side.

More information on how to get involved and links to the individual ref reviews for Liverpool can be found here :


1. The ref appeal :
2. The reviews :


We would really appreciate your help.



1 Comment

  1. Hey Antoine,

    Thanks for publishing this, I really appreciate your help.

    If there are any qualified refs out there who would like to help, please get in contact via the referee decisions link where there is a registration page.

    Once again, thanks for your help.

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