This article is part of the series : REFEREE REVIEW 2012
Untold Arsenal has a team of qualified referees who have reviewed more than 40% of the EPL games from last season. The reviews themselves were based on full match video footage with the advantage of video technology features such as slow motion and pause.
By reviewing those 155 games we have made a database of more than 7000 decisions that have been judged by our panel of dedicated and qualified referees.
The numbers you will see are based on those decisions and those reviewed games.
The next ref is Mark Halsey. One of the older referees in the PL.
We managed to do 9 games from this ref and this represents just under 43% of his total games in the PL.
Let us see how competent he was in these 9 games.
Well you see it yourself. In the un-weighted score he only managed a score of 68.33%. That is below the 70% margin we set (and other countries set this also) as a minimum for a PL ref.
And if we put weight on the decisions we see that this even goes down to only 66.41%. So that is not good at all.
Let us see at the different type of decisions.
The goal decisions are better than the league average. More than 95% is rather good.
So are the offside decisions who are also better than the league average.
A bad point is the other decisions. A score of 67% means he misses too many things. The penalty decisions are also bad. A score of only 50% correct is not impressive.
The red cards are also not really impressive. In fact the figure is bad. And the yellow cards are also not a score that brings happiness in the world of refereeing.
So apart from goals and offside not really good numbers.
Let us see if there was any bias involved in his games.
Wow, what a home bias! A negative bias against the away teams of -3.445 is much higher than the league average. It is almost the double if the league average.
And if we put weight on the decisions we see that the the numbers rise even higher. A very bad home bias in the games from this ref. This is what we can call a home ref. Let us see if we can find anything strange with the team bias.
From these numbers it is clear that he doesn’t seems to be a pro-Arsenal biased ref. A big bias against Arsenal from this ref. Also West Bromwich Albion is on the bad side of things from this ref. As are Aston Villa, Newcastle and Everton. And a rarity… Stoke City has a negative bias from this ref. Fulham had a zero score in the one game he did.
On the positive side we have Manchester United and Chelsea with a moderate positive bias.
Tottenham has a bigger positive bias and Liverpool is top in the bias table from this ref.
And when we put weight on the desicions the bias only bets bigger. Arsenal and WBA not only had a big bias against but also some major decisions going against them. The only two teams that look to have a somewhat normal score are Stoke and Fulham. But when you look at the mess he made in the game from Stoke you see that he was totally incompetent in that game.
This is just not PL material any more for my part. How good he was is hard to say because we didn’t do the reviews in the years before. But his competence score is too low and his bias is also very bad. Bot in the home/away bias but also in the team bias numbers.
So really a bad score all in all from this ref. And yet the PGMOL keeps him in the PL for some reason. Only they will know why because I cannot find any reason to keep him there.
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