Only 28% of last season’s red card decisions were correct.

This article is part of the series of the Referee Review 2013. Other articles to this subject can be found on this site. Including reviews of games, reports on teams and reports on refs

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In this article we will continue to let you know how competent the referees have been in the games we could review in the season 2012-2013. In an earlier article we talked about the not that important decisions but this time we will talk about the key decisions.

In the earlier article I also said that we should be careful when comparing the 2012/13 figure with the previous season but now we will have the opportunity to compare a few things closely.

So now it really starts to get interesting.  Can we see improvement on some decisions? Can we see improvement on all decisions?  Or did things turn from bad to worse?

Let’s not beat around the bush any longer. Let us give you the numbers on the key decisions from last season and compare this when we can with the numbers from this season just gone by.

Important calls 2012/13 Correct 2012/13 Incorrect 2012.13 Total 2012/13 %Correct 20011/12 
YELLOW

593

335

928

63,90%

56,29%

2ND YELLOW

11

38

49

22,45%

GOAL

528

45

573

92,15%

91,75%

OWN GOAL

27

2

29

93,10%

PENALTY

97

76

173

56,07%

62,24%

RED

18

46

64

28,13%

21,43%

FOUL

4493

870

5363

83,78%

71,96%

FREE KICK

4315

786

5101

84,59%

TOTALS

10082

2198

12280

82,10%

The total number we see below is 82,10% and that is of 72,45% of the decisions being correct. So that is 10% better than the season before.

And I must say that during the season I had the feeling that some refs were doing better if not much better in general than the season before. It was a gut feeling and I mentioned it on a few occasions and had some other posters who had the same impression. And we now see this confirmed in the numbers.

If we look at the decisions in detail we see that in 2011/12 we had only 56,29% correct yellow card decisions. If we now take the two yellow card decisions together we have a 61,82% of correct yellow card decisions.  Now I must say that the figures from that season were a disgrace in my opinion. And the refs have improved on this in a good way. But I still find 61% of correct yellow card decisions too low. I still find this unacceptable.

If we look at the goal decisions we see that this also has gone slightly up a bit. But still we are too close to being able to say that 1 goal in 10 goals in the PL is wrongly awarded or not awarded!

That still means that every match day we have around 3 goals being given or cancelled as a result of a wrong decision. I have said it before and will say it again: this is a number that should be around the 99% mark. But again we must say that each improvement is better than nothing at all.

Let us look at the penalty kicks. And then we see that the number has gone down compared to the season before. Then we had 6 out of 10 penalty decisions as correct and now this has gone down to below 6. Again I find this unacceptable. This is something were we should have better numbers.  And for those asking or being curious: we will publish which teams took advantage and which teams suffered from this.

When we look at the red cards we see that the total numbers have gone up a good bit. But still not even 30% of the red card decisions are correct in the PL. Players can stay on the pitch after having committed the dirtiest assaults.

Only 28% correct red card decisions. Are refs afraid of the backlash they face when producing a red card? This really is shameful to say the least. I think this also is a point in which the PL needs to approve. But if we look at the Nani red card in the CL and how the whole nation of England were shocked it isn’t a real surprise to see that so many red card decisions are wrong.

And then finally we go on to the fouls. And then we see that this has gone up to a solid 83% of the decisions being correct. Again I must point at the fact that we usually can only judge a foul not correct when we get replays from the broadcasters and in most occasions this isn’t the case. So we do adjust them correct when we can’t check and this helps the numbers of the refs in a big part. But still we cannot but admit that the refs seems to have done a far better job than the season before.

So the final outcome is that refs mad better decisions in general but still we have a big issue with the very low numbers of red cards and yellow cards (even though they improved) and I still am not satisfied with the way too many goals are not given properly.

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