By Walter Broeckx
This article is part of the series of the Referee Review 2013. You can find links to earlier articles on the bottom of this article.
Having dealt with the different teams and after having examined all the Premier League refs (leading to the best ref of the season according to the views of our referee reviewers) we now bring you an easy guide as to who is good or bad to have as a ref for each individual team.
We will of course bring you this in order so that from now on if you see that your team is playing and there is a certain ref assigned you can see in a blink of an eye if this ref has a bad or a good history with your team. At least in the season 2012/2013. And if all goes well we will even try to add the bias from the season before in to each article. And that way you can see if there are any possible situations that return from one year to the next.
And we do this because it might well be that some referee performances are a one off. But if a ref has the same bias against a team it might show something more. For if a ref has a big bias in favour of a team it also is saying something about that ref.
A little word of explanation about the graphics below. The ultimate referee performance would be that the bias score (which is based on the wrong decisions) of around zero. Alas you will find very few of those scores in the total series. So the zero line will be the middle line of each graphic.
If a ref has positive bias score for the team involved you will see a name (of the ref) and a green line and a number. That is the bias number for that ref.
On the other hand if the ref had a negative bias you will once again see a name but then with a red line and a number. The negative bias score for that ref.
The longer the lines, the higher the number and the higher the bias that ref produces. Short lines are better and would be nicer for us all, if only the world worked that way. I also included a little table in the graphic just with the names and with a red or green label. This is for any readers who want to have a quick look at the names as sometimes the numbers can get in the way.
Next in our series is Queens Park Rangers
In the last season we had 9 different refs doing QPR games we reviewed.
Two of those refs had a zero bias score. Clattenburg and Probert. Well done to both of them. This is how it should be. Always.
Two refs had a negative bias. Those refs were Marinner and Phil Dowd. But even then the negative bias score was rather low. We have seen far worse.
One ref with a very small positive bias was Lee Mason.
Jonathon Moss had a for his standards last season high bias in favour of QPR. We aren’t used to this from him last season. Taylor and Jones had a big bias in favour of QPR.
But king of the positive bias for QPR was Chris Foy.
So all in all rather positive bias in general for QPR. Let us see if we look at he numbers of the season before if we can see patterns.
In that season we only had 5 refs for QPR. And 2 of them with a negative bias. Mason and Webb. Not a very high negative score one could say but still. Mason had a zero bias last season so not completely bad.
We couldn’t compare Atkinson and Dean as we didn’t review games from them involving QPR last season.
But ref Foy was there both seasons and what a positive bias he had for QPR in those two years. I think they will have loved to see him a bit more if possible.