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.
After having dealt with the different teams and after having examined all the refs and this leading to the best ref of the season according to the views of our referee reviewers we now will bring you something that will be an easy manual to see who is good or bad for a team.
We will of course bring you this in order so that from now on if you see that your team will play 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 possible returning things.
As of course it might 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. If a ref of course 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 you will see. The ultimate referee performance would be that the bias score (which is based on the wrong decisions) is 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. The bias number for that ref.
On the other hand if the ref had a negative bias you will see again a name but then with a red line and a number. The negative bias score for that ref.
The longer the lines are means the higher the number and the higher that bias has been from the ref. Short lines are better and would be nicer for all. I also included a little table in the graphic just with the names and with a red or green label. This is for those who want to throw a quick look at the names as sometimes the numbers did get in the way with the name.
Next in our series is Everton
When we look at this graphic we see one line jumping out. Swarbrick had one game from Everton in which he was very generous to them. Amazingly generous one could say.
But that is the only really thing that goes out of order on the positive side of the bias scores from the refs for Everton. Taylor also had a decent positive bias but still very much in control one could say.
The other refs with a positive bias were also with rather low numbers from Oliver, Dowd, Mason and Probert.
Also on the negative bias line we have lots of low numbers. Jones and Moss with very low numbers.
Marinner, Atkinson and Webb also had scores that might be called just acceptable. Friend is crossing the line of being acceptable and Halsey surely didn’t make a good impression when he did Everton last season. But it still is nothing compared to the mess that Swarbrick made in his game. Be it in a positive way for Everton.
So how does this compare to the season before?
Of the refs we have covered in both seasons one could say that Atkinson is surely not the best ref for Everton. Two seasons in a row a negative bias against them.
Mason had a very positive bias in that season and with the low bias in the last season it seems that he surely is not really out to do them much harm.
Kevin Friend had a good and a bad season for Everton. Maybe it is depending on the opponents? Or the fact that it might be a home or away game?
Looking at both seasons however I think that Everton will be happy that Halsey stopped as a ref this summer. Two seasons in a row a big negative bias against Everton.