Ref Review 2012/13: Who was a good ref for WBA. (Hint: it wasn’t Probert)

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 having given the award for the best ref of last 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 as a ref for each 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 anything that recurs over and over and …

Of course occasionally all refs can have an off day.  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 occurs when you see a 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 graph.

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, 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 have 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 West Bromwich Albion:

WBA bias per ref

One ref who is close to neutral in the first place is referee Anthony Taylor.

If we go to the refs who were more positive for WBA we find Mike Dean with a small positive bias. The refs with a bigger positive bias are East, Dowd, Oliver, Foy and Lee Mason. People who have seen the match between WBA and Arsenal this season will have noticed it.

But top of the bill for WBA is referee Howard Webb.

More negative refs for WBA albeit with a not-that-big a bias were refs Moss, Jones and Clattenburg.  A few refs with a big negative bias were Kevin Friend and top of the negative list is Lee Probert.

Now let us have a look at the numbers we found in the season 2011/2012:

EPL vs PGMOL - Incorrect calls Breakdown by Referee - WestBromwichAlbion (Weighted) 2011/2012

We see a big negative bias from Mark Halsey in this and also Lee Mason.  Mason who had a positive bias last season as you will remember. That maybe had something to do with the opponents then?

But yet again we see that ref Lee Probert has a big negative bias against WBA. That is for two seasons running now. I suggest WBA fans keep a close eye on him. But that goes for a few other teams also when we speak of Probert.

Ref Jones had a positive bias two seasons ago and a negative one last season. So again this could be down to the opponents they have played in the game that he was the ref.

A more positive ref for WBA is Michael Oliver. A positive bias in both seasons. He sure is one they will like to see do their games.

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One Response to Ref Review 2012/13: Who was a good ref for WBA. (Hint: it wasn’t Probert)

  1. peter stokes says:

    this season it would seem that all referees are giving poor decisions against WBA, mason, webb, mariner, probert it has cost us at least 7 points we could have been in yhe top 4…

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