Ref Review – City’s Kompany lucky not to walk, while Sunderland and Newcastle are hard done by

By Liam Canning.

It’s that time of the week to have a rant about the latest batch of refereeing howlers or daft decisions, and highlight the odd right call, from the Premier League’s men in the middle . . .

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Keeping bad Kompany

Ref: Mark Clattenburg

Bottled a big moment in the Manchester derby when he failed to send Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany off for a high tackle on Daley Blind and showing his studs. Clattenburg had time to think about the decision and even consulted the linesman, but stuck to his guns. It was a poor decision that could have had a bigger impact on the game.

The whistler also failed to acknowledge that Juan Mata was offside when he went through on goal to tuck Manchester United’s third of the afternoon home. If he had been pulled up and the correct decision made, City could have possibly found a way back into the game and salvaged a point.

Grade: D. Disappointing, but better than in previous big games.

Let-off for Murray

Ref: Anthony Taylor

Taylor made a mess of two decisions in the game between Sunderland and Crystal Palace. First of all, Glenn Murray was standing in an offside position when the ball over the top came into him to set-up Yannick Bolasie’s first of three. With that being overruled, the game would have stayed at 1-0, and with the chances Sunderland created, then you never know what might have happened.

The second came from a piece of poor judgement from the ref when he failed to acknowledge that Murray quite clearly fouled John O’Shea to feed Bolasie his hat-trick. Although, the linesman should have also spotted this and helped him out.

Grade: C. Got two calls wrong.

Saints’ good Friend

Ref: Kevin Friend

Unusual perhaps for Kevin Friend, but the ref had a clever game while in charge of Southampton and Hull. Despite Hull City players surrounding him to influence the carding on Graziano Pellé, he remained calm and certain of his view on the challenge on Alex Bruce. He rightly awarded the Southampton striker with a yellow card.

The incident was not worthy of a red, so it was a good call. Friend also went on to make another correct decision in awarding Saints with a penalty early in the second half after Bruce fouled Shane Long in the box.

Grade: B. Better than fellow whistlers this weekend.

Newcastle pay penalty

Ref: Lee Mason

The ref missed a stonewall penalty for Newcastle when he could not have asked for a better view of the first-half incident. Ayoze Perez was booted by Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren but Mason somehow decided against a spot-kick – and Magpies boss John Carver was understandably incensed by the decision. At 1-0 down to Raheem Sterling’s opener, the visitors were denied the opportunity to get back into the match.

The ref was right, however, to send Moussa Sissoko off after he picked up a second yellow – although he was lucky it was not a straight red – for his reckless challenge on Lucas Leiva. The French midfielder started walking off the pitch immediately before Mason showed him the card. But for Newcastle, the damage had already been done.

Grade: E. Has explaining to do to refs’ chiefs.

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