Date: 10th January 2018 at 11:36pm
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The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton this Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur host Everton on Saturday January 13 for the game at Wembley Stadium and the match carries a 5.30pm kick off.

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Refs: Lee Betts and Daniel Cook
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

Match Day referee Pawson has officiated 21 games in 2017/18, showing 77 yellow cards and four red cards so far.

He took in 34 games in 2016/17 with a return of 139 yellow cards and five red cards.

That season his highest card count was eleven yellow cards in the game between Burnley and Middlesbrough. Prior to that his record was nine yellows in the Europa League tie between Sassuolo and Rapid Vienna and he also showed eight yellows and one red in the game between Stoke City and Leicester City.

He took in 39 matches in 2015/17 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a total of 117 yellow cards and three red cards.

He was most card happy in the match between Slovan Liberec and Braga in the Europa League on September 17 with a total of seven yellows being shown. He showed seven yellows in three games after that.

Let`s hope it`s not another repeat and more of the players edge closer to automatic bans.

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27 Replies to “Officials – Tottenham v Everton (13/1/18)”

  • It doesn’t seem to matter who from the list of newer referees you get, there is a common denominator, basic incompetence. This gentleman and Messrs Madeley, Moss, Mason, amongst others, are just simply not good enough to referee at this level, in fact only Oliver (most of the time) and Atkinson seem able to escape constant controversy.

  • I have another take on the referees… They do an almost impossible job and they do it reasonably well. The players are in their peak and will use every trick in the book to cheat or win decisions, leaving the referee almost zero chance in being correct more times than not. Interestingly not a singlt ex footballer has become a ref in the PL !

  • ro6ertj, you pre-empted me. I was just about to write how refreshing it would be a few ex-footballers became referees. Your point about referees having an increasingly impossible job is well made also.

  • It’s one of the things that really vexed me about “modern” football…. At 5’6″ I’ve never been physically dominant, although I can take care of myself, and I’ve had my fair share of tussles, but I always played with integrity. This diving, legs-stop-working, throwing themselves to the ground and feigning injury is truly despicable. I remember a time when you didn’t want to show your opponent you were hurt, tried to stay on your feet and diving was done at the pool. It’s bad enough hearing “…but there was contact!” while playing a contact sport as though contact equals a foul. Madness. I’m glad that there is the retrospective bans being implemented, while also hoping VAR exposes the other deceivers who aim to bring the game into disrepute and tarnish it’s (already questionable) integrity with their antics…. It seemed to be a good advert for VAR in the Cup semi the other day and football, despite being late to come to the party, might finally get the assistance it needs to promote the correct game outcome.

  • Great point ro6ertj. I’m a lover of basketball too and think it’s great that they use appropriate tech to ensure to correct decision is made as often as possible. Football has been so slow to react (Lampard goal over the line which was seen by the crowd, and ref, seconds after it happened in a World Cup) with goal-line tech, 4th official and now VAR. Yes, it will take more time, can affect the momentum in a match and mistakes may still be made, but I think it’ll fix more issues than it creates to support the officials.

  • The thing that refs allow that really annoys me is wrestling and pulling a bloke’s shirt of his back in the penalty area from corners and free kicks. All it needs is for refs to grow a pair, and start dishing out penalties and bookings, or reds for denying a goal scoring opportunity. The good old fashioned robust tackle should be allowed {tackling is nearly eradicated from the game these days}, whereas cheating is allowed to prosper. I would agree a major problem is that refs know or think they know the rules, but none of them know the game, most have never played past schoolboy level, they have spent their time qualifying as referees. Now that they are full time pros, rather than police officers, council clerical workers, or teachers, amongst others as used to be the case, we are entitled to expect improved standards.

  • Completely agree with other posters here about ex players becoming officials. They know the game and will be able to understand difficult decisions better, instead of officials who have never played the game following a strict set of rules they have to follow. You can tell at times even refs think their decisions suck, but they have no choice but to follow the rulebook. I would like ex players to officiate and for them to use their own experiences on the pitch to make decisions, for me officials have little or no leeway in making some common sense decisions which is stupid in my opinion.

  • Two points I’d make about the debate…

    1. Re players becoming refs… It’ll be a no win situation, i.e., peeps will point to his playing ethics to target his poor refereeing, perhaps calling it hypocrisy. The top players often go on to become pundits/guru’s, easy money, numerous slow motions, unaccountable views due their hindsight analyses, sitting in a warm and comfy chair in the studio and probably earn more for couple of hours than the refs do in a month.

    2. players playing with integrity?.. wishful thinking. Seeing what’s at stake, highly unlikely in modern era. Think of what’s at stake, the bonuses involved and how a win could help avoid relegation or win promotion/title. RM and Barca games are a classic example of what length players go to achieve win at all cost.

    I think VAR can go some way in improving the officiating, along with goal line technology but I agree with Frank the standards and un-accountability of refs leaves a lot to be desired. Just as the Managers are obliged to give post match interviews, perhaps refs need to be put in front of the cameras.

  • Great comments. I agree with all of them. Back in the day if you went down …. you were hurt. No question. As Mello said, you never showed your opponent that you were in pain. Do players have less self-respect these days or are they being more practical considering what is at stake? The problem is that you can’t legislate against a lack of moral integrity as CS says. Refereeing is not an easy task. Referees have to rely on two assistants. Where there are humans involved it’s not possible to completely eliminate human error. I commiserate with Frank about the shirt-pulling in the penalty box. I hate it; it drives me nuts to see so many blatant fouls being ignored time and time again in every game. Especially as that is one issue that could easily be drastically reduced.

  • critical_spur, the top players do go on to become pundits but I was thinking more of the players from the lower leagues, who don’t have that profile and wouldn’t be offered those types of roles. You would imagine that there were a fair number of retirements each season. And whilst the pitfalls you point out out are true, I think current players are more likely to be accepting of decision-making from ex-players of players who know the game.

  • It’s an ongoing debate and while I can understand the desire for integrity, on the other hand, sometimes it’s about being practical, as Geof said. In no way am I advocating diving, or defending trying to fool the referee into seeing something which didn’t happen. But sometimes, you have 50-50 challenges, a tackle where the player could possibly stay on his feet and carry on, but where it’s obvious that the player was impeded and/or the chance he had was clearly affected/hindered. You?d be foolish to stay on your feet, even if you physically could. Being tough may well earn respect, but in a game of fine margins such as the one football is today, players are constantly looking for an edge. If going over easily provides that edge, can you blame players for trying to exploit any advantage the can find? Is it disrespecting the game, or just being smarter? Work smart, not hard.

  • I would totally agree with ex players refereeing, if it could be brought about. At least you would get “informed” decisions rather than those straight out of the text book, if you are lucky. It’s rather like driving a car, you only drive as you do in the driving test on one day in your life, the rest of the time common sense and reality kicks in and you think on your feet.

  • Referees should definitely be subjected to after match interview and review of the game, so as to explain contentious and controversial decisions. Now that they are full time pro officials they should be subjected to the same media pressures as players and managers.

  • For me, it’s a bit like a defender who would punch a striker in the back of the head 2 seconds before a corner comes in. Is it a debilitating injury that the striker can’t recover from? Probably not. But did it affect his concentration, positioning possibly? Yes. The player was impeded. So from there, said striker only has 2 options: say nothing and just accept and live with the fact that he was impeded and the opposition got an edge out of the situation, or put in an Oscar-winning performance to draw the ref’s attention. Ethically, it’s a difficult question to answer. If you’re trying to be as fair as possible, I don’t know what’s worse – the unnecessary theatrics or the punch. VAR could potentially solve that problem with retrospective bans, but VAR isn’t implemented systematically yet. And while VAR might be a solution for top flight football, the lower leagues/grassroots football will never have this infrastructure so the ethical questions remain at those levels.

  • The problem for refs with shirt pulling and blatant obstruction in the penalty area from corners etc, is that it’s nearly always happening pretty much as a tactic right across the backline and from the attacking players alike. Book one and you’d have to book them all. With maybe 3, 4,5, 6 players involved. The ref will nearly always have a word with one or two obvious offenders and the free kicks and corners are often retaken. But, on the other hand what is often pulled up on other parts of the pitch and does result in a booking is often ignored when in the penalty area. And, as far as I am aware the rules should apply all over the pitch. But there is an obvious difference between when the ball is in play and from a dead-ball situation.

    The refs are no better or worse than they have ever been imo. And it’s by no means a simple job. I think that the main difficulty for them all these days is the fact that there is a camera for every angle and all ‘controversial’ and/or ‘hard to call’ incidents are scrutinised and discussed over and again by the commentary team and pundits, ad nauseam. Sometimes I find myself watching several replays of an incident even when there is still live action going on. And this can only serve to ignite even more controversy.

    What I often find amusing/annoying is when ex-player pundits get all high and mighty about some on the field antics such as ‘diving’ and ‘dirty’ and ‘dangerous’ play, that they may have been particularly renowned for themselves. (I’m looking at you, Savage and Keown).

    Book ’em Danno, Murder One, 3 counts!

  • Good point about replays. How many times have we thought something was a foul (or not), only to change our mind after several replays. The ref doesn’t have that kind of luxury and has to make a decision in real time (whatever that means?). Nobody wants the match referee to sit in front of a screen somewhere in a back room so we’re stuck with mistakes. Life is full of them anyway and all we can do is reduce the possibility as much as possible.

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