After the end of arguably the most dramatic Premier League season to date. Clubs will currently be taking stock of how successful their season was and will be assessing where they could have picked up vital points through the season.
Some clubs will be feeling hard done by with refereeing decisions cruelly denying them a result which could have been hugely significant in their final standings in the league.
The theory is decisions which go against you often even themselves out over the course of the season, meaning your club will also get a favourable decision in their favour. However various clubs won’t be agreeing with such statements as they look back on individual errors by officials which they have been punished by.
With the news of Phil Dowd recently not passing the required rates of fitness to officiate in the English top-flight, we give our views on which three referees performed below what is expected of them over the course of the season, in no particular order.
The Yorkshireman is supposedly one of the best referees in the league but this season has definitely been one to forget for the 41-year-old.
After wrongly sending off Everton’s Jack Rodwell in the Liverpool Derby, the high profile errors continued throughout the season, notably with two goal scoring incidents which he called wrongly.
One of which was in the league game between Bolton and QPR, Atkinson missed a clear goal scored by QPR’s Clint Hill which he failed to of judged to have crossed the line, even though it was a good yard behind the goal line.
Then in the FA Cup semi final, the decision to immediately award Chelsea with a goal which didn’t cross the line eventually cost Spurs their place in the competition. Something Atkinson later had to come out and apologise about to a livid Harry Redknapp.
His decision on the last day of the season in the clash between Stoke and Bolton basically put the final nail in the coffin regarding Bolton’s Premier League survival.
Jon Walters clashed with Bolton goalkeeper Bogdan in an aerial battle which saw the keeper beat Walters to the ball, collecting the cross with both hands. Whilst in the air Bogdan was clearly fouled by Walters, this led to the keeper dropping the ball for which Walters bundled home. However the goal was given and Bolton went on to be relegated.
Jones made potentially one of the worst penalty calls of the season against Manchester United when they were hosting Newcastle back in November, the adjudged foul was given against Rio Ferdinand who in actual fact timed his slide tackle to perfection against Hatem Ben Afra – who himself didn’t even think of appealing for a penalty as the ball was swiped away from him cleanly. Refeere Jones however saw it differently and astonishingly awarded the visitors a penalty which they calmly slotted away to level the game at 1-1.
The 44-year-old is highly unlikely to be welcomed back to Old Trafford anytime soon after his error cost them a vital 2 points, points which would have allowed them to retain their Premier League crown.
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