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10 Jan 18 15:21
Date Joined: 26 Jan 03
| Topic/replies: 7,372 | Blogger: If Dolphins Were Monkeys's blog
VAR got it's long awaited trial the other night at Brighton. It was no surprise Marriner got the gig & the game from what i can gather passed without incident.  Another one of the FA's 'job' refs takes control of the increasingly unruly Chelsea / Arsenal fixture.

I've taken a look at all fixtures between these two since the turn of the millenium from a bookings point of view and the stats are as follows :

41 games... 179 yellows...14 reds.  Average booking pts 52.2 per game.

Martin Atikinson has officiated 5 of the above... 22 yellows...0 reds. Average booking pts 44 per game.

No big deal i hear you cry.  This season Atkinson has reffed 15 PL games to date.  55 yellows...4 reds.

Only Robert Madley averages more booking pts than Martin to date this season. What is more relevant to me is Atko's performance when given
the big TV clashes.

So far this season : Liv v United  just 2 yellows.  Chel v City just 2 yellows. Ars v Liv just 1 yellow.

The games with the big numbers & reds were at  Burnley v WBA, Wat v Spurs, New v Everton, Leics v Palace.

Small sample size for sure BUT  these patterns occur regularly throughout certain ref's careers mainly because i believe they are
seen as a safe pair of hands  willing to toe the line and not to book players early in certain games to potentially avoid contraversy, keep
there own organisation out of the media whilst  not upsetting the more clubs powerful in the process.

VAR is only mean't to intervene in obvious errors... be interesting to see if it's required tonight.
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Report If Dolphins Were Monkeys January 10, 2018 7:31 PM GMT
Sportsbook went a very generous 13/8 for over 40 booking points... into Evens. Let's see if Martin can get it beat.
Report 1st time poster January 10, 2018 8:29 PM GMT
niles for the 4th game running absolute liability at full back
Report If Dolphins Were Monkeys January 10, 2018 8:36 PM GMT
No bookings 30 mins in ... spose the shrewd 10/11 backers will be smugly trousering their money.
Report If Dolphins Were Monkeys January 10, 2018 9:18 PM GMT
This fooker deffo needs a goal.....
Report 1st time poster January 10, 2018 9:36 PM GMT
tyler and smith towing the sky party line trying to convince people this is anything but absolute shoite,dire from 1st min to 8oth
Report 1st time poster January 10, 2018 9:41 PM GMT
if you didn't no any different this could easily be Oldham v rotheram,some of the skill,touches are of pub football standard
Report twizzle22 January 10, 2018 9:52 PM GMT
What a pile of dog $hit that was
Report FOYLESWAR January 10, 2018 9:58 PM GMT
well done dolph i won money  after reading this ,be usefull if ya can post more of this thanks again
Report If Dolphins Were Monkeys January 10, 2018 10:00 PM GMT
Martin will be delighted though. Job done. Apart from letting Xhaka off a 2nd yellow they made it easy for him.
Report If Dolphins Were Monkeys January 10, 2018 10:01 PM GMT
Cheers FOYLES.
Report betchat January 10, 2018 10:04 PM GMT
I hope they both fail to qualify.
Report betchat January 10, 2018 10:04 PM GMT
Both just little teams.
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