Tag Archive | Mike Riley

Arsenal Is Top Of The Table According To The PGMOL

Greetings Positives, Despite repeated claims to the contrary, it is remarkable how football reflects real life. This may be shocking to those who see football as some form of escape from the every-day challenges of our human existence; stuff like work, home, family, politics, economics, you name it. The harsh reality, however, is professional football […]

The PGMOL vs Arsenal: Data Shows A Clear Pattern of Bias

The award of a phantom penalty vs Arsenal by referee Mike Dean in the New Year’s Day match versus West Bromich Albion has generated a storm of indignation among Gooners worldwide, outraged that once again a major game-changing decision was made this season which has deprived the club of critical points needed to regain its […]

Even Tottenham Is As Good As Arsenal

Watching the foul against Bellerin in the 13th minute of Saturday’s match against Chelsea, my initial reaction was surely Atkinson, seeing it in real time, must have gotten it right; after all he is the senior FIFA ref in the PGMO. That was until I saw the young man crumpled on the turf oblivious to […]

A 206% Increase in Penalties vs AFC Proves Bias

The Refs Are Biased (Part 2) To conclude my two-part series on referee bias, I have taken my inspiration from the great American philosopher and writer Mark Twain. In my initial piece I was categorical. Based on penalties awarded: “The unbiased data for the past 20 years is very clear; of all the top teams […]

The Refs Are Biased (Part I)

During the course of last Sunday’s match versus Burnley it struck me how little data is publicly available on the role of the referees in deciding the fate of the Premier League title. Major game-changing decisions were made at key points by Mr. Moss and his officiating crew that significantly tilted the balance against the […]