Vardy in red card Moss – Wk 34

vardy v hammers

Moss causes chaos at King Power with Vardy red card as Spurs, Arsenal and Hammers close gap on Leicester. 

The Hypothetical Premier League, using video referees for crunch calls.

Matches with HPL scoreline change in red (real-life result in brackets).

Saturday, April 16

Norwich 0-3 Sunderland Referee: Andre Marriner
At full speed the penalty that gives Sunderland a vital 1-0 lead looks harsh. On review, however, Marriner is spot on as Wisdom may catch the ball but also treads, with some force, on Borini’s ankle. On Match of the Day, Trevor Sinclair surprisingly deems it the wrong decision – but is overruled by fellow Beeb pundits, Jermaine Jenas and Terry Butcher.

Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City Referee: Mike Dean
Dean continues with his unilateral three yellows = red rule by refusing to send off City defender Zabaleta.

Everton 1-1 Southampton Referee: Craig Pawson

Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa Referee: Kevin Friend
Living in Leicester, but working in Manchester on Saturday – after mystery complaints forced the Premier League to switch Kevin Friend from the Foxes’ clash with West Ham to this dull Old Trafford game. Phew! With hindsight, that is just about the most sensational decision of the season.

Newcastle 3-0 Swansea Referee: Lee Mason

West Brom 0-1 Watford Referee: Michael Oliver
Oliver is probably meant to have a quiet day, out of the spotlight. Instead he is compelled to award, correctly, two penalties to the hosts – both saved by heroic Watford keeper Gomes.

Sunday, April 17

Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace (1-1) Referee: Roger East
Delaney fouls Koscielny (as seen below) at an early first-half corner…penalty to Arsenal. Well, our aim is to be consistent.

Delaney v Arse

Bournemouth 2-2 Liverpool (1-2) Referee: Mike Jones 
Three times Jones waves away second-half penalty appeals from Bournemouth for handball. Twice he is right. But in the middle Kolo Toure clearly moves arm to ball – as Ian Wright calls on MOTD2. Point apiece.

Leicester City 2-3 West Ham (2-2) Referee: Jonathan Moss
Well, no one said it would be easy. In fact, trouble is almost always looming when Mr Moss is the official with the whistleTrue to form, Moss is in total chaos at the King Power Stadium. 

Firstly. Vardy’s fine opener cannot stand because West Ham should have a penalty when Huth takes out Reid down the other end – moments before Schmeichel collects the ball and releases the home team’s amazing counter. Later in the half, Vardy is hurled to the floor in the Hammers area, a clear act of physical wrestling by the defender. It’s another penalty: 1-1.

Then Vardy goes for a second yellow, which not doing bookings we are unable to review in HPL. Unlike Moss, we are consistent. Check last week with Carroll and West Ham-Arsenal thriller. (For the record my take is he is right to send him off. Vardy’s first yellow comes after two very similar tackles beforehand that Moss does not punish. Sure, the third is the least offensive but to be honest Vardy is pushing it to the limit.) The dive is a yellow too. He shoves his legs into the Hammers man and then springs away, most theatrically. Nice try but caught out. Not really anybody out there thinks otherwise – of a neutral persuasion, that is.

Then Morgan gives away the penalty…on the fact of repetition, which is fair enough. Moss is understandably at the end of his tether. Which armchair fan is not equally fed up with Wrestlemania. One can only salute Jonathan here. 

However, he is making a massive rod for the back because once you start officiating in this manner  you have to follow it through for the entire game. This is Moss’ biggest mistake. He puts himself in a position of serious jeopardy, as he soon proves by missing the foul around Huth’s neck in the Hammers area. That’s another penalty, which makes it 2-3, Cresswell having by now made it 1-3. Still with us?

As for the even-it-up one Moss does give the hosts in real life…this is obviously deleted from the record books forever. The less said, the better – other than it’s a fine example of a referee caught in the headlights, at best, and another real boost for those that would love a video ref to sort out the mess.

Monday, April 18

Stoke City 0-5 Tottenham (0-4) Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Tuesday, April 19

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Manchester City (1-1) Referee: Kevin Friend
Aguero is offside for City’s opener – only by a country mile. Jeepers. Wake up, linesman. This game is actually quite important. As for the Argentine’s second-half penalty appeal both Thierry Henry and Niall Quinn declare it null and void on Sky Sports.

Wednesday, April 20

Liverpool 4-0 Everton Referee: Robert Madley

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace  Referee: Lee Mason

West Ham 3-1 Watford Referee: Mike Dean

Thursday, April 21

Arsenal 2-0 West Brom Referee: Jonathan Moss

The Hypothetical Premier League table Wk 34 (up to and including April 21)

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Arsenal 34 20 5 9 62 36 26 65 3rd (63)
2 Tottenham 34 17 13 4 61 24 37 64 2nd (68)
3 Leicester City 34 17 13 4 59 38 21 64 1st (73)
4 West Ham United 34 18 10 6 60 42 18 64 6th (56)
5 Manchester City 34 18 7 9 61 35 26 61 4th (61)
6 Manchester United 34 16 8 10 43 33 10 56 5th (59)
7 Southampton 34 13 13 8 47 36 11 52 8th (51)
8 Liverpool 33 14 8 11 54 45 9 50 7th (54)
9 Chelsea 33 12 9 11 52 46 6 45 10th (44)
10 Everton 34 10 13 11 53 47 6 43 11th (41)
11 Bournemouth 34 12 6 15 44 60 -16 43 13th (41)
12 Stoke City 34 11 9 13 33 48 -15 42 9th (47)
13 Watford 34 10 10 14 31 38 -7 40 12th (41)
14 Swansea City 34 10 7 17 35 42 -7 37 14th (40)
15 Newcastle United 34 9 10 15 39 60 -21 37 19th (29)
16 Crystal Palace 35 8 12 15 35 48 -13 36 16th (39)
17 West Brom 34 7 14 12 32 45 -13 35 15th (40)
18 Sunderland 33 8 10 15 40 56 -16 34 18th (30)
19 Norwich City 34 8 10 16 40 58 -18 34 17th (31)
20 Aston Villa 34 4 6 24 24 67 -43 18 20th (16)

 

 

 

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