Premier League referees uncovered – Errors, stats, salary and all you must know
As each week goes by in the Premier League with fans getting more accustomed to life with VAR, referees and decisions continue to be hot topics of discussion.
While debate in football is what keeps the game endlessly entertaining, poor officiating is something every supporter wants to eradicate.
Yet it appears to be easier said than done still despite the help of the technology being available.
It was recently admitted by referees’ chief Mike Riley that VAR has already made four mistakes this season.
While those errors – including Fabian Schar’s goal for Newcastle against Watford which involved a handball – are simply unacceptable, there still seem to be issues within each game which VAR cannot fix.
Monday’s clash between Aston Villa and West Ham saw Arthur Masuaku see red, although his second yellow card issued by Mike Dean was deemed beyond harsh by the majority of football fans and pundits.
Supporters of Premier League clubs throughout the country are left frustrated every week by officials who don’t read the game properly, continue to show inconsistency and even fail to rely on VAR to help them with important calls.
The referees must use the support available from the VAR hub in Stockley Park in west London when there is a chance they could have made an obvious error.
But at the same time, there has to be consistency from the officials at Stockley Park with overturning decisions which are not necessarily clear-cut.
Offsides and handballs are not problematic with the new rules, they are set in stone – but red cards for fouls or penalty calls are often ignored with referees still wary of altering on-field decisions.
When pressed on why mistakes are still being made with VAR, Riley still gave fans little excuse for their failings.
He said: “A combination of factors. That is the fascinating thing as this project evolves, we are constantly learning.
“We are trying not to disrupt the flow of the game but on these occasions, the judgement should have been that it was a clear and obvious error.
“One of the really positive things about the first four match rounds has been the quality of on-field performances.
“All the referees have incorporated the things we need to do with VAR into their refereeing while still focusing on making real-time decisions.”
Officials have to get quicker, slicker and more definitive immediately, and given the fact they had training for the biggest change to English football in recent memory, on some instances this season they have seemingly not looked prepared.
Beyond VAR, Starsport has looked at all the stats and data you need to know about the Premier League referees.
Premier League foul, card and penalty statistics for referees:
*Stats based on matches before this weekend’s games.
Who do referees support?
Martin Atkinson – Leeds United
Mike Dean – Tranmere Rovers
Michael Oliver – Newcastle United
Andre Marriner – Aston Villa
Kevin Friend – Leicester City and Bristol City
Jonathan Moss – Sunderland
What is a Premier League referee’s average salary?
Premier League referees are paid a regular wage with match fees on top.
In the top flight in England, they can earn as much as £70,000 annually.
They are paid a basic yearly retainer of between £38,500-£42,000, dependent on their respective experience.
Each match then earns them £1,150.
Personality and performance assessment from Mark Clattenburg (Paddy Power):
Martin Atkinson – Me and him fell out so I have not got really anything positive to say about him. I never really got on with him when I was in the Premier League and we never really saw eye to eye. Thing is, he’s an ex-copper — and he was that type of person on a football pitch. Off the pitch, in the group, I didn’t integrate well with him, either. When I was fighting him for the Euros and the Champions League in 2016, he didn’t like it when I got both finals. Sorry, Martin.
Mike Dean – He is actually one of the better guys. People call him arrogant and that he pulls stupid faces on a pitch but that’s just Mike Dean. You take that out of somebody then they’re not the same referee. I’ve known Mike for 13 years in the Premier League and he’s actually one of the blokes you can trust. Trust me, they’re not all like that.
Anthony Taylor – People say he’s a Manchester United fan but he supports the other side in Manchester, Altrincham. He was tipped to be England’s No. 1 when I left, but unfortunately his form last season dipped and he wasn’t getting the big games he should have, especially in Europe.
Kevin Friend – Not the best ref but a nice guy. He has been in the group a long time but never really got any big games. He was handed the FA Cup final last season but Manchester City against Watford is not exactly Manchester City v Manchester United — and you can only ref the FA Cup final once. It summed it up: nice guy but never gets the best games.
Andre Marriner – A Brummie. Another good guy but he got kicked out the group over his performance many years ago, which would have been a disaster because, over the years, he’s been someone you can give big games to. He’s a genuinely nice bloke. He worked behind the goal with me in the Champions League and he’s a guy I have a lot of time for.
Jonathan Moss – Big mates with Martin Atkinson so that sums him up. A good player, a good footballer, but he supported a s*** team in Sunderland. I didn’t really take to him and he liked a lot of the politics. I was more worried about doing my job. I don’t really rate him as a referee, either. When I trained with him he looked like a fit guy but now he looks like he’s about eight months pregnant.
Gameweek 6 referee appointments:
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Chris Kavanagh
Leicester vs Tottenham – Paul Tierney
Burnley vs Norwich – David Coote
Everton vs Sheffield United – Simon Hooper
Manchester City vs Watford – Mike Dean
Newcastle vs Brighton – Martin Atkinson
Crystal Palace vs Wolves – Stuart Attwell
West Ham vs Manchester United – Anthony Taylor
Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Jonathan Moss
Chelsea vs Liverpool – Michael Oliver