Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Study Says Refs Favor Home Side in the EPL
The Times Online, October 31st, 2006 4:11PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

A new study aims to prove an old suspicion that referees' favor the home team. Research covering 2,500 matches in England's Premiership says that statistically, referees are more likely to show yellow and red cards to players on the away team. The study, conducted by the University of Bath in England, also attempts to show inconsistency of different referees. Some are more likely to discipline players through yellow and red cards than others, with underdogs more likely to be punished than bigger clubs. "Managers have been right to highlight inconsistencies," Dr. Peter Dawson, an economics professor and Wigan Athletic supporter, said. "But without proper analysis of refereeing decisions over a period of time, their comments look like the usual post-match gripe." Dawson added that he hopes the research encourages match officials to think twice before they make what could be perceived as a home-biased decision. Predictably, Keith Hackett, the general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, dismissed the research. "It's not the message we're getting from our match assessors or independent match delegates," he said. "We have a mix of personalities as referees and no two games are alike - that is the nature of the Premiership." A look at Arsenal's 2003-2004 season, in which the Gunners went undefeated in lifting the Premiership title, provides some interesting perspective. While their home and away records were similar, they received just 23 yellow cards at home compared to their opponents' 40. Away from home Arsene Wenger's team and its opponents each had 27 bookings. The research shows the Gunners also conceded fewer fouls at home than they did on their travels. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Bookmakers Slash LVG Exit Odds    
British bookmakers reacted to Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital ...
Atletico Appeals Simeone's Ban    
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo on Tuesday said the club would appeal coach Diego Simeone's eight-game ...
Eto'o Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton     
Samuel Eto'o on Tuesday completed a free transfer to Everton, signing a two-year deal with the ...
Warnock Appointed Coach of Crystal Palace     
Crystal Palace on Tuesday signed former coach Neil Warnock on a two-year contract. Warnock, who most ...
Barca Target Douglas to Sign Five-Year Deal     
Barcelona on Tuesday announced that Brazilian right back Douglas will join the club before the end ...
Deila: Celtic 'Not Good Enough' for UCL     
Celtic coach Ronny Deila said his team was "not good enough" to play in this season's ...
Di Maria: I was Forced Out by Real Madrid    
In an open letter to Real Madrid fans, Angel Di Maria reveals that he did not ...
Yeagley: 'They all want to beat Indiana'    
A Big Ten title extended Indiana's streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances to 27, but it ...
Belmont Abbey freshman McGuire remembered on campus    
Belmont Abbey freshman Michael McGuire collapsed following a pre-season fitness test Aug. 16 and died five ...
Report: Benatia Joins Bayern Munich from Roma     
AS Roma on Tuesday sold central defender Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich on a five-year contract. ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives