Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

REVEALED: the refs who Premier League fans should really love/hate

1.jpg

Do biased Premier League referees exist?

Ever since Manchester United legend Howard Webb hung up his whistle, there hasn’t been an official with a perceived alliance towards a particular big side.

Instead we’ve had to put up with theories about those who ‘have it in’ in for certain clubs. Officials with an apparent axe to grind. 

However, according to a new statistical infographic by Bwin, it turns out both could well exist.

Pulling together data on all refereeing performances involving the biggest teams this season, the researchers found a number of interesting facts, such as how under Arsenal fan hate figure Mike Dean the club only has a lowly win rate of 33.3 per cent, and how Kevin Friend really does live up to his name with Manchester United, who have won 90 per cent of their games with him in charge.

Not only that, trawling through a month's worth of Tweets regarding top flight refs, it appears Kevin Friend is also everybody else’s friend too, being left alone more than any other man in black when it comes to social media vitriol.

Though perhaps not for much longer outside the red half of Manchester.

1

Related

adidas Originals Manchester United Collection (1).jpg

Manchester United's new Adidas Originals retro range is brilliant

Top Knot.jpg

20 Fashion trends that make no sense

4.jpg

Gianluigi Buffon on avoiding goalie fails

Comments

More

#Pogba Lost His Head to the Emoji Keyboard Yesterday

When the Theatre of Dreams became the Theatre of Content

by James Bird
16 Jan 2017

Rio Ferdinand's reaction to Ibrahimovic's equaliser is perfect

He certainly enjoyed this one

16 Jan 2017

Remembering Pierre van Hooijdonk, the original football ‘striker’

What really happened at Nottingham Forest?

by Dave Fawbert
13 Jan 2017

People are remembering Graham Taylor's defence of John Barnes

"You're talking about another human being"

by Dave Fawbert
12 Jan 2017

Fifa has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams

More fun or devaluing the competition?

by Dave Fawbert
10 Jan 2017

Football's most mortifying forgotten social media profiles

The Bebos and the MySpaces they thought were lost to history

05 Jan 2017

The ultimate six-pack guide; how to get washboard abs

by Sam Diss
03 Jan 2017

"I was the goalkeeper that should've been chipped by Cantona in 1996"

by David Preece
22 Dec 2016

Watch Bayern Munich's Thiago play a weighted pass to Santa

Santa Baby, put the ball in front of my run, for me

by James Bird
22 Dec 2016

Football Manager scouts brutally assessed our crap lunchtime kickabout

Would our childhood dreams be ruined by the world's most popular football simulator?

by Tristan Cross
20 Dec 2016