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Unlucky ref for Wigan game

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Rob StylesRob Styles ( Waterlooville, Hampshire)Since Rob Styles' appointment to the select list of professional referees, he has developed a fearsome record for giving red cards and penalties. Unfortunately for him many football fans see him as consistently inconsistent, to his credit he appears to be as inconsistent with the big teams as with any other teams. Mr Styles has officiated at 11 games involving Fulham in the Premiership and The Cottagers have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 6. Many Fulham fans look back with concern to a number of instances where Mr Styles' standard of refereeing has been called into question, last season awarding Middlesbrough a penalty for an incident that took place outside the box, allowing a Liverpool goal that started with a foul on a Diop, again against Liverpool in 2003/2004 season, where he red carded Boa Morte but yellow carded Liverpool's Murphy for a similar bad tackle and giving a penalty against Knight, for Liverpool's winning goal. In the 11 Fulham games he has "controlled" Ref Styles has booked Luis Boa Morte three times and issued him with a red card, he has also red carded Zat Knight twice, and yellow carded Papa Bouba Diop and Sylvain Legwinski twice each.

Referee Stats - 2005/2006

Ref Styles seems to be going soft or hopefully more understanding. He is whistling less and issuing less yellows this season, they are even below the Premiership average. However his red card numbers are second to only one other ref, a certain "Deputy" Dowd. Strangely Styles has gone off penalty decisions giving just one in 28 games. Last season he gave 8 penalties. Lets hope his reasonable behaviour extends to his favourite Fulham targets Luis Boa Morte and Zat Knight.

  Mr. Styles' Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Total Match Avg
Games 28   17  
Fouls 646 23.1 439 26.6
Yellows 79 2.8 51 3.1
Reds 6 0.2 3 0.2
Pens 1 0.04 3 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 8.2 - 8.7
Homer? (2005-2006)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
28 297 30 1 0 349 49 5 1 646 79 6 1
  46% 38% 17% 0% 54% 62% 83% 100% - - - -
Premiership Average
17 49% 42% 32% 64% 51% 58% 68% 36% 439 51 3 3

As noted Ref Styles seems to be a reformed character this season with less and less for fans to complain about in relation to his performances. Even the split of his decisions between home and away squads is close to average apart from his red cards which he seems to reserve for visiting squads.

Previous Fulham games what was refed by Rob Styles
2005/2006
04-03-2006 Premiership Fulham 0-4 Arsenal 1y 0r
Bookings: Diaby (Arsenal)
The one where Zat Knight and Moritz Volz got a bit heated with each other at halftime.
05-11-2005 Premiership Fulham 2-1 Man City 4y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte (Fulham) Barton, Croft, Jordan (Man City)
Luis Boa Morte was booked near the end of the first half for swinging an arm on Joey Barton. He was then given a final warning from Styles as he continued to protest. Styles then spoke to Coleman, to try and calm Boa.
13-08-2005 Premiership Fulham 0-0 Birmingham 3y 0r
Bookings: Legwinski (Fulham) Clemence, Upson (Birmingham)
A goal by Brian McBride was ruled offside in this game despite daylight being absent between him and the Birmingham defence.
2004/2005
19-04-2005 Premiership Middlesbro 1-1 Fulham 1y 0r
Bookings: Southgate (Middlesbro)
Referee Rob Styles deprived Fulham of all three points when he pointed to the penalty spot after Edwin van der Sar and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink collided going for a high ball in an incident that quite clearly took place outside the box. Fulham boss Chris Coleman lost his cool and had to be restrained after attempting to confront Styles at the final whistle. Referee Style telephoned Chris Coleman, after seeing the video replays, to apologise for his mistake. That was nice of him eh? 05-02-2005 Premiership Liverpool 3-1 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Luis Garcia (Liverpool) Diop, Pembridge, Rehman, Van der Sar (Fulham)
Traore, of Liverpool, mugged Diop, who had just clashed heads with Gerrard seconds before, and charged forward with the ball passing out to Riise. The pulled back cross was expertly drilled home from eight yards by Baros. Fulham players and management were furious with referee Rob Styles for not penalising Traore for the challenge on Diop. Van der Sar was booked for dissent but the goal stood. 27-11-2004 Premiership Fulham 0-2 Blackburn 3y 1r
Bookings: Diop, Knight (sent off 76 for second yellow), (Fulham) Ferguson (Blackburn) 21-08-2004 Premiership Fulham 2-0 Bolton 0y 0r
2003/2004
06-03-2004 FA Cup Man Utd 2-1 Fulham 6y 0r
Bookings: Keane, Phil Neville (Man Utd) Boa Morte, Goma, Hayles, Volz (Fulham)02-11-2003 Premiership Fulham 1-2 Liverpool 2y 1r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Boa Morte (sent off 90) (Fulham) Murphy (Liverpool)
Substitute referee Mr Styles' performance left something to be desired particularly after the break, and a series of outrageous decisions in favour of Liverpool clearly started to unsettle the Whites. And of course if he had shown any sort of consistency, Danny Murphy would have been sitting having an early bath, with Boa, instead of converting the winning penalty after his premeditated assault on Steed Malbranque - Murphy, had violently fouled Malbranque at knee level and was yellow carded after a delay during which home fans became extremely upset. The bias against Fulham caused a great deal of upset for Fulham players and fans.
2002/2003
23-10-2002 Premiership Fulham 0-1 West Ham 5y 1r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Marlet, Knight (sent off 90) (Fulham) Cisse, Dailly, Repka (West Ham)
Mr Styles sent off Zat Knight following his vain effort to prevent Defoe steaming through a hole in the defence.31-08-2002 Premiership West Brom 1-0 Fulham 7y 0r
Bookings: Hughes, Johnson, Moore, Wallwork (West Brom) Boa Morte, Finnan, Sean Davis (Fulham)
Mr Styles had one of those afternoons which gives spectators valid grounds for complaint - pedantic, overly fussy and apparently without the remotest sympathy for football as an entertainment. Naturally the fans voiced their complaints in time-honoured fashion, the noisiest cameo of the entire afternoon reserved for the referee's half-time walk down the tunnel.
2001/2002
20-04-2002 Premiership Leeds 0-1 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Bowyer, Matteo (Leeds) Goma, Legwinski, Van der Sar (Fulham)
2000/2001
12-08-2000 Division 1 Fulham 2-0 Crewe 12-08-2000 1y 0r
Bookings: Macauley (Crewe)
1999/2000
18-09-1999 Division 1 Fulham 1-0 QPR 2y 1r
Bookings: Scully, Steiner, Steiner (sent off 41) (QPR)
1998/1999
06-02-1999 Division 2 Wycombe 1-1 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Kavanagh, Scott, Stallard (Wycombe) Coleman, Peschisolido (Fulham)
1997/1998
16-11-1997 FA Cup Margate 1-2 Fulham 2y 0r
Bookings: Sykes (Margate) Carpenter (Fulham)13-04-1998 Division 2 Fulham 5-0 Carlisle 4y 1r
Bookings: Smith (Fulham) Milligan, Smart, Varty, Hopper (sent off 72)(Carlisle)

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