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Anti Fulham ref for Spurs game

last updated Wednesday 14th February 2007, 11:00 AM

Mark Halsey - Bolton, Lancashire
Ref Mark HalseyMark Halsey enjoyed a fairly meteoric rise to the Premiership League referees list having only taken up the profession in the 1988/89 season. The 41-year-old self-employed driver -or white van man - caught the refereeing bug in the Hertfordshire County League, before joining the football league as a linesman in 1993. He was promoted to the Premier League list in 1999. Promotion to the FIFA list followed just a year later in 2000 and he refereed his first full international in 2004.After Halsey's disgraceful behaviour in the 2004 Arsenal and 2006 Chelsea games it is hard to believe he will be welcomed by Fulham fans or club staff.Ref Halsey has "managed" 8 Fulham games in the Premiership and the Cottagers have won 4 and lost 4 with no draws. He has yellow carded 21 players in the 8 games 10 of them wearing the Fulham shirt.

Referee Stats -2006/2007

Ref Halsey's figures shows that he whistles less than the average Premiership Ref and also dishes out less yellows.

However he is still comparatively more keen on red cards and penalties after topping the list last season.

  Mr. Halsey's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos Total Match Avg
Games 15 14
Fouls 352 23.5 12th 355 25.3
Yellows 35 2.3 14th 45 3.2
Reds 4 0.3 3rd 2 .02
Penalties 5 0.3 5th 4 0.3
Fouls per Yellow - 10.1 15th - 7.8
Homer? (2006-2007)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
15 166 15 1 4 186 20 3 1 352 35 4 5
47% 43% 25% 80% 53% 57% 75% 20% - - - -
Premiership Average
15 49% 42% 33% 64% 51% 58% 67% 36% 375 48 2 4

After reaching the heights in the homers yellow card league last season Ref Halsey has obviously been reading this page as he has now become just a below average homer.

He has some way to go on reds and pens where is still well above average in favouring home sides.

Ref Halsey does not do Fulham favours, in addition of the issue of penalties, the ex-white van man loses his homer tag when he visits Craven Cottage.

Previous Fulham games what was reffed by Mark Halsey
2006/2007

23-09-2006 Premiership Fulham 0-2 Chelsea 3y 0r
Bookings: Queudrue, Volz (Fulham) Carvalho (Chelsea)
More disputed penalties with surprise, surprise Fulham on the losing side of decisions. Thanks Mark hopefully we won't see you again

2005/2006
07-05-2006 Premiership Fulham 1-0 Middlesbro 1y 0r
Bookings: Graham (Middlesbro)
2004/2005
11-09-2004 Premiership Fulham 0-3 Arsenal 4y 0r
Bookings: Legwinski, Van der Sar (Fulham) Fabregas, Vieira (Arsenal)
The one that included the most infamous refereeing controversy to occur at Craven Cottage in living memory. Andrew Cole was brought down in the penalty area and Ref Halsey blew his whistle and pointed to the spot. After being surrounded by Arsenal players he went through the motions of speaking to the lino and cancelled the penalty. As anyone who was there will remember there was absolute pandemonium. However Ref Halsey stuck to his second decision and later created additional upset by disallowing a goal by Collins John.All this took place before Arsenal had scored and would have put Fulham 2-0 up at half-time. It also led on to the battle with West Brom as Fulham players tried to copy Arsenal.
2002/2003
19-01-2003 Premiership Fulham 1-0 Middlesbro 1y 0r
Bookings: Southgate (Middlesbro)
04-12-2002 League Cup Wigan 2-1 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Djetou , Inamoto , Ouaddou (Fulham)
27-10-2002 Premiership Southampton 4-2 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Michael Svensson (Southampton) Boa Morte , Goma (Fulham)
11-09-2002 Premiership Fulham 3-2 Tottenham 1y 0r
Bookings: Thatcher (Tottenham)
This is the game where the linesman on the Ellerslie Road (remember the time of exile at QPR) side had a shocker allowing two Spurs goals despite offsides and fouls but redeemed himself by insisting on giving a justifiable penalty to Fulham against the initial wishes of Halsey.
2001/2002
01-04-2002 Premiership Fulham 0-1 West Ham 2y 0r
Bookings: Finnan (Fulham) Dailly (West Ham)
09-02-2002 Premiership Fulham 2-0 Blackburn 5y 1r
Bookings: Malbranque , Marlet , Melville (Fulham) Neill , Tugay, Sent Off: Short (Blackburn)
29-11-2001 League Cup Fulham 1-2 Tottenham 2y 0r
Bookings: Bunjevcevic , Ziege (Tottenham)

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