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Anti-home Styles to ref Blackburn game

last updated Wednesday 11th March 2009, 4:53 PM

Rob Styles Rob 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, although, to his credit, he appears to be as inconsistent with the big teams as with any other teams.

Mr Styles has officiated at 16 games involving Fulham in the Premiership and The Cottagers have won 5, drawn 5 and lost 6. So he is not the worse we have had to endure as far as results are concerned.

Although Mr Styles has reduced the number of controversial decisions inflicted on Fulham many Fulham fans look back with concern to a number of instances where Mr Styles' standard of refereeing has been called into question.

This season Ref Styles is not the person he used to be. Last season he awarded 38% of his yellows to home players and therefore 62% to visiting players. This season it is 54% to home players and 46% to visitors. While the divisional average has remained fairly static 42% - 58% last season and 43% - 57% so far this season.

He  whistled 19 times a game last season and 20 so far this season and yellows are 3 last season and 3 this season so far. So no real change there then.

It is difficult to believe that the change is unconcious, so why the change and why do we get him for a match that could change our season.

In the 16 Fulham Premiership games he has reffed Ref Styles has issued 26 yellow cards and three reds to Fulham players with 21 yellows and no reds going to opposition players.


Referee Stats - 2008/2009
Ref Styles has covered 18 games in the current season and is already rising up the leader boards in Penalties and Red cards, he is also first in the Yellow card per fouls stakes.

A positive point is that Ref Styles is still keeping his whistle out of his mouth longer. In fact he is one of the slowest to whistle out of all Premiership refs.
  Mr. Styles' Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos Total Match Avg
Games 18     15  
Fouls 339 18.8 17th 365 23.6
Yellows 61 3.4 10th 5 3.3
Reds 6 0.3 3rd 3 0.2
Pens 5 0.3 5th 3 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 5.6 1st - 7.3
Homer? (2008-2009)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
18 175 33 3 4 164 28 3 1 339 61 6 5
  52 54% 50% 80% 48% 46% 50% 20% - - - -
Premiership Average
15 48% 43% 43% 67% 52% 57% 57% 33% 365 50 3 3
Ref Styles has had a personality change this season in that the he has become an anti-homer.

Only two ref's give more cards to home teams than visitors and ref styles is one of them.

Fortunately he still likes giving home pens and reds are hande out evenly.
Previous Fulham games what was refed by Rob Styles
06-12-2008 Premiership Fulham 1-1 Man City 3y 0r
Bookings: Bullard, Paintsil (Fulham) Ireland (Man City)
Mr Styles "missed" Dunne clearing the ball out of play with his arm,in the penalty area.
03-12-2007 Premiership Man Utd 2-0 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Ronaldo, Vidic (Man Utd) Davies (Fulham)
15-09-2007 Premiership Wigan 1-1 Fulham 1y 0r
Bookings: Skoko (Wigan)
16-10-2006 Premiership Fulham 2-1 Charlton 4y 0r
Bookings: Queudrue (Fulham) El Karkouri ,Reid ,Young (Charlton)
24-04-2006 Premiership Fulham 0-1 Wigan 6y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Diop, McBride, Radzinski (Fulham) Chimbonda, McCulloch (Wigan)
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.
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
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 Fulham squad. 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.
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.
20-04-2002 Premiership Leeds 0-1 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Bowyer, Matteo (Leeds) Goma, Legwinski, Van der Sar (Fulham)
12-08-2000 Division 1 Fulham 2-0 Crewe 12-08-2000 1y 0r
Bookings: Macauley (Crewe)
18-09-1999 Division 1 Fulham 1-0 QPR 2y 1r
Bookings: Scully, Steiner, Steiner (sent off 41) (QPR)
06-02-1999 Division 2 Wycombe 1-1 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Kavanagh, Scott, Stallard (Wycombe) Coleman, Peschisolido (Fulham)
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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