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Fulham have unlucky ref for Liverpool game

last updated Friday 04th May 2007, 11:59 AM

Ref BennettSteve Bennett, Orpington, Kent.

Steve Bennett spent five seasons refereeing in the Nationwide before making the step up to the big time, but made a name for himself as a linesman - joining the league list in 1992.

Bennett has now been elevated to the hallowed ranks of the FIFA list. He hit the headlines in his first game in 2003/04, sending off Francis Jeffers in a bad-tempered Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester United.When he was called to officiate in their next league meeting at Old Trafford, eyebrows were raised, and he was again caught up in the controversy after sending off Patrick Vieira, which incited a near-riot.

Ref Bennett has officiated at 13 Fulham Premiership games in which Fulham have gained one, yes 1, victory, six draws and six defeats.

So far this season Steve Bennett has reffed four Fulham games 2 at home and 2 away which resulted in 2 draws and two defeats. He has reffed Fulham against Liverpool twice before and the results were 1 draw and 1 defeat. Hopefully Mr Bennett can be involved in a winning result for Fulham on Saturday.

Referee Stats - 2006/2007

Ref Bennett is one of the busier yellowcard issuer in the Premiership but at least he manages to keep his whistle in his pocket more than most of his collegue refs. The worry for players is that if he whistles the yellow peril is more likely to appear than normal.He is also twice as likely, in comparison to the average ref, to produce a red, with ony three refs producing more. However Ref Bennett has reduced his penalty per game ratio to 1 in 9 games from 1 in 5 games for the last two seasons, presumably in the league's campaign against divers.

  Mr. Bennett's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos Total Match Avg
Games 26     18  
Fouls 602 23.2 15th 448 25.0
Yellows 88 3.4 7th 58 3.2
Reds 4 0.2 6th 2 0.1
Penalties 3 0.1 15th 5 0.3
Fouls per Yellow - 6.8 5th - 7.8
Homer? (2006-2007)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
26 298 31 1 2 304 57 3 1 602 88 4 3
  50% 35% 25% 67% 50% 65% 75% 33%        
Premiership Average
18 49% 43% 33% 59% 51% 57% 67% 41% 448 58 2 5
After 26 games Ref Bennett has managed to split his fouls 50-50 between home and away players, no mean achievement. In relation to yel, reds and pens he has a clear bias towards home teams.
Previous Fulham games what was refed by Steve Bennett
09-04-2007 Premier Fulham 1-3 Man City 4y 0r
Bookings: Bocanegra (Fulham) Barton, Beasley, Vassell (Man City)
01-01-2007 Premier Fulham 0-0 Watford 3y 1r
Bookings: Radzinski (Fulham) Priskin, (sent off 90 -2nd yel), Young (Watford)
Helguson had two goals disallowed for offside one of which was definately a goal.
02-12-2006 Premier Blackburn 2-0 Fulham 4y 0r
Bookings: Henchoz, Savage (Blackburn) Diop, Helguson (Fulham)
The game after
11-11-2006 Premier Portsmouth 1-1 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Knight, Niemi, Queudrue (Fulham)
Mr Bennett refused Pompy a penalty and refused Fulham's claims to disallow the Pompey goal by ex-Fulham Andrew Cole.
03-12-2005 Premier West Brom 0-0 Fulham 4y 1r
Bookings: Watson (West Brom) Boa Morte (sent off 45 for 2nd yellow),Diop, McBride (Fulham)
Dispite Mr Bennett's homer instincts Fulham took a deserved away point.
30-04-2005 Premier Fulham 2-0 Everton 4y 1r
Bookings: Diop(sent off 76 for 2nd yellow) (Fulham) Arteta, McFadden, Pistone (Everton)
The two yellow cards for Diop were excessive and for them to result in a red card was ludicrous.
05-03-2005 Premier Fulham 0-0 Charlton 5y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Cole, Goma (Fulham) El Karkouri, Kishishev (Charlton)
20-12-2004 Premier Charlton 2-1 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Kishishev (Charlton) Diop, Rosenior (Fulham)
16-10-2004 Premier Fulham 2-4 Liverpool 4y 1r
Bookings: Green (Fulham) Josemi(sent off 77 for 2nd yellow), Luis Garcia, Traore (Liverpool)
17-04-2004 Premiership Liverpool 0-0 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Bocanegra, Goma, John (Fulham)
Steve Bennett whistled for 16 Liverpool fouls and did not follow-up with a single yellow card. He whistled for 10 Fulham fouls and followed up with three yellow cards. Bennett also helped Liverpool by giving them a dubious penalty which van der Sar saved. Sounds fair.
22-03-2003 Premiership Man Utd 3-0 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Ferdinand, Gary Neville (Man Utd) Melville (Fulham)
29-01-2003 Premiership Man City 4-1 Fulham 4y 0r
Bookings: Foe, Jensen, Sommeil (Man City) Boa Morte (Fulham)
26-12-2001 Premiership Fulham 0-0 Charlton 3y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Hayles (Fulham) Parker (Charlton)
Steve Bennett booked Luis Boa Morte for diving, a decision greeted with apoplexy throughout the ground. Graham Stuart's tackle looked solid enough to fell a grizzly. "He is a victim in this circumstance," said Fulham's assistant manager Christian Damiano "You only need look at the television replay." Which did indeed support Damiano's argument.
04-11-2000 Division 1 Fulham 3-0 Huddersfield 6y 1r
Bookings: Fernandes, Saha (Fulham) Jenkins, Kozluk, Lucketti, Sellars (sent off 69, 2nd yellow)(Huddersfield)
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