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Penalty king to ref Fulham at Wigan

last updated Tuesday 11th September 2007, 9:46 AM

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, although, to his credit, he appears to be as inconsistent with the big teams as with any other teams. Mr Styles has officiated at 13 games involving Fulham in the Premiership and The Cottagers have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 7. So he is not the worse we have had to endure as far as results are concerned. Many Fulham fans look back with concern to a number of instances where Mr Styles' standard of refereeing has been called into question, in April 2005 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, 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 13 Fulham games he has reffed Ref Styles has booked Luis Boa Morte four times and issued him with a red card, he has also red carded Zat Knight twice, and yellow carded Papa Bouba Diop three times. So all should be peace and calm now they are all gone.

Referee Stats - 2006/2007

As Ref Styles has covered just 3 games in the current season so it may be better to use last season's data.Ref Styles seemed to run out of puff last season as he whistled a lot less, which is always good to see, but when he did blow a yellow was more likely.Styles returned to giving penalty decisions, some 10 in 30 games. The third busiest in absolute numbers.

  Mr. Styles' Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos Total Match Avg
Games 30     19  
Fouls 658 21.9 19th 476 25.0
Yellows 103 3.4 9th 61 3.2
Reds 5 0.2 8th 3 0.1
Pens 10 0.3 10th 3 0.3
Fouls per Yellow - 6.4 3rd - 7.8
Homer? (2006-2007)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
30 319 46 0 4 339 57 5 6 658 103 5 10
  48% 45% 0% 40% 52% 55% 100% 60% - - - -
Premiership Average
19 49% 43% 32% 59% 51% 57% 68% 41% 476 62 3 5

As noted Ref Styles seemed to be a reformed character last 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 better than the average apart from his red cards which he reserved for visiting squads.

Previous Fulham games what was refed by Rob Styles
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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