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Unlucky Ref Bennett to boss Everton game

last updated Wednesday 12th March 2008, 10:22 PM
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 back 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 an infamous near-riot.

In 2004 he got into trouble with FIFA for giving a second yellow to an Everton player for keeping his shirt on but lifting it over his head.

Ref Bennett has officiated at 16 Fulham Premiership games in which Fulham have gained just two victories, six draws and nine defeats. However one of the wins was a 1-0 win against Liverpool so that must be worth at least 3 wins.

Mr Bennett has bossed two meetings between Fulham and Everton. We won at Craven Cottage in April 2005 and they won in December 2007.

There have been 61 yellow cards issued in the 16 games, 32 to Fulham players,. Of the 6 reds issued in the 16 games 4 were given to Fulham players. So not exactly a lucky ref.

Referee Stats - 2007/2008

Ref Bennett has been one of the busier yellowcard issuer in the Premiership but at least this season he is managing to keep his whistle in his pocket more than in is past three seasons.

He used to be quick on the draw with his little yellow peril but even that is now normal. When you look at his red card and penalty decisions he is also running at career low figures

Mr. Bennett's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos Total Match Avg
Games 23 15
Fouls 540 23.5 13th 374 24.9
Yellows 72 3.1 13th 50 3.3
Reds 4 0.2 6th 2 0.2
Penalties 1 0.0 18th 4 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 7.5 9th - 7.5
Homer? (2007-2008)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
23 291 34 1 1 279 38 3 0 540 72 4 1
54% 47% 25% 100% 46% 53% 75% 0%
Premiership Average
15 49% 43% 53% 65% 51% 57% 47% 35% 374 50 2 4
After 23 games so far this season Ref Bennett has managed to be one of the least biased ref's in the Premiership.

Just what we need on Sunday.

Fortunately he has a clear bias against visiting teams as far as red cards are concerned.
Previous Fulham games what was refed by Steve Bennett
2007/2008
08-12-2007 Premier Everton 3-0 Fulham 2y 0r
Bookings: Kamara, Omozusi (Fulham)
The then Fulham manager, Lawrie Sanchez, claimed that the first Everton goal was offside and that had lifted The Blues enough to put another two past the Fulham defence. The goal was also cited as another poor referee decision against Fulham.
26-09-2007 League Cup Fulham 1-2 Bolton 5y 0r
Bookings: Baird, Murphy (Fulham) Cid, Davies, McCann (Bolton)
There was controversy in the 97th minute when Kamara latched on to a Healy shot to poke the ball over the line only for the referee to disallow it. Replays conclusively showed the Senegal striker was onside.
25-08-2007 Premier Aston Villa2-1 Fulham 3y 1r
Bookings: Bouma (Aston Villa) Baird (sent off 68), Kamara (Fulham)
This was a busy game for Ref Bennett, he got told off by the Villa boss, who he then banished to the stands, he refused Fulham a clear penalty when the Cottagers were 1-0 up and then went on to give Baird two yellow cards which saw the Fulham player walk at 70 mins.
2006/2007
05-05-2007Premier Fulham 1-0 Liverpool 4y 1r
Bookings: Brown, Diop (Diop sent off 90 for second yellow[foul]),(Fulham) Arbeloa, Fowler (Liverpool)
Wonders will never cease not only did Mr Bennett miss Brown's headbutt during the game, he waited until the 90 min to send off Diop and then officiated at a status clinching Fulham victory.
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)
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.
2005/2006
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.
2004/2005
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)
2003/2004
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.
2002/2003
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)
2001/2002
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.
2000/2001
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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