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STATS: Penalties for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, City and United

- Arsenal have been awarded more penalties than any other Premier League club in 3 of the last 8 seasons. City have been awarded more in 2 out of 8 seasons. United and Chelsea have been awarded more in 1 of the 8 seasons.

- Arsenal and City have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League club in 1 of the last 8 seasons.

- Arsenal have had the most penalties awarded for and against them in the last 8 seasons.

- Chelsea have had the fewest penalties awarded against them in the last 8 seasons.

- Over 8 seasons, there is a difference of 11 penalties awarded for between Arsenal and United, or 1.4 a season. There is a difference of 17 penalties awarded against between Arsenal and Chelsea, or 2.1 a season. Essentially, the difference is negligible so any argument suggesting the refs give preferential treatment to one club is pretty soft.

- This table is just a comparison of these five clubs. The clubs which had the most penalties for and against have been included to give some perspective.

- How many penalties each club is awarded doesn’t prove anything as it is the quality of the decisions that would determine any preferential treatment.

- Attacking/dominating teams are going to spend more time in their opponent’s box than less successful teams. They are also less likely to have the opposition in their own box. This can have bearing on the opportunity for a penalty to be awarded for or against.

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    MG Spot on son. Been going on about the handball for 2 days now and nobody seems interested.
    Hit the lad 2 places on the arm. He reacts by dropping his shoulder and putting the ball out. Evans and Rio have been done by similar calls in the last year alone. Do united complain? no. We get on with it. The belly aching from Viera and the support now from Chitty Chitty ban out of order is beyond it for me. Yet another case of bringing the game into disrepute if you ask me.

    Flood the FA! City to be docked 10 points for… for well….. for being City :lol:

    Pathetic lot.

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Sir Alex Presser:
    Expecting the same squad available as for Fulham.
    Injuries: “We expect Nani to train tomorrow but the game will come too soon for him. Lindegaard was training very well and maybe overdid it. We’ve given him a week off and he should be back before the end of the season.”

    Hate Monday games but bring it on! 3 points on send them on their way.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    King Eric, Interesting about Milan. Where did you get that from?

  4. CedarsDevil says:

    King Eric

    Never heard him in that match but of course i will take your word for it………Pity really I always enjoyed his commentaries……

  5. CedarsDevil says:


    Be afraid, be very afraid this Devil is after your sorry ass, abuse me at your own peril

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    Just watching highlights from the stoke v shitty match………. Credit where its due, the goal by Crouch was fucking class

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    STR. Can we have a thread on the singing section proposal mate?

    Seems it has been fleshed out and sounds like a plan the club will support.

    Plan as I understand it:
    1. Move away section (old score board area) to 3rd tier
    2. Offer current ST holders first crack

    This region of the stand already has decent acoustics and is part of the reason away fans are heard so well.
    Club is already in talks about this and has support of Stretty end flags and other groups.

    Sounds a great idea and would love to hear more. OT atmosphere has been pants for years. Needs a complete rethink. I would also support a modern standing area. Give fans options. It is the way to a dynamic and updates future for our great stand.

  8. MG says:


    I don’t believe you!

    I can’t believe you :lol:

    Thanks Fletch about time common sense prevailed absolutely fucking sick with people saying Fulham deserved a penalty and not point out ours.

  9. CedarsDevil says:

    Better atmosphere at OT? Demolish the K stand

  10. kk says:

    Wayne,am now out of office. I shall pass the link to you tomorrow if no one will have posted.

  11. Sparkz says:

    All right guys, wondering if you could do me a favour and fill in a questionnaire for me? Its to do with Manchester United and Sponsorship, its for my dissertation and it won’t take more than 5 minutes. Would really appreciate it!

    One thing to note – you’ve gotta be aged 18 or over!

    If you can, just click on the following link:


  12. kanchelskis says:



    Happy to help ;)

  13. Sparkz says:

    @Kanchelskis – Thanks very much mate, appreciate it.

  14. Brigadier19 says:

    @ Sparkz

    Given one for the team :)

  15. WillieRedNut says:

    Sparkz – You gotta be over 18? That’s me and Cedars ruled out then! Ha ha.

  16. King Eric says:

    Fletch – A mate told me pal. They wore it in their 4-0 win in 94 and also in the group games. It was Milan’s choice.

  17. King Eric says:

    Sparkz – Done mate.

  18. Sparkz says:

    Thanks for all the responses so far guys. And Willie – doesn’t surprise me at all mate!

  19. StatesideAussie says:

    Sparkz … done mate

  20. FatherRiah2 says:


  21. WillieRedNut says:

    Sparkz – Done that for you mate.

  22. WeAreUnited says:

    done Sparkz.

  23. CedarsDevil says:

    Sparkz – Done on my part as well

  24. TheCantona says:

    @Liars, damn liars and then there’s republic of

    err.. u can check at OPTA and believe me u’ll feel like a big moron after that..


    YES, it was ref’s fault that United players has better mental strenght than any players from other club, right? idiot…


    Check the statistic at OPTA and u’ll see why your username was perfectly match for u..


    Sure. why dont u provided that instead come here and talking garbage??

    @Mike Arms::

    sure, that’s why citeh got more penalties bcoz their stadium was always half empty everytime they played, right?

    for all of ABU who came up here.. u can check the statistic at OPTA. Ohh, its alright if u’re losing your mind after reading that and turn into abuse mode, well that’s exactly what liverpool fans did after rafa’s fact back in 2009. ha.ha..ha..ha. .

  25. Costas says:


    Done mate. Good luck. ;)

  26. Sandeep1878 says:



  27. kk says:

    Sparky, done

  28. YorYor says:

    Sp@rkz, done!

  29. Stuart says:

    Arsenal should have had alot more, clearly got a low number of penalties compared to what they should have had. Never got one awarded at home all last season.


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