April 20, 2012

Mike Mullarkey has equalized the 8-match-record in UCL

When having been appointed to accompany Howard Webb in UEFA Champions League's Semifinal First leg between Bayern München and Real Madrid, the English top assistant referee Mike Mullarkey has taken note of his 8th inset in this season's roster. 
It was furthermore his 25th appointment ever in the world's most popular and prestigious club competition.

from left: Mike Mullarkey, Howard Webb, Darren Cann

Overview his 2011/12 UCL matches:
  • FC Barcelona - AC Milan (Atkinson)
  • Lille - Internazionale (Webb)
  • Ajax - Dinamo Zagreb (Atkinson)
  • Trabzonspor - Internazionale (Atkinson)
  • Dinamo Zagreb - Olympique Lyon (Clattenburg)
  • SL Benfica - Zenit St.Petersburg (Webb)
  • Bayern München - FC Basel (Clattenburg)
  • Bayern München - Real Madrid (Webb)

The 41-year old professional assistant referee has hence equalized the heretofore effective record in this millennium established by the German Carsten Kadach (2006/07) and two Norwegians, Ole Borgan and Steinar Holvik (2002/03).

These assistant referees are leading the list of the highest amount of matches during the last seasons (2000-now):

Matches
Season
Assistant Referee (Origin)
8
2011/12
Mike Mullarkey (ENG)
8
2006/07
Carsten Kadach (GER)
8
2002/03
Ole Borgan (NOR)
8
2002/03
Steinar Holvik (NOR)
7
2006/07
Peter Hermans (BEL)
7
2004/05
Oscar Martínez Samaniego (ESP)
7
2001/02
Ole Borgan (NOR)
7
2001/02
Leif Lindberg (SWE)
 

In addition to this, Mike Mullarkey may exhibit an extra-ordinary high amount of tournament experience along with Webb. He also participated in UEFA EURO 2008, where he (wrongly) did not raise his flag for offside which led to a goal. For this reason, the English team was sent home after the group stage. After his participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup, in 2010, he accompanied Webb also in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid and later, of course, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. 
Besides, Mullarkey has been appointed 114 times within the last 4 Premier League seasons.
He probably joins or even leads the pool of the best assistant referees in Europe.

12 Comments:

  1. What a heavy mistake in Australia!
    In the A League Grand Final, Brisbane have won against Perth, referee Jarred Gillet (25 year-old) awarded a wrong penalty to Brisbane, they won 2-1 by this in the 90+6 minute. Oh dear...Cream was at the side line and said nothing, he should have seen it better.

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    1. OMG! A final for a 25 y. o referee? he must be a talent, then.
      Have you got a video? I would like to see that penalty.
      Thanks Niclas.

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    2. I think it will be on youtube for sure soon. Brisbane - Perth Glory.
      The full team was:
      Gillet - Cream, Cheeseman (also young, 26 year-old and from Perth (how could he get this match?)) - Williams.
      It was kind of airhole in the penalty scene. He also issued a 2nd yc, totally correct. His performance apart from 90+6 was very good.

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    4. Now watched the penalty, the player falls down alone after his attempt to shot.
      Anyway let me say that it was a difficult situation to evaluate. Referee was not in the best position and probably the tackle of the opponent deceived him.
      Furthermore, I think that it was impossible also for the assistant to understand the situation.

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    5. If you are not in the best position, you should not whistle such a crucial penalty in a final in the 90+6 minute. That irritated me..Gillet could not see it at all, Cream was the only one who was able to.

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  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMr1g9cC68g&feature=related

    The initial pass into the penalty area seems like it was offside.

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    1. Usaref, it seems you are right.
      The camera is not in the best position, but we can analyze the situation using the lines of the pitch. We can easily see that the Brisbane player is the only player with both feet inside the area.
      A big mistake by assistant?
      That could be even worse than the given penalty!
      By the way, watching again the penalty situation, I have to say that the Brisbane player has an unacceptable behavior, when he celebrates the whistle of the penalty, like a gol. I would give to him 5 or 6 match bans.
      This is furthermore the signal that he is happy, after having cheated the referee!

      PIC:
      http://tinypic.com/r/9kyy5l/5

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    2. Right. Offside. Agree with every point you mentioned.

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  3. Anonymous27/4/12 21:43

    This is Hackett's opinion: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/a-league/uk-football-referee-guru-backs-aleague-final-penalty-20120427-1xow6.html

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    1. Everyone may have his opinion but I think Mr Hackett should open his eyes.

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  4. Anonymous30/4/12 21:28

    Looking at the picture from the 2010 World Cup... Does anyone knows what really happened with Darren Cann within the last 2 years? Why is he not part of Webb's trio anymore?

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