Incident One: Positioning at Free Kick
In 19', Referee Howard Webb awards a DFK and positions himself without actually seeing the DFK being taken. Here are the freeze frames:
Incident Two: Penalty or Simulation?
In recent matches, Referees in the EPL have been trying to clamp down on simulation which has resulted in several cautions already being awarded.
In 60', Reading's Jay Tabb (yellow 16) is the first to get to the loose ball in the penalty area and knocks it forward. He is then challenged by Wigan's Maynor Figueroa (blue/white 31) and falls to ground. Here are the freeze frames:
Note how Wigan's Jean Beausejour (blue/white 22), who initially made the poor headed clearance waves his hand for an "imaginary card". Beausejour actually has the best angle of view and is very close to the incident. However, he is dishonest and unsporting and wants the Referee to caution Reading's Tabb.
Incident Three: Tight Offside
In the 67' the AR (who is not Mike Mullarkey) flags an offside against Wigan. Here's the freeze frame:
Was this offside?
Incident Four: What is an Own Goal?
In the 80', Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu (yellow 19) shoots at goal. The ball is deflected up and falls back down still heading towards goal, whereby Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi (grey 26) further deflects the ball into his own goal. Here are the freeze frames:
Incident Five: No Simulation?
In the 90'+2' Reading (yellow) are attacking the Wigan goal, desperate for the winner (Reading have yet to win away from home). Here are the freeze frames:
Wigan (blue/white) immediately clear the ball from their penalty area. Here are the freeze frames:
Referee Howard Webb signals advantage as Wigan's Jordi Gomez skips past the Reading challenge
There is nothing wrong with Referee Webb's fitness. He has sprinted and positioned himself well following Wigan's quick counterattack.
Comment by Reading manager Brian McDermott:
"I think if the referee had given the penalty on Jay Tabb we would have gone on to win the game. Someone of Howard Webb's experience and quality, you would have expected him to get that one right."
HKRef would say the same for AR Darren Cann. If he knows Referee Howard Webb did not have the angle to see the incident, then perhaps he could have helped? Someone of AR Darren Cann's experience and quality ...