Chris Foy ‘not Hoy’ will take charge of Arsenal’s game against West Ham at the weekend.
The referee, who is particularly disliked by both Tottenham and Chelsea fans for a variety of reasons that are all in their heads, has taken charge of the fewest games this season with just 19.
In those games he has issued 70 yellows and a surprisingly high eight reds.
In fact, only one other referee has issued more reds than Foy this season – Craig Pawson – and he has refereed six games more.
This will be Foy’s second game in charge of the Gunners this season having previously been in the middle for our 1-0 with at the Hawthornes in November.
It will, however, be his fourth West Ham game with the Hammers securing a W1 D1 L1 record under him so far.
In games involving West Ham Foy has also sent off three players, only one of which was a Hammer (he sent off Lukas Fabianksi when West Ham beat Swansea 3-1 as well as a player from each side when they lost 1-0 to Tottenham on the opening day of the season).
With his very own ‘Chris Foy is a disgrace’ Facebook page, the referee is perhaps more widely disliked than just by Chelsea and Spurs fans.
His laid-back approach often sees him slow to get to incidents and he is often found wanting in terms of his positioning which is especially tricky given the speed with which Arsenal can counter.
After what was a rare treat on Monday night with Michael Oliver’s refusal to bend to United’s bully-boy tactics, it’s doubtful that we will see the same from Foy, not that West Ham at the Emirates should offer the same opportunity anyway.
Last season Foy sent off Mikel Arteta at Palace when he was actually the player fouled by Marouane Chamakh, a decision that caused Arsene Wenger to remark
“I honestly believe it was the wrong decision. Why? Because it has to be a clear goalscoring opportunity.
“It was very far from goal, he was not the last man, and even the foul was, to me, accidental. So I think he got that wrong.”
It’s hard to predict what we are likely to get from Foy on Saturday, but I would be far from confident that it will be a display that keeps the referee far from the talking points.
Don’t forget, we will take a look at how the referee got on after the game, so be sure to check back.