Martin Atkinson angered Arsenal fans with his treatment of Yves Bissouma during the Brighton match on Saturday, refusing to book the player.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Referee Martin Atkinson speaks to Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC at American Express Community Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Brighton, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/Pool via Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND: Referee Martin Atkinson speaks to Matteo Guendouzi on June 20, 2020. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/Pool via Getty Images)

Martin Atkinson refereed the Arsenal match away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, but he seemed to have a blind spot for one particular player racking up infringements.

Yves Bissouma committed six fouls and left a few Arsenal players flat on the floor away from the play, but somehow avoided a yellow card. Arguably, that foul count also should’ve been a lot higher, but Atkinson turned a blind eye a few times.

He stopped a breakaway counter-attack with a foul, he clotheslined a player, he gave away a free-kick for a high challenge, but none of it was worthy of a booking.

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Only Jordan Ayew has made more fouls (seven) in a single Premier League game without being booked this season. That performance was against Arsenal too. Funnily enough, with the same referee in charge.

Understandably, Arsenal fans weren’t happy about it:

It was definitely bizarre. If Matteo Guendouzi makes one or two fouls he ends up on a watchlist, three or four and he’d be risking a sending-off, let alone a booking. As would most players in most games most weeks.

For whatever reason, Atkinson never latched onto the fact it was the same player making cynical fouls over and over again. Just like he never caught on with Ayew earlier this season. And just like he’ll fail to notice the next time it happens.