Bournemouth defender Adam Smith said referee Jon Moss admitted to wrongly booking him for diving instead of awarding a penalty during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.
It was goalless after 32 minutes when Smith fell to the ground under the challenge of Sofiane Boufal. However, rather than point to the spot for a penalty, Moss showed Smith his fifth yellow card of the season, which means he will be suspended for one game.
“For the ref to book me doesn’t help because that’s my fifth yellow card of the season,” said Smith. “I spoke to him after and he apologised and said it was a penalty.”
“I don’t mind him admitting it but the fact he booked me and can’t get it rescinded means I’ll miss the next game.”
“I can’t work out what the referee has seen, but that’s football,” Cherries manager Eddie Howe said. “You live and die by those decisions and I think he’s got it wrong.”
“I think it’s a clear penalty. At the time I had a good view of it and I think if the defender doesn’t get the ball he’s in trouble because he’s committed, he’s on the floor. Adam goes over his leg. It’s hugely disappointing because not only do we not get the penalty but we lose Adam to suspension and it has a knock-on effect to the next game.”
Bournemouth took the lead just before the break when Scotland winger Ryan Fraser slotted a first-time effort past Fraser Forster, but the Cherries, were pegged back when Southampton striker Charlie Austin swept home the equaliser just after the hour mark.
Still, the point takes Bournemouth above Newcastle into 14th place, while Howe’s team prepares for league games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City coming up in a tough run of matches.