Referee Jon Moss admits mistake over Adam Smith booking


Bournemouth defender Adam Smith said that referee Jon Moss has apologized over wrongly booking him for diving instead of giving a penalty in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.

Smith fell to the ground at the 32nd minute of the game after a challenge of Sofiane Boufal. However, rather than awarding a penalty, Moss gave Smith a fifth yellow card of the season which means that the footballer has to serve one-match ban.

“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“I don’t mind him admitting it but the fact he booked me and can’t get it rescinded means I’ll miss the next game.”

Manager Eddie Howe said: “I can’t work out what the referee has seen, but that’s football.”

The Cherries opened scoring few minutes after the second half through Ryan Fraser. Unfortunately, as the club aimed for a victory, the Saints equalized as striker Charlie Austin slotted home at the 61st minute.

With the 1-1 draw, Bournemouth are set to travel to Crystal Palace’s home ground on Saturday; while Southamton host to Arsenal.

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