Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on Everton elbow incident v Bournemouth
By Aramide Oladipo
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that the matchday officials were right to not award Everton a penalty in their weekend victory over Bournemouth.
Bournemouth skipper Simon Francis caught Everton forward Wayne Rooney with an elbow in the penalty area during the first-half but referee Martin Atkinson waved away the protests from the Toffee players.
Rooney was left with blood on his face and he was eventually substituted on the 55th minute and directed his anger towards the officials after Francis went unpunished for his challenge.
When asked about the incident on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Sports Now show (September 25, 11:00am), Gallagher revealed that he understood Rooney’s frustration but he is confident that the officials made the right decision.
“I can understand 100% why the player is upset because of the injury sustained,” he said.
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“But if you look, both players arms are up. When you jump, you jump with your arms up.
“He didn’t bash his elbow back, he didn’t seek him out and he didn’t smash him in the face.
“He caught him accidentally and I think the referee got that absolutely right.”
Ronald Koeman’s side have yet to be awarded a penalty in the Premier League this season.
The decision did not prove to be costly for Everton as they went on to record only their second Premier League victory of the season thanks to a brace from substitute Oumar Niasse.
The result means that the Toffees have moved out of the bottom three and they currently sit in 14th position in the league table.
Everton welcome Apollon Limassol to Goodison Park on Thursday night for their second Europa League group match.
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