Insider: Referee may have apologised to Everton after 'big' James Tarkowski blunder
Craig Pawson may have apologised for a “big mistake” he made as Everton lost 3-0 to Bournemouth last week (12 November).
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Bournemouth scored their second goal as James Tarkowski lay on the ground with a head injury after a challenge with Dominic Solanke.
Frank Lampard insisted to the programme after the game that the referee had got the decision “completely wrong”.
“Look, we’re all human,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I think Craig Pawson will probably have a look back at that post-match and hold his hands up and say ‘I made a mistake and it was a big mistake, unfortunately’.
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“The FA and Fifa directive is fairly clear. If you suspect a player has suffered a serious injury or a head injury then play should stop immediately. That didn’t happen.
“It resulted in a goal which, in a roundabout way, might be the silver lining to the incident. It brings the discussion to the forefront of people’s minds and it’s being talked about.
“It seems we are butting heads when we talk about head injuries and concussive episodes because it seems there is very little movement on this.
“There always seem to be grey areas around this when it should be black and white.
“I’m sure the powers that be will make their feelings known on this topic.”