Jarrod Bowen: Campbell 'surprised' as West Ham controversy analysed
Kevin Campbell is “surprised” by Mike Dean’s decision to book West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen for simulation against Arsenal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Gunners and Everton striker said disagreed with Dean’s decision and claimed the referee should have given a free-kick and played on.
Bowen was booked for diving in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the London Stadium.
The Englishman went to ground after a reckless moment from Aaron Ramsdale but quickly returned to his feet and apologised upon realising there was no contact.
Referee Mike Dean quickly brandished a yellow card for Bowen despite the player’s honesty and apology.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the referee’s decision to book the West Ham star, Campbell said:
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“I was surprised at the booking for Bowen, I have to say.
“He took the ball past Ramsdale and was anticipating that he would get clattered but the contact never came. That is why the referee gave him a yellow because there was no contact.
“I think Mike Dean should have given a free kick and got on with it. He should not have booked Bowen for me. He got up straight away and told the referee as well.”
It was the fourth yellow card Bowen has received in the Premier League this season.
He has contributed 16 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions this term.