West Ham news: Pundit on Arsenal star avoiding ban after controversy

By Paul Robinson

3rd May, 2022 | 1:00pm

West Ham news: Pundit verdict on Arsenal star avoiding ban as Jarrod Bowen controversy analysed - 'I've never seen it'

Paul Robinson feels sorry for Jarrod Bowen after the West Ham forward was booked for diving against Arsenal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said Aaron Ramsdale “could have been sent off” if Bowen, 25, hadn’t avoided contact with the Gunners goalkeeper.

Bowen was booked for simulation in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the London Stadium.

The Hammers star went to ground after a reckless challenge from Ramsdale but quickly returned to his feet and admitted to referee Mike Dean that the Gunners goalkeeper made no contact.

Dean proceeded to book Bowen despite his honesty.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the incident, Robinsons said: “It is a difficult one when the player is honest.

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“The referee has interpreted it as a dive. The referee has questioned the player’s actions. He has not seen it as a case of him getting out of the way. He has seen it as a dive.

“It’s a tough one. If Bowen had taken the contact on it would have been a completely different outcome. Ramsdale could have been sent off and the outcome of the game could have been different.

“We ask players not to go down and stay on their feet. But if we do that we are relying on referees helping players when they do stay on their feet. Every time a player avoids contact he gets nothing.

“I cannot ever remember seeing a penalty awarded to a player when he’s tried to stay on a feet in a situation where he could have gone down.

“On the one hand we are asking players not to go down and dive but the truth of the matter is if they don’t go down they don’t get a penalty.”

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