Glenn Murray expected referee Craig Pawson to be berated on his way off the pitch for allowing Bournemouth’s second goal against Everton.
After 25 minutes Toffees defender James Tarkowski was down in his own box after a clash of heads when going for a header, but the ball was recycled before Kieffer Moore powered a header in on the line to put the home side 2-0 up.
Frank Lampard and the visitors were furious that the goal was allowed to stand rather than there being a stoppage for the head injury, which required medical assistance, and Sky Sports pundit Murray could see why.
Speaking live on the World Feed match commentary on Saturday (12 November, 3.25pm) commentator Gary Taphouse said of Frank Lampard: “I’m sure he’s bitterly disappointed there because if a player goes down having been clattered in the head in the six yard box, you expect the game to be stopped, and I think this is exactly what’s being said right now.
“However the game wasn’t stopped and Bournemouth carried on as they’re entitled to do.”
Murray then added: “The laws of the game are that if there is a head injury the game should be stopped, so I can understand the frustrations of the Everton players at why the game wasn’t stopped.
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“They’re rightfully asking the referee why it wasn’t stopped and I’m sure there’ll be more fallout come half time. He’ll [Pawson] get berated walking off this pitch because the Everton faithful are not very happy with that decision.”
As if the Everton players allowing themselves to be behind on the south coast for the second time in a week already wasn’t bad enough, the referee didn’t stick to the rules.
The Toffees have had their fair share of rough officiating but this might be the worst of the season, as the rules are clear that the game is supposed to be stopped.
Replays appeared to obviously show a clash of heads, with the defender immediately going down after the clash in the air.
Lewis Cook then got away with only a booking in the lengthy first-half stoppage time added on for the Tarkowski injury, for a two-footed lunge on Amadou Onana.
Everything seems to be going against Lampard’s side on Saturday, with Everton desperate to get a morale-boosting win before the World Cup break.
They were poor in the Carabao Cup, and they haven’t been great in the first half return in the league, but this time there is a massive feeling of injustice as the way the game has been officiated in addition.