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Bournemouth and Man United bosses disagree over controversial penalty decisions

Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola felt his side were wronged by two penalty decisions that went against them during their 2-2 draw with Man United. 

Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot in the second half to level matters, but referee Tony Harrington’s decision to award the penalty was a controversial.

Adam Smith was deemed to have handled the ball after Kobbie Mainoo’s shot took a heavy deflection from Ryan Christie.


“I think it is in the rules no? The ball rebounds from his teammate and what Adam does is instinctive. I think it is not called normally, these kind of handballs,” Iraola told Sky Sports after full-time.

The Cherries were awarded a late penalty of their own after Willy Kaimbwala felled Christie. But the decision was overturned by VAR, who determined the foul happened just outside the box.

“I believe completely it was a penalty,” Iraola insisted. “Against Newcastle the penalty against us, the contact started outside the box. But [today] the first frame was put so the first contact was on the edge of the box, but the contact continues one, two metres inside and is stopping the player.

“It is not just one moment and Christie is down. The defender goes with Christie one, two metres inside the box. For me it is obvious.

“In the first half Kobbie Mainoo dives and it is not a yellow card, second half Ryan Christie, there is contact and he falls down, but yellow card for diving. What is the difference?”

Man United manager Erik ten Hag believes it was the correct decision to change the original call, although he did concede that his team were fortunate to be awarded a penalty.


“It was not a penalty, definitely not,” the Dutchman told BBC Match of the Day. “We conceded – in the last four games – three penalties, and all of them were debatable. The one we won today was also debatable.”

Bournemouth remain 12th in the Premier League table on 42 points, while Man United fall to seventh behind Newcastle on 50 points.

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