AFC Bournemouth’s winless run has been extended to 9 games in all competitions. This has left the Cherries in the relegation zone after 20 matches played. Despite this they managed to salvage a stoppage time equaliser in a 3-3 draw at home to West Ham to boost their belief going into the 2018 calendar.
When I witnessed the action unfold on Match Of The Day I was dismayed by the undeniable bias shown across the board from commentator and ‘pundits’ alike. This was a game where Bournemouth combined luck and cheating to gain a point against David Moyes’s team. First of all Simon Francis stuck his boot in Kouyate’s face as shown below. Intentional or not it is as clear of a red card as you will see, particularly when you compare some of the straight red cards issued to other clubs this season. Despite this the commentator and pundits claim this to be a yellow card with Francis’s lack of intent the reason why he should not be dismissed. Unbelievable.
An off the ball incident from Josh King later which again was dismissed, the final straw occurred in the ninety third minute where serial cheat Callum Wilson guided a cross in with his hand. Despite initially being correctly called offside, the officials reversed their decision and West Ham were simply robbed of the three points.
There is clearly no equilibrium in the Premier League, we have also seen Harry Kane and Dele Alli escape red card challenges which all point to favouritism among decisions which have a huge impact on games and with the stakes continually so high in the richest league in the world, it is simply out of order.
For years the ‘top clubs’ have developed a reputation for getting the benefit of the doubt so why are Bournemouth the same? Because I have no answer. A club with an 11 thousand capacity raises debate about them impacting the leagues stature so surely from a commercial point of view the Premier League would fancy a Leeds over a Bournemouth? Not that that has any relevance but it beggars belief that a pundit can sit and say Bournemouth deserved a point, West Ham should feel happy with the point despite being robbed and we can sit here and laugh when Callum Wilson and Eddie Howe come to interview and find it funny they have simply cheated. There is absolutely no way the same rules would apply to other clubs. No way.
Bournemouth are a good footballing outfit, their positive approach is entertaining and they are always good value but this reaction is scandalous. Many clubs suffered the same punishment in Bournemouth’s promotion season, Eddie Howe who is the golden child of the media never receives a bad word. The Cherries broke financial fair play to reach the Premier League and continually get the special treatment. The influence from Match Of The Day is undoubtedly huge, even when embarrassing punditry from the horrific Danny Murphy is provided so maybe in time the nation will start to accept that everything is not all rosy down on the South Coast. Why do they get the special treatment I simply don’t know, my appeal is why you think this might be the case because I can’t get my head around it.