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Penalties leave Howe baffled

24th February 2019, 04:10 by Michael Holland

VAR would have struggled to clear up a host of contentious penalty decisions in the 1-1 draw with Wolves, Eddie Howe believes.

VAR technology is set to be introduced into the Premier League next season and could have proven pivotal at the Vitality Stadium after referee Roger East awarded three spot-kicks and turned down another strong appeal.

Cherries winger Ryan Fraser appeared to be fouled outside the box by Ivan Cavaleiro, leading to an 85th-minute penalty that Joshua King struck against the right post.

Striker King had converted from the spot in the opening period after going down under minimal contact from Joao Moutinho.

With seven minutes remaining Raul Jimenez levelled from 12 yards following Adam Smith's adjudged foul on Matt Doherty.

Smith, who had already been booked but was not punished further, was penalised for wiping out Doherty after his opponent had got a shot away.

"The only danger with VAR, if you're looking at those decisions, maybe Ryan's is outside the box but are any of the others clear-cut? No, probably not," said Cherries boss Howe.

"So it's still going to be someone else's interpretation. I thought Ryan's one was probably outside the box in all honesty but I haven't seen them again. The first one I saw something, a tangle of legs.

"The one that I probably have the biggest opinion on is their penalty.

"It's just you rarely see them given. Adam's committed to his challenge, Doherty's got his shot away. I really wasn't expecting a penalty to be given.

"Arguably, if it's outside the box I have seen fouls given for those things but inside the box rarely is a foul given for that, so I was surprised to see that one."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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