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Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth were denied a penalty

Nacho Monreal may have gotten away with one

Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
“Hello darkness my old friend . . .”
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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes the refs missed a deliberate handball by Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal in today’s match and were denied a penalty.

"I thought it was a clear handball,” Howe said, according to “His arm was raised and he stopped the ball going through to our wide player. That for me, right in front of me, was very clear.”

Hey Eddie, you lost to us 3-1 so another goal wouldn’t have gotten you a point anyway and also cry about it.

Then again, Howe may have a point. Premier League handball rules are rather vague and as far as I can tell no one really knows what does or does not merit a penalty. It’s basically a Schrödinger’s cat situation, except a handball. A Schrödinger’s handball.

For Arsenal, the lack of a penalty call helped them go on and claim all three points from the match and keep pace with the top of the Premier League table.

Howe, meanwhile, was able to look on the bright side of life, saying, “We came here to win, but we have to leave with our head held high and positive for the games ahead.”