Date: 26th November 2012 at 9:20am
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The referee for the Cherries trip to Bury believes that he made the right decision in regards to the penalty that he initially gave before changing his mind.

Boyeson initially pointed to the penalty spot after a Bury player had hand balled inside the area, but after a discussion with his assistant he instead awarded a corner much to the dismay of the Cherries players and supporters.

The decision was criticised by both AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and midfielder Harry Arter.

Howe believed the referee has now set a dangerous precedent for himself, showing that he could possibly change his mind if players were to protest while Arter believes he was singled out for a booking due to his reputation.

Howe told the Echo…

“…That type of scenario is just going to encourage players to protest and you will have players in the faces of referees and linesmen. I wouldn`t want to see a penalty given if it wasn`t but, once you give the decision, you have got to stick with it…’

Match referee Carl Boyeson believes his 17 years as a Football League official meant that he wasn’t adverse to making the difficult decision to overturn the penalty and he told the Daily Echo

‘…For a split second, I thought he had handballed it. Yet, as soon as I hit the whistle and pointed to the spot, I know it sounds silly, but I knew I was wrong.

“As I was blowing the whistle, the assistant, speaking on the head-set, told me it should have been a corner and the fourth official said likewise. I know they were a lot farther away than I was, but they both had an angle on it. That is why I went over to the assistant. As I had not restarted play, I could change the decision.

“I believe the decision was correct. I realise it wasn`t the right way to get there but we got there in the end…’


While Arter believes his recent poor disciplinary record meant that he was booked instead of any of his team-mates during the incident and will now serve a one match ban, his second suspension this season following 15 yellow cards last term…

‘…I don`t think it is fair that I am being singled out a lot more than other players. Six or seven of our players said a lot worse than I did but he decided to book me…’

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