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Veteran Referee explains why Bournemouth had a goal disallowed against Arsenal

Former Premier League Referee Demot Gallagher has shared his thoughts on Bournemouth’s disallowed goal against Arsenal on Saturday.

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The recent Arsenal-Bournemouth clash once again placed VAR at the center of attention, with controversial decisions stirring up debate. While Arsenal secured a 3-0 victory, VAR rulings sparked discussions around key moments in the game.

The first contentious incident occurred when Kai Havertz was awarded a penalty just before half-time, which Bukayo Saka converted. Despite Arsenal’s domination in the first half, opinions on the penalty call remained divided.


In the second half, VAR intervened again, this time disallowing Antoine Semenyo’s goal for Bournemouth after Leandro Trossard’s goal. The decision was based on a perceived foul by Dominic Solanke on Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya, leading to the goal being ruled out.

Veteran Premier League referee, Demot Gallagher, offered his insights on the matter, supporting the decision made by VAR. He highlighted Solanke’s actions and how they impeded Raya’s ability to punch the ball.


Dominic Solanke was penalised for pushing David Raya (Image Credit: Getty Images)

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Gallagher explained, “There’s a great angle from behind the goal… Solanke… puts his arm under Raya’s arm. I think that’s enough to pull him back and knock him off balance… On-field referees call. He gave it on the field. VAR looks at that, it’s never going to be overturned. I wouldn’t even say it’s an error.”

Away from the Bournemouth game, Arsenal currently lead the Premier League standings with a point better than second-placed Manchester City, who have the advantage of a game in hand.

Pep Guardiola’s side face Fulham in the lunchtime kick-off this weekend, while Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

With teams in desperate search of points in the Premier League run-in, refereeing decisions and their VAR counterparts will continue to spark discussions and debates.

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  1. Ian

    May 7, 2024 at 7:57 am

    Talking rubbish

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