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Ref's chief Mike Riley silent over Christian Benteke's winner for Liverpool in Bournemouth game

Published 21/08/2015

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe has revealed he is still waiting for referees' chief Mike Riley to contact him about Liverpool's goal in Bournemouth's 1-0 Premier League defeat on Monday.

Christian Benteke controversially scored despite, under the updated interpretation of the offside rule, Philippe Coutinho's positioning being such that the goal should have been disallowed.

Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick also had his header ruled out when referee Craig Pawson judged he had fouled Dejan Lovren in another decision which frustrated Howe, who said that he is still awaiting an explanation.

"I've spoken to the PFA and the match delegate, but I haven't spoken to anyone from the referees' perspective," said the Bournemouth manager.

"I have made a call, I'm expecting a call back. Until I speak to Mike Riley I don't think it's fair for me to comment.

"The officials have a split second to make a decision so I respect that and the challenge that their job brings.

"We felt we were on the wrong end of not just the two big decisions in the game but there were several other little things."

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