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Manuel Pellegrini and Eddie Howe exchanged words after West Ham

‘The West Ham management were getting their knickers in a twist’: Bournemouth dismiss Manuel Pellegrini’s referee claims following heated dispute after draw

  • West Ham drew 2-2 at Bournemouth in a pulsating Premier League clash 
  • The two managers had a heated discussion immediately after the match ended 
  • Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini felt Cherries staff tried to influence referee
  • Boss Eddie Howe and assistant Jason Tindall dismissed the claims post-match 
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Bournemouth accused West Ham of ‘getting their knickers in a twist’ after Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed assistant boss Jason Tindall was influencing referee Stuart Attwell. 

Immediately after a seesaw 2-2 draw, which featured three VAR decisions, an animated Pellegrini was involved in an altercation with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. 

Tindall appeared to act as peacemaker, ushering the sexagenarian Chilean away from 41-year-old Howe near the dugouts of the Vitality Stadium. 

Manuel Pellegrini and Eddie Howe exchanged words after West Ham's draw at Bournemouth

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Manuel Pellegrini and Eddie Howe exchanged words after West Ham’s draw at Bournemouth

Cherries assistant Jason Tindall (red top) stepped in to cool down the heated discussion

Cherries assistant Jason Tindall (red top) stepped in to cool down the heated discussion

Cherries assistant Jason Tindall (red top) stepped in to cool down the heated discussion

Asked to explain the incident, a collected Howe denied that the exchange was heated: ‘No, not heated, we were just discussing a few VAR calls. Everyone’s got their own different opinions to decisions, so there was no problem.’ 

Moments later Pellegrini, whose side are now third in the Premier League, offered his side in an uncharacteristic outburst. 

‘No, I never talked about the VAR decision,’ he said. ‘I talk about the assistant coach of him, the complete game with the referee trying to pressurise in every decision. That’s all what I complain, not about the VAR. 

‘It his assistant. I think they don’t need it because they are a good team that play offensive football. I think Eddie has done very good work here – his assistant doesn’t need to do those kind of things because I don’t think it’s fair for the referee.’

The match, refereed by Stuart Attwell, featured three contentious VAR decisions
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The match, refereed by Stuart Attwell, featured three contentious VAR decisions

The match, refereed by Stuart Attwell, featured three contentious VAR decisions

A source close to Bournemouth’s management said: ‘Eddie and Jason are bemused as to why the West Ham management were getting their knickers in a twist and not happy about it. 

‘They seemed to have a problem with Jason being on the touchline but everyone knows Eddie and Jason come as a team. They are always on the touchline together and did nothing different than in any other game. 

‘But they felt hard done by on VAR and weren’t afraid to make that known. For some reason Pellegrini had an issue with it. Why? Probably because, deep down, he knows they were right and West Ham were lucky to come away with a draw.’

Bournemouth staff felt Pellegrini overreacted with claims of trying to influence the referee
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Bournemouth staff felt Pellegrini overreacted with claims of trying to influence the referee

Bournemouth staff felt Pellegrini overreacted with claims of trying to influence the referee

In a game full of incident, West Ham took the lead through Andriy Yarmolenko before Bournemouth’s Joshua King saw his equaliser chalked off by an assistant referee’s flag for offside. But Andrew Madley’s VAR review reversed the decision, with Angelo Ogbonna playing King onside. 

Bournemouth made it 2-1 through Callum Wilson and then had a Nathan Ake effort chalked off after another VAR review, Dominic Solanke adjudged to be offside. 

Aaron Cresswell smashed a 74th minute equaliser and was then fortunate not to concede a penalty after wrestling with King in the area. But referee Attwell waved away the claims – and VAR backed his decision. ‘He’s gone down in the box and I was screaming “Penalty”,’ Howe said. 

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