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AFC Bournemouth: Neil Moss calls for end to 'ridiculous' goalkeeper ruling
NEIL Moss believes football's governing bodies must act to stop goalkeepers becoming victims of a “ridiculous” mandatory ruling.
Moss is adamant a directive which sees goalkeepers automatically sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity should be scrapped.
Cherries' goalkeeper coach was speaking in the wake of Ryan Allsop falling foul of the rule during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Championship rivals Leeds.
Allsop received a straight red card - and conceded a penalty - after referee David Coote deemed he had been the last man when he fouled Leeds striker Noel Hunt.
And while Moss acknowledges the rule also applies to outfield players, he believes goalkeepers get the thin end of the wedge simply due to the nature of their position.
Under the FA's disciplinary procedures, a player must be dismissed for “denying a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by physical means or by handling the ball”, a punishment which carries an automatic one-match ban.
Speaking to the Daily Echo last night, Moss said: “I thought the decision against Ryan was harsh. When you look at the replay, it was clear to see he got to the ball before their forward. Ryan got his hands on the ball and, if anything, it was a foul on him because he got to the ball first and their forward ran into him.
“Once the penalty decision has been given, I think it is ridiculous that the goalkeeper has to be sent off because, invariably, he is the last man. Every time a goalkeeper commits an innocuous foul when he is the last man, the referee has to send him off and that isn't fair.
“If he comes out and slightly mistimes his challenge then the referee should be able to give a penalty and not have to issue a red card. Like any other player, if he comes out and is reckless, he would deserve to get sent off but not if he just accidentally catches someone's foot.
“There is nothing dangerous about it and nobody is going to get injured. But, because he is almost always the last man due to the nature of his position, he always gets sent off. I don't think it is right and I don't think it is right when it happens if he handles outside of his box either.
“Everyone else on the pitch gets a yellow card for deliberate handball but a goalkeeper, because he is normally the last man, gets a red as he is deemed to be denying a goalscoring opportunity.
“I know I am blinkered and biased towards goalkeepers but I do think there is a disparity in the rules and that law needs to be changed.”
Boss Eddie Howe confirmed Cherries would not be appealing Allsop's dismissal, his one-match suspension ruling him out of Saturday's visit of Millwall.
As a result, Howe yesterday recalled Shwan Jalal from a loan spell at Oxford and he is expected to be named in the squad against the Lions.
Darryl Flahavan, who came off the bench at Leeds, is likely to deputise against Millwall, although another option would be for Cherries to draft in an emergency loan.
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