Viewers of the clash between Everton and Bournemouth this afternoon have flooded to Twitter to question how Toffees’ midfielder Andre Gomes wasn’t given his marching orders by referee Anthony Taylor.
Everton vs Bournemouth
Marco Silva’s men welcomed struggling Bournemouth to Goodison Park this afternoon for a Premier League matchup.
The hosts headed into proceedings having picked up just a solitary win from their last 8 league fixtures, though the Merseysiders did secure their passage to the 4th-round of the FA Cup in their last outing, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Lincoln City.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, had not fared much better themselves of late, with the superb early-season form of the Cherries having deserted them over recent weeks.
The last month had seen Eddie Howe’s men pick up just a solitary victory across their last 6 Premier League outings, whilst also being eliminated from both the League Cup and FA Cup.
Ahead of kick-off, the two sides sat level in joint-11th-place in the Premier League table.
As a result, it came as little surprise when this afternoon’s clash proved a tight affair.
Hosts Everton, though, did enough to secure a crucial 3 points, in the process leapfrogging Wolves into the top-half of the Premier League table.
Kurt Zouma put the Toffees ahead just past the hour-mark after getting on the end of a Lucas Digne delivery, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin eased the tension around Goodison Park with his side’s 2nd deep into injury-time.
‘Should be on his 4th yellow’
However, while, in the end, it proved a positive outing and result for Everton, Bournemouth will no doubt feel hard done-by based on the second-half officiating of referee Anthony Taylor.
After Andre Gomes picked up a booking in the 66th-minute, the Spanish midfielder subsequently went on to rack up a number of blatant, frankly-needless fouls over the preceding 10 minutes, two of which were no doubt worthy of yellow cards.
The Barcelona loanee was visibly worked up and, upon reflection, will consider himself blessed to have seen out the 90 minutes without being sent for an early bath.
Viewers of the clash were certainly in agreement with such a viewpoint, with droves of fans having taken to social media over the course of the second-half of this afternoon’s clash to question just how Gomes managed to avoid a second booking:
Andre Gomes should be on his 4th yellow
— Haver (@HaverOfOpinions) January 13, 2019
How the fuck gomes is still on the pitch is beyond me
— kenneth JFT96 (@dalglish005) January 13, 2019
How is Andre Gomes still on the pitch 😂
— KG 🏴🇬🇧 (@KyleGatfield97) January 13, 2019
Andre Gomes should be off here. Been booked and made 2 rash challenges since. Lucky boy
— Graham Wright (@wrighty1707) January 13, 2019
How is Andre Gomes still on the pitch. Incredible. Either Taylor has got to send him off or Silva has to sub him!
— Graeme Morton (@graememorton) January 13, 2019
The ref was absolutely going for a yellow there until he saw it was Gomes. Bottled it.
— Jack (@JDanial16) January 13, 2019
How is Andre Gomes still on the pitch
— Andy (@AndyWallbank1) January 13, 2019
How the heck hasn’t Gomes got a second or third booking? Really poor refereeing.
— Warren Allsworth (@warrenallsworth) January 13, 2019
This ref doing everything in his power to fuck us over here. Gomes lucky to still be on the pitch, but Anthony Taylor has not given us anything today!
— Will Fazackerley (@Willfazack) January 13, 2019