Eddie Howe saw Bournemouth's 0-0 draw at Leicester City on Saturday as "a point gained" but felt that referee Andre Marriner made the wrong call in awarding the home side a penalty and showing a red card to Simon Francis.


Francis brought down Jamie Vardy with the Foxes striker clean through on goal early in the second half, however, television replays suggested the Cherries defender got a substantial touch of the ball in doing so.

Luckily for Bournemouth, goalkeeper Artur Boruc flung himself at Riyad Mahrez's spot-kick and the visitors held on to earn a valuable point that increased their advantage over the Premier League's relegation places.


"For me it's not a penalty. That was my opinion live and it still is after seeing it on the replays," Howe said, as quoted by ​Sky Sports.


"For me, Simon has a difficult job there. Vardy has got goal side and is going towards goal at full pace. Simon has come from the side, got a clear touch on the ball and it is not a penalty, or a free-kick, in my opinion.

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"It's a difficult one for the referee because he only sees the player go down. But I think everyone on the other side - the touchline side - can see it's a clear touch on the ball.


"I think when you play with 10 men for such a long spell in the game, to come away with anything is a huge result and full credit to my players for that.


"No matter how we got it, I think is definitely a point gained and I have to compliment my players."


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