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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe laments red card in draw at Leciester

Eddie Howe applauds Bournemouth's supporters after the 0-0 draw against Leicester City
Image: Eddie Howe felt Simon Francis was unlucky to be sent-off

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt Andre Marriner made the wrong decision by sending off Simon Francis in 0-0 draw at Leicester, but admitted the referee did not have a good view of it.

Marriner made the decision to send off Francis in the 57th minute of the 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium, to the fury of both the player and his team-mates.

The Bournemouth captain and Vardy chased after Danny Drinkwater's through ball, and with Vardy winning the race, Francis made a sliding challenge, bringing down the Foxes man.

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Artur Boruc reflects after saving a Riyad Mahrez penalty to earn Bournemouth a point in their 0-0 draw away to Leicester.

Television replays suggested Francis got a touch on the ball, and he protested as much, but Marriner brought out his red card and awarded the penalty.

Bournemouth will feel some justice was served as Artur Boruc, diving to his left, got two strong hands to Mahrez's spot-kick.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe felt it should not have been a penalty and praised his team for the way they battled to earn a point.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy is fouled by Simon Francis of Bournemouth resulting in a penalty and a red card for Francis
Image: Jamie Vardy is fouled by Simon Francis resulting in a penalty and a red card for Francis

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

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"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.

"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.

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Claudio Ranieri says he's pleased Leicester have reached 40 points so early in the season after drawing 0-0 with Bournemouth.

"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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