Bournemouth boss Howe jokingly suggests code-word change after Arter-Chalobah incident

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 22, 2017

During the second half of Saturday's match at the Vitality Stadium, Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah was about to shoot from 16 yards before Arter appeared to verbally distract his opponent by telling the Hornets man to leave the ball.

Players are banned from shouting "leave" or "mine" in the Premier League and so clubs have developed code words in order to communicate with their team-mates on the pitch.

"It's a really hard one and it's very rare that it comes up".

The pass had the ideal pace and precision for Chalobah to take a first time shot at goal but, believing that he'd heard a teammate shout for the ball to be left for him, Chalobah dummied and allowed the Cherries midfielder to latch on to the ball and clear the danger.

"We have a word that we use for leaving the ball".

"Until I do that, I would probably swerve it".

Eddie Howe bemoaned an extremely poor Bournemouth performance yesterday, as their own brand of tiki-taka by the sea yielded a timid 2-0 defeat to Watford.

"I don't know why he doesn't shoot anyhow".

"I don't want to make too much of it".

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says that Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter should have been booked for ungentlemanly conduct against Watford.

When pushed on whether the Cherries would look to change their code word in the wake of the incident, Howe joked: "It looks like I might have to now!"

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