The midfielder claims the official mocked him and his team-mates during their defeat to the Blades
Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling has called for referee John Moss to apologise for alleged comments made to Cherries players during the club’s 2-1 Premier League loss to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
The former Everton and Newcastle man labelled the official ‘a disgrace’ after the match, claiming that Moss had mocked him and his team-mates during the encounter with jibes regarding their current struggles near the foot of the table.
Eddie Howe’s outfit took the lead against the Blades after Callum Wilson fired the visitors ahead, but lost their advantage just before half-time when local boy Billy Sharp restored parity with his second top-flight strike of the season.
Then, with six minutes left to play in the second period, John Lundstram struck from close range to leave Bournemouth in 16th place in the English top tier, two points outside the relegation zone having played one game more than the majority of their fellow strugglers.
The result alone would have stung after going into the match with two wins on the trot, but a furious Gosling felt that referee Moss contributed to the final outcome with poor officiating coupled with ‘sarky comments’ aimed at the midfielder and his team-mates.
“The referee didn’t help,” the 30-year-old told the Daily Echo. “Giving soft fouls away and little comments to two or three of the lads didn’t help as well, really. I thought it was very disrespectful what he was saying.
“It was just the little niggly ones and then the little sarky comments. The officials talk about respect at the start of the season and there was no respect from John Moss on Sunday. I thought he was a disgrace.
“The comments that he made, especially to me and one other players – talking about the relegation zone and ‘you’re still in the relegation zone, ‘you’re having one’, your team’s having one’ – this and that. It was very, very disrespectful.”
Asked to clarify whether Moss’ alleged comments were made with the match ongoing, Gosling added: “During the game, yeah. I think he should really come out and apologise because I thought he was a disgrace.”
Bournemouth will get a chance to return to winning ways after the winter break when they travel to Burnley on February 22.