Bournemouth star Jefferson Lerma suffers BROKEN NOSE after being ‘punched’ by Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen

GARY O’NEIL wants to speak to chief referee Howard Webb after Joachim Andersen broke Jefferson Lerma’s nose and nothing was done.

Replays showed Palace defender Andersen catching Bournemouth star Lerma with what appeared to be a punch from a corner just after half an hour.

Bournemouth star Jefferson Lerma broke his nose against Crystal Palace


Bournemouth star Jefferson Lerma broke his nose against Crystal PalacePhoto credit: Rex
Lerma was injured after clashing with Crystal Palace star Joachim Andersen


Lerma was injured after clashing with Crystal Palace star Joachim AndersenPhoto credit: Rex
Lerma's injury left Bournemouth manager Gary I'Neil frustrated with VAR's unresponsiveness


Lerma’s injury left Bournemouth manager Gary I’Neil frustrated with VAR’s unresponsivenessPhoto credit: Reuters

It wasn’t clear if it was intentional and although VAR referee Andy Madley looked closely, Andersen got away with it.

O’Neil spoke to Webb last week after Dominic Solanke was denied a penalty against Chelsea.

The Cherries boss, whose side lost 2-0, said: “I’m speaking to Howard Webb most Sundays at the moment! I’m going to talk to him this time because I feel like it’s important.

“It’s a heavy slap in the face. Jeff broke his nose in the process.

“On the footage, it looked to me like a pretty obvious slap in the face. The fact that we received the usual VAR check, which went against us, came as a surprise.

“But we were very poor and we need to improve.”

Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: “I have no idea what happened or how the player ended up on the ground but I have to trust the referee who saw no reason to award a free-kick.”

“That was supported by VAR, so that was quite enough for me.”


Eberechi Eze’s brace has seen him score six goals in the eight games since Hodgson’s return.

He said: “I just feel like I’m more free under Hodgson, he gave me license to go after people.”

“Under him, I’ll do my best to have a positive impact on the games.”

But Hodgson added: “It’s what Eze added to his game, it’s not what we added to his game.”

“All we can do is try to use his talents to the fullest and put him in positions where he can showcase those talents.

“He’s very keen to pick up on any information he gets, so he deserves a lot of credit.”

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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