West Ham United boss David Moyes labelled the video assistant referee’s (VAR) decision to rule out an equaliser in their 2-1 Premier League defeat at Chelsea “ridiculously bad”.
Chelsea came from behind on Saturday to beat West Ham at Stamford Bridge, but they also had VAR to thank after a 90th-minute Maxwel Cornet effort was ruled out.
With Chelsea 2-1 up, substitute Cornet thought he had levelled it for West Ham in the dying moments but his goal was disallowed after the VAR decided that Jarrod Bowen had fouled Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
“Have you seen it? The goalkeeper comes to take it (the ball) and actually fumbles it about five or six yards then he acts as if he’s got a shoulder injury. I am amazed that VAR sent the referee to see it,” Moyes told reporters.
“I thought even if he goes to the TV, t.’s no way he’s overturning it. It was a ridiculously bad decision. The referee should have taken responsibility, t. is no excuse for that not to be a goal.
“I’ve lost faith in the people who are putting it up for VAR. I can’t see how the goal isn’t given.”
Moyes also hit out at Mendy, saying the keeper “faked” the injury.
“The goalkeeper spills it and it comes too far off him to recover it. Jarrod jumps over him and his trailing foot is t., but the goalkeeper could never get the ball.”
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“The referees said they were going to cut back on soft challenges and that was unbelievably soft,” Moyes added.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said the challenge was a foul.
“It went in our favour and t.’s a reason it went in our favour. In my opinion, it is a foul,” Tuchel said.
“I will not comment anymore but what happened against Tottenham (Hotspur) was so obvious and I paid a lot of money for commenting, so I will not do it.”