David Moyes: West Ham manager calls late Chelsea goal disallowed absurdly bad decision | Football news

West Ham manager David Moyes labeled the decision to disallow a late goal for his Chelsea side a “ridiculous bad decision” after their 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge.

Moments after Kai Havertz had put Chelsea 2-1 up, Maxwell Cornet scored what he thought was an equalizer after a mix-up between Reece James and Edouard Mendy.

Referee Andy Madley was sent to VAR monitor Jarred Gillet at Stockley Park to look again at Cornet’s goal for an apparent soft challenge on Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy by Jarrod Bowen.

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David Moyes says he has “lost faith in VAR” after Maxwell Cornet’s late equalizer was controversially ruled out to secure a 2-1 victory for Chelsea after a frantic finale at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Madley ruled out the goal after looking at the monitor – much to the anger and bewilderment of Moyes.

“It’s an outrageous decision, absolutely rotten from one of the supposedly elite referees,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “It also doesn’t say much about who sent it off by VAR. This is an incredible decision against us.

His Chelsea colleague Thomas Tuchel said: “It was a clear foul on the goalkeeper.”

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David Moyes says it was an outrageous decision to rule out his side’s late equalizer against Chelsea, while Thomas Tuchel believes it was a clear foul on the goalkeeper.

Moyes went on to protest the decision in his press conference, saying he had “lost faith” in officiating the match and blasting Mendy for “faking an injury”.

“The keeper comes to pick it up and rip it out of his hands,” Moyes said. “Then he acted like it was a shoulder injury. I’m amazed that VAR sent the referee to the screen. It was a ridiculously bad decision.

“Today there is no excuse for it not to be a goal, none at all. The sad thing is that this is the level of our elite refereeing at the moment.

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“They have new people at the helm who are trying to do something. I’ve lost faith in them today in people preparing for VAR. After watching it, I don’t see how the goal wasn’t awarded.

“The judges said they were going to tone down the soft challenges and this was incredibly soft.

“Judges can be wrong. I haven’t seen that in a million years. I’m more embarrassed by the VAR guy than the referee because that’s what someone who doesn’t understand football and shouldn’t be close to the game is telling me if that’s enough to put someone close to the screen.”

What did the referee see?

West Ham's second goal was disallowed by VAR after Jarrod Bowen was adjudged to have fouled Eduard Mendy
West Ham's second goal was disallowed by VAR after Jarrod Bowen was adjudged to have fouled Eduard Mendy
West Ham's second goal was disallowed by VAR after Jarrod Bowen was adjudged to have fouled Eduard Mendy

Moyes’ anger at Mendy over fake shoulder injury | Tuchel: It’s a foul

West Ham captain Declan Rice agreed with his manager’s assessment of the call, calling it “one of VAR’s worst decisions since he came into the game”.

Moyes also took special note of Mendy’s involvement in the goal cancellation, with the West Ham manager claiming the Senegal international deliberately faked a shoulder injury to cancel out Corne’s effort.

“The keeper tried to do the same with the first goal,” Moyes said. “He’s faking a shoulder injury. That didn’t stop him from playing the last 15 minutes or whatever time he had after that.

“Jarod said he didn’t touch the keeper at all [for the second goal]. You can see it, he’s trying to jump over it and step on it. If anything, it’s just a drag. The keeper had already mishandled the ball and it moved four or five six yards and he couldn’t recover.”

Jarrod Bowen adjudged to have fouled Eduard Mendy in West Ham's equalizer
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Jarrod Bowen adjudged to have fouled Eduard Mendy in the build-up to West Ham’s equalizer

Asked about the late VAR call at his own press conference, Tuchel said: “There’s a reason it went in our favour. I don’t know if everyone shares the opinion – it’s a foul. The goal we conceded in a very similar build-up to the situation at Tottenham.”

Michael Antonio gave West Ham a 1-0 lead
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Michael Antonio gave West Ham a 1-0 lead

Tuchel also insisted that West Ham’s first goal – scored by Michail Antonio – should have been disallowed.

When asked about West Ham’s first goal, Tuchel said: “The second corner should never have been a corner. When the kick came from Bowen and we got the kick from Edu, it was a clear cross from Antonio.

“I do not know how [it can be where] you can foul when ambushed against a goalkeeper and get a corner. It was the build-up to the first corner, it was similar to the one against Tottenham, but I stop talking.”

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