West Ham United captain Mark Noble has revealed what Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder said to him after last week’s VAR shocker at Brammall Lane.

West Ham were trailing 1-0 when Declan Rice burst forward in the last minute before setting up Robert Snodgrass for a superb equaliser.

The goal sparked wild celebrations among the players and travelling Hammers faithful.

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West Ham’s handball VAR shocker still stings

But the joyous scenes were shortlived.

VAR intervened and ruled Rice had handled the ball in the build-up after it was deflected onto his arm from point-blank range.

The incident has become a watershed moment in football regarding the universally panned new handball rules.

A bitter rivalry has grown between Sheffield United and the Hammers since the Carlos Tevez saga.

But much-lauded Blades boss Wilder showed his true class after the game.

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Classy Wilder rises above the rivalry

Noble revealed in his column in The Evening Standard what the manager said to him in the tunnel.

 

“At Sheffield United, as I walked down the tunnel, I saw their manager Chris Wilder,” Noble said in The Evening Standard.

“He should have been buzzing.

“But he said: “Sorry, Mark.” We need to dump this rule as soon as possible.”

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Honesty should be applauded

Brilliant from Wilder.

There may be no love lost between the supporters of both clubs.

But Wilder is clearly a manager going places and quickly.

His class and honesty deserves praise and credit in a situation where he could easily have rubbed West Ham’s noses in it to curry the favour of his own fans.

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