Pundit Michael Owen absolutely nails it on VAR-cical West Ham United robbery at Chelsea with social media post.
Usually after a narrow defeat, especially against a so-called top side, a good night’s sleep sees the disappointment, rage and frustration subside for West Ham fans.
But Hammers supporters woke up this morning feeling worse if anything after yesterday’s debacle in the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.
West Ham took a second half lead in Saturday afternoon’s clash with Chelsea thanks to a Michail Antonio tap-in.
The Hammers had been solid all game long but suddenly started to look shaky at the back with something to hold on to.
Chelsea took advantage when sub Ben Chilwell pounced on some horrendous Hammers defending and goalkeeping to nutmeg Lukasz Fabianski for an equaliser.
And there looked to be heartache at the death for West Ham when another Chelsea sub, Kai Havertz, expertly finished after more poor defending and marking from the Hammers.
Maxwel Cornet could and should have given West Ham the lead just before that goal but headed against a post.
And he thought he had made amends when he fired the ball into the top corner after the hapless Edouard Mendy pushed the ball into his path before pretending to be injured when Jarrod Bowen’s foot brushed his arm.
West Ham wheeled away in celebration and Chelsea’s players looked despondent believing their defensive mix-up had cost them all three points.
Enter VAR – which has become the scourge of the modern game – and those celebrations proved to be shortlived as referee Andy Madley was sent to the pitchside monitor before ruling out the equaliser.
The incident has been dubbed the worst ever VAR call on a dark day for the game at the elite level in this country.
And Michael Owen has absolutely nailed it on the VAR-cical West Ham robbery at Chelsea with a social media post.
Michael Owen absolutely nails it on VAR-cical West Ham robbery at Chelsea with social media post
Amid all the condemnation, the fact Bowen’s foot touches Mendy is being used by some to justify the call.
But Owen’s post highlights that in itself is a moot point.
“The decision to rule out that West Ham goal is an absolute shocker,” Owen said on Twitter.
“The goalkeeper dives at his feet, what’s he meant to do?”
Owen is absolutely spot on and makes a point that few others have in the aftermath.
If Bowen had not jumped over Mendy then it would have been an indisputable foul on the West Ham forward.
It seems honesty gets you nowhere in the Premier League.