West Ham skipper Mark Noble has fumed about VAR, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard.

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The Hammers dropped points against Burnley at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.

But they were not helped by VAR one little bit.

Clarets defender James Tarkowski was only cautioned for a dangerous and high tackle on Jarrod Bowen.


Jarrod Bowen (Photo by JUSTIN SETTERFIELD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

And the tackle was not even reviewed by VAR.

West Ham have been on the wrong end of some shocking decisions this season. There was Robert Snodgrass’s goal away at Sheffield United that was disallowed, Tottenham’s goal that should have been ruled out because of a handball a couple of weeks ago and Wednesday’s incident involving Tarkowski and Bowen.

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There have been more too. And they could end up costing the east London outfit dearly.


These kind of things are expected to even out. But that has not been the case for the Hammers this season whatsoever.

And Noble did not hold back when discussing VAR, as quoted by the Evening Standard:

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Mark Noble (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“As for James Tarkowski’s tackle on Jarrod Bowen, that was a red card all day long. It caught Jarrod on the side of the knee cap! The dangerous ones are the high, straight leg tackle when you’re not going to ground. They can really hurt your opponent. How anyone watching that cannot suggest to the referee that he looks at it again is totally beyond me. We’ve had several really poor decisions and I just give up on VAR. I’m sick to death of talking about it, because it doesn’t get any better.”

The bottom line is that the Hammers need to start winning games. David Moyes quite simply cannot blame VAR.

It hasn’t helped the Scot’s side. But making excuses does seem to be rather shallow considering the poor quality of football that Moyes has implemented since taking over at the London Stadium last December.

Norwich City are up next for West Ham. And nothing less than three points will do.

Let’s just hope that there’s not another controversial VAR talking point after the game at Carrow Road.

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