West Ham were robbed again in the 0-0 draw at Burnley says Richard Keys and MOTD pundits as pressure piles on Premier League over bias.
If you were reading Hammers News yesterday or watched the Premier League games at the weekend you will know all about the conspiracy theories regarding the bias towards the so-called top clubs.
Many see those conspiracy theories as just that.
But anyone watching West Ham’s game at Turf Moor – and particularly the failure of VAR to award a penalty for a clear foul in the box on Craig Dawson – will see why the pressure is now piling on Premier League bosses over the alleged favouritism towards the division’s glamour clubs.
Some West Ham fans – like many supporters of teams outside the so called “big six” – believe there is a bias towards the traditional top four or six clubs.
There is a belief that it is more beneficial for the Premier League to have certain teams at the top when it comes to branding and the lucrative sale of TV rights.
There is a feeling that little old West Ham being in the top four and one of the Premier League’s Champions League representatives would not be good for business so to speak.
Last season West Ham felt aggrieved as they were one of the worst affected teams in terms of having goals ruled out by VAR.
West Ham would go on to finish agonisingly short of a Champions League spot – this time by a solitary win.
When a Dimitri Payet inspired West Ham were threatening the top four in 205/16 they were suddenly hit with a string of strange refereeing decisions and ended up missing out by four points after a league highest 14 draws.
Now West Ham fans feel it is happening again.
Some fans are more convinced than ever that there is a bias towards their rivals after the goings-on in the Premier League over the weekend.
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United were ALL gifted hugely controversial penalties which proved decisive in them all winning on Saturday. Arsenal meanwhile were let off the hook when Southampton were denied a clear penalty.
Leicester were awarded one of the softest penalties you will see to get them on their way against Newcastle on Sunday.
But of course – as was called by Hammers News BEFORE the Burnley game – when West Ham had a penalty shout of their own it was dismissed.
West Ham robbed says Richard Keys and MOTD pundits as pressure piles on Premier League over bias
Now pundit Richard Keyes has spoken out saying West Ham were robbed.
“VAR has been awful this weekend. Absolutely awful,” Keys said on Twitter.
“Man City – never a pen. Villa we’re robbed. Saints as well and now West Ham – all because errors were not ‘clear and obvious’.
“This nonsense catch all get out needs to be changed. We’ve got technology so use it properly.”
Match of the Day pundits Glenn Murray and co agreed.
Former striker Murray – for so long a thorn in West Ham’s side as a player – turned ally as he too called out the ‘stonewall’ penalty on Dawson.
With talk of an independent regulator for football being on the horizon there will undoubtedly be scope for an investigation into bias within the Premier League.
Many feel that has been plain for all to see, this weekend more than probably any other.
The pressure is piling on Prem bosses to address the concerns.
Because if the Prem higher-ups really think favouring the so-called top sides is the best form of self-preservation then it only goes to show how out of touch they are with most fans who are sick of seeing the same teams competing for the top spots and trophies every season.
And fans of the so-called “other 14” won’t ever forget the appalling lack of punishment for the Prem clubs involved in the despicable European Super League scandal which only served to fuel these conspiracy theories.