An incensed David Moyes raged at the referee as the worst VAR decision yet robs West Ham in defeat to 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.
Incensed David Moyes rages at referee as worst VAR decision yet robs West Ham in defeat to Chelsea
An incensed Moyes raged at the referee on the pitch as the worst VAR decision yet robbed West Ham in the defeat to Chelsea.
Enraged Moyes made a beeline for Madley at full-time, storming up to the official to remonstrate over the ludicrous call.
The decision is being dubbed the worst VAR call since the technology was introduced.
And Moyes could be heard giving Madley both barrels in the live coverage at one point asking Madley “What are you thinking” – although perhaps not quite as politely as that.
Madley bellowed back at Moyes to talk to him inside and Moyes made his way off the Stamford Bridge pitch looking like a bulldog chewing a wasp.
After the game the Hammers bossed labelled it a ‘scandalous’ and ‘rotten’ decision from the officials.
And Moyes criticised Mendy, saying the desperate goalkeeper was play-acting.
Pundit Darren Bent was watching the game for Sky Sports and dubbed it a truly ‘awful’ decision.