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Anel Ahmedhodzic slams Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand for claiming he fouled Jarrod Bowen

Anel Ahmedhodzic slams Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand for claiming he fouled Jarrod Bowen in Sheffield United’s dramatic draw against West Ham.

The 24 year old Sheffield United captain called out the TNT Sports pundits after they claimed that the Hammers should have been awarded a penalty after he wrestled with Jarrod Bowen in the 2-2 Premier League draw on Sunday.

Ahmedhodzic and Bowen had a coming together in the box with Rio and Joe believing that Jarrod Bowen was denied an “absolute” penalty as he was brought down during the final moments of the game.

A cross came into the Blades area right at the end of the game, with Ahmedhodzic’s arms around Bowen with the pair falling down.

Rio Ferdinand says to Laura Woods: ‘Penalty. He is not looking at the ball, looking at Bowen, hands on him, we can see his number and ball is coming from the opposite side. He’s not going for the ball.’

Joe Cole said: ‘Absolutely a penalty. Last minute of game have to keep your composure, he realises and the panic kicks in, he puts his arms all over Bowen. Can’t see how they didn’t look at that. That’s a rugby tackle.’

Anel then hit back, tweeting: ‘Clearly biased. You can see at the unedited footage where he pulls me down with him which makes me lose sight of the ball. Obviously it’s been edited to make it look like a pen to West Ham πŸ‘πŸΌ’

Ahmedhodzic also uploaded a picture of the incident onto his Instagram story, while playing WWE wrestling commentary with it.


Moyes, clearly incensed by the decisions, was careful in trying not to criticise referee Michael Salisbury after the game, but did feel refereeing decisions had cost his side.

“I am certainly not going to talk about any referees for sure, I don’t want to get myself into trouble,” he said, per BBC Sport.

“You should ask the referee and see what they think, we have got to the stage where we are settling for a level of officiating where we are all shrugging our shoulders and saying ‘OK’.

“We are shrugging our shoulders again and seeing what they do. We don’t know what they are going to do.

“We’re disappointed, we feel as if things have gone against us. We’ll only blame ourselves but ultimately we could look at other people as well.”

Oli McBurnie scored an very late injury-time penalty to earn the Blades a point against West Ham; James Ward-Prowse’s spot-kick looked to have won it after Ben Brereton Diaz cancelled out Maxwel Cornet’s opener; Rhian Brewster and Vladimir Coufal also got sent off.

28′: Maxwel Cornet puts West Ham ahead
44′: Ben Brereton Diaz levels
79′: James Ward-Prowse puts Sheffield United ahead with penalty
90+3′: Rhian Brewster’s yellow card becomes a red after referee consults VAR
90+7′: Vladimir Coufal receives a second yellow in the space of 4 minutes
90+8′: Sheffield United awarded a penalty
90+13′: Oli McBurnie converts the penalty to make it 2-2
90+15′: West Ham denied penalty after Jarrod Bowen pulled over in the box

Player ratings (via Sky Sports)

Sheffield United: Foderingham (6), Ahmedhodzic (6), Robinson (7), Trusty (6), Bogle (7), Souza (7), Hamer (6), McAtee (8), Brereton Diaz (7), Brooks (6), Osula (6)

Subs: Archer (6), Norrington-Davies (6), Brewster (3), Norwood (N/A)

West Ham: Areola (6), Coufal (4), Zouma (6), Mavropanos (6), Emerson (6), Soucek (7), Ward-Prowse (7), Cornet (6), Ings (7), Fornals (6), Bowen (6).

Subs: Johnson (6), Mubama (N/A), Fabianski (N/A)

Player of the match: James McAtee (Sheff Utd)

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder: “I’m delighted we stayed in the game because when they were rolling the ball around it could have quite easily have gone from 2-1 to 3-1. But we put some fabulous blocks in there which gave us the opportunity at the end.

“The penalty on Danny Ings, clumsy challenge. Nothing really in it. Brewster’s tackle – I’ll see it one way others will see it the other. When we played Brentford we had one 10 times worse on Souza.

“Their goalkeeper comes and makes a rash decision and we get the penalty. I’m delighted we got something from the game. From a stats point of view we were good. We controlled the game first half. Second half we missed a good chance to go up in the game. We didn’t find that bit of magic.

“Overall we’ve had a decent afternoon. We’ve not got the three points we wanted but a point against a team sixth in the division.”

On Brereton Diaz: “He’s disappointed he’s not got a second. It’s a fabulous run and he’s in. He was down to play 55-60 minutes. I think it was just over that when he had that opportunity. He was just flagging a little bit. Hopefully we can get him up to speed and chances like that I’m sure he’ll stick away. But he can be delighted, I thought his performance was excellent. He’s got all the characteristics to be a Sheffield United player.”

West Ham boss David Moyes: “Disappointed we didn’t win the game in the end. We dropped two points today. It would have been a big two points for us. We played against an improved Sheffield United, who have run a lot of teams close recently. Obviously they saw this as a really important game for them as well because of their position.

“I’m certainly not going to talk about any of the referees, that’s for sure. I’ll only get myself in trouble.

“We’ve got to a stage now where we’re settling for a level of officiating which we’re shrugging our shoulders and saying, ‘yeah OK’.”

On whether Areola was fouled for the Sheff Utd penalty: “Absolutely, he was completely fouled, yes.”

On the late penalty shout from Bowen not being given: “I’m shrugging my shoulders again. We don’t know what they’re going to do.”

On West Ham’s performance: “My team’s performance was so poor today. Maybe my worst… It was a wee bit of a throwback, the game, long throws into the box, loads of free kicks. We had to deal with it. But we never passed it well, especially in the first half.

“As the game went on we got a bit better. We had a great chance to go 2-0 up and 3-1 up. I’m more disappointed with our own performance than anything else.

“We had to find a way to scrap and get through it. We were missing a few players who might have added a bit of quality to us but we had to juggle the team. It got us in front and we should have seen it out.”

This is how fans reacted as Anel Ahmedhodzic slams Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand for claiming he fouled Jarrod Bowen…

@Gelsthorpe22: I’m all for this, more personality and backbone, less of this PR trained sitting on fence. Say what ya mean and mean what ya say πŸ‘

@GordonFielden: Mate you know it should have been a penalty, we know it was a penalty, just feel lucky you got away with one because of the god awful referee.

@CharlieSanford1: My guy, accept you got away with one and leave it at that. PS enjoy the championship next season

@westhamtransfer: Morning to everyone apart from Micheal Salisbury and Anel Ahmedhodžić. They can both fuck off.

@WestHam_Central: Wtf hahahahahahaha stop chatting you cheat

@A_A_L_1986: Guy gives no fucks… I quite like it lol

@westhamonline5: You weren’t even looking at the ball

@jaynetn1409: It drives me mad when all the talk is about VAR this and VAR that. Let’s just talk about the game and in this case we were the better team and deserved, in my opinion, to win. UTB

@WestHamViews_: You didn’t look at the ball once an rugby tackled our player. Nothings been edited, you got away with one.

@sufcdan12: My captain get em told

@Jsklen_face: This boy fishing πŸ˜‚ go and bash one out to your point, have fun in the championship.

@WHUFC_News: Talking an awful lot for a team that’s sitting on 10 points πŸ˜‚

@Mister_Kirby: Hahaha you absolute div. Enjoy relegation. Stick that on your Instagram story.

@AllThingsBlades: My fucking captain.

@GemmaDaffin85: Put ya dummies back in! πŸ˜‚

@ryanwise94: Thought this was a fake account to start with πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

@Maximoose22_: You tell them ya Bosnian shithouse 😍

@WHUGD66: Just not bias tho is it. You commit a foul

@DiCanioVolley: Unedited footage. What a bell end πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

@joemfootbaIl: Has our whole fanbase on strings, fairs

@truehammer45: is he suggesting they’ve edited the footage to be biased towards west ham? 😭😭😭

@ibbywhu: Same bloke who put the picture up on his instagram with Randy Orton music and now trying to defend his innocence? 🀣 Get a grip you championship fodder

@sazza6_: Gotta be a parody account surely

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