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Fans baffled at VAR as Tim Krul makes ‘neckbreaker’ move on Nikola Vlašić

Fans have been left baffled at VAR as Tim Krul makes a WWE style ‘neckbreaker’ move on Nikola Vlašić during West Ham’s win against Norwich.

Viewers tuning into the Premier League clash were surprised to see the Norwich City goalkeeper avoid punishment with footage of it going viral.

Norwich found themselves a goal down going into half time after Jarrod Bowen’s clinical header, but were lucky to have not conceded a penalty following controversial scenes from their Dutch shot-stopper.

West Ham were set to take a corner, only for Krul to grab the opposition attacker by the face and neck, and then pulled him down into the goal.

Bowen went on to score another in the 83rd minute to clinch West Ham all three points, but fans took to social media and couldn’t believe the keeper weren’t punished.

Fans were baffled at VAR as Tim Krul makes the ‘neckbreaker’ move on Nikola Vlašić, see what they tweeted below…

@taggio72: Almost exactly what Martinez did to Lacazette last season – no penalty then, either

@Haytchhhh_: Refuse to believe this really happened lmaooooo

@JJDooley3: Krul claimed he got fouled

@SonElixe: Tf that keeper assaulting him for

@Johnjam10John: That’s not just a penalty that’s physical assault

@29Newton: Imagine this was on Salah.. Krul would be a looking at a 10 stretch for attempted murder!

@shanewebb16: No way that wasn’t a penalty looool

@pbanks17: It should have been but then we are not part of the elite six, it’s definitely a closed shop

@charlotte_elsie: Buzzing to get the 3pts but let’s not let that distract us from this, seriously wtf? Can someone explain how the fuck this wasn’t a pen?

@lcfcDy1an: There is no hope for this country with refs

@willjonesavfc1: This is just a joke now

@Charlesm2021: How isn’t that a penalty hahahaha

@ellieWHU: how did krul get away with doing that to vlasic

@wincentyyyy: Looks like krul tried to snap his neck or something

@90gavala: Still can’t get over how this wasn’t a penalty!! There is literally no way you can explain why its not

@The_BoleynBoys: Did Vlasic do something and I’ve missed it? How on Earth is that not a penalty? Krul literally grabbed his head and threw him to the floor 😂

@MarkHarrison23; One of the most ridiculous decisions I’ve seen that this wasn’t even looked at. Vlasic isn’t even impeding Krul properly. But Krul decides to just throw Vlasic to the ground.

@Mitch_liburd: Krul just casually assaults Vlasic then gets him and a head lock but its not a penalty? Because Vlasic is standing i front of him so obviously thats allowed #WHUFC #COTI

@BazWorgzWHU: Replace Vlasic with Salah, and Krul is doing a stretch inside.

@Boganlyff: VAR a disgrace as usual. No check on a clear pen by Krul on Vlasic but disallow a goal for a dubious offside. Officiating is rubbish in our game these days. Sort it out

Player ratings

West Ham: Fabianski (7), Coufal (7), Dawson (7), Diop (7), Cresswell (7), Rice (7), Fornals (7), Bowen (9), Lanzini (7), Vlasic (7), Antonio (7).

Subs: Yarmolenko (n/a), Masuaku (6).

Norwich: Krul (7), Aarons (7), Hanley (6), Gibson (6), Williams (6), Lees-Melou (5), McLean (5), Rashica (5), Placheta (5), Pukki (5), Idah (7).

Subs: Dowell (5), Tzolis (5), Rowe (n/a)

Man of the match: Jarrod Bowen.

“I felt we had a lot of ball and a lot of domination,” Hammers boss David Moyes said. “We thoroughly deserved the victory but it wasn’t easy. We have to try and keep it going. I don’t think being fourth this moment in time means an awful lot apart from showing we have been consistent.

“As long as we are around the mix and European places, that will be really good but if we can hang on the coattails of teams above… that is what we will try and do.”

Asked about Bowen’s England prospects, Moyes said: “When you look at the competition, (Marcus) Rashford, (Jack) Grealish, (Jadon) Sancho – they’re just the ones I can think off the top of my head but that’s a decision for Gareth.

“Sometimes you need someone who is slightly different. He’s scoring goals at the highest level, so I don’t think he’ll be too far away in England’s thoughts. Provided he’s playing well for West Ham he’ll be recognised by the media and people in this country.”

“There was enough in that performance to give us encouragement,” Dean Smith said. “It was better than our three previous displays and we were in the game for long periods. I felt it was fairly even in the first half. I was disappointed with the manner of the first goal and the timing of it can certainly take the stuffing out of you.

“I wanted the players to show more urgency in the second half but unfortunately West Ham did. The team with the better quality won the game so I can’t have any complaints. We wanted to press the reset button but we have to acknowledge we got beat by a top-six team. Every game we play is massive, and despite all the criticism, we’re still only three points away from a position of safety.”

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