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West Ham boss David Moyes hits out at VAR for denying ‘legitimate goal’ against Brentford

West Ham boss David Moyes hits out at VAR for denying what he deemed a ‘legitimate goal’ against Brentford on Sunday.

Brentford cruised to a 2-0 home win over the Hammers, with the Bees overcoming an Ivan Toney injury as first-half Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa goals secured victory.

Moyes’ side made nine changes with one eye on Thursday’s Europa League Conference semi-final with AZ Alkmaar, with his side 2-1 up after the first leg.

But it seems another controversial decision has gone against West Ham, and surprise surprise VAR is being mentioned again.

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Brentford: Raya (7); Hickey (7), Pinnock (7), Mee (7), Henry (7); Janelt (7), Jensen (7), Damsgaard (7); Mbeumo (8), Wissa (8), Schade (7).

Subs: Onyeka (6), Dasilva (6), Baptiste (6), Roerslev (n/a), Ghoddos (n/a).

West Ham: Fabianksi (6); Johnson (5), Aguerd (5), Ogbonna (6), Emerson (5); Soucek (5), Downes (5); Fornals (5), Lanzini (6), Cornet (5); Ings (6).

Subs: Mubama (6), Rice (6), Benrahma (6), Bowen (n/a)

Player of the match: Bryan Mbeumo.

West Ham manager David Moyes speaking in his post-match press conference on the decision to disallow Ings’ header:

“Very strange. The Premier League have come out and called it deliberate handball. I think we need a bit of explanation on that.

“The first thing I would say about it is, it is inconclusive. If anything I think it hits his shoulder, right on his collarbone.

“If it’s a handball that leads to a goal we all know that rule, but I certainly don’t see deliberate. If anything he might be protecting himself from going into the post. I’m amazed it was chalked off.

“But, let’s be fair, if this was the first one we were talking about in recent games I would say it can happen, but we’re now talking about three of these [after being denied penalties for handballs against Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks].

“It’s getting regular. It really is. I don’t want to get in trouble but we’ve had three real ones that could have altered things, and if you said we’ve had our fair share, I’m saying I don’t think we have.”

On the defeat: “I didn’t enjoy the performance. I thought we were soft, easy to play against. It was so poor.

“We did some work on defending long throws, but you wouldn’t have thought it watching that today. I’m so disappointed the players didn’t deal with it.”

Danny Murphy told BBC’s Match of the Day 2 said: “Absolutely. I think the first point of saying whoever, if somebody, has said deliberate, you know then they are in the wrong job because nobody can think that is deliberate, obviously.”

“When we see it again, I think the only thing you can do with your arm when you are a yard away from a post that is going to damage your face is put your arms in the air. We talk about the rules and we look at the wording and we try to find a reason for it, look, logic has got to kick in at times.

“ There is no way in the world that goal should be disallowed for handball. The young lad, Mubama, it’s his second (Premier League) game, he’s got in at the back post, he doesn’t know the ball is coming off the post and hitting him on the shoulder, the hand, or wherever it does.

“I was surprised, because Michael Oliver is one of the best, if not the best, he’s a super ref. You’re only allowed to use common sense to a certain degree, but I thought when he went over, he will see sense.

“So I’m surprised at him and I would expect an apology to David Moyes, whether it be on the q.t. (quiet) or whatever because that is a scandalous decision and it could’ve changed the momentum of the game.”

This is what fans are saying as West Ham boss David Moyes hits out at VAR for denying a ‘legitimate goal’ against Brentford…

@MichaelZdenek: So you can use your arm to cushion your fall, but not to cushion clashing into the post. Also, Mubama didn’t directly assist or score with his arm, and it wasn’t even 100% that it hit his arm or his shoulder. Genuinely think VAR makes up the handball rule as they go.

@futmilo: If I had a pound for each time West Ham and VAR were mentioned in a sentence, I’d be rich. 😭

@perryman2_sam: Wouldnt be ruled out if it was liverpool tho would it

@BradWhiting_: Weird how they don’t come to these decisions against the top 6 though

@brian_veracruz: Joke of a call. VAR is laughable unless your in the “top 6”

@ogmorebyseakid: Absolutely ridiculous…..yet another awful, awful VAR decision against W Ham. With Divin about to crash into a post, the ball makes contact with him. How on earth can it be described as hand ball? Fourth dreadful VAR decision to go against us in recent weeks 🤦‍♂️

@T59281592: How was Mubama meant to do anything there

@StanleyKeites: Is he meant to just clatter head first into the post then? 😂

@whusosa: is he supposed to go head first into the post then ?

@ScottSmithO: How does he avoid handball in that situation. We need VAR officials to explain it… there is no way. He is in mid air and uses his right hand to block himself getting knocked out by the post.

@wonkeysmoker:
Cheating Refs:
Handball before scoring rule
If an attacking player’s accidental handball immediately precedes another player scoring, the goal will now be awarded, when last season it was likely to have been ruled out.

@AngelD53416774: @FA_PGMOL what are your refs actually doing?! That was clear & obvious it came off of Divin’s shoulder!Are your refs not capable of officiating a game anymore?! You cannot allow a computer to run or dictate a real life game as this is countless of wrong decisions every wk now! 😡

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