After West Ham’s second goal against Chelsea was ruled to have been offside, former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg said that the Hammers had every right to feel “hard done by.”
In contentious circumstances, the Hammers lost to the Blues 2-1 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Maxwel Cornet’s goal was disallowed for what seemed to be a foul by Jarrod Bowen on goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The 47-year-old expressed his belief that the VAR should not have interfered after the on-field referee gave it a goal when discussing the event with ESPN FC.
According to him, the decision to not call a foul on the field remains in effect. Although football is a contact sport, there may have been a minor contact as Bowen attempted to dodge the goalie.
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“I believe there is a slight touch, but I don’t believe it was sufficient. It wasn’t a foul, in my opinion. West Ham should not have been aggrieved that the goal was disallowed since the play should have continued without the VAR’s interference.
There can never be two days in the sport of football where a team or a group of players produce comparable results.
There are games when everyone can tell that the players have left nothing behind and that they deserve something at the absolute least, but there are also games where you know your team hasn’t done enough to merit great outcomes for a variety of reasons.
The match against Chelsea was one such fixture where West Ham players did more than enough to at least deserve a point, something they would’ve gotten had the match officials been capable enough to see that there was nothing to disallow the second goal.
Due to the fact that the players and manager have already had a difficult start to the season, Saturday’s decision will always be difficult for them to accept.
But it’s time for David Moyes and the Hammers’ players to use their rage to improve even further in the forthcoming games, starting with the UEFA Conference League matchup against FCSB.