Graeme Souness explains why VAR was right to disallow West Ham goal vs Chelsea

Graeme Souness believes VAR made the correct decision to rule out West Ham's late equaliser against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Hammers thought they had scored to make it 2-2 when Maxwell Cornet struck with just minutes left on the clock at Stamford Bridge. But the goal was ruled out in controversial circumstances after referee Andy Madley was sent to the monitor by VAR official Jared Gillet.

Madley ruled that Bowen had fouled Mendy, sparking fury among the away fans and from West Ham manager David Moyes. Debate has raged on social media about whether the correct call was made, with many feeling the east Londoners were hard done by. Not Souness, however, who believes the officials reached the right decision.

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Speaking on talkSPORT on Monday, Souness said: "First of all he stumbles. When he gets to the goalkeeper Mendy his right foot is showing six studs to the goalkeeper. Now that for me is endangering the goalkeeper. It's not like 'I'm trying to jump over him', it's a different kind of movement, action altogether.

"Jarrod Bowen has no history of looking to hurt people and I think the reason that happened is because he has a stumble prior to him setting off before he gets to the goalkeeper. So I think the referee was right. People will focus on his left, his trailing leg catching Mendy and Mendy rolling over holding his shoulder.

"But I think it's more to do with his right foot where he's showing six studs in the collision."

Souness' opinion didn't go down well with everyone, particularly West Ham fans who still feel aggrieved about the decision. One fan wrote: "Nahh I genuinely thought Souness had a good footballing opinion apart from his hate for united. But surely not. The whole country has said how bad this decision was."

Someone else said: "Why does Souness get a microphone and not those who know what they are talking about?" While a third user sent the veteran Scot a simple message: "Grow up Souness you prat."

Their views echoed that of West Ham boss Moyes who described the decision to chalk off Cornet's strike as "rotten" and "scandalous."

He said: "You have seen it, it is a scandalous decision, absolutely rotten from one of the supposedly elite referees – it doesn't say much about whoever sent him over from VAR as well – it is an unbelievable decision against us.

"We feel we got back to 2-2 and it was not down to anything we have done. I support a lot of the VAR stuff, I actually think the goalkeeper dives, he is faking an injury because he cannot get to the next one – he did the same on the first goal as well.

"The referee somehow gets that so wrong it is incredible."

Nevertheless, the goal was ruled out and Chelsea went on to win the game 2-1.


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