West Ham troll Chelsea after Tomas Soucek ‘goalkeeper save’

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West Ham couldn’t help but poke fun at London rivals Chelsea after the Blues were denied a blatant penalty in the closing stages of their bitterly frustrating 1-1 draw at the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. Shortly after the Hammers thought they were ahead through the Czech Republic international midfielder, they were left desperately hanging onto a point after Soucek’s goal was chalked off by the linesman’s flag.

But Soucek would still have a big part to play in this spicy affair when he blocked Conor Gallagher’s goal-bound effort with his hand.

The former Slavia Prague ace went to ground to try and stop the shot but the ball clearly struck his arm as the Chelsea players immediately called for a penalty.

Referee Craig Pawson wasn’t interested though while VAR did not shown any willingness to overturn the call.

Yet replays showed this was a huge blunder and a massive let off for West Ham, who were eventually happy with a single point despite a spirited display.

Now the Hammers have rubbed salt into the wounds from a Chelsea perspective, by trolling a Twitter post from the Blues’ official account.

Chelsea tweeted mid-match: “Soucek makes a great save from Conor Gallagher.”

To which West Ham’s official account replied with a video from an interview with Soucek, who says: “Yeah, my father was a goalkeeper…”

It is not yet clear whether the smug comments were made in light of the handball or whether they were previously recorded another time prior to Saturday’s match.

Either way, West Ham were relishing their slice of fortune as they accompanied the post with a winking emoji.


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