“One of the worst VAR decisions”- West Ham’s Declan Rice thunders at Premier League officials and VAR after defeat against Chelsea
Chelsea vs West Ham
Despite controversy, CHELSEA earned all three points from the game amid late Stamford Bridge drama. In a dramatic Stamford Bridge finish, Chelsea defeated West Ham 2-1 in the dying minutes. Maxwel Cornet’s 93rd-minute goal was controversially disallowed by VAR.
Delcan Rice tweeted “That’s up there with one of the worst VAR decisions made since it’s come into the game. Shambles”
The London derby came to life as animosity between both sets of players threatened to flare up after a dull first half of football that saw no shots on goal. After Michail Antonio capitalised on a shoddy defensive play by Chelsea after 61 minutes, the atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge altered.
Chelsea had some really good luck
Kai Havertz scored the winning goal after Ben Chilwell had set him up, and Cornet added a late goal. But after some thought, the referee changed his mind and disallowed the goal, infuriating West Ham manager David Moyes. Express Sport examines five lessons that can be drawn from the Saturday afternoon match.
Thomas Tuchel’s team earned the three points thanks to VAR, and David Moyes was in a rage on the sidelines. It might have been a different story under different conditions and on a different day.
If it weren’t for referee Andrew Madley’s contentious extra-time decision to overturn Maxwel Cornet’s potential equaliser, Chelsea would not have earned their third victory in their first six games. To everyone’s surprise, Madley concluded that Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had been fouled during the goal’s development.
”It was a ridiculously bad decision,” Moyes said later, and it was hard to disagree with him. His team had taken the lead through Michail Antonio but afterwards, he spoke passionately about how he had lost faith in the refereeing system, how he was embarrassed for the VAR official who had encouraged Madley to watch the incident on the pitchside monitor and how the decision ate away at the culture of English football.
The result represented a significant escape for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, who would have come under serious pressure if his team had fallen to another defeat. His side is struggling to gel, which is perhaps no surprise given the influx of new players. ”There is no way out anymore,’‘ Tuchel said ominously, ”and the players who are here have to take responsibility for what comes.”