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Graeme Souness says VAR were RIGHT to deny West Ham an equalizer at Chelsea

‘He shows the keeper six studs – it puts him in danger’: Graeme Souness says VAR were right to deny West Ham equalization at Chelsea because Jarrod Bowen’s key ‘stumbled’ before colliding with Edouard Mendy

  • Graeme Souness insists VAR made the right decision during West Ham game
  • Maxwel Cornet appeared to have scored an equalizer against Chelsea in added time
  • The goal was then ruled out after a long VAR check for a foul in the build-up

Graeme Souness insists VAR made the right decision not to allow West Ham United’s second goal in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.

The moment came when Reece James’ misguided header back to Edouard Mendy shorted the Blues goalkeeper and he collided with Jarrod Bowen, who appeared to leave his foot open and drag it down the Senegalese’s torso.

Mendy then writhed on the ground in pain as play continued and Maxwel Cornet found the back of the net for the Hammers in injury time.

Graeme Souness insists VAR made the right decision to refuse West Ham's second goal

Graeme Souness insists VAR made the right decision to refuse West Ham’s second goal

But while West Ham were celebrating, Bobby Madley was summoned by VAR official Jared Gillett to visit the pitchside monitor to check the goal and after some deliberation disallowed the shot.

Football expert Souness agreed with the decision and explains exactly why he thinks VAR got it right.

“First of all, Jarrod Bowen stumbles before going to the ball,” Souness said TalkSport.

Pandit Souness agreed with the decision as Jarrod Bowen endangered Edouard Mendy

Pandit Souness agreed with the decision as Jarrod Bowen endangered Edouard Mendy

“Bowen’s right foot shows six studs and that puts Mendy at risk.

“It’s not like I’m trying to jump over him, it’s a different action or movement altogether.

“Jarrod Bowen has never tried to hurt people in the past. I think the reason is that he stumbled before the start before reaching the goalkeeper.

“I think the referee got it right. People will focus on his trailing left leg catching Mendy and Mendy turning around and holding his shoulder, but I think it has more to do with his right foot where he shows six cleats.

“I would say it’s not even a gray area, I worked at Sky over the weekend and did the Villa vs Manchester City game.

“There’s split screen and there’s games so I’m just looking at a small picture of that incident on a screen on Sky Sports on Saturday.

“From 30 feet and I wasn’t concentrating on that or looking at the reps, he was leading with his right foot and showing Mendy his cleats.

“Does Mendy see six studs coming his way, simple question, is that a yes or a no?”.

Jim White replied, “Yes. To which Souness quickly said, “Well, that makes it a dangerous game.”

The VAR decision against West Ham was just one of many controversial decisions from the weekend’s Premier League action.

Piers Morgan slammed VAR after Arsenal’s opening goal against Manchester United was ruled out.

He said: “You think that was a foul? If you were that careless with a player in your playing career, you would have to dump yourself for being such a wet barnett.

“It was a complete fiasco. I watched Roy Keane try to keep a straight face, I guess it’s a foul now. Roy Keane, really? After what you did on a soccer field.

“The truth is, it wasn’t just soft, it was pathetic. It was the kind of challenge where a manager yells at his player to play ten times harder.

“Then we have to go back to the utter torture of VAR, where we sit at home on our sofa every five minutes while a bored referee looks at his screen from every angle and makes the wrong decision.

“We saw it at West Ham and at Newcastle. VAR destroys football, it ruins the fun and sucks the joy. It’s not even right most of the time, it’s super fast, and we all know it.

“Any expert and sportswriter who continues to defend VAR should be fired. I would say 98% of football fans around the world think this is a joke.”

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