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David Moyes slams ‘scandalous decision’ to disallow West Ham equaliser | Football

David Moyes called referee Andy Madley’s decision “lazy” (Picture: Getty)

West Ham boss David Moyes didn’t mince his words after his side were denied a late equalizer at Chelsea thanks to a highly controversial call from officials.

Moyes’ side took the lead at Stamford Bridge through Michail Antonio just after the hour before Ben Chilwell equalized and Kai Havertz struck an 88th-minute winner for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

In the 90th minute, however, West Ham thought they had salvaged a point when Maxwel Cornet pounced on a mistake by Edouard Mendy, only for VAR to overturn the goal as Mendy was fouled by Jarrod Bowen as he vaulted over the keeper.

But replays clearly showed that while Bowen and Mendy had contact, it was minimal and barely worthy of a foul or Mendy’s theatrical writhing on the floor.

Moyes was visibly angry after the game and let referee Andy Madley know his anger after the full-time whistle blew.

“You saw it, it’s a scandalous decision, absolutely lazy by one of the supposedly elite referees,” the manager said after the game.

“It doesn’t say much about who sent him from VAR either. It’s an incredible decision against us.

“I support a lot of VAR stuff, I actually think the goalkeeper dives, he fakes an injury because he can’t get to the next.

“He did the same thing with the first goal. The referee somehow gets it so wrong it’s unbelievable.

The result leaves West Ham 18th in the table at the time of writing while Chelsea have moved up to fifth but it could and should have been very different had Cornet’s goal conceded.

“We obviously just looked at it as a team. I can’t say too much because if I say what I want, I’ll be fined,” Irons captain Declan Rice added, speaking to BBC Sport.

“But how can you go to the monitor and call that a foul, it’s an absolute disgrace. The boys and manager are disappointed and we feel like we could have achieved something.

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