David Seaman has blasted goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for his acting in Chelsea’s controversial win over West Ham last Saturday.
The Blues came from behind to beat the Irons 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, although the game was spoiled after the visitors controversially ruled out an equalizer in the 90th minute.
Unable to keep the ball under pressure from Jarrod Bowen, Mendy gifted it to Maxwel Cornet, who found the back of the net while the keeper wriggled on the ground in apparent pain.
VAR officials asked referee Andy Madley to review the incident on the pitchside monitor, which revealed that as Bowen jumped over Mendy, his trailing foot easily hit the Chelsea shot stopper.
Madley and the officials considered this a foul and the goal was ticked off, much to the anger of West Ham manager David Moyes, captain Declan Rice and virtually every pundit covering the game.
Seaman was just as scathing about Mendy’s actions in the incident, explaining what the Senegalese international had done would never have happened in his playing days.
‘He [Mendy] can’t see the ball clearly so you got up straight away when I played,” the legendary Arsenal keeper said on the Seaman Says podcast.
“The only thing that would stop you from getting up would be if your arm was broken or your shoulder was dislocated. If not, get up and try to save it.
“I think it’s a bit soft. Get up and try to stop the ball with anything, then go to treatment. He could easily see that the ball was not clear and had gone to an opposing player.
“It was just a meeting of bodies, him [Bowen] didn’t even put his foot in it, it was like a trailing foot.
“An absolute shocker, that was such a bad decision [from the referees] it was scary.’
It’s been a nightmare weekend for refereeing decisions that have all controversially chalked up potential match-winning goals for Newcastle, Aston Villa and Arsenal, and questions about the use of VAR are once again in the spotlight.
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