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David Moyes slams 'LUDICROUS' VAR decision to disallow a West Ham goal despite win over Watford

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David Moyes slams ‘LUDICROUS’ VAR decision to disallow a West Ham goal despite dominant win over Watford and claims system has regressed to ‘a year-and-a-half ago with soft free-kicks’

  • David Moyes was unhappy even though his West Ham side beat Watford 4-1
  • Manager hit out at VAR and says system is regressing rather than progressing
  • ‘That will be a shame for the game if that’s where we’re going’, he lamented


In spite of West Ham’s dominant 4-1 over Watford, David Moyes lamented what he sees as a regression in VAR. 

The Scot was irked by a ‘ludicrous’ decision not to allow a goal for his side due to what he deemed as a soft free-kick before Jarrod Bowen fired home. 

After the game, in which Mark Noble, Tomas Soucek, Said Benrahma and Nikola Vlasic scored, Moyes said: ‘It looks like we’ve gone back to the way we were a year and a half ago with soft free-kicks.

David Moyes believes VAR has got worse rather than progressed in recent years

David Moyes believes VAR has got worse rather than progressed in recent years

Jarrod Bowen had a goal disallowed for a soft foul given against his side in the build-up

Jarrod Bowen had a goal disallowed for a soft foul given against his side in the build-up 

‘That will be a shame for the game if that’s where we’re going. 

‘I’ve just seen it now, and it’s a ludicrous decision that they don’t give the third goal for that level of free-kick.

‘I didn’t complain at the time because I thought I’d give VAR and the referee a chance. Ludicrously soft it was, and I just can’t believe that goal wasn’t given.’

Having gone behind in the game, the Hammers fought back to cruise home and the three points elevates them to fifth, four points behind Arsenal.   

Moyes thinks VAR is regressing and complained despite his side winning 4-1

Moyes thinks VAR is regressing and complained despite his side winning 4-1

Moyes is keen not to talk up their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. 

He added: ‘We’re not talking about the top four, you are.   

‘We’re only talking about doing the best we can, challenging the top, trying to be up and around the top teams if we can.

‘We enjoyed it when we were in the top four, and I look forward to when we get back in again.’

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