The Lowdown: Antonio’s comments
The Hammers forward took to The Footballer’s Football Podcast last week to shares his frustrations over the awful VAR decision that took place in his side’s clash against Chelsea.
In the dying moments of the game, Maxwel Cornet thought he had struck an equaliser for the Irons after he pounced on a mix-up between Reece James and Edouard Mendy.
Referee Andy Madley was then sent to the monitor by VAR official Jarred Gillet to observe an apparent challenge on the Chelsea goalkeeper by Jarrod Bowen. Consequently, the goal was disallowed.
Taking to the podcast after the incident, Antonio quite bluntly claimed that VAR should be ‘binned’.
The Latest: Hackett’s claim
Whilst Hackett understands Antonio’s frustrations with VAR, he believes the system is here to stay, but the Premier League need to get it right to avoid further mistakes.
Speaking with Football Insider, the former referee said:
“Realistically, is anybody happy with VAR and how it works in England? They can’t be after last weekend.
“As I’ve said before, they have to get it right because they are not helping the game.
“For me, I can understand why clubs and managers and players want to get rid of VAR.
“I think VAR is here to stay. The only way it would change is if the board of directors of the Premier League which is the 20 clubs do something.
“If Steve Parish is able to convince the rest of the Premier League clubs to think they want to dump it.”
The Verdict: Doesn’t help West Ham
Despite PGMOL’s acceptance that the VAR intervention to disallow West Ham’s goal against Chelsea was wrong, the aftermath of the situation has in no way benefitted the east London club.
The Irons lost the game 2-1, with Cornet’s goal disallowed as the equaliser.
The referee’s mistake could have a serious effect on that desire.
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