In a recent interview, former Premier League referee, Mark Halsey, gave his verdict on a controversial Jonathan Moss call in West Ham United’s draw last weekend.
Despite having raced into a comfortable 3-0 first-half lead against Mikel Arteta’s side on Sunday, own goals from Tomas Soucek and Craig Dawson either side of half time, as well as an 82nd minute Alexandre Lacazette strike, saw David Moyes’ side take just a disappointing point from their clash with the Gunners.
However, following the game, the West Ham manager took aim at the standard of officiating in the fixture, something that was likely a reference to an incident in which, with the score at 3-1, Moss halted a promising attack spearheaded by Jesse Lingard, with the referee blowing an extremely late whistle to award a West Ham free-kick, despite the Hammers having played on with a clear advantage.
And, in a recent interview with This is Futbol, Halsey claimed that it appeared Moss was not paying attention to the developing situation when blowing to award West Ham the free-kick.
He said: “Jon Moss did seem to wait a long time and I think he’s perhaps just momentarily switched off.
“We’ve all done it – where we’ve blown too quick whenever an advantage accrues. I’ve done it and then you think, ‘What have I done that for?’ and then you say, ‘I’m sorry’ – but this went on a long time.
“All I can say is that Jon Moss possibly switched off in that situation. I’d imagine David Moyes wouldn’t have been best pleased at that situation, especially when Arsenal have come back and got a 3-3 draw out of it.”
Was Moss to blame for the draw against Arsenal?
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While it is undeniable that West Ham were the masters of their own downfall in the draw with Arsenal, should Moss have been paying attention during the incident in question – something that, as a Premier League referee, is quite an important part of the job – perhaps the fixture could have turned out rather differently.
Having said that, this is something that is not likely to afford many West Ham fans much comfort, who will now have two weeks to linger on their club’s capitulation against the Gunners until they see their side in action once again.
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