By London correspondent Tony Hughes

West Ham would be second in the Premier League were it not for referee errors, according to a report cited by the club’s owner David Gold.

Former World Cup official Glenn Turner has investigated game-changing mistakes by referees in the Premier League this season.

Turner’s report for You Are The Ref website has found the mistakes made in the top flight have affected results to the extent that West Ham would be second in the league had they not been made.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has consistently criticised referee errors this season, particularly in the second half of the campaign as his team have competed for an against-the-odds top-four finish.

Those complaints have been echoed at the top of the club, including by co-chairmen Gold and David Sullivan.

West Ham have an uphill battle to clinch a Champions League place. They are sixth in the league with four matches of their campaign remaining, and would still be five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal even if they won their game in hand.

Tottenham are the current second-placed club, 13 points clear of West Ham and virtually certain of finishing into the top four.