Alex Bruce has blasted the VAR officials after West Ham manager David Moyes’ rant following the club’s defeat to Tottenham.

The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, joked that those in charge of the video assistant system must still be in lockdown after some contentious decisions.

Moyes was left fuming with the officiating on Tuesday night, telling Sky Sports he couldn’t believe Spurs’ first goal had been allowed after it appeared to hit Davinson Sanchez’s arm.

The Irons went on to lose 2-0 to their London rivals, with Harry Kane netting a second lat on.

Bruce has echoed the Hammers manager’s thoughts, suggesting that the officials have failed to do their job effectively since the Premier League’s return.

Bruce told Football Insider: “I think the people who are running VAR are still on lockdown by the looks of it, some of the decisions they’re making are ridiculous.

“They’ve got all the mod cons, all the gadgets, they’ve got everything to look at and still getting decisions wrong, so I can understand people like David Moyes’ frustrations.

“They need to sharpen themselves up, whoever’s making these decisions because some of them have been absolutely ridiculous.” 

Moyes told Sky Sports: “I can’t believe they’ve ruled that as a goal. The rules are that any handball that leads to a goal is disallowed? We had a great goal ruled out against Sheffield United for something – and they’ve not ruled that one out?

“Who was on VAR tonight? They need subbed, I know that. Not very good, eh? That’s the rule. I don’t think it’s a particularly good rule but it’s the rule. For them not to give that tonight? I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it.”

In other West Ham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider where he sees Declan Rice’s future.

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