Danny Mills has claimed that VAR official Jonathan Moss was right to rule out Tomas Soucek’s first-half strike as West Ham recovered from a 1-0 deficit to beat Chelsea on Wednesday night.
The former Leeds United and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was adamant that Kepa Arrizabalaga’s view was impeded by Michail Antonio.
Soucek, 25, thought he had given the Hammers the lead shortly after the half hour mark but the goal was overturned by VAR for offside, much to the dismay of David Moyes.
It comes just a week after the Irons were denied a free-kick for hand ball in the build up to an own-goal from Soucek against Spurs – a game which they lost 2-0.
When asked by Football Insider if Moyes had reason to feel aggrieved again, Mills said:
“I am going to be in the minority and I think he is offside – if you go by the letter of the law.
“Kepa cannot see the ball when it is going to be struck. A goalkeeper is looking for the movement of the body, so they can guess where the ball is going to be struck and gamble. It is like a penalty. Kepa cannot see that! Is his line of vision being blocked? Yes it is.
“It is harsh on West Ham but it is just an unfortunate occasion.
“The law is right and he could not see the ball because Antonio was laid in his way. The right decision was given despite West Ham fans not liking it at the time.”
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