Keith Hackett was in disbelief that Tomas Soucek’s first goal was ruled out for offside as West Ham rallied from behind to beat Chelsea.
The former Premier League referee, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Kelham Hilton, lamented decisions such as that made on Wednesday for “bringing the VAR process into disrepute”.
Soucek, 25, looked to have given David Moyes’s side the lead shortly after the half hour mark but the goal was overturned for offside.
Michail Antonio, who was laid in an offside position, did not touch the ball but was adjudged to have impeded the view of Kepa Arrizabalaga in the eyes of VAR official Jonathan Moss.
Moyes was in disbelief after analysing video footage of the incident, which could have cost the Hammers three points were it not for Andriy Yarmolenko’s 89th minute winner.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment, Hackett said:
“The player’s head was in an offside position for sure but there is no way the he interfered with his opponent. He’s laid on the ground, there was no way it should have been ruled out and it was a poor decision.
“It brings the VAR process into disrepute.
“Moyes is not a ‘jumper up and downer’, he’s a very considered manager within the game and highly respected and he’s not alone.
“The looks on faces are completely bemused. I used to say to referees ‘you’re going out to referee a match, no surprises.’ At the moment there’s far too many surprises.”
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