Pundit lambasts 'shocking' Aston Villa decision which 'beggars belief' after Hause source reveal
Noel Whelan has slammed officials for their part in two controversial decisions during West Ham’s victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ripped into defender Kortney Hause, describing his challenge on Pablo Fornals as a “jawbreaker”.
Football Insider exclusively revealed yesterday (November 2nd) that the Premier League have been “inundated” with calls from “fuming” club officials demanding to know why Hause’s challenge went unpunished.
Clubs also want more clarity on the Video Assistant Referee process, after Football Insider columnist Keith Hackett told this site on Monday that he had his doubts VAR checked the incident properly.
Hause was starting the clash at Villa Park after manager Dean Smith decided to drop captain Tyrone Mings.
After the defender was cleared of any wrongdoing, teammate Ezri Konsa received a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.
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Whelan said the decision to dismiss Konsa was “completely wrong”.
He also claimed the incidents showed “continued problems” with VAR.
“I don’t think the Konsa incident was a red card,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“I think the referee got that completely wrong, Ashley Young was coming round on the cover and the attacker was still some way from goal.
“The Hause elbow on the face, however, was a definite red. How can you get two big decisions wrong?
“It just shows the continued problems with VAR – that’s where he needed the help. It’s got to come in there and make the right decisions based on what we all see on TV.
“The Hause incident is a shocker, it’s a jawbreaker. He knew exactly what he was doing.
“It beggars belief how the VAR and referees can continue to get it so wrong.”