West Ham victims of major injustice as controversial Aaron Cresswell footage analysed - pundit
Noel Whelan has admitted West Ham were the victims of another questionable VAR decision after Aaron Cresswell was sent off against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the referee should not have dismissed the 32-year-old after initially showing him a yellow card.
In footage relayed by BT Sport from Thursday’s game (5 May), Cresswell was controversially sent off after 20 minutes for fouling Jens Petter Hauge.
The Irons went on to lose 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.
Wheland insisted the referee made the correct decision to book Cresswell but that the red card was not warranted.
Asked if he thought it the referee had made a clear and obvious error for VAR to intervene, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I’m not sure it was a red card, to be honest. It’s the way you look at a game isn’t it?
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“When you’re looking at it in slow motion on VAR, seeing different angles, it’s very easy to turn it over.
“It’s the semi-finals, it’s a big game, tensions are high. Yes, it’s a yellow card, yes, it’s a foul but is it really red? Debatable, in my opinion
“VAR is there for a reason and you’ve got to trust it at times. However, it can be very, very wrong at times as well.
“I think all in all, again, it’s really frustrating for West Ham.”
Cresswell was also sent off in the quarter-finals against Lyon.
He has played 39 times across all competitions this season.