The West Ham manager was furious with VAR after the Hammers were denied what appeared to be a nailed-on late penalty during their humiliating 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool
David Moyes demanded an apology from referees after accusing VAR of treating West Ham with “disrespect” by denying a late penalty.
When the ball struck Thiago Alcantara’s arm as he challenged Danny Ings in the box, referee Chris Kavanagh refused to award a penalty. Neil Swarbrick, the VAR official, chose not to intervene because the Spaniard was judged to be falling and the ball struck him close range.
“It’s a stonewall penalty,” former Hammers defender James Collins told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The PGMOL issued an apology to the Hammers in September after a Maxwell Cornet goal was disallowed.
“I think it’s a penalty kick,” Moyes, who confronted Kavanagh angrily at the end, said. You’ll probably hear them say something ridiculous like, “He needed to break his fall.”
“Well, if you lunge at the ball, that’s your fault for being out of control in the tackle.” He lunged at the ball, his arms extended, and it struck his arm.
“He must accept responsibility for his actions.” Did I believe the boy intended for it to strike his hand? He did not. But I believe he got his hand in the way of a ball by his own actions. I do, indeed.
“The disrespect from VAR is the most difficult thing to bear.” Someone on VAR didn’t have enough football knowledge to realize how close this was.
“The disrespect is directed at this football club.” ‘Check this out,’ the VAR should have said. For me, VAR showed no regard for us. They should apologize to the football club, in my opinion. To be a Premier League team, we need to win points.”
“I thought he just fell on the ball,” Jurgen Klopp said, “but I can understand that Moysie sees it completely differently.”
The defeat ends the Hammers’ five-game unbeaten run and leaves them only five points above the relegation zone.
“We played well,” Moyes said. It was a very close game. We gave up two sloppy goals, in my opinion. I have no complaints about how the players performed.”