Graeme Souness says VAR was RIGHT to deny West Ham their equaliser at Chelsea

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‘He shows six studs to the goalkeeper – It’s endangering him’: Graeme Souness says VAR was RIGHT to deny West Ham their equaliser at Chelsea due to Jarrod Bowen’s key ‘stumble’ before colliding with Edouard Mendy

  • Graeme Souness insists VAR made the correct decision during West Ham match
  • Maxwel Cornet looked to have scored an injury-time equaliser against Chelsea
  • The goal was then ruled out for a foul in the build-up after a long VAR check

Graeme Souness insists VAR made the correct decision to disallow West Ham United’s second goal in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. 

The moment came when Reece James’ misguided header back to Edouard Mendy sold the Blues goalkeeper short and he collided with Jarrod Bowen, who appeared to leave his foot in and drag it over the Senegalese’s torso.

Mendy was then seen writhing in pain on the ground while play continued and Maxwel Cornet found the back of the net for the Hammers in stoppage time.

Graeme Souness insists VAR made the correct decision to disallow West Ham’s second goal

But while West Ham celebrated, Bobby Madley was told by VAR official Jared Gillett to visit the pitch side monitor to review the goal and after some consideration disallowed the strike.

Football pundit Souness agreed with the decision and explains exactly why he feels VAR got it right. 

‘First of all, Jarrod Bowen stumbles prior to going for the ball,’ Souness told TalkSport.

Pundit Souness agreed with the decision as Jarrod Bowen endangered Edouard Mendy

Pundit Souness agreed with the decision as Jarrod Bowen endangered Edouard Mendy

‘Bowen’s right foot is showing six studs and that is endangering Mendy.

‘It’s not like I’m trying to jump over him, that is a different action or movement all together. 

‘Jarrod Bowen has no history of looking to hurt people, I think the reason that happened is that he had a stumble prior to him setting off before he gets to the goalkeeper.

‘For me, I think the referee got it right. People will focus on his left, trailing leg catching Mendy and Mendy rolling over and holding his shoulder, but I think it’s more to do with his right foot where he is showing six studs.

‘I would say it’s not even a grey area, I was working at Sky on the weekend doing the Villa and Manchester City game.

‘There is a split screen and there is games, so I’m only looking at a small picture of that incident on a screen at Sky Sports on Saturday.

‘From 30 feet away and I wasn’t concentrating on it or looking at the replays was that he led with his right foot and showed his studs to Mendy. 

‘Does Mendy see six studs coming his way, simple question, is that a yes or a no?.

Jim White responded: ‘Yes. To which Souness quickly said: ‘Well that makes it a dangerous play.’

The VAR decision against West Ham was just one of many controversial decision from the weekend’s Premier League action.

Piers Morgan slammed VAR after Arsenal’s first goal against Manchester United was ruled out.

He said: ‘You think that was a foul? If you had gone in that lightly on a player in your playing career you’d have to dropped yourself for being such a wet barnet.

‘It was a complete an utter fiasco. I watched Roy Keane try to keep a straight face, I guess it is now a foul. Roy Keane, really? After what you did on a football field.

‘The truth is, it wasn’t just soft, it was pitiful. It was the kind of challenge where a manager screams at his player to go in ten times harder.

‘Then we have to go back to utter torture of VAR where we all sit their at home on our sofa for five minutes while some bored referee looks at his screen from every single angle and makes the wrong decision.

‘We saw it at West Ham and at Newcastle. VAR is destroying football, it is wrecking the fun and sucking the joy. It is not even correct most of the time, it is a total fast, and we all know it.

‘Every pundit and sports writer that continues to defend VAR should be fired from their job. I would say 98% of world football fans think it’s a joke.’ 

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