By Mike Southey

25th Oct, 2021 | 4:15pm

Keith Hackett: Kurt Zouma challenge not enough to award penalty to Spurs v West Ham

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Keith Hackett has insisted that the officials got it spot on not to award Spurs a penalty in their 1-0 defeat at West Ham United.

Tanguy Ndombele was appealing for a spot-kick after a challenge by Kurt Zouma, something VAR did check after the referee waved it away.

After footage was shared on Twitter, Hackett supported the referee who was said to have got it right on a “subjective” decision.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham `Zone, Hackett said, “I wouldn’t award a penalty kick in that situation.

“I support the referee on the basis that it’s a subjective call, he’s in a good position to judge, he’s got a good view and there’s not enough.

“I think I’m airing on the side of the referee and not awarding a penalty kick for that one.”


Zouma has been sensational since arriving at the London Stadium, and he once again bullied the Spurs attack.

Not many opposition teams have been able to get the best of our defence this season, and the Frenchman’s partnership with Angelo Ogbonna is a big part of that.

Hackett is spot on, there is nowhere near enough for this to be given as a penalty kick to Spurs, who moaned all game.

It is never a clear and obvious error from the officials, and that is the only way that VAR can intervene and instruct them to look again.

This was a well-deserved win in the London derby, and this was just one of the challenges that proved the Hammers wanted it more.

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