By Mike Southey

25th Apr, 2022 | 12:45pm

Keith Hackett: Michael Oliver initial Craig Dawson call unusual in West Ham United loss v Chelsea

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Keith Hackett has insisted that Michael Oliver made a strange call to initially hand Craig Dawson a yellow card against Chelsea.

The ex-FIFA official admitted that VAR made the right call for him to review the incident and go on to send him off.

Hackett admitted that a covering defender may have been on his mind, but that it was a red card all day long.

“I think this is the correct decision,” he exclusively told West Ham Zone.

“Dawson pulled him back, I was surprised Oliver didn’t give a red card straight away, but in fairness, Paul Tierney came in.

“The decision is correct, he’s heading for goal, it’s a red. it looked pretty obvious the first time around, but the question you ask is would that covering defender have got it?

“Again, we know when the referee is heading to the screen he’s going to give it. Why he gave it a yellow, is he thought there may be a covering defender there.”

No complaints.

There can’t really be any arguments made against this one.

Dawson got beat for virtually the first and only time in the dying moments and was punished after dragging Romelu Lukaku down.

Oliver going for a yellow card shocked us at first, but in the Premier League, you know as soon as the officials go to the screen, it will be changed.

Now, we have to deal without Dawson through his suspension with our defence already decimated as it is in the Premier League.

In other West Ham United news, Yaya Toure has said he would be open to helping this Irons star improve to the next level

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