By Daniel Feliciano

18th Sep, 2022 | 2:54pm

Journalist laments 'laughable' referee decision during West Ham United clash v Everton

The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas branded referee Michael Oliver’s decision not to give Idrissa Gueye a yellow for against West Ham as “laughable”.

The Hammers travelled up to Goodison Park for Sunday’s game and played their part in a highly competitive first half of football on Merseyside, with David Moyes making six changes to his starting lineup.

But after Gueye scythed down winger Jarrod Bowen in the first half, causing the England international to receive medical treatment, journalist Thomas couldn’t help but blast the decision not to book him.

“No booking for Gueye’s challenge on Bowen is laughable,” he said on his personal Twitter account.

Bowen was able to continue after the tackle, in what was a fiercely contested game, with the sides unable to break the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes.


Consistency is something that all fans want in football, especially in the Premier League, but it seems as though we don’t get it nearly as often as we should.

There was no malice in the tackle from Gueye, however we’ve seen lesser tackles than that receive yellow cards this season.

The intention was clearly to prevent Bowen from racing away from him with his pace or stop him playing a pass to set up a counter attack, and ultimately he did neither instead hurting Bowen.

The referee had a quick word with him, telling him he’d already made fouls and was on a final warning seemingly, but it’s not enough to allow challenges like that to go unpunished entirely.

A yellow card would have been sufficient and can affect the game due to his decision-making being further tested for the rest of the game, but West Ham once again were let down by the referee.