By Sam Stone

5th Sep, 2022 | 10:30am

Ally McCoist and Trevor Sinclair slam decision to disallow West Ham United equaliser v Chelsea

Ally McCoist and Trevor Sinclair have slammed the decision to disallow Maxwel Cornet’s equalising goal for West Ham United against Chelsea.

Referee Andrew Madley was told to review the strike by VAR and adjudged Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to have been fouled by Jarrod Bowen in the lead-up to the goal.

The talkSPORT pair were less than impressed with the decision and suggested that the current crop of officials don’t understand the modern game.

Sinclair said on talkSPORT Breakfast [07:38]: “I actually thought when I saw it first hand that it’s easy to get it wrong and you can see it one way or another.

“However, when there’s the fortunate situation where you have screens available to rewatch the incident and then get it so wrong it’s unbelievable.

“It tells me that they don’t understand football at all.

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McCoist replied: “I 100% agree, I can accept a referee making a mistake in real-time.

“We might not like it but we can accept it, I am with you. What I find to understand is that someone is shouting in his ear to go and look at it and then they’re both getting it wrong.

“It’s incredible, they don’t understand the game.”

Horrendous weekend

This weekend more than any has highlighted that VAR needs to be used properly or eradicated from the game all together.

If there was no technology present at Stamford Bridge, even Chelsea fans wouldn’t have complained about the goal being awarded.

The alleged foul wasn’t even noticed by the majority of the stadium in real-time so there shouldn’t be the need to call the official over to the monitor.

What makes the decision worse is that Madley has then deemed Bowen’s contact on Mendy worthy of awarding a freekick after intensely studying the incident on TV.

The technology was added to the game to prevent clear and obvious errors being missed by referees but unfortunately it’s becoming stupid that the smallest errors and being called out every single week.

The Times’ reporter Martyn Ziegler revealed (via his personal Twitter account, 4 September) that the FA are set to admit that the decision to disallow the goal was wrong.

West Ham have been completely robbed of what would’ve been a well-deserved point.