By Sam Stone

15th May, 2023 | 1:10pm

Ex-FIFA referee fumes at 'disastrous' West Ham United VAR decision v Brentford

Former FIFA referee Keith Hackett was left stunned after West Ham United saw a goal disallowed during their 2-0 loss to Brentford.

Danny Ings thought he had halved the deficit in the second half only for VAR to intervene and penalise Divin Mubama for handball in the build-up.

Hackett has since reacted to the decision on Twitter and brandished the call “disastrous”.

“Another disastrous weekend for VAR in the Premier League. West Ham had a goal incorrectly disallowed,” wrote Hackett (via Twitter, 15 May).

“It was accidental and went to a colleague who scored. That is okay in Law. David Moyes has to get onto the phone and speak to Howard Webb.”


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Mubama’s intervention wasn’t the final touch leading to a goal, therefore Ings’ strike should’ve stood. This is becoming a regular occurrence. Something drastic needs to change over the summer when it comes to the use of VAR.

The number of changes made by David Moyes were understandable. With the Conference League semi-final second leg on the horizon, it was a good call. There was no reason to throw the likes of Declan Rice, Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen in from the start.

The Conference League is now the main focus. Most West Ham fans will be able to forgive their poor domestic form if they can land a piece of silverware and secure Europa League football.

With Moyes now likely to remain beyond the summer, there will be pressure on the board and the Scot to ensure they are firmly back in the top ten next season. Anything less won’t be tolerated.