By Sam Stone

5th Sep, 2022 | 2:10pm

Graeme Souness: Officials right to chalk off West Ham United goal in defeat v Chelsea

Graeme Souness believes that the officials were right to chalk off Maxwel Cornet’s equaliser for West Ham United in the Hammers’ 2-1 Premier League defeat against Chelsea.

Jarrod Bowen was adjudged to have fouled Edouard Mendy in the lead-up to the Hammers’ late equaliser after referee Andy Madley consulted VAR.

The Times’ Martyn Ziegler revealed (via Twitter, 5 September) that the FA have accepted that it was the wrong decision to disallow Cornet’s strike.

However, Souness is one of a minority of people who believe the decision was correct.

Talking on talkSPORT White and Jordan on Monday 5 September [12:10], he said: “Jarrod Bowen has no history of looking to hurt people, but I think the reason that it happened was because he had a stumble before he set off before he gets to the goalkeeper.

“For me, I think the referee got the decision right.

“He was right to deny West Ham the goal.

“People will focus on his trailing left foot catching his shoulder but I think it’s more to do with his right foot where he’s showing six studs.”

Strange take

Considering that Souness was one of the hardest-hitting players about when he was playing, it’s a surprise that he feels Bowen fouled Mendy in the lead-up to the goal.

The Chelsea keeper knew that he had made a mistake and was out of position so clearly took it upon himself to ensure the referee and VAR official were aware that he had potentially been fouled.

When VAR was added to the game, the football world was under the impression that only clear and obvious errors would’ve been overturned.

If Cornet’s goal had stood, no one would have questioned the legitimacy of his strike and that’s what officials need to take into consideration.

Players, managers and fans work hard all week in the lead-up to weekend fixtures and they quite frankly deserve better when it comes to officiating in the Premier League.

The lack of investment and professional referees in England is having a dramatic impact on results and until more training and investment is committed by clubs or the authorities, nothing will change any time soon.