By Pranav Shahaney

18th May, 2022 | 6:45am

Keith Hackett: Anthony Taylor made lazy decision in West Ham v Manchester City clash

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive West Ham United columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium...

Keith Hackett believes that Anthony Taylor made the lazy decision of not awarding a penalty directly in the West Ham v Manchester City clash.

The referee ended up pointing to the spot for the Craig Dawson foul on Gabriel Jesus, but Hackett believes that it was stonewall to the naked eye.

He is of the opinion that VAR has made referees take the easier route out, which should not be the case for officials going to the World Cup in November.

Eventually, Riyad Mahrez missed the penalty which saw the Hammers pick up a crucial point in their hopes for Europa League football.

Speaking to West Ham Zone about this incident, Hackett said, “That’s a nailed on penalty. Look at the brilliant position of Anthony Taylor.

“With VAR we’re running the risk of developing lazy referees.

“A man going to the World Cup, should have given the penalty. There’s no need to go to the monitor.

“We got the right decision because of the VAR, but top class referees should be making those decisions without going to the screens.”

The Hammers are set to take on Brighton in their last league game of the season with hopes of finishing sixth still very much alive.

However, they will need Crystal Palace to do them a favour when the take on Manchester United, who currently occupy the Europa League spot.

In other West Ham news, a football finance expert has made a mammoth £200m Hammers claim amid recent speculation.

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