By Azeem Siddiqui

6th Sep, 2022 | 9:40am

‘Not enough’ evidence to disallow West Ham goal v Chelsea - Mark Clattenburg

Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has stated that West Ham were right to feel “hard done” by after their second goal was disallowed against Chelsea.

The Hammers suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Blues in controversial circumstances at Stamford Bridge on Saturday where Maxwel Cornet’s goal was disallowed for an apparent Jarrod Bowen foul on goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Talking about the incident with ESPN FC, the 47-year-old was of the opinion that the VAR should not have intervened once the on-field referee gave it a goal.

“I think when the referee didn’t give a foul on the field, for me that’s where it stays,” he said. “There might be a slight contact as he [Bowen] tried to avoid the goalkeeper but football is a contact sport.

“I think there is a small contact but I don’t think it was enough. I don’t think it was a foul. The play should carry on, the VAR shouldn’t have interfered so West Ham can feel hard done because the goal was disallowed.”

Robbed

Football is a sport where there can never be two days where a team or a group of players will have similar output.

There are matches when you know that your team haven’t done enough to warrant positive results for a number of reasons but there are also games where everyone can see that the players have left nothing behind and that they deserve something at the very least.

The match against Chelsea was one such fixture where West Ham players did more than enough to at least deserve a point, something they would’ve gotten had the match officials been capable enough to see that there was nothing to disallow the second goal.  

It is because of this reason that Saturday’s decision will always feel like a bitter pill to swallow for the players and the manager who have already had a tough beginning to their season.

But it is about time for the Hammers’ players and David Moyes to channel this anger into producing even better results in the upcoming matches, starting with the UEFA Conference League clash against FCSB.