West Ham’s Moyes and Rice escape FA charge over furious VAR comments

West Ham's Moyes and Rice escape FA charge over furious VAR comments


Avid Moyes and Declan Rice have escaped FA charges over their comments following West Ham’s unauthorized draw at Chelsea on Saturday, but the Hammers boss could still face action for allegedly clashing to the referee

Referee chiefs have admitted they made a mistake after West Ham were denied a deserved point at Stamford Bridge when referee Andrew Madley was called on by VAR to review Maxwel Cornet’s possible equalizer, with effort denied by an alleged foul by Jarrod Bowen. on goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) has accepted that decision, and the call not to allow a Newcastle winner against Crystal Palace, were errors, after the Premier League asked it to investigate.

The FA have reviewed the post-match comments of an irate Moyes and Rice but have ruled that neither meets the threshold for a disciplinary charge.

Moyes, however, allegedly walked into the referee’s office after the game, and the FA was this morning awaiting Madley’s report before deciding whether or not to take action against the Scot.

Moyes called the decision “outrageous” and “absolutely rotten” and claimed he had “lost faith” in the system, after VAR Jarred Gillett encouraged Madley to consult the pitchside monitor after the referee had not seen any problem with the field. target in real time.

“He makes a lot of mistakes, referees can make a lot of mistakes,” Moyes said. “But I hope that if the referee makes a mistake, that’s why the VAR corrects it. If you say today that the referee’s error was corrected by VAR, I say I don’t see it in a million years.

“I’m actually more embarrassed for the guy who did the VAR than even the referee, because that tells me he’s someone who doesn’t understand football and probably shouldn’t be around, if they think he is it’s enough to send the referee to the screen.”

Rice, the West Ham captain, also criticized the decision. “This is up there with one of the worst VAR decisions since it came into play,” he said. “You shut up. I can’t believe the ref wasn’t even asked to go check the monitor! I can’t see how they came to this decision.”

The decision was one of two highly controversial calls in Saturday’s top-flight games, with Newcastle also denied a goal in their 0-0 draw with Palace.

The Premier League subsequently took the unusual step of asking PGMOL for a further investigation into the incidents, which are normally reviewed by an appointed panel as a matter of course, and the body is understood to have effectively accepted the mistakes of its officials .

“PGMOL acknowledges the goal disallowance incidents in the Chelsea-West Ham and Newcastle-Crystal Palace matches,” it said in a statement. “We will co-operate and co-operate fully with the Premier League and their request to review these two incidents, using the outcome as part of the ongoing assessment of weekly performances and the development of our match officials going forward.” .

It has been a controversial week for VAR, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta describing his side’s opener decision at Manchester United yesterday as “soft” and Tottenham boss Antonio Conte, calling for the tech to be ruled out after a disallowed Spurs goal at West. Ham on Wednesday.

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