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Brady savages VAR

Karren Brady insists that VAR’s decision to disallow the Hammers’ last-minute equaliser against Chelsea last weekend is the worst decision she’s seen “in 30 years”.

The Hammers thought they had rescued a point against the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Maxwel Cornet slammed the ball home after Edouard Mendy rushed out to Jarrod Bowen’s feet, sparking wild scenes in the Irons’ away end.

However, VAR swiftly intervened, somehow telling the referee that Bowen had fouled Mendy and ruling the goal out.

It all but confirmed that Chelsea would be taking all three points away from the game and Brady is continuing to fume.

Writing in The Sun, she said: “At West Ham we are still angered by the VAR farce that cost us a point at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

“So much so that I insisted the Premier League add VAR and referee standards to their next agenda.

“The decision to disallow our goal on Saturday at Chelsea was one of the worst I have seen in over 30 years in football.

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“It was, in the words of Alan Shearer, a ‘terrible, disgraceful decision, ridiculous’.

“Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said the verdict, reached after nearly four minutes of VAR confusion, was correct. And a lot of good it did him.

“Truth is that VAR is below an acceptable standard, is bringing the league into disrepute and is financially damaging for clubs.

“West Ham lost a point through officials’ incompetence and whilst it will not get us back the point stolen, we at least have to try and prevent such incompetence happening again.”

Of course, there is no football this weekend after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with the weekend’s fixtures up and down the country suspended as a mark of respect, meaning the Hammers are not playing Newcastle.

The Irons could also see next weekend’s game against Everton postponed due to the Queen’s state funeral.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

One comment on “Brady savages VAR

  1. The irony of her statement. I’m sure many of us could all argue that Baroness Brady herself made a far worse mistake around 10 years ago, with a much longer lasting impact.

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