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Moyes gutted after penalty denial

David Moyes insists the Hammers should have been given a penalty against Burnley on Sunday.

The Hammers were ultimately held to a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor in a frustrating game that saw precious few chances created.

However, Craig Dawson was challenged in the area by Dwight McNeil in the first half, with the defender hitting the deck under the contact.

McNeil didn’t get the ball but a VAR review stuck with the on-field decision of no penalty, to the amazement of Moyes.

Saturday saw a number of soft penalties given, with Manchester United beating Norwich after being awarded a spot-kick, while Chelsea and Manchester City were also handed penalties against Leeds and Wolves respectively.

Asked about the decision after the game, Moyes expressed his surprise that the decision went Burnley’s way.

He said, as per Football.London: “This weekend we have seen soft penalties so I think that if they were given yesterday then I expect today’s to be given.”

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Moyes also felt that both the referee and VAR made a mistake, although he took the time to praise the standard of officiating in the Premier League this season.

He added: “I’ve really enjoyed the referee this year I think the refereeing this year has been excellent. I even think VAR has done as well on occasions. We were unlucky against Brighton which I am still yet to see.

“But just after watching the games yesterday and seeing the penalty kicks you’d say what is the difference between that one [on Dawson] and say Chelsea yesterday which I thought looked quite soft. So what are the levels?

“So if VAR is the same I am looking and at VAR to decide the levels. Now yesterday they got it wrong. It’d be great to come out said no we got these wrong we are really sorry and we would all accept that because I think today’s one was certainly I thought what I saw was poorer than the ones yesterday.”

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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.

4 comments on “Moyes gutted after penalty denial

  1. Why is anyone surprised ? who was given the penalties ? Competitiveness it appears seems limited. People will turn their backs if this continues. And football will deserve it.

  2. Anywhere else on the park, that’s a foul. You cannot kick through a player even if you have a chance of getting the ball, which Mcneil didn’t. I’d love to hear the Ref’s reasoning on this. I’d also like to hear why VAR didn’t ask the Ref to take another look. This is so frustrating, especially as a penalty was given for the same thing on Saturday and others for much less.

  3. Although it’s in the box and being Dawson had feint spot, he never touched the ball and I think that why it wasn’t given.

  4. On that basis I can kick the …. out of the opposition as long as they’re not touching the ball. If they have to have the ball why are fouls, pens and cards given for off the ball incidents? given for

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