Moyes may be in trouble with FA


David Moyes could be in trouble with the Football Association after making his feeling crystal clear on the decision not to give the Hammers late penalty against Liverpool last night (Wed).

The 60 year old Hammers boss hunted out the referee after the game and then made it clear publicly he was  incensed by a potential penalty decision involving Thiago Alcantara not being reviewed by VAR.

He went on to accuse the officials of showing ‘disrespect’ and that the VAR didn’t have ‘enough football knowledge’ to recommend a review for the on-field referee.

He is of course right with even Jarrod Bowen admitting to the club’s official site he was no unsure what hand ball actually meant.

However, Moyes view – though backed by thousands – could see him in trouble with  the authorities.

Evening Standard report that the Football Association is looking into whether the Scot’s view constitute improper conduct.

Should they decide that is the case it remains unclear how – should they decide to punish him – how that would effect him and or the club should it happen before the end of the season.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • The Cat says:

    Why is freedom of speech and opinion such a feared concept within a democratic society?
    Whether right or wrong, as an active participant, surely he should be allowed his opinion?
    These authorities are autocratic, outdated organisations who need the winds of change to blow through their insular corridors.
    I think that these FA scoundrels are hiding in plain sight.

  • Neil Down Under says:

    I can see his point, VAR is there to be used for these close calls.
    The very fact the ball made contact with the arm should be enough for another look.
    When you hear commentators say it looked to them to be a penalty, it has to be enough of a close call for a second look.
    Even if it’s still not given, what’s the point of VAR if you’re not going to use it for the very reason it was introduced?

  • MarcJ says:

    Look, even if the ref thought we were playing Rugby.
    Its a knock On at least, and guess what that is.
    A Penalty Kick

  • hammerpete6 says:

    So typical of the FA to focus on Moyes voicing an opinion, well supported by most factions, rather than the elephant in the room, the operation of VAR. The ref said he saw no penalty, but it was definitely contact with the ball by the players hand/ wrist and as such, VAR should have reviewed it. To refuse to review it is another level of bureaucracy introduced by the VAR process which was never envisaged. This is simply arms length subjective control open to misinterpretation and abuse of power. The FA should be looking at themselves.

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