Moyes wants to make VAR work


David Moyes wants to make VAR work but admits disappointment at some of  the match officiating this season.  West Ham benefitted from VAR last night against Olympiacos but the manager clearly doesn’t like what he has been seeing in general terms since technology was introduced.

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Moyes wants to make VAR work

It certainly looked originally as if Lucas Paqueta had strayed offside for his winner against the Greek outfit last night. Thankfully VAR showedhe was at least half a yard onside and for once we could all breathe easier as it allowed the team such an important win. That, though doesn’t allow Moyes to express satisfaction although he is careful not to say too much as he can claims he can be punished for doing so.

Many, Michail Antonio among them, claims that VAR should be binned but Moyes seems determined to supporting it and hopes to help make it work when asked persistently about his view at the pre Nottingham Forest presser. After explaining that managers can be punished for speaking out of turn he added: “I just think that we’ve all been disappointed with probably some of the officiating as well this season, but, look, my single opinion wouldn’t matter a jot and they’ll do what they need to do. When we’re putting [our opinion] over it’s not getting much clout at the other end.”

He added: Managers will be fined for speaking out of turn. You’re asking me questions, which I could get fined for speaking out of turn [by answering honestly and emotionally], mainly [within] 20 minutes after games, which could get me in trouble because they’re about referees and officiating.”

“As a result, he declared  “most of the managers don’t want to say anything about it. I would hope journalists and Sky, for example, would respect the managers and not put them in those positions. But if clubs or managers choose to have an outburst, that’s their choice, they can do that.

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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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