David Moyes RAGES at VAR after Tottenham's first goal stands

‘Who’s on VAR tonight? He needs to be subbed’: David Moyes RAGES at video assistant referee David Coote after Tottenham’s first goal stood against West Ham despite ball seeming to brush off Davinson Sanchez’s arm in the build-up

  • Tottenham took the lead against West Ham after a Tomas Soucek own goal
  • But the ball did appear to brush off Davinson Sanchez’s left arm in the build-up
  • The video assistant referee David Coote did look at it but opted to give the goal 
  • Moyes was furious, insisting with the current law the goal shouldn’t have stood

David Moyes launched a furious rant at VAR official David Coote after West Ham slumped deeper into relegation danger with a controversial loss at Tottenham on Tuesday night.

The Hammers looked comfortable until Coote allowed Tomas Soucek’s own goal to stand despite replays showing it had come off Davinson Sanchez’s arm before Harry Kane sealed the points late on.

New rules were introduced at the start of season stating any handball leading directly to a goal must be disallowed.   

David Moyes was not happy with VAR after Tottenham’s first goal was not disallowed

In the build-up, the ball did appear to strike Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez’s left arm 

‘The first goal should never have stood. I can’t believe they have ruled that as a goal,’ Moyes blasted.

‘The rule is any handball that leads to goal is disallowed and they haven’t ruled that out. Who was doing VAR tonight? He needs to be subbed – not very good.

‘We scored a really good goal in the 92nd minute against Sheffield United and the VAR claimed it was handball in the lead up.

‘Do I think it’s a good rule? No I don’t – but we now have a set of rules so whoever was on VAR tonight didn’t do the job right because he didn’t abide by the rules.’

After the ball hit Sanchez’s arm, the ball deflected in off West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek

And Moyes’ complaints didn’t end there as he let rip at the Premier League and their broadcasting partners for allowing West Ham to play with 24 hours less recovery time than Tottenham.

The former Manchester United boss added: ‘I told the Premier League, us or Tottenham don’t play for eight days – why could we not play Wednesday or Thursday night?

‘I think it’s a terrible decision by the Premier League. I’m disappointed that the broadcasters didn’t help out as well because surely they can see that an extra day at this level is so important.’

The first Tottenham goal standing proved crucial, as Spurs went on to win 2-0 and Kane clinched all three points with a goal late on. 

Moyes’ team are yet to score in two matches since the Premier League restarted last week

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp agreed with Moyes that the goal should have been ruled out for handball, as seen previously this season. 

‘They [Tottenham] got away with one,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports. ‘Ball to hand, complete accident, but we’ve seen goals taken away. The letter of the law says that shouldn’t be allowed.

‘There’s enormous amount of pressure, you’ve got a couple of seconds to get it right, and they’ve got it wrong, but it’s minimal. I think it’s a bad rule, given major problems to referees. I really hope we see sense and change that one, I don’t think that’s right.’

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