Fresh VAR controversy as painstakingly long review results in West Ham goal disallowed against Chelsea

West Ham were left frustrated by a controversial VAR decision which ruled out their opening goal against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The Hammers thought they had gone ahead in the 34th minute when Tomas Soucek bundled the ball home from a corner.

Soucek believed he’d put his side in front

Soucek believed he’d put his side in front

However, the goal was ruled out


However, the goal was ruled out

VAR subsequently took around two-and-a-half minutes to review the situation.

The officials ultimately decided to disallow it for offside against Michail Antonio.

The 30-year-old was lying on the ground as Soucek lifted the ball over him into the back of the net.

His head was considerably ahead of the last defender Marcos Alonso, but debate raged as to whether the shot touched him or he was impacting goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Minutes later, Willian fired Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot after Issa Diop tripped Christian Pulisic.

However, Soucek headed in from another corner in first-half stoppage time as West Ham finally scored their first goal since the restart and made it 1-1.

As the second period began, Antonio struck to put the Hammers ahead with fans left feeling a sense of justice after all.


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