Jason Cundy and Dean Saunders clashed on talkSPORT last night after the former backed the decision to give a penalty and second yellow card to Vladimir Coufal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Ham.
The Hammers right-back got the ball while tackling Alexandre Lacazette on Wednesday (15 December) in the second-half during their clash at The Emirates, but Anthony Taylor did not agree, while VAR Peter Bankes did not intervene or ask the referee to check his monitor.
Lukasz Fabianski saved the Frenchman’s subsequent spot-kick, but Arsenal eventually made their man advantage count as Emile Smith Rowe made it 2-0 with some minutes left on the clock.
Saunders could not believe his eyes when the Czech Republic full-back was sent off, but Cundy claimed the ref was right.
Saunders said (as shared on talkSPORT Twitter account): “That decision, ridiculous.”
Cundy disagreed, saying: “West Ham fans, they’re going crazy in there ‘it’s a disgrace’ I’m like, ‘oh god what’s happened here, what’s Taylor done this time?’.
“And then I see it, I was listening to Dean Ashton, I thought I was going to see one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen in my life, I’m sorry, but he does not get enough of the ball.”
Saunders: “That decision is up there with Michael Masi, Formula One,” Saunders said. “That is the worst decision, I just can’t believe you can give a penalty for that.”
Cundy: “Well, don’t take the man out in the box. I’m sorry he gets more man than he does the ball.”
Saunders: “If that’s a penalty, football’s finished.”
The Hammers were robbed last night, and that is the truth.
The fact that Taylor opted against checking his pitchside monitor baffled many as that is the purpose of having it there.
He did not see the challenge clearly and should have checked the replays at least thrice to clear his doubts.
That did not happen and David Moyes’ men were forced to play the last 20 minutes of the game with a man down.
It definitely dealt a blow on their chances of getting something from the game, and it is a huge shame that such mediocre officiating was witnessed at such a level.
The decision proved very costly, and it could have a huge say on West Ham’s campaign going forward.
The Hammers were left baffled when their goal in an eventual 1-1 draw against Brighton was chalked off earlier this month (1 December), with VAR ruling it out as Michail Antonio was adjudged offside.
They are yet to get a clear explanation as to why that call was made, and Wednesday night decision to send off Coufal would have left them confused too.
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