Alan Shearer has slammed the officials for handing Arsenal a penalty and sending West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal off on Wednesday.

The Hammers right-back made contact with the ball on two occasions, but referee Jonathan Moss pointed to the spot and the VAR told him that he had made the right decision.

This resulted in Arsenal scoring their second to win 2-0 and ensured that the visitors chased this two-goal deficit with only ten men.

Discussing this controversial incident in the Premier League Productions studio, Shearer said, “It was never a penalty and never a yellow card. He touches the ball first and then again with his left foot.

“A really bizarre decision. It’s terrible really, especially the last two or three weeks with the referees making such decisions.”


The officiating standards over the last month have been shameful.

The league had made a decision to not give such fouls as penalties, but they’re still continuing to make such silly calls.

Moss was not even asked to have a second look at the monitor as what he did was not deemed to be clear and obvious.

It’s ridiculous how these technicalities can cost teams games and the chance of qualifying for some of the biggest tournaments.

West Ham’s performance on the day was shambolic, to say the least, but that’s no excuse to make for such silly officiating errors.

The Irons would’ve fancied their chances of getting back into the game right until the latter stages had it still been a one-goal lead and they were playing with eleven men.

In other West Ham news, the club have made an approach to sign a ‘Terrific’ international ace and a January move is on the cards

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