‘Shambles’: Declan Rice and David Moyes fume after VAR decision denies West Ham draw at Chelsea

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Declan Rice (C) and Jarrod Bowen (L) argue with English referee Andrew Madley (AFP via Getty Images)
Declan Rice (C) and Jarrod Bowen (L) argue with English referee Andrew Madley (AFP via Getty Images)

Declan Rice has reacted to West Ham United’s goal being diallowed at Chelsea in a 2-1 loss for the Hammers by labelling the incident a “shambles”.

Maxwel Cornet appeared to have responded swiftly to Kai Havertz’s goal for the Blues to make it 2-2, but VAR checked an incident moments before the goal involving Jarrod Bowen and Edouard Mendy.

The West Ham winger appeared to brush his left foot over the Chelsea goalkeeper’s chest, with the Sengalese seen screaming in pain before Cornet converted the rebound.

And after a lengthy wait, the goal was disallowed after referee Andrew Madley was asked to consult the pitchside monitor by VAR.

Rice reacted, saying: “That’s up there with one of the worst VAR decisions made since it’s come into the game. Shambles.”

While David Moyes went further, labelling it a “scandalous” decision after storming onto the pitch to remonstrate with the referee.

Jarrod Bowen commits a foul on Edouard Mendy (AFP via Getty Images)
Jarrod Bowen commits a foul on Edouard Mendy (AFP via Getty Images)

“It is a scandalous decision,” said Moyes. “The referee gave it and I don’t know who sent him from VAR, but I always thought he would say it is a goal once he went to the screen.

“I have seen it from all angles and find it incredibly difficult to see how that is chalked off. I don’t know who in VAR sent him there.”