David Moyes spoke of match officials’ role in his side’s 4-3 defeat yesterday.
“I don’t really know what they do. I don’t know what VAR’s situation is, I don’t know when they do come in and when they don’t come in, I’m not sure” an angry Moyes told reporters post-match about asked about the penalty decision,
Referring to the penalty decision Moyes said “Well maybe, the words I said in midweek were correct. The thing they really pride themselves on is not giving away soft penalty kicks in the Premier League this year and today, I think today would go down as a very soft penalty kick.”
Moyes is already in “hot water’ with the FA following his comments toward the officials in Wednesday’s Premier League defeat to Liverpool, as reported by the Evening Standard.
In the 1-2 loss at the London Stadium, the Scotsman accused the VAR of lacking “football knowledge”
Moyes was livid at the decision not to award a penalty in his side’s favour after the ball appeared to hit Thiago Alcantara’s arm as he slid to challenge Danny Ings.
“I think it’s a penalty kick,” Moyes said. “I think the hardest thing to take is the disrespect from VAR, that VAR wouldn’t have at least said to the referee that this might be worth having a look. That tells me they don’t see that as even close to a decision. I’m surprised.
“Somebody in VAR didn’t have enough football knowledge to understand that this could be close.”