West Ham’s controversial goal summed up by Ally McCoist as Arsenal on wrong side of VAR

Tomas Soucek’s goal against West Ham was extensively checked by VAR Craig Pawson, with camera angles of Jarrod Bowen’s cross failing to conclusively prove if the ball had gone out of play Arsenal were on the wrong side of a VAR call on Thursday night after referee Michael Oliver awarded a goal to West Ham despite the ball appearing to go out out of play for a corner.

Gabriel and Oleksandr Zinchenko had failed to clear the ball from a cross into the box, with the ball falling to Jarrod Bowen. The Hammers star reached for the ball, tapping it back to Tomas Soucek, who fired past David Raya.
That put the visitors in front, despite Arsenal having dominated possession up to that point. The goal was checked extensively by VAR Craig Pawson, with replays appearing to show the ball had gone out.
But Bowen’s right leg and upper body was blocking the ball from the view of the sideline camera. And former top referee Mark Clattenberg signaled that out as the reason a goal had to be awarded.

“The on-field decision is a goal, so they have to find conclusive evidence that the ball has gone out of play. From the angles I have seen, the ball looks to be slightly in play,” he told Amazon Prime.

Former Rangers star Ally McCoist was less sure that the ball had stayed in though. The commentator saw a number of replays that he admitted proved to be inconclusive. McCoist said on Amazon Prime TV: “It’s a tough one. That is going to be a tough one, whether it’s gone out or not. That looks… what do we think? That looks out to me.”
After seeing a different angle, he added “It looks in there! That frame it looks out, but it’s hidden (the ball). Clearly, Bowen is hiding the part of the ball that we really want to see, his right leg is covering the line.
It makes it extremely difficult for us. I’d very, very hopeful whoever is looking at it has another angle because you can’t see it. His right leg, his right thigh, is actually covering (the view).”

A group of Arsenal players could be seen asking Oliver what the decision would be, with the referee appearing to explain that the camera’s view of the line had been blocked by Bowen. The Gunners were left stunned that the goal had been given but were able to recover somewhat to stamp their authority back on the game.

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