West Ham have been left to count the cost of the decision to send off Aaron Cresswell in the first half of their Europa League clash with Lyon.
The Irons managed to secured a 1-1 draw with the French giants in a rocking London Stadium, a result that was all the more impressive considering they played the majority of the game with just ten men.
The decisive moment came just before half-time when Cresswell was given a red card for a challenge on Moussa Dembele.
The West Ham dugout and supporters were left furious with the game-changing decision that left the Hammers with a huge challenge ahead of them – David Moyes was later booked for his protests toward the match officials at the break.
Quizzed on the red card after the match, Moyes took a much more pragmatic approach to delivering his verdict, saying: “I’m certainly not going to talk about the referee, not at all.
“The only thing I really want to focus on is do you think it’s a foul on Jarrod Bowen in the lead up to the goal? Because if it is, VAR should have intervened and brought it back.
“That’s what we do in the Premier League, it’s in the same phase of play and I’d have expected VAR to have checked that.”
Moyes’ stance was echoed by Craig Dawson, who when asked about the referee’s decision, said: “He makes his decision very quickly, but there’s not much that we can do as players.
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“We have to deal with it and I think we did that tonight and put in a great shift.”
One man who did not mince his words was talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy, who described the referee’s display at the London Stadium as ‘shocking’.
First describing him as ‘a clown’, Cundy later told The Sports Bar: “I don’t even think it’s a foul.
“I can’t believe the referee, he was a shocker. The referee was shocking.
“Everyone slaughters the referees that we’ve got here in the Premier League. I’ve said this for years, I think that we’ve got the best referees in the world, I genuinely do.
“They make big mistakes sometimes, but I see what goes on on the continent and some of the debacles that go on.
“I don’t think there’s actually a foul. I honestly don’t think it’s a foul, let alone a red card. The referee could have played on. He touches his arm, he doesn’t drag him or pull him, Dembele goes over, cons the referee and the referee cannot wait to get the red card out.
“They’ve been mugged off there, West Ham.”
In response, Darren Ambrose added: “I don’t think it’s a foul, but at the very worst you can pull him up, give a yellow and a little free-kick. That’s at the very worst.
“He could not wait to get the red card out.
“Look at the size of Moussa Dembele compared to Cresswell, he’s hardly touched him. He’s brushed by him with his shoulder.
“It’s not enough to fall over like that.”
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Source: Culled From Talksport.