‘It was a rotten decision’ — David Moyes slams officiating

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Chelsea defeated West Ham 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday evening, with Timo Werner scoring the only goal of the game.

One major talking point of the game was the red card issued to Fabian Balbuena with about ten minutes left of action.

While trying to clear the ball, Balbuena planted his studs on Chilwell’s calf, and it really looked horrible. Referee Chris Kavanagh was told by VAR Michael Oliver to consult the pitchside monitor to view the incident, and Kavanagh deemed it to be a red card.

West Ham manager David Moyes was very angry with the decision and called it a rubbish decision.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Moyes said: “I think it’s a decision made by somebody who’s never played the game. I don’t know where Fabi Balbuena is supposed to plant his foot.

“If they do think that, you’ll look at the one a few minutes later, with Coufal and Rudiger, a similar challenge, but they never did anything about it.

“I don’t know how it’s a red card. I don’t know where he’s supposed to plant his foot. I don’t think for one minute there’s a bit of malice in that. I thought it was a rubbish decision.”

Asked in his post-match press conference if he will appeal the decision, Moyes said: “You get no decision from the Premier League. The big thing for me is it’s just a really rank, rotten decision. And it shouldn’t have been given.

“I just thought it was a really poor decision. I don’t know who stopped the game, I thought it was supposed to be clear and obvious.

“The players cleared it, and planted his foot. Obviously we don’t want it to be planted in another player’s leg, but where else can he put his foot.

“It’s not a red card. Chilwell got up after rolling about and then crossed the ball in the box, so it couldn’t have been too bad.

“I think the refs I this country are really good, and I don’t think they’re refereeing the game as they should be, and that’s only coming from the top.

“I can understand the referee making the mistake, but somebody looking that at on a screen and seeing that as a red card, and then the refereeing agreeing, I find that incredible. It’s so bad, so bad.

“But that’s the world we’re in. If it’s going to be no contact it’s going to be no fun, the sport will be poor. The referees can change it. They’re the only people who can stand up and do it, but whoever they’re taking their orders from, it’s not very good.”

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