Wolves Manager Gary O’Neil Rages on Controversial VAR Decision in West Ham Loss


Wolves Vs West Ham United Premier League matchday 30 clash would have ended in a draw save a late controversial VAR decision.

Wolves had gone into the lead in the first half through Sarabia’s spot-kick goal before West Ham United fought back to level terms, and completed a late comeback in the second half.

Paqueta and James Ward-Prowse were the comeback heroes for the Hammers as they struck twice in the second 45 to seal victory for the away side.

Before the final whistle, Wolves thought they had nailed home a late equaliser when Max Kilman scored a brilliant header. Kilman’s late goal was chalked off after VAR check.

In the buildup to the goal, Wolves player Tawanda Chirewa was alleged to be offside. Although he did not touch the ball, center-referee Tony Harrington ruled out Kilman’s goal, claiming Chirewa had interfered with play by blocking West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Wolves manager Gary O’Neil was furious with Tony Harrington’s decision to chalk off the goal. He was seen in a fiery exchange with the match officials after the game.

Speaking in post-match press conference, O’Neil insisted the decision was ‘scandalous, terrible, and horrendous.’

.”..it’s a scandalous decision. Terrible. Horrendous. I don’t understand it,” he said

Going further, the English football veteran described the decision is inexplicable, and the worst decision ever.

‘I can’t think of an explanation, to be honest. One of the worst decisions I have ever witnessed.

While it was not a subject of dispute that Tawanda Chirewa was offside in the buildup to Kilman’s goal, the major point of contention was whether he actually interfered with the play or not by blocking Fabianski.

O’Neil explained that Chirewa could have only interfered with play if he had blocked Fabianski’s movement and that wasn’t the case.

“The only way he could be impacting the goalkeeper is if he impacts how he can move, which he isn’t, and if he impacts his vision, which he isn’t,” he added.

The loss to West Ham United has seen Wolves stumble in their race for European football. They sit 11th on the table and will hope to return to winning ways when they travel to City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest in their next game.


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