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After missing a penalty in the 74th minute, striker Ollie Watkins thought he had redeemed himself by stabbing home Matt Targett's cross in the last minute.
But VAR intervened and ruled that the former Brentford man's arm was ever so slightly offside in the build-up. It appeared his arm was outstretched because he was being fouled.
The offside lines were brought in and after a long review, referee Peter Bankes disallowed the goal and West Ham held on for a 2-1 win at the London Stadium.
Fans were once again furious with the way in which the offside law is being interpreted, with this decision one of the very worst in recent times.
Heartbreak for Aston Villa! :broken_heart:- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 30, 2020
Ollie Watkins scores an injury-time equaliser against West Ham but VAR rules it out - that was !
Sum up VAR in three words...:arrow_down: #WHUAVL pic.twitter.com/LrMoy5lqyT
VAR checking the sleeve on a player's arm vs VAR trying to check literally anything else pic.twitter.com/UZZJz2bpng- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 30, 2020
Bloody hell im sat here agreeing with Jamie Carragher that's what VAR has done to the game- WBAINGE (@wbainge) November 30, 2020
Carragher spot on.- Rob Moore (@robmooreavfc) November 30, 2020
Watkins has shorter sleeves on his shirt and goal stands.
And says its a penalty as the only reason Watkins hand is out is to keep defender off him.......should have been a penalty.
VAR ruining football. Horrendous.
Jamie Carragher offered some strong thoughts on the latest VAR controversy in the Monday Night Football studio.
It really was not Watkins' night in East London. His penalty miss, smacked against the crossbar, was the fourth spot-kick he has failed to score out of the six he has taken in his professional career.
West Ham went 1-0 up courtesy of an early header from Angelo Ogbonna, before Jack Grealish equalised with a fine individual goal.
A minute into the second half and the hosts were ahead again after substitute Said Benrahma made an instant impact by crossing for Jarrod Bowen to head home.
The result moves the Hammers up to fifth in the Premier League.
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