David Moyes Criticizes Edouard Mendy for Faking Injury During Chelsea Win

David Moyes Criticizes Edouard Mendy for Faking Injury During Chelsea Win

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
  • The Chelsea vs West Ham game on Saturday, September 3 was one that was filled with controversy
  • It was the Blues who came out on top in the derby, but West Ham will feel aggrieved after seeing their equalizer chopped off
  • Hammers boss David Moyes said after the game that the match officials made a “ridiculously bad call”

David Moyes slammed the decision to deny West Ham an equalizer against Chelsea on Saturday as 'a ridiculously bad decision'.

In a drama-filled match, Kai Havertz had just given Chelsea the lead in the second half and with the scores 2-1, Maxwel Cornet struck a brilliant strike which he thought was the equaliser after Reece James and Edouard Mendy were involved in a mix-up in defence.

The goal was however subject to review as referee Andy Madley was sent to the monitors to check for a possible foul in the build-up to the goal.

In the end, the referee ruled out the goal, with the verdict being a foul had been committed on Mendy by Jarrod Bowen.

The decision did not sit well with Moyes, who went on to slam the match officials at full time.

"It is a scandalous decision, absolutely rotten from one of the supposedly elite referees," Moyes told Sky Sports.

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"It doesn't say much about whoever sent him over from VAR as well. It is an unbelievable decision against us.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel however had a different take as he felt there was a foul on his goalkeeper.

"It was a clear foul on the goalkeeper." The German said.

In his subsequent press conference, Moyes continued his protests as he accused Mendy of faking an injury which ultimately cost his team a goal.

"The goalkeeper comes to take it and fumbles it out of his hands," said Moyes. "Then he acted as if it was a shoulder injury. I'm amazed that VAR sent the referee to the screen. It was a ridiculously bad decision.

Defeat leaves West Ham in the relegation zone, with four points from their opening six games.

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Rene Otinga
Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.
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