Reason why VAR didn’t award Chelsea’s penalty against West Ham
The reason why referee Robert Jones didn’t give Chelsea a penalty in the last few seconds of their game against West Ham has been found.
Conor Gallagher took a shot from just outside the penalty area, but Tomas Soucek dove to his left and stopped it. Soucek stopped the shot by going to the ground like a goalie.
The Chelsea players crowded around the referee and asked him to give a penalty kick to their team.
The video assistance referees, led by David Coote and Nick Smith, didn’t give a better response when they were called.
Peter Walton, a referee expert, said in an interview with BT Sport, “Well when Soucek goes down there, you can see his arm go down.”
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Is his arm there to keep the ball from hitting him or to keep him from falling to the ground? Is his arm there to keep him from hitting the floor? If it hasn’t been given yet, I think he got away with it, but if it has, he should have been given a penalty kick.