David Moyes urges his West Ham players to ‘keep fighting’ for European football despite horrendous series of controversial Premier League red card decisions
- David Moyes has instructed his players to ‘keep fighting’ for a European football spot
- The West Ham boss said this is the best answer to the bad treatment they’ve had
- The Hammers have destroyed five of their last eight red cards in the competition
- Vice Chairman Karren Brady said VAR is the main reason for the bad decisions
David Moyes believes that maintaining West Ham’s heroic European push is the best antidote to the Premier League’s alleged mistreatment of the club.
Moyes was livid after defender Fabian Balbuena’s controversial dismissal against Chelsea last weekend.
And just like when teammate Thomas Soucek was wrongly fired earlier this season, the red card was withdrawn, allowing Balbuena to play a part in Sunday’s journey to Burnley.
David Moyes has called on his West Ham team to ‘keep fighting’ for a European football field
Moyes was furious when Fabian sent Balbuena away against Chelsea, which was overthrown
Indeed, five of West Ham’s last eight red cards in the Premier League have been destroyed and Vice Chairman Karren Brady believes the level of umpires in the top division has never been lower.
‘We can only keep fighting, keep pushing and try to challenge [at the top of the league], ‘Insisted Moyes.
‘They certainly cannot be right, the numbers we have are so low.
“Maybe all teams in the Premier League have had similar stats and if they have, I’ll take it back and apologize, but it sounds like a really big stat, for any club.”
Brady, however, has no doubts where the blame lies – right on the doorstep of Stockley Park and VAR.
‘Refs spurred by VAR seem more willing to show yellow cards, much for tackles once taken for granted,’ she wrote in her column. The sun.
West Hamham’s Thomas Soucek (center) was also wrongly ejected from the field earlier this season
So far this season no fewer than 955 have blossomed in the Premier League, many justified but some laughable.
“The referee himself has been bad this season, possibly the worst I’ve seen in the Premier League.”
Moyes is also disappointed with the way the games have fallen this season, with West Ham often playing behind their top-four rivals.
The Hammers, who entered the weekend fifth and very close to the Champions League places, have been forced out of the other European contenders last several times this season, making it difficult to set a marker.
“I am a fairly neutral footballer,” explained Moyes.
‘I don’t look at things too badly, but I look at it and I certainly saw it when I entered the club, I saw things that I don’t think are right. Or much of the start of the season, we had early games and we got results, but it looks like we’re slipping back to a “Monday night, 8:15 in Burnley”.
Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady said referee was the worst she had seen this season
This year’s games have been difficult for everyone, not just West Ham.
‘There are so many clubs that are disappointed with the timing. As we all know, it has to do with the situation with TV. You would hope they had been fair to everyone.
‘There has just been a general feeling. Maybe I am wrong, I would accept that.
‘The statistics on the broadcasts make me think,’ Wait a minute, something’s not right. ‘
“I am corrected if you turn around and say that all other clubs in the Premier League have had the same statistics.”