Mark Clattenburg explains why West Ham’s opener against Arsenal had to stand

Twice in a matter of months, Arsenal has conceded goals they feel should not have stood because the ball appeared to have gone out of play.

Newcastle defeated them 1-0, with the goal scored after the ball seemed to have gone out of play.

Mikel Arteta protested and was charged, only for a similar incident to occur during their match against West Ham yesterday.

The Hammers’ opener was scored after the ball seemed to have gone out of play, but after a VAR check, the goal stood.

It is the subject of football debates worldwide, and former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has explained why the goal was given.

He said, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

‘There’s no other decision the officials can give. The on-field decision is a goal. 

‘We cannot be 100 per cent certain that the ball has gone out. 

‘As the ball has to be clearly over the line, there’s no conclusive evidence.’

He added: ‘The other point of reference they need is the ball, the ball is being blocked by Bowen’s thigh.

‘Having cameras above, just have a chip in the ball.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

There will always be controversial VAR decisions in games, including ours, and we must do our best to win them regardless.

The players did not do enough to break down West Ham, and the Hammers could have scored a third, so it was a bad day for us. 

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  1. Don’t they already have chips in the balls for verifying that a goal has been scored? Two chips in the ball perhaps. I’d opt for an outward facing camera on each goalpost to scan the whole line as far as the corner flag.

    1. No Jax the PL uses Hawkeye as in tennis, the chip is only used internationally but is due to be used here, I think from next season.

  2. I’m tired of VAR being used as an excuse for Arsenal playing poorly.
    They deserved nothing from yesterdays game and got nothing.
    If people are unhappy then direct it at the players who either failed to turn up or failed to convert the chances presented to them.
    Players not taking responsibility for their lack of performance and MA defending them and continually selecting them (Zinchenko and Jesus) regardless of their form is part of our problem..

  3. For me, the ball did cross the line as the camera showed that the player’s knee covered the ball and his knee was right in line with the edge all they needed was a ruler. That said we did not look good enough to win this game I thought the intensity was lacking our creation was poor and defending also let us down

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