Video: West Ham hopes shattered by harsh Balbuena red card against Chelsea in yet another bit of VAR controversy

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In the 79th minute of this evening’s Premier League clash between West Ham and Chelsea, the shortcomings of VAR and the rulebook struck to deal a disastrous blow to the Hammers’ hopes.

After a heavy touch, Fabian Balbuena was met by pressure from a marauding Ben Chilwell, the West Ham centre-back cleared this by launching the ball away.

Unfortunately, Balbuena’s foot planted into the leg of Chilwell, this encouraged referee Chris Kavanagh to jog over to the pitch-side VAR monitor to review the decision.

Like always, the slo-motion replays and angles were never going to do any favours for Balbuena here and the defender was shown a straight red card.

That left the Hammers down to 10-men for the final ten minutes of the clash, casting away any hope of a late comeback and instead they’ve suffered a massive dent in their hopes for European football.

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Pictures from Sky Sports and RMC Sport.

This was Balbuena’s first Premier League start of the year, after a four-month wait for this chance, the Paraguayan now faces missing three key matches for the club.

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