Ex-PL referee suggests West Ham defender was lucky not to concede penalty vs. Man City

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Sunday afternoon in the Premier League saw title favourites Manchester City travel to the London Stadium for an intriguing matchup against David Moyes’ West Ham United.

With just two games to play and desperate to continue their surge towards this season’s title, manager Pep Guardiola would have known that defeat would swing momentum in the direction of second-place Liverpool.

To everyone’s surprise, after starting the game poorly, the Citizens quickly found themselves two-nil down thanks to a first-half brace from in-form winger Jarrod Bowen.

However, after Guardiola presumably grilled his side during the halftime interval, the Citizens came out firing and thanks to a Jack Grealish volley, were able to halve the deficit almost immediately.

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Unfortunately for the Hammers, full-back Vladimir Coufal later headed home an own goal to make the game level at 2-2, which is how the encounter eventually ended.

However, one of the match’s biggest talks was when defender Kurt Zouma appeared to kick striker Gabriel Jesus inside his own area during the game’s second half.

A penalty kick was not awarded but former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, who spoke exclusively to CaughtOffside, feels that if it had of been, there would have been no complaints.

“If Anthony Taylor gives that as a penalty, it stays given,” Halsey said.

“There is definite contact from Zouma on Jesus but it’s just one of those that is subjective. VAR has had a look at it and deemed it not a clear and obvious error by the match referee, so they haven’t got involved.”

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  1. I can’t believe our quick you are to say that
    Man City deserved a penalty with the zouma
    Incident .which I would not disagree with.
    But not a word about the absolute very poor performance of the referee in this match
    Felt by thousands of Westhampnett supporters.

  2. The referees have been diabolical this season. Var needs to go along with the likes of mr a Taylor and mr m dean

  3. Unbelievable, Yet again all about the City players, Not a mention of the umpteen fouls on Micky Antonio and not a free kick in sight.

  4. Until referees are made to be accountable for their poor and shocking decisions i can’t see anything changing.

  5. So what about the foul on coufa at the same time the penalty was given he was foul by grelish and nothing said or been shown on TV

  6. Taylor was absolutely woeful Sunday!!
    Pundits are so quick to stick up for the so called big 6.
    We were unlucky Sunday that we were playing against 12 men!!!!

  7. Pep had the audacity to say everyone support LFC, but many referees support city so referees are not people?and they are the reason city are top of the table

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