Fulham 0-0 West Ham United – Reaction
I think it’s fair to say that referee Mike Dean won’t be particularly high on David Moyes’ Christmas card list after the controversial whistler dismissed Tomas Soucek with arguably the only talking point in this otherwise dull encounter.
Soucek was shown a straight red card after Lee Mason sat in the warm at Stockley Park, ensured VAR offered referee Dean an opportunity to oversee a flailing arm in the direction of Mitrovic. The Serbian making the most of minimal contact – intent appeared highly questionable.
“An accidental coming together which to give somebody a red card is an embarrassing decision,” Moyes fumed.
“I am more embarrassed that VAR would tell him to go and look at it because it was certainly just a simple accident and we should have just got on with the game and nothing more.
Moyes confirmed that Mitrovic had attempted to explain to whistler Dean that the incident was an accident, leaving the Hammers boss even more perplexed by the whole turn of events: “I am (surprised) because I think Lee Mason was in Stockley Park and Mike Dean, I think they are both very experienced referees and I will be amazed if that is the way they want to referee the games because if it is and it is accidental, do we now look at every accidental incident and say that could be considered for a red card?
Moyes was unsure whether West Ham would appeal the red card. However, the frustration at potentially losing an influential player for three games was clear to see: “You always have a chance of losing players through suspension or injury, so we will have to get on with it and deal with it.
“But it is very harsh on a player who is very fair and very honest with his work and he didn’t in any way go to injure a player, it was an accidental push away and maybe the players have a responsibility to act correctly.
“But I still felt it was easy for the referee or Stockley Park to say just get on with it.”