EPL: Why Soucek’s goal in West Ham’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal wasn’t nullified by VAR

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The Video Assistant Referee, VAR, did not cancel Tomas Soucek’s goal for West Ham against Arsenal on Thursday night despite the ball appearing to go out of play in the build-up.

Soucek put the Hammers in front in the 13th minute from Jarrod Bowen.

However, the goal was shrouded in controversy, as it was awarded following a long VAR check.

VAR checked two angles before deciding that the goal should stand.

Ex-Premier League referee, Mark Clattenberg, speaking on Amazon Prime, said: “The on-field decision is a goal, so they have to find conclusive evidence that the ball has gone out of play.

“From the angles I have seen, the ball looks to be slightly in play.

“There’s no other decision the match officials can give. The assistant referee, who is on the goal line, cannot see clearly if the ball has gone out of play.

“The on-field decision is a goal. When you look at all the evidence, we cannot be 100 per cent certain that the ball has gone out.”

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