Bournemouth caretaker boss O’Neil: VAR becoming ridiculous

Bournemouth caretaker boss Gary O’Neil said video assistant referee decisions are “getting ridiculous” after his side were beaten 2-0 by West Ham.

O’Neil was unhappy as Kurt Zouma scored a glancing header for the first goal despite the ball having hit the hands of Hammers’ defender Thilo Kehrer.

West Ham were then awarded a penalty late on, which Said Benrahma converted.

“Since I’ve been here there’s been 10 serious VAR checks and none have gone our way,” said O’Neil.

The Cherries boss, who also felt his side should have been awarded a penalty of their own when the ball struck Ben Johnson’s arm at close range, was booked for remonstrating with the officials after Zouma’s goal.

It came in the 45th minute when West Ham had a corner from the right and Kehrer went for a header but, with his eyes closed and his hands tight in front of him, the ball hit his hands.

Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham did not get much distance on a clearing header, and when West Ham’s Tomas Soucek headed it towards goal the ball glanced off the heads of firstly Flynn Downes and then Zouma before going into the net.

“I thought a foul in the build-up was possible just before the handball,” added O’Neil. “It was a cute one but we were penalised at Fulham for Jefferson Lerma fouling [Aleksandar] Mitrovic.

“It [Zouma’s goal] is a blatant handball. His hand moves towards the ball. I’m not surprised because it’s getting ridiculous.”

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