David Moyes has criticised the Premier League’s referees for a lack of consistency, using Scott McTominay as an example.
Manchester United played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening and the game looked set to finish as a goalless draw until McTominay conceded a penalty in the 85th minute when bringing down Armando Broja in the penalty area.
Although Chelsea’s Jorginho converted from the spot and Graham Potter’s side looked to have won, the points were shared thanks to Casemiro’s dramatic, late header in stoppage time to equalise, which was wildly celebrated with the away supporters.
After the full-time whistle, the penalty was a controversial talking point, with some suggesting it shouldn’t have been given.
West Ham had a similar incident against Southampton, with Tomas Soucek being brought down at a corner, but they weren’t awarded a penalty, unlike Chelsea, and Moyes bemoaned the lack of consistency on Wednesday afternoon.
Moyes’ suggested that West Ham should have been given a penalty after Chelsea were awarded one for a similar challenge.
“I think Thilo’s [Kehrer] arm is at his side [vs Bournemouth], tucked in and I don’t see it anyway it’s out away from his body,” Moyes said. “So from that point of view, I’d have to say it’s hit him in the arm, I accept that, but his arm is not away from his body in any way.
“I think if you score the goal, you think it’s ok. If you don’t, you think it’s not. The answer to your question is no, I haven’t heard anything back [PGMOL] and if we hear back that it shouldn’t have been given, that would be really unlucky on Bournemouth.
“But it wasn’t unlucky on Bournemouth on Monday night, we were the better team and deserved to win the game, so you have to be careful that you don’t focus on those sorts of moments.
“I don’t think there’s enough consistency, but that’s a different question to the one you’ve asked me. Our penalty at Southampton on Tomas Soucek compared to Chelsea and Manchester United with Scott McTominay and Broja.
“I couldn’t see anything that would have split those apart, to say why one would be a penalty and one wouldn’t. There are things, I’m sure that every manager has their own things to look at, but we’ve had plenty here.”