Official verdict provided on Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty claims vs West Ham
Follow-up verdicts on a pair of the penalty incidents during Manchester United’s meeting with West Ham have been forthcoming on Monday evening.
De Gea the hero
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made the trip to the London Stadium on Sunday, for their latest Premier League outing.
After slipping to a shock defeat at the hands of BSC Young Boys in midweek, the Red Devils were aware that nothing but a return to winning ways would do, amid a tightly-contested battle at the English top-flight’s summit.
And, when all was said and done, a 3-point haul is precisely what United went on to secure.
A chaotic 90 minutes, which saw the visitors recover from a goal down courtesy of strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard, was ultimately decided in the dying seconds.
“It is the scenario that #WHUFC fans were dreading!” 😦
Jesse Lingard breaks West Ham hearts with a late stunner at the London Stadium! 💔#WHUMUN pic.twitter.com/ajnXn5psGQ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 19, 2021
After West Ham were awarded a spot-kick for Luke Shaw’s hand-ball in the area, Mark Noble was introduced off the bench by David Moyes, to take responsibility from 12 yards.
The Hammers icon’s ensuing effort, however, was brilliantly kept out by David de Gea, sparking heartbreak amongst the home support at the London Stadium, and rapturous celebrations on the part of their away counterparts.
Atkinson at fault
The hosts’ late penalty, though, proved far from the only contentious incident when it came to the officiating in the capital on Sunday afternoon.
This comes with both sides having also been denied the opportunity to net from 12 yards over the course of the 2nd-half.
First up came Tomas Soucek, who looked set to hand West Ham the chance to retake the lead, after being felled by Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the Manchester United area.
Much to the bemusement of all watching on, however, referee Martin Atkinson ultimately came to the decision that it was Soucek who had fouled AWB.
First, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tomas Soucek. This was terrible from all involved.
The referee gives a foul AGAINST the West Ham player, who didn’t even make a challenge.
For the VAR not to raise a clear and obvious error for a penalty was bizarre. pic.twitter.com/IUg963aHyR
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) September 20, 2021
Then came a pair of close calls involving the visitors.
Both saw star man Cristiano Ronaldo end up grounded in the West Ham box, first after coming into contact with Vladimir Coufal, and a short time later with Kurt Zouma.
Onlookers, again, were left to watch on and ponder exactly how not at least one of the incidents gave way to a spot-kick, with CR7 himself having been understandably perplexed.
Solskjaer thinks Ronaldo should have had two penalties against West Ham 🧐 pic.twitter.com/bVp0jSi8hQ
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 20, 2021
As outlined above, though, on Monday, an official verdict on how the incidents were handled by the officiating team at the London Stadium has been provided.
As per the reliable Martyn Ziegler of The Times, during a fortnightly referees meeting earlier today, it was confirmed that both Soucek and Ronaldo should have been awarded penalties.
The latter’s came on the back of the aforementioned Coufal challenge, which it was also revealed Martin Atkinson should have been advised to look back at by VAR.
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