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'It didn't work': West Ham's Michail Antonio shares what he told the referee during VAR check vs Crystal Palace
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'It didn't work': West Ham's Michail Antonio shares what he told the referee during VAR check vs Crystal Palace

West Ham United striker Michail Antonio has shared with the Footballer’s Football Podcast what he told referee Paul Tierney during the VAR check against Crystal Palace. 

The Hammers fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the London Stadium on Sunday after taking the lead through Said Benrahma in the first-half. 

Some sloppy defending from David Moyes’ side allowed Wilfried Zaha to level the game up before half-time. 

Michael Olise grabbed a last-minute winner to hand Patrick Vieira’s men three points. But the Hammers thought they had an opportunity to go ahead from the penalty spot beforehand. 

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Antonio was introduced to the action after half-time and thought he had won a penalty in the 80th minute of the game. 

The 32-year-old skipped past Marc Guehi and the defender put an arm across his body. But VAR overturned the on-field decision and now Antonio has shared what he told Tierney during the check. 

Antonio shares what he told the referee 

Antonio says he was trying to explain to Tierney that there was contact between himself and Guehi. 

He said: “I went to the ref, he was stood there and we all surrounded the ref, and I was like ‘there was contact, if there’s contact it’s a pen end of the day’, just trying to feed it into his ears. It didn’t work.” 

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But VAR official Derek Eaton decided there wasn’t enough contact and overturned Tierney’s decision. 

It seemed like it would have been a soft penalty to give West Ham as there was minimal contact. 

It turned out to be a crucial turning point in the game as Palace went on to grab a last-minute winner. 

Antonio is struggling to break back into the West Ham side after the arrival of Gianluca Scamacca over the summer. 

The former Nottingham Forest man will be hoping to force his way back into Moyes’ side after replacing Scamacca at half-time on Sunday.

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