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West Ham boss David Moyes has appealed to VAR to refrain from awarding soft free-kicks after Jarrod Bowen had a goal disallowed. The goal was chalked off after VAR judged Thomas Soucek to have fouled Josh King in the build-up. Despite the margin of victory, Moyes was frustrated with the soft decision and hoped the Premier League can address the issue soon.

“I’ve looked at the decision, I’ll be worried if the referees are going back to soft free kicks as they did a year ago,” David Moyes said after Jarrod Bowen had a goal disallowed by VAR. “I was amazed, after seeing it again, I can’t believe that’s the level of free-kick being given out in the Premier League. It’s such a soft free-kick to disallow a goal for. I don’t want to make excuses, but when you have the players for one day to prepare, it’s not easy as a mentality to get everyone to the same level.”

“He gave me the performance, quality, and leadership I really hoped from someone who’s played so many games for the club, and someone who knew we’d been in a bit of a sticky period. He handled it no problem,” he added about captain Mark Noble. “He was as good as anyone on the pitch with how he performed and led the team. He’s had to sit behind Thomas and Declan a bit more this year, but there are games which will suit him and I thought today’s did.”

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