The game of football is enjoyed passionately by many fans around the world. However, it also comes with it's fair share of controversy. On Saturday night, during the premier league match between West Ham United and Fulham, a red card was shown to West Ham's Czech international player Tomas Soucek.
The referee in charge of the match Mike Dean received death threats by fans of West Ham United after the controversial red card was shown. Here's how it happened; With the match in it's closing stages locked at 0-0,Toma's Soucek tried to attack a free kick awarded to West Ham.
The man he was alleged to have fouled- Fulham striker Aleksander Mitrovic was assigned with the job of marking Soucek. While trying to get free from the grips of Mitrovic, Soucek elbow slightly touched Mitrovic's face.
The referee Mike Dean couldn't decide on his own and decided to call on the VAR. After consultations with the VAR referees, Mike Dean shockingly showed a red card to Soucek. West Ham were forced to end the the match with 10 men as the game ended 0-0.
After the match, West Ham United coach David Moyes had this to say - "My reflections are that I'm disappointed with football in general, that the officials involved would allow these situations to take over the game. The first question is about that. Given the decision, there was no decision to give".
West Ham United didn't waste time as the club immediately appealed to the FA over the red card. Not surprisingly, the FA overturned the decision by Mike Dean. This overturn saves Soucek from a three match ban which he would've served if the initial decision stood.
Mike Dean has now stated that he has received death threats by fans of the London club according to Sky Sports. He has reportedly reported the threats to the Police. As an additional safety measure, he has asked the FA not to allow him officiate any premier league matches this weekend due to the threats.
The controversy of the VAR continues to linger in the premier league. The VAR was introduced to better refereeing of football matches. However, it has consistently brought controversy to the game of football. Saturday's events was just another one of the ever growing controversies of the VAR.
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