David Moyes has received a yellow card from referee Felix Zwayer for his heated protests following Aaron Cresswell’s red card in West Ham’s clash against Lyon.
The first leg of the quarter-final turned into stoppage-time incident as Cresswell received a straight red for pulling Lyon striker Moussa Dembele to the edge of the box.
Replays have shown the former Celtic striker, who winked at the Lyon bench after Cresswell was sent off, wouldn’t have had a clear run on goal and former Hammer Alvin Martin believes that the decision was tough.
Martin said in a commentary for talkSPORT: “What I don’t understand is that I think he’s getting away from the goal… Zouma, I thought he was closer, but on the replay it seems stop, it should continue.
“It’s a major turning point in the game, there’s no doubt about it. This game wasn’t difficult to officiate, but it made it even more difficult. He created problems of his own making.
“Dembele didn’t score the goal, Cresswell did touch it but maybe the referee could have been given a yellow card and I don’t think there would have been any argument from either the other of the managers.”
The half-time whistle was blown shortly after and Moyes was then disciplined by Zwayer as he gave the German official a piece of his mind.
But Moyes’ anger was entirely justified in the eyes of talkSPORT host Hugh Woozencroft, who accused Zwayer of treating the players “like children”.
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Woozencroft said on talkSPORT: “You would think the referee has a toddler and he was officiating the game in his garden at the weekend because he treated the players like children.
“Before you had to foul a player for it to be a foul, now you touch a player and it’s a foul. I really expected VAR to overturn that.
Martin added: “For me it was an all day yellow.
“Two players came down for Lyon earlier and the referee stopped the game for them. He had no right to stop the game. But as soon as he does it sets a precedent for the game, but when Bowen falls, why doesn’t he do the same?
West Ham responded to the backhand impeccably as Jarrod Bowen put them ahead early in the second half.
However, the French side equalized when Tanguy Ndombele fired in a stray ball after Ryan Fredericks failed to clear Tete’s low cross completely as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.
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