West Ham coach wades into controversy over referee performance against Leicester

West Ham Dugout

Just about everyone has had their say on the performance of referee Jonathan Moss in the game between West Ham United and Leicester City.

Hammers striker Andy Carroll was furious after the dramatic 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium on Sunday when he was adjudged to have fouled Jeffry Schlupp much to the surprise of most watching.

Carroll labelled Moss 'unacceptable' and accused the official of trying to even the game up having earlier given West Ham their first penalty away from home in the Premier League for five and a half years, as reported by the Telegraph.

It wasn't just West Ham who were unhappy, though, as Leicester’s players were also incensed with the performance of the West Yorkshire official after the dismissal of Jamie Vardy for diving.

Moss panned for performance

Leicester skipper Wes Morgan revealed he and his teammates had been ordered to stay silent after the game.

Since then pundits and fans of clubs up and down the country have entered the debate on social media and radio phone-ins so high were the stakes for both teams.

While Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri declined to criticise Moss Hammers manager Slaven Bilic admitted he felt sorry for the official.

But now West Ham assistant manager Nikola Jurcevic has hit out at Moss telling the club's official website the referee cost his side dear.

"We made some changes after we went 1-0 down and then we managed to get ahead 2-1," Jurcevic told whufc.com.

"But in the last seconds we are very disappointed with the late goal.

“On one side we are happy to get a 2-2 draw with the Premier League leaders, but on the other side we could have had all three points as it was not a penalty for Leicester.

“I have seen the replays again about five times after the game and because of this I am very disappointed.

"We have lost two points."

Hammers season derailed by refs

For West Ham fans it was nothing new of course.

Since beating Everton 3-2 back on March 5th their season has been completely derailed by poor officiating.

Even in that game at Goodison Park Everton were awarded a penalty that never was and were thankful to goalkeeper Adrian for saving from Romelu Lukaku's spot kick which would have made it 3-0.

Since the Hammers were denied a deserved victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter-finals by a string of incorrect calls from officials.

Red cards, offsides, disallowed goals and penalty decisions then robbed the Hammers of a win over Chelsea in the last minute at Stamford Bridge, a win over Crystal Palace and a win over Arsenal.

That's a grand total of eight points and a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

Enough to ruin any West Ham fan's summer.

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