Wilder on Soucek red card, which bans West Ham midfielder for Sheffield United game
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Wilder on Soucek red card, which bans West Ham midfielder for Sheffield United game

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has become the latest to give his opinion on the red card shown to West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek.

Soucek was sent off during Saturday’s Premier League game at Fulham for elbowing Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Referee Mike Dean was alerted to the incident by VAR and showed the midfielder a red after watching the replay several times.

Many pundits have criticised the decision since.

The Blades were then on the wrong end of their own VAR decision the next day as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea.

With the game still 0-0, the hosts were awarded a penalty after Ben Chilwell brought down Chris Basham in the box. However, VAR highlighted that Basham was offside in the build-up and the decision was overturned.


As for the Soucek sending off, it now means the 25-year-old will be suspended next Monday when West Ham host the Blades.

“I don’t know where I’m at in terms of the decision made at West Ham,” Wilder said after the loss to the Blues. “Obviously it affects us and as a football man, it looks as if it’s a mistake. But there’s two people making decisions.

“I look back at some of the decisions that we’ve had against us this season and there’s not the furore or the hoo-ha regarding those decisions. Maybe that comes with the more established teams at times.

“I just don’t know where I am with anything. The decisions at times are headshaking on the pitch.”

Is Wilder having a subtle dig with comments about Soucek and West Ham?

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While the Blades boss clearly doesn’t agree with the decision against Soucek either, the 53-year-old also seems a little bemused by the reaction.

Or instead, perhaps it should be said that Wilder is frustrated so much attention is given to the Hammers. Especially when he feels his team don’t receive anywhere near the same amount of coverage.

They had two decisions go against them on Sunday, with Chelsea also awarded a penalty by VAR in the game.

The system also made the decision to send off John Lundstram at Brighton & Hove Albion earlier in 2020/21.

However, the South Yorkshire team have also had three penalties given to them by VAR this term. Plus Mohamed Salah’s goal against Liverpool was disallowed for offside.

It’s not the first time Wilder has been vocal in his criticism of the system. Last season he said VAR was “mugging supporters off” and that it dominates the game for the wrong reasons.

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