Michail Antonio has been discussing the decision by Rob Jones to deny West Ham a goal against Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The official looked at VAR after the ex-Forest man barged into Orel Mangala in the build-up to Said Benrahma opening the scoring.

The goal was disallowed after Jones had been asked to head over the VAR screen to look at the incident. He checked his monitor and decided to disallow the goal, with Antonio deemed to have fouled the Forest midfielder.

Antonio vented his frustration at the time. He was seen venting his frustration towards Jones on several occasions and now the man who spent 18 months at the City Ground has been discussing the incident.

Antonio discusses Sunday decision
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Antonio told the Footballer’s Football Podcast: “It doesn’t make any sense. Let me explain this situation, Dec gets the ball, and I run. I’m like: ‘Dec, flick it over the top’ because I’m running straight through on goal.

“He’s obviously heard my shout. I’ve gone left, he’s moved left. I’ve gone right, he’s gone the other way. So I’m literally running straight into him. But he’s blocked me on purpose because I’m moving to avoid him because I’m trying to go through

“Two minutes later, I pick up a throw-in, I pass it forward. He does it again. I’ve gone to him: ‘he’s done it again, he’s blocked me off again. You’ve disallowed the goal for blocking me, he’s done it again’. He’s not given me a foul. The referee goes to me: ‘move on, it’s gone now’.”

Antonio discusses Sunday’s key decision and he clearly feel hard done by

It was evident that this would come up on Antonio’s podcast this week. With Mark Clattenburg in place on the show, he was always going to be quizzed on the weekend’s big calls in the Premier League.

Antonio is clearly still smarting that Benrahma’s goal was disallowed. The Reds went on to win the game and the Hammers remain without a single point from their start to the season.

Taking any bias out of the equation, it was a foul. West Ham would have felt disgruntled has they not received the decision at the other end and the Hammers had more than enough chances to salvage something.

Antonio discusses Sunday decision
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Forest were on the right end of a decision this time. For West Ham’s penalty later in the game, they were on the wrong end but ultimately the officials were right on both occasions.

VAR will have a big say in Forest’s fate this season, as it does with any Premier League club. On Sunday, however, there is no debate to be had over whether Jones got the decision right or not.

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