Bournemouth 3 – West Ham 3
It’s been a couple of days since the match at the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day.
However the performance of referee Bobby Madley during Bournemouth 3 – West Ham 3 continues to be placed under the microscope.
In a ding-dong affair that had a bit of everything, James Collins opened for West Ham in the first half before Dan Gosling made it 1-1 at the break.
Nathan Ake fired Bournemouth into the lead in the 57th minute, but then David Moyes watched his Hammers stage a fightback.
Marko Arnautovic was the hero for the Irons as he bagged a quick-fire double to swing the match in West Ham’s favour.
But in injury time Bournemouth found a 3-3 leveller through Callum Wilson.
Referee Bobby Madley slaughtered
Referee Bobby Madley was slammed after the Boxing Day match.
His most controversial decision related to Wilson’s 3-3 equaliser.
Callum Wilson was offside while he scored via a handball. The striker even admitted as much after the game.
Moreover, the goal was initially flagged up by the linesman.
But after several minutes of protests and arguments between the players and officials, ref Madley overturned the decision in the Cherries’ favour.
In was an outrageous decision which cost West Ham a huge three points in their bid to beat the drop.
Bobby Madley body shamed by Mark Halsey
On Thursday in the Sun, Bobby Madley has been criticised by former Premier League ref Mark Halsey.
But rather than focusing on Madley’s decisions, the focus was placed on his waistline. Halsey has body shamed Madley:
(Bobby Madley) is having a poor season for an international official — he is making far too many key big-match errors.
I think that is down to his lack of fitness — he looks overweight and that is affecting his performances.
With his excess body weight — remember he was even substituted in the Stoke versus Leicester game due to a calf injury — he is not getting himself into the best positions for that ultimate viewing angle.