Lescott: It was right to allow Antonio's goal despite handball appeals

‘It wasn’t a handball’: Joleon Lescott insists it was the correct decision to allow Michail Antonio’s wonder goal against Manchester City to stand despite appeals from Guardiola’s men

  • Manchester City players were unhappy with West Ham’s opening goal
  • They felt there was a handball in the build-up to Michail Antonio’s stunner
  • Joleon Lescott insisted there was no infringement and right decision was made 

Joleon Lescott has insisted it was the correct decision to allow Michail Antonio’s sensational overhead kick to stand despite Manchester City players’ animated appeals for a handball in the build-up.

West Ham’s Tomas Soucek appeared to handle before teeing up Jarrod Bowen to cross for Antonio, who converted acrobatically.

VAR looked closely at the incident in the build-up to the goal but deemed that no infringement had been made by Soucek.

Michail Antonio scored a sensational bicycle kick to give West Ham the lead against Man City

Tomas Soucek appeared to handle the ball in the build-up to Antonio’s opening goal

Bernardo Silva complains to the officials at the half-time break over West Ham’s opener

City players looked aggrieved by the decision with Bernardo Silva even complaining to the officials at the end of the first half.

But Lescott was adamant that VAR had come to the right conclusion. 

Speaking on BT Sport he said: ‘It didn’t look like a handball to me.’

Former referee Peter Walton was of the same opinion, added: ‘You can see in the close-up you can see that Soucek has gone with the ball. Has it hit his arm or not you can clearly see from this angle it hasn’t hit his arm. 

The City players were unhappy with the decision but Joleon Lescott thought it was right one

Former City man Lescott said it was not handball despite appeals from Guardiola’s men

‘There’s a bit of an optical illusion there from the players perspective. I don’t think it was a handball offence and neither did VAR.’

Antonio’s wonder goal saw West Ham go into the break with a deserved lead.

Pep Guardiola hooked Sergio Aguero at half-time with the striker still building up his match fitness and off the pace here, replacing him with Phil Foden. 

The decision paid off straight away with Foden striking six minutes after coming on to bring City level. 

Guardiola’s men pushed for the win and sent on Kevin De Bruyne with just over 20 minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough as West Ham held out for a draw in another dash to City’s title hopes this season.  

Foden scored after the break as City had to make do with a point at the London Stadium

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