West Ham 2-0 Bournemouth: Hammers for the victory as Mike Dean Steals the show

West Ham, with the help of the video assistant referee (VAR), defeated Bournemouth (2-0) in match week 13 of the English Premier League.

Team captain Tomáš Souček played a role on the first goal that was scored by Kurt Zouma while the second goal resulted from a penalty kick scored by Saïd Benrahma after a hand ball on Zemura as he obstructed a cross from Vladimír Coufal.

West Ham, who entered the match with one place and two points above the relegation zone, moved to tenth place in the table after the third win from the last five league games. United won the fifth home match in all competitions in succession.

Both goals – scored at the end of each half – were subjected to VAR revision, led by the controversial referee, Mike dean.

the first goal – scored by Zouma – was revised by Dean for suspicion of handball in the build up by Thilo Kehrer.


The new law is obvious regarding this case as it allows the handball – if it is not intentional – as long as it wasn’t followed immediately by the goal, so Dean confirmed that the goal stands, which means that the referee saw the touch of the German defender to the ball is not intentional, and that what sparked the controversy as the replays shows that Kehrer touched the ball with nearly both arms, however, dean saw the incident differently.

Then, on 90 minutes, Mike Dean intervened again when Vladimir Coufal’s cross struck the arm of Jordan Zemura. Benrahma successfully converted the ball into the net through the penalty, which led to the second goal of the game.