West Ham boss Allardyce escapes sanction for linesman comments

The Hammers manager had stated that, after failing to flag Robin van Persie offside for his equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Upton Park, assistant Harry Lennard needs better coaching
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has escaped sanction for his comments about officials following his side's 2-2 draw on Wednesday night against Premier League leaders Manchester United.

The Hammers boss stated that assistant referee Harry Lennard needed better coaching from his employers and should be dropped after failing to flag Robin van Persie as offside when the Netherlands international equalised from close range.

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However, Allardyce will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association for his comments, despite him calling into question the integrity of the officiating.

"Can I get my anger out of the way first? We played United and it was [almost] a famous victory for us," Allardyce told Sky Sports after the match.

"When we play like that and score the best goal of the season, the job of the assistant referee is to give it. That is their job. Their job is to give the offside decisions when they appear in front of them. This was a blatant one. There is no excuse. It is not a positioning issue.

"[Lennard] is straight across the line on the last defender and can see Van Persie is two yards offside. When it hits the post and comes to him, he should put his flag up but doesn't.

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"Two minutes into the second half we have a shot and the assistant referee puts his flag up, what's going on there? He has taken a famous victory from us. To draw this game by default is a bitter pill to swallow.

"His bosses have to look at it, he needs better coaching. I just tell them to have a look at the decision and then accept they have made a mistake. If he had better coaching he could make a better call.

"Some of our players get rubbished for the type of football they play because of me but I do think that is a disgrace as well.

"If my players make those mistakes they get dropped. If you don't get them right you're out of the team. So should [the officials] be.

"Our fans would have gone home with 41 points knowing we are safe - there is £60 million, £70m or £80m riding on it."