Hammers boss David Moyes insists James Tarkowski's challenge was a red card offence

West Ham United boss David Moyes believes Burnley defender James Tarkowski should have been given his marching orders during their defeat at the London Stadium.

Michail Antonio of West Ham United battles for possession with James Tarkowski of Burnley during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley FC at London Stadium on July 08, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Michail Antonio of West Ham United battles for possession with James Tarkowski of Burnley during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley FC at London Stadium on July 08, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The stand-in Burnley skipper was shown a yellow card by referee Michael Oliver after raking his studs down the leg of Hammers forward Jarrod Bowen during Wednesday night's Premier League meeting.

"It is a red card," he demanded. "It is not going to change anything, it might have done during the game but you have to say it is really disappointing that the referee didn't see it is a red.

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"The linesman is very close to it and then we also have the chance to go to VAR and make a decision so who knows what answer I am going to get this time if we ask for clarity on it.

"For me it has gone but I think it is right that it is brought up and asked why it was not given."

The controversy follows a couple of talking points from Arsenal's stalemate against Leicester City just 24 hours earlier.

Eddie Nketiah was dismissed for a mistimed challenge on James Justin while Jamie Vardy avoided punishment when swinging a boot towards the face of Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi.

Speaking about the incident, Burnley boss Sean dyche said: "I presume that is what VAR is there for. Did they react their players? I can't remember. I have not seen it back."