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West Ham's Andy Carroll fumes as Leicester pounce

Leicester City 2-2 West Ham

By Mark Ogden

Andy Carroll has risked a Football Association charge for questioning the integrity of a match official by accusing referee Jon Moss of attempting to 'even up' decisions by awarding Leicester City a stoppage time penalty in yesterday's 2-2 draw against West Ham.

West Yorkshire official Moss was escorted off the King Power Stadium pitch by security officers following a controversial performance that saw him award two debatable penalties and dismiss Leicester forward Jamie Vardy for diving, after the England striker had opened the scoring.

West Ham forward Carroll scored from the penalty spot after Moss judged that Wes Morgan had hauled Winston Reid to the ground on 83 minutes before Aaron Cresswell put the Hammers ahead, but Carroll was then on the wrong end of the referee's decision-making when he conceded a 94th-minute penalty following a tangle with Jeffrey Schlupp.

And with Leonardo Ulloa scoring from the spot to keep Leicester's title bid on track, Carroll hit out at Moss for allowing himself to be swayed by the events of the game.

"I think it was a poor decision," Carroll said. "I think he (Moss) is trying to even it up and I think a lot of people have said that.

"It's not acceptable - week-in, week-out we've had bad decisions and bad decisions cost us games.

"It is eight points now that we've dropped. It is not acceptable.

"Four decisions went against us. When we had our penalty, Wes Morgan said 'he doesn't know what he's doing, he's been bad all game'. It's happening every week and it's just unacceptable really.

"They need video evidence, 100 per cent. Whether they've got the camera, whatever - something needs to happen.

"We could have been third in the league now if we had those eight points. Third and now we're still fighting for fourth, fifth spot and we're slipping down by losing these points."

Carroll's comments were echoed by West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, who did little to hide his disappointment with Moss.

"We feel very frustrated," Bilic said. "Very disappointed because this game didn't deserve that. Now that (penalty decision) puts a shadow on one hell of a football game.

"I am not eagle-eyed or an ex-referee. I am a football coach, and I know it is hard for him (Moss) because you have 32,000 people screaming at every contact in the box.

"It's extremely hard for him and the game went crazy. It is easy to say now that refs shouldn't be influenced by fans, but it is real life.

"But of course it's not a penalty."

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, whose team moved eight points clear of second-placed Tottenham with the draw, will be without Vardy for next week's home game against Swansea due to suspension following his dismissal.

But despite claims that Vardy swore at Moss after being dismissed for diving, Ranieri refused to condemn the England striker.

"I am sad for Vardy because he cannot play in our next game, but I don't know this (if he swore)," Ranieri said. "He never dived. It goes very fast and at this speed, if you touch a little, well…

"The sending off totally changed our match, but I am proud because I asked for the players' heart and soul to the end and they showed that.

"I don't want to say or tell you my feelings. I have never spoken about referees in my life, they are part of the game and that is it."

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