“We Need VAR NOW” - Fulham Fans Fume With The West Ham Goal That Might Have Consigned Them To Relegation
Big things were expected when Slavisa Jokanovic brought up Fulham from the Championship to the Premier League.
Their promotion was gained through their being the second highest goalscorers in the English second tier, gaining an astonishing 88 points and being the deserved winners through the playoffs.
Since then, well, it’s gone a bit tits up for the Cottagers. They’ve lost their manager, with Claudio Ranieri - only a Premier League winner with Leicester City less than three years ago - not hinting at a resurgence since taking over from Jokanovic at the west London club, and now sit 19th in the table, having won only four games this season.
Things got a whole lot worse at the London Stadium when they visited capital rivals West Ham on Friday night. After taking a 1-0 lead thanks to January signing Ryan Babel, Fulham fell 2-1 behind, conceding the three points to a top half pushing Hammers side.
Javier Hernandez - for his 200th career goal - was first to start inflicting misery on Fulham, equalizing before the half hour mark with the most contentious of goals.
Fulham fans were quick to pick up on the absence of VAR which would have ruled out that goal based on a blatant handball;
How can some people honestly say after watching that Hernandez goal that VAR isn't needed in the sport? Teams like Fulham can't afford for them decisions to take points away from them when they're fighting to stay up @LenM4
Chicharito has scored an equalizer for West Ham, but replays show it was clearly a handball. Never should count. VAR not until next season. Fulham royally screwed. @the_bonnfire
We need VAR in the Premier League and we need it now. It's not the first Fulham have had a decision go against us which would have been given with it. What an absolute farce. @IRONSBREW
Fulham now have 11 games to turn their season around. They’re now eight points away from Premier League safety.
You can watch the video of Hernandez' 'goal' below.