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Fans want retrospective action taken on Paqueta’s cheating trying to get Milner in trouble

Fans want retrospective action taken on Lucas Paqueta’s cheating trying to get James Milner in trouble by faking being hurt.

It came in West Ham’s 3-1 victory away at Brighton in Saturday’s evening kick off, with goals coming from James Ward-Prowse, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio and Pascal Gross grabbing a consolation for the hosts.

But one moment that was missed by the referee and officials saw Paqueta and Milner battling to get the ball.

Paqueta got a foot to the ball, while being held by Milner, but it was the West Ham player who came away from the situation pulling off an embarrassing attempt to get a card shown to Milner.

Paqueta faked getting a whack to the face and dramatically fell backwards, as you can see in the viral clip below…

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Brighton: Verbruggen (6), Webster (3), Dunk (6), Estupinan (7), Milner (5), Gilmour (5), Gross (7), Welbeck (6), March (6), Mitoma (6), Ferguson (6)

Subs: Joao Pedro (7), Lallana (6), Adingra (6), Veltman (6)

West Ham: Areola (9), Coufal (7), Zouma (7), Ogbonna (7), Emerson (7), Ward-Prowse (8), Alvarez (8), Soucek (7), Paqueta (7), Bowen (8), Antonio (9)

Subs: Benrahma (8), Ings (7), Fornals (7), Kehrer (7)

Player of the match: Michail Antonio

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi: “I’m disappointed for the result but we didn’t play bad. We didn’t play a great game but we played a good game, enough to get some points. We concede the first goal in a stupid way. Then West Ham defended in the last 20 metres and it was very difficult to score although we had six or seven chances. I’m disappointed as we lost our balance. We can’t lose the balance. We are Brighton, we need to improve the team, the players and the understanding of the game.

“We can’t forget we are Brighton. We lost three important players. I don’t want to speak about the transfer market. It’s not normal that Brighton have to win against West Ham. It’s not right. We tried to win but it’s not normal. We want to improve and compete in every game but we can lose because we are Brighton. If I’m fixing the target higher then we can confuse the real value of the squad and the coaches because we are Brighton.

“Maybe people are confused – Brighton can lose to West Ham. Why not? Brighton can lose to Everton. We want to play with courage to make our fans happy by winning every game but we can forget we are Brighton. I want to be honest. I want to fight to win every game but for us we have to be clear and honest. We have to fix the target. What is the target, we will see. But it’s not responsible to fix a higher target if you lose players. We take responsibility for the defeat but not for the target.

David Moyes speaking to Sky Sports: “First of all I need to say well done to the supporters and the club because it’s been a long time since we’ve beaten Brighton. We’ve had some sore results here in recent years so today made up for that. Great effort from the players. We had to change a few things to get a result here. Brighton played very well with the ball but we were very good on the counter attack and took our chances.

“We defended very well today. We had to defend a lot. Let’s not kid ourselves, it is a part of football and it is not all about attacking. The last couple of games, we have defended really well as a team.

“Areola didn’t half pull off a couple of worldy saves. I am really pleased because we really needed him. Hopefully we improve and the football gets better. We are certainly getting the confidence because of the results. We’ve had to go away from home and the team we’ve had have been tough. The players have done a good job. Hopefully, we can introduce some new players.”

This is what fans are saying as some want retrospective action taken on Paqueta’s cheating trying to get Milner in trouble…

@mdt0991: He had a bet on Milner to be booked

@ReviewEveryFoul: There’s no difference in this and waving an imaginary yellow. In fact, this is probably worse!

@rogermcgivern: Said this after the arsenal red card v palace. Players cheating makes reffing the games 10 times harder. Until they take retrospective action they’ll keep cheating and we’ll keep slating refs when they get conned

@fatwallet72: Should be looked at and a ban given ,it will soon stop

@vinny_tomlinson: I’ve long argued they should have a panel, like they do or did for dubious goals. This panel will penalise blatant acts of cheating. The benefit of any doubt should go to the accused, but if its irrefutable they should throw the book at them. Its destroying the game.

@carlcordova3: I don’t expect the ref to catch that live, but they should get guys after the fact. 90% of that will stop.

@Stephen_lyons: Should be a straight red for simulating a injury it would soon stop.

@paulingleson: Feigning facial contact to try and fool the ref. Not good at all

@alecglen0: Just not good enough, I’m am iron, he should have been booked, he is much better than that

@R_Greeko: I don’t see how football is served by the VAR not being able to advise the referee to award a yellow card for simulation. Imagine if Paquetá had won a direct free kick in that moment.

@johninrosc: Yes! And I’m a hammer ⚒⚒. Clubs should fine them for bringing the shirt into disrepute too – higher fines the more pathetic the dive is. This one would be in superfine category.

@alanlowndes1: yes and this is one of the points that VAR needs to evolve with. you know they would have had a look to see if there is a possible red card involved, they would have seen the blatant dive and so could tell the ref to go have a look at the monitor and let him make the decision

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