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Fulham boss calls for VAR – fans copy Leeds by making petition against referee after Bristol City win

Fulham boss calls for VAR, could you imagine that being introduced to the Championship, following their defeat to Bristol City on Saturday.

His side were denied a late penalty in the loss to Lee Johnson’s side with goals coming from Josh Brownhill and Famara Diedhiou and a consolation from Aboubakar Kamara.

Cottagers forward Neeskens Kebano fell in the box after Robins sub Callum O’Dowda crossed him, which produced calls from the home fans and players to award the hosts a spot kick.


Referee Jeremy Simpson played the game on a dismissed protest and also gave Tom Cairney a yellow card.

Fulham boss Scott Parker calls for VAR to the media after the game: “The referee has obviously made a big mistake and that can happen, human error. That’s when you want VAR in the Championship. Probably it is an instant reversal of the decision.

“I think you come to football matches, and I played for 20 years, and you see instances developing.

“As that play was developing, as Neeskens got in front of him and you saw the guy coming across him, you think: ‘You need to look for a penalty here, he is going to clip the back of his leg.’ That’s how I see it.

“But I am proud of my team. Three or four weeks ago we lost to Hull City here and the stadium cleared out. The fans lost a bit of belief that we could get back in it and I sensed the players did as well.

“At 2-0 down today with 10 minutes on the clock, we were in the ascendancy and didn’t give up, they kept going.

“On another day, the one that hits the bar, the penalty decision, it could turn a different way. I’m proud of the players today.”

Fulham fans were fuming with the referee’s decision, so copied Leeds in making petition against him.

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Launched on Change.org, the petition says: “Jeremy Simpson has caused danger for Fulham as we drop more significant points.

“He called many fouls against Fulham and even a controversial penalty decision and handing out yellow cards left, right and centre, he couldn’t control his own game.”

A similar petition was also set up by Leeds fans last season which was more popular, with over 2,500 people signing it.


Fans gave their reaction to the referee’s decisions with many saying he was the worst they had ever seen – find out what else they wrote on the next page.


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