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Javier Hernandez scores equaliser with his hand in West Ham’s win against Fulham

West Ham United fought back from a goal down to go on to beat strugglers Fulham 3-1 last night but a huge amount of the talk from the game came on Javier Hernandez.

The moment everyone is talking about came on the 29th minute, when the Mexico international scored a controversial equaliser.

At first it seemed he headed the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1, however a replay shows that the ball in fact made contact with his hand.

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Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri said: “It was a pity the referee didn’t see the handball.

“After the first goal West Ham increased the confidence and we were a little scared. We created very good chances and VAR is very important next season.

“It is much better with VAR. I understand that it is not easy to adapt but it is slowly, slowly getting better.

“We controlled the match in the second half. We were solid but we didn’t have a chance to score again.

“Time is running out but we never give up, we must dream and continue to fight.”

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “During the game I didn’t see it but after seeing it on TV you could see it was handball.

“But not many players complained and I don’t think it changed the game.”

Mark Halsey said, as quoted by The Sun: “It was a clear handball and Hernandez deceived the referee.

“You only have to look at the way he looks at ref Lee Mason after the ball goes in.

“He knew what he had done and then he had the audacity to celebrate!”


After watching Hernandez do a Maradona and score with his hand, viewers quickly took to Twitter to criticise the Mexican footballer as well as demand for VAR – check out those tweets on the next page.


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