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Paddy Power mock VAR decision not to give Everton penalty after ‘handball’ from Fulham player

Paddy Power have took to mock the VAR decision not to give Everton a penalty after a ‘handball’ from Fulham player Antonee Robinson.

The game saw Everton held off second-half pressure from Fulham to record back-to-back goalless draws in the Premier League.

Both sides did manage to strike the woodwork in a lively contest which marked Sean Dyche’s one-year anniversary at the Toffees.

However, one talking point saw Fulham defender Antonee Robinson handle the ball in his own penalty area, but despite VAR taking a look at the incident, Everton weren’t given the spot-kick they hoped for, with fans criticising the decision.

Ashley Young delivered a swift, outward-curving pass from a set-piece, aiming it precisely in the uncertain area between Fulham’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno and his defensive line. The former Arsenal player’s attempt to clear the pass ended up at the feet of James Tarkowski, the former Burnley defender. However, Tarkowski’s hurried shot was deflected off Issa Diop and struck the crossbar. As the ball rebounded off the bar, it seemed to brush against the hand of Antonee Robinson before veering away from the goal line. At first, the Everton players believed that the ball had indeed crossed the line.

Speaking after the game, Dyche said on the latest VAR decision, as per Liverpool Echo: “We can’t get a penalty, you know that, we haven’t had a penalty.

“But on the other hand, I think we are a bit lost with the VAR thing, even though I am a fan of it generally, and we are certainly a bit lost with handball. Could you get it? You might do. If it is given against you, you are not happy. If it is for you, you take one. But for a team that hasn’t had a penalty you take what you can.

“I think we are all a bit – certainly the managers with handball – a bit lost with it. Some try and call it fair. Have you got a chance of getting it? You should have. But did we get it? No. But we can’t get a penalty so it wasn’t a major surprise for a team that hasn’t had a penalty.”

Player ratings (as per Sky Sports)

Fulham: Leno (7), Castagne (8), Adarabioyo (6), Diop (7), Robinson (7), Joao Palhinha (8), Cairney (7), De Cordova-Reid (7), Andreas Pereira (7), Willian (6), Jimenez (5).

Subs: Ream (n/a), Rodrigo Muniz (6).

Everton: Pickford (8), Young (6), Godfrey (8), Tarkowski (7), Branthwaite (6), Mykolenko (7), Harrison (6), Garner (7), Danjuma (6), McNeil (6), Calvert-Lewin (6).

Subs: Patterson (n/a), Beto (6), Dobbin (n/a).

Player of the match: Jordan Pickford.

Fulham manager Marco Silva, speaking to Match of the Day: “Really intense, chances in both ends but we are the most dominating, more on the front foot, had more shots, more corners than them, unfortunately we didn’t score a goal to win.

“The players gave everything. When you’re playing against a side that their away form is really good, in the second half we completely pushed them back and did not give them anything in the counter attack.

“I have to say the goals are going to come. We cannot keep creating chances and not score. The decision making has to be better and be calm enough to make the right decisions. The decision making is having a big impact when you arrive in so many dangerous situations and we have to do better to score more goals.”

Everton manager Sean Dyche, speaking to Match of the Day, said: “I’m pleased, we’re a bit stretched at the moment, but there was maximum effort and maximum mentality. It was a ding-dong affair, both sides had chances and we are asking a lot of these players but they delivered.

“If you can’t win, get a clean sheet and a point and we did that.

“A good 0-0, if there is such a thing, but we’re stretched and asking a lot of them, even from players that are not totally match fit. The group are giving everything, supported by a fantastic fan base. There is a lot of work to do but clear signs of a group giving everything for the cause, even when we have a lot of injuries.”

On Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Beto missing chances: “It would be more of a concern if they’re not having chances, they will go in.”

On injuries to Raul Jimenez and Issa Diop: “Both come out with issues in their hamstrings and it does not look a good thing. It’s normal when you play in seven days three games, really intense ones all of them. These type of things can happen when you’re short and can’t rotate players between games – the schedule didn’t help us.”

Twitter users reacted as Paddy Power took to mock the VAR decision not to give Everton a penalty after the ‘handball’ from Fulham player Antonee Robinson…

@aceodds: Really does seem to be getting all a bit silly now doesn’t it. You have to wonder if that would be the same decision if it was Man City?! 🤔

@Sheedysleftpeg1: @premierleague cheats!!!

@_TheEvertonIAN: No agenda though.

@jimefc81: Christ even Paddy Power can see it

@Gstar_88: How has this not been given 😂😂 even if you deem it an accident they’ve gained advantage from it.. officials in this league are mental

@TimD2704: Genuinely wouldn’t expect it to be given for us and would be annoyed if it was given against. Never a pen. Stop thinking it’s match fixing against Everton. You’re really not that important that anyone would care enough to build a conspiracy against you.

@ianbradley85: Ball to hand and it’s in a natural position. Play on.

@ffc2004: Ball hits the bar, is going backwards and hits his hand in a natural position which is also the only reason it nearly goes in. So yes. You can defend what’s clearly not a penalty.

@Kris1878efc: Even Paddy Power are mocking you @premierleague @FA_PGMOL

@Johnkerrigan187: Well said …corrupt

@BrunsypPB: And thats about it, only PL team not to be awarded a penalty all season, and we aint gettin one either, ridiculous.

@Jack54HD: Oh that’s bad 🤯🤯🤯 how’s this not given?

@KHix: What’s the point in even playing anymore?

@M_R_Fitzy: What the fuck do we have to do to get a penalty in this league. #corrupt as fuck @premierleague again

@FrankEddies: @premierleague How more obvious can you make it? #Corruption

@2288Tom: It’s 50/50 tbh we have seen them given but it’s the clear inconsistency that’s the issue

@goatersmotors: Not a pen for me that. If anything, the accidental touch on his arm makes it go towards goal.

@cj87EFC: Even Paddy Power are calling it what it is. Every week I feel they tweet something about us being robbed.

@robefc1878: @FA_PGMOL you are a laughing stock. Do you have no professional pride? Is it you’re under orders from Dick? Is it just that your members have it in for us? The fans deserve answers. @Everton should be demanding answer’s. It is pathetic how biased the decisions are.

@UTB1972: I’m a red but …..that’s a penalty 😐

@manfrombootle: Hmm I’m an Everton fan and struggle to see that’s a pen. Doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have been given against us though! Think there have been way worse decisions given us against us this season

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