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VAR Branded 'A Joke' As Alphonse Areola Handles The Ball Outside The Box But Doesn't Get Sent Off

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VAR Branded 'A Joke' As Alphonse Areola Handles The Ball Outside The Box But Doesn't Get Sent Off

Alphonse Areola somehow stayed on the pitch despite a clear handball outside his box against Burnley this evening.

The Fulham goalkeeper came rushing out to thwart a Burnley counter attack in the second half of the game at Craven Cottage and was quicker to the ball then opposition striker Matej Vydra.

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But the ball quite clearly struck the Frenchman's arm as he darted out, in a situation similar to Bernd Leno's dismissal at Wolves earlier this season.

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Referee David Coote waved away the appeals and then a VAR check took place. Yet it was decided that Areola would not be given his marching orders - much to the utter confusion of fans watching.

Ridiculously, VAR official Peter Banks and those at Stockley Park claimed that it wasn't a red because Mario Lemina was covering and it wasn't a clear goalscoring opportunity.

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At the exact moment of the incident, Lemina was on the turf after colliding with his goalkeeper.

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Despite the controversy, Fulham joined West Brom and Sheffield United in being relegated to the Championship following a 2-0 defeat.

Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood were on target for Sean Dyche's side.

Topics: Burnley, Fulham, VAR

Josh Lawless
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