Fulham boss Silva claims referee Kavanagh was ’embarrassed’ by VAR decision to allow Scamacca’s goal


Fulham boss Marco Silva claims referee Chris Kavanagh was ’embarrassed’ by VAR decision to allow Gianluca Scamacca’s goal after replay on big screen at London Stadium showed handball by West Ham striker in build-up

Fulham boss Marco Silva said referee Chris Kavanagh was ‘embarrassed’ after seeing replays of Gianluca Scamacca’s goal on the big screens, insisting it showed a clear handball in the build-up.

Over the course of a strange three minutes, Scamacca’s lob was studied by VAR Michael Salisbury, who wanted proof that the West Ham striker used his hand to control the ball. When Salisbury could not find a clear angle, the goal was allowed to stand and the Hammers took a 2-1 lead.

The London Stadium’s big screens showed the replays – as they do for every goal – and that infuriated Fulham’s players, coaches, staff and supporters, who complained to Kavanagh.

VAR Michael Salisbury was not convinced Gianluca Scamacca had used his hand to control the ball in the build-up to West Ham’s second goal

Fulham were furious after watching a replay of the goal on the big screen at London Stadium

Fulham were furious after watching a replay of the goal on the big screen at London Stadium

They insisted it showed Scamacca handling the ball before lobbing Bernd Leno, though the referee was never sent to his pitch-side monitor to take a look for himself.

Silva initially copied Jose Mourinho in his post-match press conference, claiming if he speaks he will be in trouble, but the Fulham boss did comment: ‘He (Kavanagh) was so embarrassed, like myself, when he saw it on the screen. It’s difficult for him to say something more.

‘The decision came from someone on the VAR and he has to respect that decision but I saw on his face when I spoke to him after the match that he was embarrassed because he saw it on the screen like I saw it and everyone else saw it as well.’

Scamacca scored the Hammers' second goal with a confident flick over Bernd Leno's head

Scamacca scored the Hammers’ second goal with a confident flick over Bernd Leno’s head

Asked about Kavanagh, Silva continued: ‘I will not speak about the referee, sorry, because they will probably come after me and I’ll be off the bench or pay a fine. I am not here for that. I am here to manage my players. I will not say to you what I think. Can I ask you what you think? Even for the third goal there was a handball about five seconds before. Congratulations to West Ham.’

West Ham manager David Moyes disagreed that Scamacca handled the ball, saying: ‘I saw it when it came on the big screens. I don’t see a hand involved in it. With Fulham, you’re going to say you definitely see a hand. But I can’t see anything which changes the direction of the ball.

‘It took such a long time, I thought it was going to go against us in the end, but it went for us.’

Fulham boss Marco Silva was booked for his protests after the goal was allowed to stand

Fulham boss Marco Silva was booked for his protests after the goal was allowed to stand

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