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Crystal Palace Fans Fume After VAR Call Against Everton

Crystal Palace felt hard done by after Joel Ward was penalised for handball in the first half of their Premier League clash with Everton.

Crystal Palace fans were left seething at half-time of their Premier League clash with Everton today.

The Toffees took a 2-1 lead into the break at Selhurst Park, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s early goal was cancelled out by Cheikhou Kouyate.

But five minutes before the break, Everton were awarded the chance to re-establish their lead from the penalty spot.

Joel Ward was the man penalised when the ball was headed straight at him at close range, with VAR awarding the spot-kick.

Richarlison made no mistake to give Everton a 2-1 lead – but it left Palace fans raging.

@gazbod: Arm was LITERALLY in a natural position, in the act of moving it away and they’ve give a penalty. There is no hope. Referees are the most significant people on the pitch now. Thanks for attending my TED talk.

@tgh316: Footballer’s should play with their arms tied behind their backs apparently…

@kelvin_fay: I don’t normally criticise VAR but handball? Really? Maybe footballers should all have their arms chopped off.

@DannyTheGit: Worst penalty for handball I can recall seeing. Absolute joke. VAR is supposed to make things fairer. Instead it helps referees make bad decisions.

@MikeySell: Might as well just kick or head the ball at opposition players in the box now.

@Wobinho: That’s as much of a penalty as the one we got at UTD last week. The rules are a farce.

@jonah1966: Needs to go back to handballs being deliberate. The rule is currently ridiculous.

@MathewAlexShaw: The game is broken if these are even close to handballs.

@Wrosewarne: Stupid penalty decision. Making a mockery of the game.

@pdreynolds81: VAR has killed football. How a ref can review that and give a penalty is beyond me!

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