JAVIER HERNANDEZ sparked a cheat storm last night with his Hand of Pod goal.
Little Pea used his hand to score the 29th-minute equaliser.
Sky Sports6 Javier Hernandez equalised for West Ham by punching into the back of the net
Sky Sports6 The West Ham striker appeared to try the header but missed so used his arm instead
Goals from Issa Diop and Michail Antonio plunged Fulham deeper into relegation trouble.
Boss 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.
Reuters6 The referee could not have known that Hernandez used his arm to score and does not have VAR to help
Sky Sports6 The assistant referee may have had a better view of the incident but did not spot it either
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“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, whose side went behind to Ryan Babel’s third-minute strike, 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.”
Sky Sports6 The 'goal' was Hernandez's 50th in his Premier League career, 13 of which have come for the Irons
AFP or licensors6 Claudio Ranieri could not believe what he had seen and berated fourth official Stuart Attwell on the sideline
SunSport’s Whistleblower Mark Halsey said: “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!”
While fans on Twitter were unsurprisingly quick to blast Hernandez for his antics…
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez you dirty little cheat
THAT is NOT the West Ham Way
Sorry @FulhamFC pure scum move from Hernandez
— Come on City (@Steve_V84) February 22, 2019
Hernandez is a cheat #WestHam.
— Craig Ryan (@craigryansports) February 22, 2019
Javier Hernandez should be ashamed of himself! #cheat
— Mark Windebank (@mark_windebank) February 22, 2019
Javier Hernandez should be banned for that, conned the officials to get an advantage. #Cheat #WestHam #PremierLeague
— Tomas Griffiths (@TomasGriffiths1) February 22, 2019
Hernandez should receive a 1 year ban for cheating. Set an example. It just shows the kids cheats win! #shameful
— Sean Drage (@Dragey1) February 22, 2019
How’s the ref allowed that first goal?! Hernandez’s punch was better than Rico’s ffs
— Jack Barnes (@barnesffc) February 22, 2019
Rodriguez cheats by handling the ball in against a local rival to make the game level on a Friday night.
Now swap Rodriguez for Hernandez.
New meaning brought to the term Mexican Wave.#WHUFUL #WBAFC
— Matt (@mj_5891) February 22, 2019
#WHUFUL Javier Hernandez your dirty #cheat #Shameful #Todays pic.twitter.com/LKNGmLSIsr
— mark hilltops (@hellwelovespurs) February 22, 2019