Marco Silva claimed referee Chris Kavanagh was “embarrassed” by VAR’s decision to allow West Ham’s crucial second goal in their 3-1 Premier League win over Fulham.
Gianluca Scamacca scored with a brilliant chip over Bernd Leno but didn’t celebrate as even he seemed to think it wouldn’t be allowed.
But VAR studied the replays, first for offside and then handball, for around three minutes before deciding the goal should stand, prompting a meltdown from Fulham boss Silva, who was booked over his angry protests.
Kavanagh did not go to the pitchside monitor to watch the replays, the decision made by VAR Michael Salisbury.
Silva said: “I don’t want to talk about the referee because I know I won’t be on the bench in the next game and I want to be on the bench to be with my players.
“It’s definitely a difficult moment for the referee. In open play I didn’t see it and of course it’s hard for him to see too.
“But he was as embarrassed as I was when he saw it on screen. He finds it difficult to say anything else.
“The decision came from someone in VAR and he has to respect that decision but I saw on his face when I spoke to him after the game that he was embarrassed because he saw it on screen the way I saw it and everyone saw it too.”
Even Hammers manager David Moyes feared the goal might not have been.
“I thought he didn’t celebrate because it was offside,” Moyes said. “From my point of view, I don’t see a hand in it.
“At Fulham you’re going to say, ‘You definitely see a hand’. I can’t see anything changing the direction of the ball. It took so long that I thought it would go against us in the end, but it worked for us.”
Fulham led through Andreas Pereira’s first goal for the club but when he foolishly gave away a penalty by continuously blocking Craig Dawson after being addressed twice by Kavanagh, Jarrod Bowen equalized from the point.
“The penalty moment is a good example,” added Silva, “The pressure from the spectators, first moment, second moment when the referee spoke to Andreas, you have to show maturity.”
Scamacca’s strike knocked the infill out of Fulham and Hammer’s replacement Michail Antonio broke away to score a third goal.
But summer signings Scamacca and Brazilian playmaker Lucas Paqueta were the undisputed stars of the show.
“What Gianluca shows is that he’s not a one-trick pony when it comes to goals,” said Moyes.
“He’s a young striker coming to this country that we’ve spent a lot of money on – albeit not as much as some teams – who’s doing really well and will get even better.
“And any center forward would want to play with Paqueta, parts of him were great today.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/marco-silva-referee-gianluca-scamacca-fulham-premier-league-b2198963.html Referee embarrassed by VAR decision to allow West Ham second goal – Marco Silva