Speaking to Evening Express, Fulham manager Scott Parker has called for VAR to be introduced in the Championship after his side were denied a late penalty in their 2-1 loss to Bristol City.
Late on in Fulham’s 2-1 defeat to Bristol City, referee Jeremy Simpson had a big decision to make when Neeskens Kebano went down under a challenge from Callum O’Dowda. Simpson waved away the calls for a spot-kick and the Robins held on to secure an important three points.
Now, speaking after the game, Fulham boss Scott Parker has said that VAR would have overturned the decision, saying that the referee have “obviously made a big mistake”.
“I think so,” Parker said when asked if he thought Simpson’s decision was wrong.
“The referee has obviously made a big mistake and that can happen, human error. That’s when you want VAR in the Championship. Probably it is an instant reversal of the decision.
“I think you come to football matches, and I played for 20 years, and you see instances developing. As that play was developing, as Neeskens got in front of him and you saw the guy coming across him, you think: ‘You need to look for a penalty here, he is going to clip the back of his leg.’ That’s how I see it.
“But I am proud of my team. Three or four weeks ago we lost to Hull City here and the stadium cleared out. The fans lost a bit of belief that we could get back in it and I sensed the players did as well.
“But at 2-0 down today with 10 minutes on the clock, we were in the ascendancy and didn’t give up, they kept going. On another day, the one that hits the bar, the penalty decision, it could turn a different way. I’m proud of the players today.”