The Cherries conceded first to a Kurt Zouma header after the ball had struck West Ham defender Thilo Kehrer’s arm. Bournemouth were then denied a penalty for a handball before conceding a late penalty.
Speaking after the match, Bournemouth caretaker manager Gary O’Neil said:
“Since I’ve been here there’s been 10 serious VAR checks and none have gone our way,”
“I thought a foul in the build-up was possible just before the handball. A cute one but we were penalised at Fulham for Jefferson Lerma fouling [Aleksandar] Mitrovic.
“The feedback was because Lerma wasn’t looking at the ball. Flynn Downes impedes [Marcos] Senesi without looking at the ball. He has no intention of playing the ball”. Gary said
“It’s then a blatant handball. His hand moves towards the ball. I’m not surprised because it’s getting ridiculous. Since I’ve been here there’s been 10 serious VAR checks and none have gone our way.”
O’Neil spoke to the referee after the match on some of the decisions that went against his team.
“We disagree [on the penalty]. He says Zemura’s arm was in an unnatural position. I disagree with that. His arms are propelling when he’s sliding in. They were on the way back down. He’s not trying to gain an advantage. These things are going against us.
“On the goal he said his arm was in a natural position. I disagree. They’re in both at his stomach and move to the ball. There was one I haven’t seen with Ben Johnson handling, we didn’t get as well.”