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Have refereeing decisions cost West Ham an automatic Champions League place this season?

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In his Press Conference this morning, Slaven Bilic laughed off a report suggesting that West Ham would be second in the league if every refereeing decision was called correctly.

West Ham fans have known that decisions haven’t been going there way this season, but it hasn’t got too much attention in the media, with most claiming that these things even themselves out over the season.

A shocking Daily Mail article by Adrian Durham suggested that Bilic had made up bad decisions going against his team in the aftermath of the Arsenal game, and in fact West Ham weren’t being hard done by whatsoever. The reporter claimed that West Ham not getting top four was the fault of the referees according to Bilic. However, according to this new report, that could actually be the case.

Durham wrote: “Let’s look at all decisions, because the complaint has been clear from Bilic. Refs have robbed West Ham.

Bilic is on a mission to make sure any blame for a failure from his team to make the top four this season is laid firmly at the door of referees.”

Clearly someone hasn’t been watching much West Ham this season.

This new evidence puts it to bed, if there was consistent refereeing in the Premier League this season we would be at least in a Champions League place, and maybe even still in the FA Cup after the referee missed Schweinsteiger’s blatant push on Randolph for Martial’s equaliser at Old Trafford.

Of course it has no significance now, but hopefully next season we will receive our fair share of decisions, meaning that a top four push can be a real possibility.

Adrian Durham’s “article” is available here.

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