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West Ham pay the penalty as Premier League bias becomes clear for some fans ahead of Burnley clash
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West Ham pay the penalty as Premier League bias becomes clear for some fans ahead of Burnley clash

West Ham paid the penalty yesterday – quite literally – as Premier League bias became very clear for some fans ahead of the Burnley clash.

The Hammers have been one of the teams making waves again this season.

David Moyes has transformed West Ham into genuine top four challengers with the side sitting fourth in the table approaching the halfway stage of the season.

West Ham are also flying in the Europa League having made the last 16 knockouts and are one game from a Carabao Cup semi-final.

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Some West Ham fans – like many supporters of teams outside the so called “big six” – believe there is a bias towards the traditional top four or six clubs.

There is a belief that it is more beneficial for the Premier League to have certain teams at the top when it comes to branding and the lucrative sale of TV rights.

There is a feeling that little old West Ham being in the top four and one of the Premier League’s Champions League representatives would not be good for business so to speak.

The picture on the door of the Premier League’s headquarters last season. Photo by ISABEL INFANTES AFP via Getty Images

If that is the view from the higher-ups then it only goes to show how out of touch they are with most fans who are sick of seeing the same teams competing for the top spots and trophies every season.

The appalling lack of punishment for the Prem clubs involved in the despicable European Super League scandal only served to fuel those conspiracy theories.

Back in 2015/16 with a Dimitri Payet inspired West Ham looking like they had a serious chance of a Champions League spot, the team started being hit by bizarre refereeing decisions which in the end arguably cost them a top four spot as they finished just four points shy.

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West Ham pay the penalty as Premier League bias becomes clear for some fans ahead of Burnley clash

Last season too West Ham felt aggrieved and were one of the worst affected teams in terms of having goals ruled out by VAR. Again, West Ham would go on to finish agonisingly short of a Champions League spot – this time by a solitary win.

The VAR decision to rule out West Ham’s second goal against Brighton recently was seen as another example of the Hammers being an unwelcome threat to the top four.

Well some fans are more convinced than ever that there is a bias towards their rivals after the goings-on in the Premier League yesterday.

That’s after Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United were ALL gifted controversial penalties which proved decisive in them all winning on Saturday.

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Man City’s penalty in the 1-0 win over 10-man Wolves was a joke with the ball clearly hitting Joao Moutinho’s chest below his armpit.

With Liverpool struggling to see off Aston Villa at home, Mo Salah was handed a penalty with just over 20 minutes to go for a 1-0 win.

Chelsea were struggling against Leeds until TWO penalties handed them a 3-2 win – the decisive spot kick being awarded in the 94th minute.

And of course with Manchester United toiling against lowly Norwich the referee intervened by giving a penalty with 15 minutes to go which Cristiano Ronaldo gobbled up.

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Of course it could all be a big coincidence.

What it does mean is that West Ham are under serious pressure to beat Burnley at Turf Moor today.

Man United are now level on 27 points with the Hammers while Arsenal – who welcome West Ham to the Emirates on Wednesday night – are just a point behind after a win over Southampton.

There is a nine-point gap between West Ham in fourth and Chelsea in third while Liverpool are 10 points ahead and leaders Man City 11.

It’s up to West Ham to keep the pressure on.

But let’s see how many decisions we get today.

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