West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has told The Sun that she feels the refereeing during the Hammers' clash with Chelsea could cost her club Champions League football.
The Hammers impressed away at Chelsea, and twice took the lead through Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll, but were twice pegged back by goals from Cesc Fabregas in a 2-2 draw.
The result left West Ham just one point off the top four, but fans were left frustrated over the circumstances surrounding the draw, having been on the wrong end of two questionable refereeing decisions.
When Fabregas scored his first goal from a free-kick, West Ham's wall appeared to be placed further back than ten yards away from the ball, whilst the late penalty which rescued a point for Chelsea came as Michail Antonio fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek - but the offence appeared to take place outside of the area.
Ultimately, those decisions cost West Ham two points, which would have placed Slaven Bilic's men into the top four and on course for Champions League qualification - which could be a stunning achievement in their final season at Upton Park.
Now, vice-chairman Karren Brady has told The Sun that she thinks the impact could be 'enormous' as those decisions could cost West Ham a Champions League place - and suggested that if the Hammers miss out on the top four because of those mistakes, she would probably cry; and many West Ham fans should surely join her in doing so after such a stunning season.
"The cost of referee Robert Madley’s error in awarding Chelsea a penalty in the final minutes against West Ham could be enormous," said Brady. "It may be unfair to dwell for hours on a decision made in an instant — with the help or hindrance of an assistant referee — but it is clear Michail Antonio’s slight touch sends Ruben Loftus-Cheek plunging into the area from a yard outside."
"So two points went down the Stamford Bridge drain and we are fifth in the Premier League instead of fourth, the position, indeed, that will be rewarded with a Champions League place after just seven more matches. That’s worth an awful lot in terms of prestige and cash in the season of our historic move to the Olympic Stadium. I won’t stick pins into an image of the ref if we miss out by a point or two — I’ll just cry," she added.
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