David Sullivan says West Ham have debunked age old football myth this season

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West Ham United chief David Sullivan says his club have been debunking an age old football myth this season.

The Hammers may be riding high in the Premier League this season but they could be even higher.

The East Londoners have been the victims of some horrendous refereeing decisions in their last five games against Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton.

Last month Slaven Bilic's side saw Everton awarded a penalty when the foul was clearly outside the box in their game at Goodison Park.

That could have made it 3-0 to the Toffees but Romelu Lukaku missed and Slaven Bilic's side somehow managed to claw their way back to win 3-2 in the last 12 minutes.

Denied a famous win

But the East Londoners were then denied a famous win over Manchester United at Old Trafford for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup with three major decisions all going against them in the next game.

Dimitri Payet should have had a clear penalty, was inexplicably adjudged to have fouled Varela when through on goal and Anthony Martial scored a late equaliser despite a clear foul on Hammers 'keeper Darren Randolph.

Slaven Bilic's side were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw that day and a replay.

Chelsea howlers

At Stamford Bridge, where the Hammers haven't won since 2003, they were deservedly and comfortably leading fierce rivals Chelsea 2-1 and looked set to leapfrog Manchester City into the Champions League places.

That was until another howler from the match officials saw the Blues awarded a penalty that never was in the dying seconds of the game, again it was a foul outside the box.

It wasn't the only controversy either.

In first half stoppage time the referee pushed the Hammers wall back 12 yards, with the protestation of West Ham's players going ignored. Fabregas stepped up and converted the free-kick, made all the easier for him with West Ham's wall completely powerless to stop it.

Red mist again

Again against Palace at home Cheikhou Kouyate was harshly sent off by Mark Clattenburg with the Hammers winning 2-1 and Palace went on to equalise.

Kouyate's red card was overturned by the FA, the third West Ham red card to be overturned after wrongful dismissals this season, but the damage had already been done.

And just when the Hammers thought it couldn't happen again, it did against Arsenal last time out.

Costly offside calls

Manuel Lanzini had a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside, with television replays showing he was nearly three yards onside while Mesut Ozil's opener should have been ruled out for offside as the sides played out a 3-3 draw.

Those six dropped points would see West Ham sitting one point above Manchester City in fourth place right now.

Such is the feeling of injustice, exasperated Hammers chief David Gold has called for more help for officials from technology.

'It is supposed to balance out over a season'

And now his fellow co-owner Sullivan has told the club's official website West Ham are debunking an age old football myth much to his frustration.

"The game (against Arsenal) could have easily finished 5-3 and yet again big decisions are not going in our favour," Sullivan told whufc.com.

"It was clear to see that Manuel Lanzini was onside when he put the ball in the net but the assistant referee raised his flag.

"It is supposed to balance out over a season, but it hasn't for us so far.

"We've had one penalty while Leicester have had eight!"

To boggle the minds of West Ham conspiracy theorists even more, their club has not had a penalty away from home in the last four Premier League seasons.

Hammers fans will be hoping things start evening themselves out starting tonight in their huge FA Cup replay at home to Manchester United, the last to ever be played at West Ham's beloved Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.

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