Fantasy football managers lose their sh*t after West Brom goal controversy
There was late drama at the London Stadium yesterday as Jonny Evans' stoppage-time header earned West Bromwich Albion a point at West Ham. Well, at least that's what most people thought happened.
Hammers manager Slaven Bilić was furious, seemingly thinking the home side should have been awarded a throw-in during the build-up to the equaliser, but the real controversy came later.
Evans' goal was not Evans' goal, as it turned out - instead, it was ruled that the Northern Ireland defender's header had taken a touch off compatriot Gareth McAuley before crossing the line.
The Premier League awarded the goal to McAuley, so the official fantasy league felt it had no choice but to do the same.
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) February 11, 2017
This was bad news for a few fans - most notably (a) those who didn't have McAuley in their team while their rivals did, (b) those who had Evans, whose goal was downgraded to an assist and (c) those who had Chris Brunt, who now gets no assist points.
And there's nothing like doubt over the identity of a goalscorer to get fantasy football managers really riled up.
Absolute horseshit and you all know it. There's other fantasy games out there you know? All the big calls wrong.
— GadFly* (@FPL_Fly) February 11, 2017
JUSTICE FOR BRUNT
— Ben (@Benedict2807) February 11, 2017
— The Target (@FPL_target) February 11, 2017
I've watched the replay multiple times and honestly cannot figure out how McAuley is being awarded this goal.
— Matt Splittgerber (@NSNO_IA) February 11, 2017
Heartbroken..Chris Brunt robbed daylight
— KuffourK4 (@KuffourK4) February 11, 2017
And, as if you needed telling, it didn't take long for conspiracy theories to begin popping up.
You own McAuley just say it..
— Dean Winchester (@DeanUtd) February 11, 2017
Still, at least a few were able to laugh about it.
FOLLOWING REVIEW @G23mcauley HAS BEEN AWARDED BOTH OF LIVERPOOL'S GOALS. ASSIST MANE
— marcin. (@Marcinskk) February 11, 2017