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'VAR and the handball rule is a total farce and has ruined football': Crystal Palace fans left seething over decision to penalise Joel Ward for handball as Richarlison scores resulting spot kick in defeat by Everton Everton were awarded a controversial penalty in 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace Referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot after the ball struck Joel Ward's arm Ward was standing just two yards away from Lucas Digne when he handled Palace defender's left arm was also held in a natural position at time of impact 

By Tom Caldon For Mailonline

Published: 17:35 BST, 26 September 2020 | Updated: 17:40 BST, 26 September 2020

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Crystal Palace fans reacted furiously on social media after Everton were awarded a controversial penalty in their 2-1 away victory at Selhurst Park. 

The two teams were level at 1-1 when Lucas Digne's headed knockdown struck Palace defender Joel Ward on his left arm, which was held in a natural position by his side. 

The Palace defender was stood just two yards away from Digne when he inadvertently handled the ball, but referee Kevin Friend decided to point to the spot after a lengthy VAR review.

Joel Ward was controversially penalised for handball in Crystal Palace's 2-1 defeat by Everton

Joel Ward was controversially penalised for handball in Crystal Palace's 2-1 defeat by Everton

The ball struck Ward on the arm in the penalty area after Lucas Digne's headed knockdown

The ball struck Ward on the arm in the penalty area after Lucas Digne's headed knockdown

Richarlison held his nerve from the spot and emphatically restored Everton's lead, completing the scoring as the Toffees secured their third successive win this term.

One disgruntled Palace fan tweeted: 'VAR and the

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