Fulham's Andersen sees red-card ban for challenge on Wilson reversed

Fulham receive boost ahead of Southampton clash as Joachim Andersen’s red card for challenge on Callum Wilson that led to Newcastle winning a VAR penalty is overturned… after Scott Parker accused the Magpies’ top scorer of diving

  • Callum Wilson converted his spot-kick after Joachim Andersen had been sent off
  • Andersen was given his marching orders after Graham Scott had consulted VAR
  • Newcastle were unable to find a winner on Saturday after Wilson had made it 1-1
  • The Dane can now play Southampton as Fulham aim to exit the relegation zone

Fulham have been handed a boost ahead of their match at home to high-flyers Southampton on Boxing Day after Joachim Andersen had his red card from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle rescinded. 

The centre back, who arrived at Craven Cottage in October on loan from Lyon, was chasing Magpies striker Callum Wilson back towards his own goal and after a couple of swipes at the former Bournemouth man’s shirt outside the box, Andersen was deemed to have clipped Wilson in the area as Newcastle’s top goalscorer this season went to ground. 

Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot, but was soon called over to the pitchside monitor, raising hopes among the visiting players that the decision might be overturned. 

Joachim Andersen was deemed to have fouled Callum Wilson as the striker bore down on goal

Andersen is astonished after Graham Scott dismisses the 24-year-old having given the penalty

Newcastle were unable to find a winner after Wilson slotted home from the spot to make it 1-1

However, it got worse for the south-west Londoners, as after hesitantly reaching for his pocket before making his way over to the monitor again, Scott returned to give the 24-year-old a straight red for denying a goalscoring opportunity, to Fulham’s fury. 

Wilson dusted himself off before beating Alphonse Areola from the spot in the 64th minute to bag his eight league goal of the campaign and level the scores after Matt Ritchie’s first-half own goal. 

Apoplectic Fulham boss Scott Parker accused Wilson of diving after the match and fumed that VAR had made the Premier League ‘a bit of a mess’. 

However, the FA announced on Tuesday that Andersen’s one-match ban for wrongful dismissal had been overturned and he is now free to face the Saints. 

The point Parker’s side had gained meant they moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference on Saturday evening by leapfrogging Burnley. 

A furious Scott Parker tore into VAR and fumed that Wilson had conned the referee by diving

The reversal of Andersen’s one-match suspension means he can now face Southampton 

Danny Ings was forced off against Manchester City on Saturday with a hamstring problem 

However, the Clarets considered their impressive recent run of form by defeating Wolves at Turf Moor on Monday to move above both Fulham and Brighton into 16th, dropping the Cottagers back into the bottom three. 

Southampton will travel to the capital on Boxing Day looking to an end a two-game winless run, with a 1-1 draw at Arsenal followed by Saturday’s loss to Manchester City. 

However, they could well be without talisman Danny Ings, who went off against Pep Guardiola’s men after sustaining a hamstring injury. 

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