Maradona’s “Hand of God” Reenacted in Dramatic Championship Clash

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West Brom’s Kipre Stirs Controversy with Handball Incident

Last night’s Championship fixture was steeped in drama as West Brom’s Cedric Kipre was involved in a contentious handball incident, reminiscent of Maradona’s infamous “hand of god”. In the 52nd minute, QPR’s Sam Field was denied a goal by Kipre’s hand, which went largely unnoticed during the game, sparking debate amongst fans and pundits alike.

QPR’s Disbelief as Goal Opportunity Evaporates

As the ball sailed towards West Brom’s net, it was Kipre’s hand, not keeper Alex Palmer, that prevented the goal. The QPR players inside the box failed to spot the infringement, and even the Hoops’ supporters were misled, lamenting what they thought was a missed chance rather than a clear handball.

Pundits Fooled by Kipre’s Sleight of Hand

The Sky Sports pundits admitted to being duped initially, praising what they believed was an “unbelievable” save from Palmer. It was only upon replay that the true nature of the save was revealed, prompting a reevaluation of the incident.

Handball Drama Could Impact Season Outcomes

The game’s final score of 2-2 has significant implications for both teams. QPR, who could have climbed to 16th with a win, now hover dangerously above the relegation zone. West Brom, on the other hand, secured a valuable point in their quest for a playoff spot, maintaining their position in fifth place.

Reactions Mixed as Coaches Reflect on Referee’s Oversight

Post-match comments varied, with QPR coach Marti Cifuentes humorously suggesting his team might need to practice against “two goalkeepers” in the future, while expressing his understanding of the difficulty of a referee’s job. QPR defender Steve Cook, however, was far less forgiving, labeling the missed call as a “terrible decision”. West Brom manager Carlos Corberan claimed to have no recollection of the incident, deferring to the nature of human error in refereeing.

Championship’s “Hand of God” Moment Leaves Fans Astonished

The match is sure to be remembered for its “hand of God” moment, as Kipre’s action joins the ranks of football’s most controversial handballs. With the stakes high for both teams, the incident could well be a defining moment in their respective seasons.

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