The FA have agreed to arbitration in the Andy Carroll case to prevent West Ham going to the High Court to try and get the striker’s red card overturned, according to the Daily Mirror.

A hearing has been scheduled for 11am on Friday morning.

The Hammers have defended their right to force the showdown, after a three man panel at the FA rejected their appeal over Carroll’s red card shown by Howard Webb during the 2-0 win over Swansea.

West Ham have confirmed they will now abide by the judgement of the new hearing.

The club: “West Ham United are today appearing before an FA Arbitral Tribunal in a challenge to the FA Regulatory Commission’s decision relating to the three-match suspension of Andy Carroll.

“The club is concerned that the Regulatory Commission did not apply the correct test under the rule, and denied the club procedural fairness.

“West Ham’s complaint is made under the FA Rules, and the club shall accept and abide by the decision of the FA Arbitral Tribunal.

“The club has no intention of taking the issue to the courts, but simply seeks a fair determination of its rights under the FA’s Rules.”

The FA have declined to comment on the situation, after hours of talks that stretched into Thursday night in a bid to prevent West Ham shattering the disciplinary system.

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