Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert thinks a ‘monster’ could be created, if West Ham are successful in their bid to overturn Andy Carroll’s red card, reports BBC Sport.
The Hammers are set to take legal action in a bid to get the decision overturned, after the FA rejected their appeal over the striker’s dismissal against Swansea last week.
Carroll is set to miss three games through suspension, including Saturday’s trip to Villa Park.
“If it is overruled, then you create a monster of everybody wanting to do the same,” said Lambert.
Carroll was sent off after a clash with Swansea defender Chico Flores during the Hammers 2-0 win at Upton Park.
According to the FA, West Ham failed to convince a three-man panel that referee Howard Webb had man “an obvious error” when dismissing the 25-year-old.
Flores went to ground clutching his face, whilst replays suggested contact had been minimal and accidental.
West Ham co-chairman David Gold said he was only pursuing legal action as the Hammers are involved in a fierce relegation battle.
When Lambert was asked if he would go down a similar route were his side to be in a similar situation, the Villa boss replied: “It’s hard to say. You can understand West Ham trying.
“You’d have to judge the incident on its merit. Everybody is going to be different, whether they think something is dangerous or not.”