West Ham have lost their appeal to the FA to have Andy Carroll’s red card against Swansea rescinded, leaving the Hammers without their record signing for up to four games.
Carroll was adjudged to have to deliberately struck Swans defender Chico Flores in the head in the Hammers’ 2-0 Premier League victory at Upton Park, although replays show that there was minimal contact and that Howard Webb was perhaps swayed by the Spaniard’s theatrical reaction to the incident.
But the FA have today backed Webb’s decision to show the Englad striker the red card, leaving West Ham fans in a rage on Twitter and worried about what it means for their upcoming fixtures, while Andy Carroll himself tweeted his anger at the decision…
— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) February 4, 2014
I was brought up being told football was a contact sport. All the FA have done here is encourage kids that it’s right to cheat and play act. — Lee Pardon (@B1gLeeP89) February 4, 2014
As if Carroll’s ban has been upheld by the FA. Pathetic!! — Aaron Dhanoa (@McfcAaron) February 4, 2014
So Carroll has to serve a three match ban for basically nothing while Florres is free to squeal around, FA’s brand of justice — Gareth Edwards (@BigG311984) February 4, 2014
The FA are killing football. It will soon be a non contact sport.
— WHUFC_Banter_Wagon (@WHUbanterWAGON) February 4, 2014