Wednesday 29 January 2020

West Ham successful with Cheikhou Kouyate appeal

West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate has had his red card rescinded
West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate has had his red card rescinded

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has had the red card he received against Crystal Palace rescinded by the Football Association.

The 26-year-old was sent off during the second half of Saturday's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at Upton Park, but has successfully appealed the decision.

An FA statement read: " An independent regulatory commission has today [Tuesday 5 April 2016] upheld a wrongful dismissal claim in relation to West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate.

"The player, who was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday [2 April 2016], will therefore not serve any suspension."

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic had initially hinted the club would not contest Kouyate's sending-off despite saying the challenge on Palace substitute Dwight Gayle was not even worthy of a yellow card.

He cut a frustrated figure after the 10 men were pegged back by Gayle's equaliser on Saturday, denting their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, saying: ''Will we appeal? I am fed up with appealing."

But the Hammers did decide to appeal - joint chairman David Gold tweeting: " Disappointing decision by Mark Clattenburg to red card Kouyate which we will be appealing. We must give referee's more TV replay help. dg" - and it has proved a fruitful call.

Kouyate's three-match suspension has been withdrawn, meaning he is eligible for Saturday's clash with Arsenal.

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