Former Premier League referee Graham Poll says that West Ham should win the an appeal over the red card that was shown to Cheikhou Kouyate during the 5-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.
Jon Moss dismissed Kouyate for denying a goalscoring opportunity when he inadvertently clipped Blackburn’s Adam Henley as he raced through on goal.
The contact was certainly unintentional as Kouyate tried to avoid a clash with the Welshman and furthermore, the Rovers’ man had hit the ball too far in front of himself. It had gone straight to Darren Randolph in the West Ham goal, so it’s unclear why Moss decided to dismiss the midfielder.
Speaking after the game, Slaven Bilic did confirm that West Ham would appeal the decision.
As reported by London24, he said:
I haven’t seen the replay, but from my position I am not happy with that. I know the ball went to Randy [Darren Randolph] our keeper so it is definitely not a goalscoring opportunity. A foul? Okay, but not a red card so we are going to appeal and I think we have a really strong case.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Poll agreed with the Croatian’s assessment and said the decision and subsequent one-game suspension should be overturned.
Henley was through on goal but his first touch played the ball a long way in front of himself. There had to be doubt whether he would reach it before Darren Randolph in the West Ham goal. So a Hammers appeal would certainly not be seen as frivolous and should be overturned. It would mean that Kouyate would be available for next Saturday’s live game against Sunderland.