April 18 2014 Latest news:
By Nick Wright
Friday, February 7, 2014
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is still fuming at Andy Carroll’s red card against Swansea and hopes “common sense prevails” when they contest the decision again at a Football Association hearing today.
The club are furious that Carroll’s three-match ban was not overturned on appeal, with Allardyce today describing Howard Webb’s decision to dismiss the England striker as an “obvious mistake”.
West Ham have ruled out any sort of court action over the decision, but Allardyce is desperate to have Carroll available for their upcoming games against Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton.
“My reaction was of anger and injustice,” Allardyce said at his pre-match press conference. “Unfortunately the panel has not seen it as they should have.”
Carroll was given his marching orders after clashing with Swans defender Chico Flores. The Spaniards’ theatrical reaction enraged West Ham and Allardyce felt the Hammers should have had a free kick before the incident.
“In this case we based our procedure on whether it was an obvious mistake [to send him off] and I’m 100 per cent certain it was an obvious mistake.
“Howard Webb should given a free kick for Andy Carroll against Flores. At that stage the whistle blows and there is no incident.
“That for me is an obvious mistake, it’s an obvious free kick.”
He added: “The second thing is: did he have a clear view and clear eye line of the incident? Howard had just watched it in his dressing room when I went to talk to him. And so that’s a great piece of evidence to say, ‘Did you see clearly what had happened?’.
“My next question was, ‘Who made the decision?’. His answer was he did and he didn’t use assistance from fourth official or the assistant referees.
“So we based our whole appeal on that scenario and for me the conclusion could only have been that he felt that even though he hadn’t seen it 100 per cent, he was reluctant not to give a red card on the basis that if Andy had caught him full in the face or elbowed him or used violent conduct, which he didn’t, it was at very best reckless, then he would’ve been in trouble with his group of referees and his bosses for not giving it.”
He added: “You just hope that common sense prevails. It’s a gross injustice that’s been poorly dealt with.”
Carroll’s sending off was West Ham’s second of 2014 after defender James Tomkins was dismissed in their 2-0 win at Cardiff, and Allardyce believes referees have been put under pressure to show more red cards.
He said: “The stats show an increase in sendings off in 2014, which suggests that referees have been told that they must give more red cards than they’ve been giving previously.
“The sad thing is that when you’re giving red cards out you’ve got to be 100 per cent certain. We’ve had two and they couldn’t have been 100 per cent certain.
“I could show you today, in the last two or three weeks across the world of the Barclays Premier League, that lots of more violent acts on the field have not been punished at all. Or if they have been punished at the very most it’s a yellow card.”
The outcome of the FA hearing is expected later today.