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Published: 12:09 | 19/4/16

Bilic: Carroll should not be punished

Striker criticised referee Jon Moss

Slaven Bilic believes Andy Carroll should not be punished for comments he made immediately after West Ham's 2-2 draw at Leicester.

The Hammers looked to be on their way to a 2-1 victory at the King Power Stadium when Carroll conceded a penalty in the fourth minute of injury time. Leonardo Ulloa duly converted to rescue a draw for the Premier League leaders.

Carroll accused referee Jon Moss of giving Leicester City a penalty in order to "equal it out" after awarding West Ham an earlier spot-kick and his comments could land him in hot water with the FA studying his post-match interview.

Bilic has defended the striker by claiming his comments came in the heat of the moment and has urged the FA not to punish him,

"Andy said what he said. It was straight after the game, you are hot, you are disappointed because he was in that tackle where the referee gave the penalty," Bilic told reporters on Tuesday.

"But there wasn't anything major in that statement. It’s what the players or the managers are normally saying after the game so there was nothing in it for him to face a fine or whatever."

Moss has been criticised for his performance in the 2-2 draw but Bilic has defended him and has called on the FA to do more to help referees.

"We or the FA should find a way to help them. It was hard for him (Moss) in that game, extremely hard," Bilic said.

"The pressure was there and it’s like that especially towards the end of the season."

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