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Published: 11:33 | 22/2/16

Hammers to appeal Kouyate red card

West Ham will appeal the red card shown to Cheikhou Kouyate during the FA Cup fifth round win over Blackburn Rovers.

Kouyate was sent off with 15 minutes remaining at Ewood Park after he was deemed to have denied Adam Henley a goalscoring opportunity.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic did not agree with the decision and is confident Kouyate will be cleared on appeal.

"From my position, I am not happy with that. I know the ball went to Randy [Darren Randolph], to our keeper, so it is definitely not a goalscoring opportunity. A foul? Okay," Bilic explained.

"But not a red card so we are going to appeal and I think we have a really strong case."

Hammers co-chairman David Gold took to Twitter to confirm the club's intention to appeal the red card.

"We will appeal Kouyates red card which we believe was a mistake by the referee - I think we have a good chance," Gold wrote.

"The Blackburn player wasn't going to get the ball anyway so he wasn't denied a goal scoring opportunity."

West Ham defeated Blackburn 5-1 at Ewood Park and face a trip to either Manchester United or Shrewsbury Town in the quarter-finals.

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