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Published: 15:51 | 23/2/16

Kouyate's red card overturned


West Ham have succeeded in having Cheikhou Kouyate's red card overturned on appeal.

Kouyate was sent off with 15 minutes remaining of West Ham's 5-1 win over Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth round after he was deemed to have clipped Adam Henley as he was bearing down on goal. Referee Jon Moss produced a straight red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity, but West Ham manager Slaven Bilic disagreed with the decision and signalled the club's intention to 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 said.

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

An Independent Regulatory Commission examined the incident and ruled in West Ham's favour.

"Cheikhou Kouyate's one-match suspension for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity has been withdrawn with immediate effect following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Tuesday 23 February 2016]," a statement from the FA read.

"West Ham United’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to their Emirates FA Cup fifth round proper tie against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday 21 February 2016 was upheld."


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