West Ham joint-owner David Gold has taken to Twitter to call for a rule change. Following Arthur Masuaku’s double yellow card at Aston Villa, Gold believes clubs should be allowed to appeal red cards in this situation.
At present, clubs can only appeal if a player has received a straight red card. This automatically results in a three-match ban for the player – unless the appeal is successful.
But clubs cannot appeal if a player is given two yellow cards, resulting in a red and a one-match ban. Moreover, VAR only reviews straight red cards. Gold wants the laws to change on this.
Gold tweeted: “Would it be fairer to be able to appeal a red card following two yellows after all he and the club could be punished twice, once for the sending off and two for the ban from the next game when on reviewing the incidents one of them was not worthy of a yellow.”
David Gold’s sly dig at Mike Dean
It is clear why Gold has posed this question on social media. This is a direct response to last Monday’s game against Aston Villa. During the match, controversial referee Mike Dean showed Masuaku two yellow cards.
The first from the DR Congo left-back was a clear bookable offence. But the second card was harsh. Masuaku made little contact with the Villa player and West Ham had to close out the 0-0 draw with 10 men.
Of course, this inadvertently aided West Ham against Manchester United. Masuaku’s red card meant Aaron Cresswell was recalled from the cold. And he scored a stunning free-kick to wrap up three points for the Hammers.
But the point is still valid. West Ham were ‘punished’ on the pitch against Aston Villa and then against Man United for a potentially wrong decision. With no VAR or ability to appeal, this seems unfair and Gold does make a good point.