Craig Dawson ban clarified after West Ham United star is sent off in 1-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Going into the game at Chelsea Hammer of the Year contender Dawson was the last man standing of West Ham’s centre backs.
David Moyes lost Angelo Ogbonna to an ACL injury in November and has lost Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop in consecutive West Ham matches against Brentford and Burnley.
Well now last man standing Dawson will be ruled out too after being sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
Whether Dawson’s challenge on Romelu Lukaku was worthy of the theatrical manner the £90m flop fell to the ground is debateable.
But a penalty – which Jorginho missed – was given against West Ham’s man of the match and he had an initial yellow card upgraded to red when Michael Oliver was sent to look at the pitchside VAR monitor.
Moyes wore a pained expression as man mountain Dawson trudged off the pitch. The sending off did end up costing West Ham as Chelsea scored a winner in the last minute of the game to rub salt in the wound and seriously damage the Hammers’s top six hopes.
West Ham fans have been bemoaning Dawson’s sending off on social media.
But there has been an element of confusion among some supporters about how long the defender will be out for and what games he will miss.
Craig Dawson ban clarified after West Ham star is sent off against Chelsea
Fears will be eased somewhat as the Dawson ban is clarified after the West Ham star was sent off against Chelsea.
Many assumed it would be three matches for a straight red. But a professional foul is punished with a one game suspension only.
That means Dawson will miss next Sunday’s home game against Arsenal and will be available for the three games thereafter.
Some also feared the red card would rule Dawson out of the Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
But that is definitely NOT the case as the ban only applies domestically.
For a sending off, after a second yellow in one game, the suspension period is one match. For a so-called professional foul – as is the case with Dawson at Chelsea – a player will also receive a one-match ban.
If the foul in question is dissent, it will normally be a two-match ban. And violent conduct or serious foul play is a three-game ban.
A real kick in the teeth regardless. But all eyes and focus must now be on that huge Europa semi-final.