Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has suggested that the decision to send Tomas Soucek off last night will get overturned.
Mike Dean made the ludicrous decision to send the Czech ace off in the dying minutes at Craven Cottage yesterday.
The Hammers star was adjudged to have intentionally caused harm to Aleksandar Mitrovic.
It was clear for everyone to see that the act was purely accidental, however.
West Ham now face the prospect of losing Soucek for three games.
The big Czech star moved to the London Stadium on loan last January and then made his move a permanent one in the summer.
Tomas Soucek red card to be overturned?
The 25-year-old is undoubtedly one of the Hammers’ most important players.
Having him unavailable for West Ham’s clashes with Manchester United, Sheffield United and Tottenham would be a massive blow for David Moyes.
The East London outfit have now submitted an appeal and the West Ham faithful will be impatiently waiting to hear the outcome.
Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey suggested that the Hammers fans have little to worry about, however:
Halsey obviously knows the ins and outs of how the rules are applied.
Those rules have evolved since Halsey stopped refereeing, however. Let’s just hope that common sense prevails.
Losing Tomas Soucek to suspension for three games would be a disaster. It really has brought West Ham’s woeful lack of strength in depth into focus.
Perhaps these kind of things will make GSB realise. Mike Dean’s decision was a shocking one and hopefully it will be rescinded.
At the same time, however, our issues being brought into focus as a consequence could be a good thing in the long run.