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Andy Carroll loses red card appeal, reacts angrily, banned for three huge games (Video)

Feb 4, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT


West Ham United and England striker Andy Carroll is banned for three games after the appeal against his red card versus Swansea on Saturday was thrown out.

An Independent Regulatory Commission deemed Carroll’s claim of wrongful dismissal was incorrect and the Hammers main forward will now miss the next three games with immediate effect.

Carroll, 25, has only just returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, after the $22.5 million summer signing from Liverpool was just regaining his best form.

The incident in question, watch the video above to see a replay, came after Carroll had already set up both of Kevin Nolan‘s goals in a crucial 2-0 win for the Hammers over the Swans. In the second half Carroll swung aroundd and flipped Swansea defender Chico Flores over in an aerial battle and then inadvertently struck the Swansea defender with his trailing forearm. Carroll was shown a straight-red by referee Howard Webb, as Flores reacted rather theatrically for a towering six foot plus defender. After the game West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who has previous issues with Flores’ playacting, stated West Ham intended to appeal the ban.

As we now know, that appeal was unsuccessful and Carroll has reacted angrily via Twitter at the decision to hand him an immediate three game ban.

After losing their appeal the Hammers are now left woefully understaffed up front, with only new signing Marco Borriello and Carlton Cole options for Allardyce’s side in three pivotal matches coming up against relegation rivals Aston Villa and Norwich, as well as a home tie against Southampton.

Carroll will miss all three after his petulant flick out, which could cost West Ham dear. Whether or not you agree with the sending off, to raise your arm and react in an aggressive this day and age on the soccer pitch is a big no-no. We all know that. The striker, born and bred in Newcastle, has found that out the hard way as he’s now left the Hammers in a hole as their fight to stave off relegation will go on without their most lethal attacking weapon.

  1. thud13x - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Petulant?!? Not sure if you saw the same thing I did (and others too), but that red card was bought and paid for with Flores’ dreadful (or was it inspired?) acting. It was a hard climb to get it rescinded but a three game ban for that is ludicrous.

  2. dfstell - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Bummer for him. I’m not even sure that was a foul in the first place and then not to have it overturned when people can really watch it in slow-mo is really bad.

  3. lunasceiling - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    That was an absurd red card. Carroll committed a foul, and the rather off-handed way in which he flailed back with his arm was a yellow card offense. Did it cross over into red card territory by way of there being genuine intent to clobber Flores? Not in my book (and I support Swansea, fwiw). Flores’ ridiculous dive is what should have been penalized with a suspension. I was really surprised that a referee of Webb’s ability fell for that.

    I agree w/ Andy: disgraceful.

  4. lewpuls - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    One wonders what these Commission people are thinking. You can come close to breaking someone’s leg, or deliberately headbutt, and get three games. Carroll has been robbed; Flores ought to be banned for play-acting.

  5. chadmoon1 - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    You guys are missing the point here. Yes, Flores overly acted. He acted as if he was hit in the face, but in actuallity he was hit in the top of the head. But when Carroll threw the forearm into the top of his head, that is automatic red. No exceptions! When you act out in a violent way as Carroll did, you can expect no other result than being sent off and getting a hefty ban.

  6. wwsiralexd - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    That swing was not inadvertent.

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