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.
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