Carroll loses FA ban appeal
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is to be banned for three matches after the Football Association rejected the club's appeal against his red card during the clash with Swansea.
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Carroll, 25, was sent off by referee Howard Webb in the second half of the Hammers’ 2-0 win on Saturday after catching Chico Flores with his arm.
West Ham on Monday formally notified the FA of their intention to appeal against the dismissal for the altercation. However, English football’s governing body announced on Tuesday afternoon that the red card is to stand.
An official statement read: “West Ham United’s Andy Carroll will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his claim of wrongful dismissal was rejected by an Independent Regulatory Commission.
“Carroll was dismissed for violent conduct during West Ham’s game against Swansea City on Saturday 1 February 2014.
“As stated in the Rules and Regulations of The FA, an Independent Regulatory Commission must apply the test of whether the decision to dismiss a player was ‘an obvious error.’
“The decision of an Independent Regulatory Commission in relation to a claim of wrongful dismissal is final and binding on all parties and is not subject to appeal.”
The three-match suspension rules Carroll out for the rest of February, when West Ham face Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton.
The England international made just his third start of the season after recovering from a heel injury and set up both goals for Kevin Nolan in the victory at Upton Park.
However, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will be without his striker once again, and the player himself took to Twitter to express his frustration at the FA’s decision.
DISGRACEFUL!!! ��— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) February 4, 2014