West Ham to appeal Fabian Balbuena red card picked up vs Chelsea

West Ham’s stance on Fabian Balbuena appeal revealed


West Ham United intend to appeal the red card picked up by defender Fabian Balbuena during the club’s meeting with Chelsea, according to reports.

Werner makes the difference

The Hammers were of course back in action this past weekend.

Moyes and co. welcomed capital rivals Chelsea to the London Stadium, for a crunch showdown in the Premier League’s top-4 race.

Ahead of kick-off, the two sides were separated only by goal difference, in 4th and 5th respectively.

But, when all was said and done on Saturday, it was Chelsea who bagged an all-important winner, to take control of the Champions League picture with five games to play.

The solitary goal of the derby came late in the first-half, when Ben Chilwell’s inch-perfect delivery from the left was slotted home from close range by Timo Werner:

Appeal incoming

In the aftermath of the capital showdown, however, it was not the eventual result which grabbed the headlines.

Instead, this came in the form of the latest controversial decision stemming from a VAR check.

Ten minutes from time, Fabian Balbuena and Ben Chilwell were involved in a challenge which left the latter grounded.

Upon replays being broadcast, it became clear that this had come as a result of a follow through on Balbuena’s part, but one which, from all angles, looked completely accidental.

Nevertheless, following a brief check of the pitchside monitor, referee Chris Kavanagh came to the conclusion that the West Ham stopper was responsible for an act of serious foul play, resulting in a red card being produced:

In turn, speaking during a post-match interview with Sky Sports, it came as little surprise when David Moyes revealed his anger with the call, going as far as to suggest that Chris Kavanagh has ‘never played the game’.

Nevertheless, it had since remained unclear whether or not West Ham actually intended to appeal the decision.

Such uncertainty, though, has on Monday been put to bed.

As per a host of reports in the English media, the Irons will move forward with an appeal to the Premier League, to have Balbuena’s suspension overturned.

As things stand, the Paraguayan is in line for a 3-game ban.


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 33 45 77
2 Manchester United FC 33 29 67
3 Leicester City FC 32 21 59
4 Chelsea FC 33 20 58
5 West Ham United FC 33 10 55
6 Liverpool FC 33 16 54
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 18 53
8 Everton FC 32 4 52
9 Leeds United 33 0 47
10 Arsenal FC 33 7 46
11 Aston Villa FC 32 9 45
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 33 -13 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Burnley FC 33 -15 36
15 Southampton FC 32 -18 36
16 Newcastle United FC 33 -18 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 33 -6 34
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 33 -34 25
20 Sheffield United FC 33 -38 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 15
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 10
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9

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