Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v C Palace

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 19:45

Barclays Prem

FA urged to admit Carroll error

Kevin Nolan has criticised the decision to uphold a three-match ban for team-mate Andy Carroll, claiming the FA should admit their mistake.

Last Updated: 10/02/14 at 08:11 Post Comment

Andy Carroll: Sees red against Swansea

Andy Carroll: Sees red against Swansea

West Ham striker Carroll was sent off after it was deemed he had struck Swansea defender Chico Flores and the Hammers, upset that the FA did not overturn the decision, took the matter to an independent arbitral tribunal on Friday seeking what manager Sam Allardyce claimed would be "justice".

However, the independent panel, at which the FA was also represented, found there was "no serious issue to be tried" and as such rejected West Ham's submissions, meaning Carroll must serve out his punishment.

The first game of that suspension was the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday and Nolan, who scored both goals at Villa Park, still believes the FA was wrong not to overturn the initial decision.

"We have nothing against the FA, they've just got to get it right," he told several national newspapers.

"When people get things wrong we expect them to hold up their hands and say, 'Yeah, I got it wrong' and move on, like we all have to do.

"We have to hold our hands up as footballers when we get it wrong and take the stick that comes with it. I think they had a chance to redeem themselves and they haven't taken it.

"We were disappointed with the outcome. We thought it was an injustice. Andy is also frustrated, he's a good mate of mine and I felt really sorry for him.

"We've got to forget about Andy for the next couple of weeks now. He has to work hard and get himself ready because if we keep winning games it's going to be hard for him to get back into the team."

It's a grey area. I don't personally think Carroll deserved a red card but I can certainly understand how someone could look at it and see violent conduct. It's ambiguous and that means there is no obvious mistake by the referee, which is why all West Ham's appeals were turned down. And does anyone really think the FA is going to side with anyone other than their referee in such a 50/50 situation? All that said, Chico's behaviour was disgraceful.
- shagwa

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Top three falter in League Two

Promotion nerves hit the top three clubs in Sky Bet League Two as Scunthorpe, Chesterfield and Rochdale all failed to win on Good Friday.

Brentford promoted, Wolves hit six

Brentford sealed promotion from League One with a 1-0 win over Preston, coupled with defeats for Rotherham and Leyton Orient.

Bournemouth beaten, Reading slip

Bournemouth and Reading both suffered blows to their Championship play-off hopes after defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan respectively.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property