Lambert fears creation of 'monster'

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert fears "a monster" could be created if West Ham overturn Andy Carroll's red card.

Last Updated: 07/02/14 at 11:18 Post Comment

Andy Carroll: Banned for three games as things stand

Andy Carroll: Banned for three games as things stand

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert fears "a monster" could be created if West Ham succeed in overturning striker Andy Carroll's red card.

Ahead of Villa's clash with the Hammers on Saturday, the London club are attempting to seek an arbitration panel hearing into Carroll's sending off during their 2-0 win over Swansea last weekend.

This week a three-man Football Association appeal's body upheld the decision of referee Howard Webb to dismiss Carroll following a clash with Chico Flores.

West Ham, however, are adamant they have been dealt an injustice, and are pursuing legal avenues to ensure Carroll avoids a three-match ban at a time when the club are fighting to avoid relegation.

The FA is refusing to comment on the unprecedented case, but the rules allow for clubs to take disputes to arbitration, and if necessary, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It is not clear, however, whether the the ban would be placed on hold until the case has been dealt with.

If it is, then that would make Carroll available to face Villa.

Lambert feels a dangerous precedent could be set if West Ham are allowed to put their case before an arbitration panel as that would give other clubs the opportunity to ignore future FA decisions.

"I don't get involved in somebody else's business. It's up to West Ham and what they want to do," said Lambert.

"I don't know the ins and outs. All I know is they're debating trying to get him (Carroll) off. It's not my remit, it's for West Ham.

"But if is overruled then you create a monster of everybody wanting to do the same. That's what could happen."

Asked whether he would go down a similar route if the circumstances were the same and key striker Christian Benteke was in the dock, Lambert added: "It's hard to say. You can understand West Ham trying.

"You'd have to judge the incident on its merit. Everybody is going to be different, whether they think something is dangerous or not. That is their own perception.

"Whether West Ham see they've a chance to get it rescinded, I don't know."

Whether Carroll plays or not, Lambert insists it will have no bearing on how he sets out his team to face manager Sam Allardyce's side.

"We've prepared the lads and we know the way we want to play," added Lambert.

"Andy Caroll is a really good player, no doubt about it, and whatever side West Ham put out it will be a hard game."


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

Footer 365

Angry FIFA president Sepp Blatter hits out at 'hate campaign'

Newly-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter has launched an attack on the US justice authorities and English media.

David Gill confirms he will not take up FIFA executive committee post

Football Association vice-chairman David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his post on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sepp Blatter claims he knows how to fix FIFA after re-election

Sepp Blatter says he knows how to fix FIFA’s broken reputation after a traumatic week for football’s governing body.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company