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West Ham receive boost after Cheikhou Kouyaté’s red card is rescinded by FA



Cheikhou Kouyaté’s 3West Ham have received a boost ahead of their weekend meeting with Arsenal after the red card the midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté received against Crystal Palace was rescinded by the Football Association.

The 26-year-old was sent off during the second half of Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at Upton Park but has successfully appealed the decision. An FA statement read: “An independent regulatory commission has today [Tuesday 5 April 2016] upheld a wrongful dismissal claim in relation to West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyaté.

“The player, who was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday [2 April 2016], will therefore not serve any suspension.”

Slaven Bilic, West Ham’s manager, had initially hinted the club would not contest Kouyaté’s sending-off – and subsequent three-match ban – despite saying the challenge on the Palace substitute Dwight Gayle was not even worthy of a yellow card.

Bilic cut a frustrated figure after the 10 men were pegged back by Gayle’s equalizer on Saturday, denting their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, saying: “Will we appeal? I am fed up with appealing”.

But the club did appeal, with the joint chairman David Gold tweeting: “Disappointing decision by Mark Clattenburg to red card Kouyate which we will be appealing. We must give referee’s more TV replay help”.