Cheikhou Kouyate free to face Arsenal after West Ham win appeal against red card

West Ham have won their appeal against Cheikhou Kouyate’s red card in Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace.

The midfielder was sent off for a challenge on Palace substitute Dwight Gayle in the second half of the 2-2 draw at Upton Park.

The Hammers had been leading 2-1 at the time of the dismissal, with the ten men unable to prevent Gayle from snatching an equaliser.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic slammed referee Mark Clattenburg’s decision to send off Kouyate after the match, claiming the tackle was not even worthy of a yellow card.

The FA have now ruled that it was the wrong call by Clattenburg, meaning the midfielder will not serve a one-match ban and will be free to face Arsenal this weekend.

It is the third time this season West Ham have successfully appealed against a sending off.

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 Kouyate.

“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.”

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