Hoddle and Carragher criticise West Ham United star’s dangerous play

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West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyate was lucky not to be dismissed for a dangerous challenge.

Renowned pundits Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Carragher disagreed with the decision not to dismiss Cheikhou Kouyate for a wild challenge on Manchester Citystar David Silva, Sky Sports report.

The Hammers visited the Etihad Stadium in Sunday's early kick-off and put in a rather inept performance, losing 2-0 with both goals coming during the opening period.

The post-match analysis should have been focused on Sergio Aguero’s 20th goal of the season and victory edging the Citizens closer towards securing a Champions League spot for next season.

However, the main talking of the afternoon surrounded West Ham midfielder Kouyate and the decision not to send him off for a wild challenge on City star David Silva.

The Senegalese star led with his elbow as he challenged the impressive Silva early on in the second period, prompting the Spanish international to leave the field via a stretcher.

Kouyate was only cautioned for his troubles, but on second viewing Hoddle and Carragher told Sky Sports that it was unacceptable and should have resulted in a straight red card.

“Very dangerous. There’s intent, I agree,” Glenn Hoddle explained. “He’s actually come down – he knows he’s taller.

"When you hold a player off it’s normally with a straight arm but he’s gone with a bent arm and he’s come down to make contact. It should have been a red card, but obviously we hope the lad’s going to be OK.”

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher added: “You know when you’ve played the game that there’s certain challenges, or when you’re running past someone, you think ‘I can get away with this, no one can actually prove that I meant it’, and I think he’s gone past just thinking ‘I can leave one on Silva there and put my hands up, I didn’t mean it’. It doesn’t look good. It should’ve been a red card.”

The former Anderlecht star joined West Ham last summer and has gone on to play a key role for his side this season, starting 25 Premier League matches and scoring four goals.

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