Graham Poll gives verdict on whether West Ham should appeal Kouyate's red card

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West Ham should appeal Cheikhou Kouyate's red card against Blackburn Rovers, according to former referee Graham Poll.

Former Premier League and World Cup referee Graham Poll has told the Daily Mail that West Ham should appeal Cheikhou Kouyate's red card against Blackburn Rovers.

The Hammers came from a Ben Marshall goal down to beat Blackburn 5-1 in the FA Cup fifth round, as Victor Moses equalised before Dimitri Payet and Emmanuel Emenike both hit braces to send West Ham into the next round of the FA Cup.

Slaven Bilic will now feel that his side can make a real push to win the cup this season, despite drawn away to either Shrewsbury Town or Manchester United in the next round.

One sour note from the thumping win at Ewood Park was that midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate was handed a straight red card, having tripped full back Adam Henley on his way through on goal.

As Henley burst towards the box, bearing down on goalkeeper Darren Randolph, Kouyate clipped his heels and, to the surprise of many, received his marching orders.

That now means that, as things stand, Kouyate will be suspended for next weekend's Premier League game against Sunderland - but the Hammers have been encouraged to appeal the decision.

Former Premier League and World Cup referee Graham Poll has looked at the decision, and told the Daily Mail that, given the circumstances of the incident, Kouyate has a great chance of having his red card rescinded, making him available against Sunderland.

"West Ham must have a good chance of overturning the red card Cheikhou Kouyate was shown by Jon Moss," said Poll. "The Senegalese was dismissed for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity when he clipped Blackburn’s Adam Henley. Henley was through on goal but his first touch played the ball a long way in front of himself."

"There had to be doubt whether he would reach it before Darren Randolph in the West Ham goal. So a Hammers appeal would certainly not be seen as frivolous and should be overturned. It would mean that Kouyate would be available for next Saturday’s live game against Sunderland," he added.

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