Premier League legends disagree over West Ham red card against Crystal Palace

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Two Premier League legends had an argument over Cheikhou Kouyate's dismissal in West Ham United's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Hammers are flying high in the Premier League and pushing for a place in the Champions League under Slaven Bilic this season.

But West Ham's progress was hampered when they were held to a draw after key midfielder Kouyate was controversially sent off for a challenge on Palace's Dwight Gayle with the Hammers winning 2-1.

The Eagles went on to equalise but after the game manager Alan Pardew joined Bilic in admitting the straight red was harsh.

Now two legendary Premier League strikers have had their say on the matter with a difference of opinion.

'He's got to go'

Speaking in their roles as pundits on BBC's Match of the Day, Alan Shearer and former Hammers star Ian Wright debated the decision.

"When you look at it, what people are getting sent off for ... his foot's high, his studs are showing, it doesn't seem malicious... he's got to go (be sent off) for that do you know what I mean?" Wright said on MOTD.

But he was promptly interrupted by Shearer, who completely disagreed.

'That's harsh'

"I don't think that's a red card, that's harsh, I'm not convinced that's a red card, no," the all-time Premier League record goalscorer said.

"What do you know about tackling... that's harsh."

The Hammers face losing Kouyate's vital presence for key matches against Arsenal in the league next time out, Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final replay next Wednesday and away to league leaders Leicester City.

West Ham co-owner David Gold and manager Bilic have both confirmed the club intends to appeal against the red card.

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