Well-known sports presenter Richard Keys has suggested on social networking site Twitter that West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate should not have been sent off against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 26-year-old, who can also play as a defender, was dismissed midway through the second half of the Premier League game at the Boleyn Ground.
Kouyate’s challenge on Dwight Gayle in the 67th minute of the encounter was deemed to be worthy of a straight red card.
Keys has suggested on Twitter that the Senegal international was wrongly sent off and has backed West Ham to win their appeal against the dismissal.
Former West Ham midfielder Don Hutchison has strongly criticised the decision on Twitter, while ex-Leicester City and Aston Villa forward Dion Dublin said on BBC Final Score: "I'm not sure that is a straight red card at all. It is a poor decision.
“If Kouyate had dived in with his studs showing that would have been a sending off, but he's got his leg bent and he's trying just to nick the ball.”
I think West Ham and Kouyate might just be winning another red card appeal!— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) April 2, 2016
The game has gone if Kouyate tackle is a straight red!!!!!!!!!! Joke of a decision ref— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) April 2, 2016
The dismissal of Kouyate played a role in West Ham’s failure to win against Palace, as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Slaven Bilic’s side are fifth in the Premier League table at the moment with 51 points from 31 matches.
The Hammers are just three points behind Manchester City, who are currently fourth in the standings and occupy the final Champions League spot.