Graham Poll slams incorrect decision against West Ham, analyses possible appeal

Graham Poll has discussed Cheikhou Kouyate's red card against Crystal Palace.

Former Premier League and World Cup referee Graham Poll has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Mark Clattenburg was wrong to send off West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate against Crystal Palace.

In an entertaining game at Upton Park, Damien Delaney put Palace in front, before Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet both scored to give West Ham a 2-1 lead at half time.

However, the game swung on a second half refereeing decision, as Cheikhou Kouyate was given a straight red card for a high foot on Dwight Gayle, and Gayle swooped to land an equaliser shortly later.

It was yet another decision which went against West Ham, after two debatable goals led to a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, with the dropped points now serving as a major blow to West Ham's Champions League hopes.

Fans believe that West Ham are being harshly treated by referees, and now former Premier League and World official Graham Poll has had his say.

Poll has told the Daily Mail that Kouyate's red card was 'very harsh', and was surprised that referee Clattenburg decided to send him off when a yellow card would have been more appropriate.

Poll also suggested that whilst West Ham succeeded with an appeal on Kouyate's red card against Blackburn, he doesn't think the Hammers would be so successful if they tried to appeal this time around.

"West Ham's run of bad luck with refereeing decisions continued with a very harsh red card for Cheikhou Kouyate," said Poll. "It appeared to swing the balance of their game against Crystal Palace in which they dropped two precious points. Mark Clattenburg is usually a very good, considered referee who understands the mood of games and players' intentions."

"Yet he rushed over in the 67th minute and immediately took out his red card when Kouyate caught Dwight Gayle with a high but not excessive tackle.  A yellow card would have been more appropriate and consistent with officiating this season. Whilst West Ham won an appeal when the same player was dismissed against Blackburn in the FA Cup, I don't think they would win this as it is likely to be seen as harsh rather than wrong," he added.

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