Mark Halsey claims Mark Clattenburg will be furious with Cheikhou Kouyate decision

West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate has had his red card rescinded.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has told The Sun that he thinks Mark Clattenburg will be 'furious' that West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate has escaped a ban.

West Ham have been on the wrong end of some bad refereeing decisions recently, and after two contentious goals denied them a win against Chelsea before the international break, Slaven Bilic's men again encounter refereeing problems against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Leading 2-1 in the second half at Upton Park, West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate was handed a straight red card by referee Mark Clattenburg, having gone in with a rash challenge on Palace striker Dwight Gayle.

Palace ended up snatching an equaliser, denting West Ham's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a top four finish this season.

However, Kouyate won't be serving a ban, as West Ham won an appeal against the red card on Tuesday, meaning the giant Senegalese midfielder will be available to face Arsenal this weekend.

Now though, former referee Mark Halsey has told The Sun that he thinks the man who sent Kouyate off originally, Clattenburg, will be 'furious' with the decision to rescind the red card, as he will feel that he hasn't been backed up by The FA. Ultimately though, West Ham won't care too much about that, as they now have a key player available for a huge clash this weekend.

"Knowing Mark as I do, he will be furious that this decision has been overturned," said Halsey. "He will be hurt and disappointed he has not been given the backing of the governing body in England," he added.

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