Gallagher: Ayew tumble was not a penalty for West Ham

Birmingham manager Steve Bruce disagrees over Nicky Butt's sending off with referee Dermot Gallagher at half-time of the Barclays Premiership match between Portsmouth and Birmingham City...

West Ham drew 1-1 with Leicester City on Friday night in the Premier League.

13 Dec 2000:  Referee Dermot Gallagher during the Worthington Cup fifth round match between Liverpool and Fulham played at Anfield, in Liverpool, England. Liverpool won the match 3-0 after...

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has told Sky Sports that West Ham United did not deserve a penalty for a foul on Andre Ayew during their 1-1 draw against Leicester City.

The Hammers earned their first point under the stewardship of David Moyes after Cheikhou Kouyate equalised for the Hammers, cancelling out Marc Albrighton's opener for the Foxes.

Ghana international Ayew went over in the penalty area after a coming together with Leicester defender Harry Maguire, but referee Martin Atkinson waved play on as he adjudged the former Swansea attacker to have dived.

Andre Ayew of West Ham United celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October...

Gallagher told Sky Sports on Monday's Premier League Daily Show that Atkinson made the right call not to award the penalty, before delivering his own verdict on Ayew's dive.

"Correct decision, but he deserves a booking," Gallagher said. "The referee will say there is contact, but the contact is from Ayew. That's one we should be yellow carding, particularly with what has panned out in the past couple of weeks. It wasn't good."

Andre Ayew of West Ham United reacts as Jamie Vardy of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on November 24,...

Atkinson did not give the 27-year-old a yellow card for trying to deceive him. Ayew has since come in for plenty of criticism for his actions, with many calling for him to receive a retrospective ban as did Everton's Oumar Niasse.

The Hammers failed to make the breakthrough during the remainder of the match, leaving Moyes in the bottom three with only one point from a possible six ahead of difficult matches against Everton, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal

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