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Hammers face anxious FA wait on Ajeti card

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West Ham are fearful the FA could over rule the VAR red card decision given in favour of Albian Ajeti towards the end of yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Everton.

The Switzerland striker appeared as a late sub again near the end and looked a man on a mission to show David Moyes he can be the answer to some of his problems up front.

He was very  lively and heavily involved as the Hammers chased hard to grab three points showing far more than he has done in his previous cameo appearances.

But he was caught up in an off the ball incident with Mason Holgate in which it appeared the striker had pushed his head back towards the face of the Everton defender.

The 23-year-old fell to the floor leading to referee Andre Marriner stopping the game, with Pablo Zabaleta angrily confronting the official and Holgate after the incident.

However, after calling in VAR a red card penalty was avoided with “no violent conduct” involved be given which to be honest surprised many looking at TV replays.

A Hammers insider revealed to us by e mail that the club remained fearful the decision could be changed by the Football Association revealing the ruling body had until 6pm on Tuesday to make up their minds.

Should they do so a three match ban would almost inevitably follow.

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8 comments on “Hammers face anxious FA wait on Ajeti card

  1. So they can overturn that if they feel like it but not Declan Rice handball which was headed on to his hand by a sheffield utd player, Just what is the point of football anymore? It appears what Var says is completely bendable. Whole thing is pointless then.

  2. Good old ex Evertonian Linneker seemed to make a big thing about it on M.O.T.D. Drawing attention towards that incident more than the game itself 🤔🤔🤔

  3. While I’m on one did anybody watch sky sports this morning goals on Sunday? Clearly showed the ball hit Tarores arm on his run to pass to Jimenez to score Wolves winner yesterday?? Similar to Rice to Snodgrass against Sheffield that was ruled out by VAR but not yesterday for Wolves??? I.M.H.O VAR is an ASS!!!!

    • I saw it too, agree on VAR. The implementation of the rules are not consistent from game to game. No difference in scenario.

  4. With all due respect, please get rid of this Pelligrini signing.
    In all the matches he has played, he showed a big round nothing.
    How is it even possible that Ajeti could get minutes in the 1st team instead of the Nathan Holland’s and Scully etc.
    And then to attempt a head butt … the most significant thing he has done all season.? Hope he gets a roasting and strong reprimand from the club.
    Always though West Ham’s strength lies in their passion, not in filthy tactics. We pride ourselves in this.
    Filthiness, get out.

    • As Wjo1974 said in a comment in another article in C&H on this which I also agree with “Not condoning it but no one mentions the knee in the back that started it or the booting Ajeti got from him a few minutes earlier. If all you saw was MOTD things weren’t all as has been shown. I was behind the goal when it was happening and said it at the time. Watch it again and watch the knee from Holgate which was the first incident so can we go back and have the penalty please?”

  5. Although this is the most news worthy thing he has done since arriving the biggest worry is if he is banned we are down to Haller as our only out and out striker.Antonio is so injury prone it leaves Moyes with literally nobody to pick.Would love to know what the contingency plan is if Haller sustains a serious injury in the next week or two.?.It really is a sorry state of affairs.

  6. It’s very similar to the Lanzini incident. All over until MOTD got stuck in. Similarly when Zabaleta was red carded for minor contact they said “he should know better”, but when it’s another team, there’s “nothing in it”. Pundits who don’t need to play any more to earn a living are given too much credence by officials. And not a word about Holgate’s crafty little peak to see if he’d got a result from his play-acting. For me that deserves a retrospective red more than Ajeti.

    Selective trial by TV is unacceptable and someone on the BBC doesn’t like us.

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