Friday, 7th February, 2014

West Ham have signalled that they are willing to let the matter of Andy Carroll's three-match ban lie.

Carroll was sent off against Swansea City last weekend after being involved in a tussle with defender Chico.

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West Ham thought the sending off unfair and appealed to the FA, an appeal which was turned down. However, after threatening legal action, an independent tribunal was brought in to hear the case again.

And it has upheld the decision. That is something West Ham have now accepted.


The Hammers said in a statement: "Whilst West Ham United are obviously disappointed at the decision, as we have made clear throughout, we respect the rules of football and shall abide by them.

"Andy Carroll will now serve a three-match suspension, which will rule him out of the Barclays Premier League fixtures at Aston Villa tomorrow and at home to Norwich City and Southampton. He will be available for selection again for the trip to Everton on Saturday 1 March."

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