Thursday, February 6, 2014
West Ham's legal challenge can't be the way to go
Was it a straight red? Did Chico Flores make a meal of it? Should it have been overturned?
No, Yes and Maybe in the Geezer's opinion, but the decisions were made and West Ham have to get on with it. The Hammers are taking legal action against Andy Carroll's recent sending off in the 2-0 win over Swansea - something that will just open a whole can of worms.
Carroll plays that way, with arms and legs everywhere and makes decisions difficult for referees. Chico Flores is a cheat and milked the situation, but taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport isn't going to get Carroll back in time to play in the 3 games he is due to miss.
And if they then overturn the red card after Carroll has missed games, do West Ham sue the FA, the Premier League, the referee?
If a goal is disallowed or an obvious penalty decision not given, will teams start to take legal action and claim money?
In my opinion the referee has made a mistake, but it's an honest footballing mistake. You can't turn the clock back on a decision and speculate over the outcome of the game. It's done, move on - although I do agree that the FA panel and process needs to be looked at.
If these things fall into the hands of the courts and lawyers, no one wins - it just takes the enjoyment out of the game.