West Ham to appeal Balbuena red card after controversial decision vs Chelsea

West Ham are to appeal against defender Fabian Balbuena's "rank, rotten" red card in their defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

The centre-back was dismissed after referee Chris Kavanagh decided he committed an act of serious foul play – only for the decision to be widely condemned.

Balbuena caught Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell after clearing the ball down the line late in the second half of his club's 1-0 home defeat.

Kavanagh was advised to check the monitor by the VAR official, despite the fact Balbuena had only caught Chilwell in his follow through.

West Ham boss David Moyes was left stunned when the straight red card was shown with the Scot scathing in his belief that it demonstrated a lack of knowledge from those making the decisions.

"I think it's a decision made by someone who's never played the game before," Moyes told Sky Sports.

The Hammers boss also questioned why a similar challenge from Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger on West Ham's Vladimir Coufal was not similarly penalised.

Moyes added: "Where is Balbuena meant to plant his foot? If they do think that's a red card, the same one a few minutes later between Vladimir Coufal and Antonio Rudiger is a very similar challenge. They didn't do anything about it.

"You have somebody who doesn't know the game. He kicks through the ball, and not for one minutes is there a bit of malice in that. It's a rubbish decision.'

When asked if the club would look to appeal, Moyes said: ‘You get no decisions from the Premier League. For me, the big thing is it’s just a really rank, rotten decision and it shouldn’t have been given.

"I just think it was a really poor decision. I don’t know who stopped the game. I thought it was supposed to be clear and obvious. I don’t see that there was a clear and obvious reason for the referee to look at it. But it tells me that’s it’s someone who has never played the game who’s made the decision and looked at it because the player’s cleared it and he’s planted his foot.

"Obviously we don’t want to it to be planted in another player’s leg but I don’t see anywhere else where he can put his foot."

Moyes' view was shared by pundits Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker.

"VAR needs to be put in the bin now," former West Ham defender Ferdinand tweeted: "We've tried it and it’s s***. Get rid. It's slowing the game down and sucking the emotion out of the game."

Lineker quoted Ferdinand's tweet to voice his consensus over the solution for VAR, writing: "Agreed. They won’t get rid of it, of course, but they really should."

Examining the incident in depth in another tweet, the Match of the Day presenter wrote: "He [Balbuena] kicked the ball and followed through normally, not dangerous, not reckless, in fact it’s not actually a foul.

"Have another look in normal speed, not slow motion replays, and come back to me…actually no need to come back."

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