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Fabian Balbuena Controversial Red Card Rescinded, FA Confirm

West Ham's hopes of pushing for a late equaliser against Chelsea were dashed when Fabian Balbuena saw red in the 81st minute

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Fabian Balbuena Controversial Red Card Rescinded, FA Confirm
West Ham United's Fabian Balbuena, right, pleading his case to match referee Chris Kavanagh during their English Premier League match against Chelsea at London Stadium, London, England.
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Fabian Balbuena Controversial Red Card Rescinded, FA Confirm
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2021-04-27T23:59:16+05:30

West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena has had his three-match ban overturned after an independent commission accepted his sending off against Chelsea was "wrongful". (More Football News)

Thomas Tuchel's Blues clinched a potentially vital win in the race for a top-four finish against surprise Champions League hopefuls West Ham, with Timo Werner's goal enough to seal all three points at London Stadium.

West Ham's hopes of pushing for a late equaliser were dashed when Balbuena saw red in the 81st minute.

While clearing the ball down the line on West Ham's right flank, Balbuena – seemingly inadvertently – caught Ben Chilwell on his follow-through.

Referee Chris Kavanagh initially booked Balbuena but, after consultation with the VAR, went over to assess the incident on the pitchside monitor and subsequently changed his decision to a straight red card – a call that infuriated Hammers boss David Moyes.

However, the FA has revealed an independent panel has deemed Kavanagh's decision to be erroneous.

An FA statement read: "An independent regulatory commission has removed Fabian Balbuena's three-match suspension following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal.

"The West Ham defender was dismissed for serious foul play during a Premier League fixture against Chelsea on Saturday."

As such, Balbuena will be able to feature against Burnley on Monday, as West Ham resume their quest for a top-four finish.

The defeat to Chelsea left them three points adrift of Tuchel's men in fourth.


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