Fabian Balbuena red card: West Ham boss David Moyes slams ‘rank, rotten’ decision vs Chelsea

Jack Rosser
·2-min read
<p>Balbuena saw red for catching Chilwell off a clearance</p> (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Balbuena saw red for catching Chilwell off a clearance

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

David Moyes has branded the red card for Fabian Balbuena off as a “really rank, rotten decision” as West Ham lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Saturday.

Balbuena was shown a late red card by Chris Kavanagh following a lengthy VAR review, with the Paraguayan dismissed for serious foul play having caught Ben Chilwell with his studs after clearing the ball.

Kavanagh had not even given a free-kick before being told to review the incident by VAR Peter Bankes.

There was no sign of intent or malice from Balbuena, while team-mate Vladimir Coufal found himself in a similar position minutes later with a challenge on Antonio Rudiger - but no card was shown.

“For me the big thing is it’s a really rank, rotten decision and it shouldn’t be given,” Moyes told reporters.

Earlier, Moyes had told Sky Sports “I think it’s a decision made by somebody who has never played the game.

“I don’t know where Fabian Balbuena is supposed to plant his foot.

"If they do think that, then you’ll look at the one a few minutes later which was the same with Vladimir Coufal and Rudiger – it was a very similar challenge but they never did anything about it, so is there a consistent message to both of them?

"I don’t see how it’s a red card. He’s kicked through the ball, I don’t think for one minute there’s a bit of malice in that trying to catch him. I thought it was a rubbish decision.

Moyes was furious with the red cardPOOL/AFP via Getty Images
Moyes was furious with the red cardPOOL/AFP via Getty Images

“But we’ll go again, we’re in a decent position, there’s games to play and hopefully we are right in the mix for some form of European football right to the end and I’ll keep trying to push to make that the Champions League if we can."

Read More

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea FC: Timo Werner boosts Blues’ Champions League hopes as Balbuena sees red

West Ham player ratings vs Chelsea FC: Tomas Soucek and Lukasz Fabianski impress but Hammers fall short

Chelsea FC player ratings vs West Ham: Two sides of Timo Werner as Mason Mount causes problems