West Ham handed in huge boost as star sees three-match ban overturned


West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena has had his three-match suspension overturned following a wrongful dismissal complaint.

Balbuena was sent off by referee Chris Kavanagh on Saturday after catching Chelsea full-back Ben Chilwell with his crampons as he cleared the ball.

The 29-year-old will now be free to play on Monday when the Hammers Travel to Burnley in the Premier League, in addition to subsequent matches against Everton and Brighton.

An FA statement read: “An independent regulatory commission has lifted Fabian Balbuena’s three-match suspension following a complaint of unfair dismissal.”

Kavanagh did not initially breathe for a foul, but the incident was brought to his attention by VAR.

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The match official reviewed the footage on the pitch monitor and then decided to show a direct red card to Paraguay’s center-back.

West Ham manager David Moyes called the decision “rotten,” after his side lost 1-0 to their top four rivals.

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Hammers urged to sign striker

West Ham have been asked to attack London rivals Chelsea in search of a striker this summer who would immediately improve their squad.

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England leader Tammy Abraham is the player in question, with his future at Stamford Bridge currently on hold. We told you, in an exclusive report, that the 23-year-old will have to drop his salary demands to leave the club – with the Hammers one of the clubs pursuing him.

And now Sky Sports expert Clinton Morrison had his say in the forward’s future.

Former Crystal Palace frontman boasts Abraham for a visit to the London stadium. He believes the forward will score goals for an improved Hammers outfit.

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He said Sky Sports News: “100 percent. Tammy would go to Western ham and score lots of goals, if they manage to keep Jesse Lingard and add to this team.

“He’s a good young striker, he will continue to improve. He will score goals, he is a threat in the air, he can stretch teams behind. He is also good back to the goal.

“He needs an arm around his shoulder. West Ham are a growing team and if they have the funds they should definitely go and sign Tammy Abraham.



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