Vital Football

Latest West Ham United News

Managers Appeal To FA

Managers Appeal To FA

West Ham manager Alan Pardew and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez have pleaded with the Football Association to show 'sympathy' and 'common sense' and allow red-carded pair Hayden Mullins and Luis Garcia to play in the FA Cup final.

The two midfielders clashed nine minutes from full-time in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Upton Park and were both shown straight red cards by referee Howard Webb.

Garcia elbowed Mullins in the back, who retaliated by pushing the Spaniard to the floor. As it stands both men will be suspended when West Ham clash with Liverpool in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.

Pardew: 'All four of us have been in the referee's room. By the letter of the law perhaps they should have been sent off - but we are all in agreement the FA should show some clemency on this.

'We are both playing each other in the final and hopefully they will show some sympathy.

'I hope it can be downgraded. If they want to do three matches, maybe two this year and one next year.

'Ironically, we play each other in the final so it is not affecting anybody else. A tiny little incident has cost them both a very special day.

'The referee said he thought about [the yellow card] but under the guidelines he's given he would be punished if he didn't give two reds.

'Both the players are honest guys. There was no animosity between us. We all went in there and had a civil conversation.

'It was a little moment but as it stands at the moment they will both miss out, which will be a big, big shame and take away from what I think will be a terrific final.

'There is not much we can do. We will appeal and express our feelings in the media and I hope there is some common sense there.'

Chelsea v ManU

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Thursday April 27 2006
Time: 4:49PM

Login to post a comment

Best of International Football News

-

Recent West Ham United Articles

West Ham v Bournemouth - Fascinating Facts

It`s that time of the week again, time to delve through the record and form books to discover a few fascinating facts about the fixture this weekend.

West Ham v Bournemouth - Managerial Chit-Chat

Can the Hammers follow-up their fine win away to Huddersfield Town last weekend, with a home victory against Bournemouth?

West Ham v Bournemouth - Early Team-News

Who is injured, who is doubtful and who may return after respective FA Cup replays for both teams in midweek.

Hammer Carroll Injured (Again)

Andy Carroll is one of those players who divides the West Ham support.

West Ham United Archived Articles

Vital West Ham articles from

Site Journalists

Rossy
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

West Ham v Bournemouth?
Suggested By: rossy
West Ham to Win!58%
Bournemouth to Win!28%
A Draw!0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent West Ham United Results (view all)

West Ham United Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.EddyT1
Write for Vital Football