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West Ham fight Carroll ban

West Ham United will appear before a Football Association tribunal in a challenge to the three-match suspension given to Andy Carroll.

The Hammers immediately appealed against the red card given to Carroll by referee Howard Webb after his clash with Swansea City defender Chico Flores in their 2-0 win last weekend.

The ban was upheld by the FA's three-man appeal body and the striker is scheduled to miss West Ham's away game with Aston Villa on Saturday, as well as the home fixtures with Norwich and Southampton.

But West Ham continune to dispute the decision and will go to an FA tribunal on Friday to challenge it.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said at his press conference on Friday: "My reaction to Andy's red card was one of injustice. Unfortunately the panel has not seen it as they should have.

"In this case we based our procedure on whether it was an obvious mistake (to send him off) and I'm 100 per cent certain it was an obvious mistake.

"I hope that common sense prevails. If there's a decision today hopefully it's a positive one."

Allardyce also defended Carroll, who wrote 'DISGRACEFUL' on social networking site Twitter after the ban was upheld.

"That's what he feels," said Allardyce. "Is he not allowed to say what he feels? I could say a lot more but unfortunately in football we have a gagging order and we're not allowed to say what we think.

"We don't have freedom of speech. We can't say what we really think because of the repercussions so you try to explain yourself the best that you can.

"The other scenario is that simulation has won."

A club statement said: "The club is concerned that the regulatory commission did not apply the correct test under the rule, and denied the club procedural fairness.

"The club has no intention of taking the issue to the courts, but simply seeks a fair determination of its rights under the FA's rules."