West Ham striker Andy Carroll will serve a three-match ban for his red card against Swansea - ruling him out of Norwich's Premier League visit next week - after an independent arbitration hearing on Friday. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Norwich City will not have to face Andy Carroll in next week’s Premier League trip to West Ham after an independent tribunal upheld the FA’s original decision to impose a three-match ban on the England striker following his sending off against Swansea for violent conduct.
The FA referred the matter to an arbitration tribunal on Friday after reports the Hammers were prepared to go to the High Court in a bid to over-turn the FA’s decision to back referee Howard Webb’s original call to dismiss Carroll in the second half of last weekend’s 2-0 Premier League win over Swansea.
Carroll will now miss the Premier League games against Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton, with the Canaries visiting Upton Park on Tuesday. Sam Allardyce’s side is currently in the Premier League’s bottom three, two points behind Norwich ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
The FA released a statement on Friday afternoon which read: “An independent arbitration tribunal convened under FA Rule K has today dismissed a legal challenge brought by West Ham United FC and Andy Carroll in relation to the red card received by Carroll in the match between West Ham United FC and Swansea City FC on February 1 2014. The independent tribunal resolved that there was no serious issue to be tried and also awarded the FA its costs.”