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.

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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.”

6 comments

  • Correct decision and a big fillip for us but probably not enough. He barely made contact but for me there was intent and an inch lower would have connected with the cheating cnut's head. Probably would have been better if it had.....

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • That`s the spirit! Let`s all just pray for other teams` key players to be injured, suspended or dead.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Agree with all you say DJ. He knew what he was doing. Violent conduct.

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    sharky

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Andy Pandy or Lewis Carroll could score against us. Hughton out.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Thank the Lord (or the FA) for small mercies!

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Andy Pandy or Lewis Carroll could score against us. Hughton out.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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