Following the FA’s decision to rescind the red card shown to Cheikhou Kouyate in Palace’s clash with West Ham last Saturday, The Telegraph’s Sam Wallace has slated the three-man committee for overturning the dismissal.
Whilst Crystal Palace have ourselves had a number of bitter run-ins with Mark Clattenburg over the years, Wallace’s analysis of the situation in question rightly leads him to suggest that the referee was absolutely right to give Kouyate his marching orders last weekend, suggesting that he has been hung out to dry in what is a landmark move by the FA.
There is a somewhat bitter and protracted power struggle taking place behind the scenes amongst our country’s top referees, a subject which Wallace delves into brilliantly within the piece attached at the top of the page, with his general view revolving around the claim that Clattenburg is looked upon with a level of disdain by those above him in the pecking order; a fact which may well have played a pivotal role in the eventual decision to overturn Kouyate’s ban.
Not only does Wallace pick apart the official laws of the game to prove that Clattenburg made the right call in the heat of the moment, he calls for a systematic and entirely logical change to be made in the process that currently exists when examining the challenges that are made to refereeing decisions in the aftermath of any such controversy.
You may or may not have felt the foul in question warranted a red card when you first saw it last weekend, but I urge you to read Wallace’s piece regardless; it’s guaranteed to make you think.