The Telegraph’s Sam Wallace Slates The FA For Overturning Kouyate’s Red

3 Posted by - April 7, 2016 - Daily Thoughts, News

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. 

This is a fantastic piece of writing from Wallace, who doesn’t hold back in his criticism of the move to overrule Mark Clattenburg. 

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. 

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  • Carl April 7, 2016 - 7:28 am Reply

    What utter utter garbage laughable tripe

    • admin April 7, 2016 - 7:48 am Reply

      West Ham fan by any chance, Carl?

  • Ann Mahon April 7, 2016 - 7:49 am Reply

    In the real world, its the FA who have responsibility for upholding and adjudicating on the laws of the game…..not a writer from the Telegraph. If the FA found that Clattenberg was correct then they would have endorsed his decision. I think the referee was a wee bit too hasty in issuing the red card. His hand was already reaching into his pocket even before Gayle hit the ground.

    • admin April 7, 2016 - 8:02 am Reply

      The actual body is made up of three people, two of whom are former players, not referees, Ann.

      I don’t think Sam Wallace should be criticised for pointing out the inconsistencies in the decision making.

  • Jack April 7, 2016 - 7:52 am Reply

    I’m a West Ham fan and here’s my view, When I first saw the tackle Kouyate lunged but won the ball. Instantly I saw Clattenburg send him off. When I was on the train home I watched video’s of it on twitter, it wasn’t a sending off. Even his studs was pointing towards the ground. The FA have made the correct decision, now people may say they’ve undermined Clattenburg but are they going to say that about every red that’s overturned? That’s why this system is in place. It’s the 3rd red West Ham have had overturned this season and in my opinion it cost us two points against you. In theory that could be the difference between finishing 4th,5th,6th,7th and then the club would lose out on millions based on them decisions. It’s a difficult subject but football has made the correct decision with goal line technology, it’s surely only a matter of time video refs are bought in for big decisions like this, it works in rugby no reason why it wouldn’t work in football.

  • Clive April 7, 2016 - 8:13 am Reply

    Have these dodgy reporters ever played football, won the ball plain and simple! No mallace! Right decision to over turn the red card.

    • admin April 7, 2016 - 8:26 am Reply


      Firstly, Sam Wallace is the chief sportswriter of The Daily Telegraph, not a “dodgy reporter”.

      Secondly, the rules state that a challenge such as Kouyate’s has every right to warrant a red card.

      Thirdly, it’s “malice” not “mallace”.

      • Clive April 7, 2016 - 9:16 am Reply

        Thanks for the spelling correction. A tackle of that kind…. leading with one foot no studs to win the ball….. why have the FA overturned it? Because he was going for the ball. Not to hurt the player, wake up and smell the coffee. ☺

        • admin April 7, 2016 - 9:18 am Reply

          If that rule was used universally, I would happily go along with it. Unfortunately, the FA are selective in their choices on the matter.

  • Evelyn April 7, 2016 - 8:25 am Reply

    How much of Clattenburg’s decision to send off was influenced by Gayle’s immediate feigning of an horrific injury, only to jump up at Kouyate, fit as a two year old and apparently with no damage, as soon as the red was brandished?

    It’s players like Gayle, who openly intend to deceive referees as to the level of injury sustained, that should be retrospectively punished. If that happened maybe refs will be left to judge the situation without the element of fake emotion/injury being thrown into the mix and come out with a more accurate decision.

    • admin April 7, 2016 - 8:28 am Reply

      Evelyn, I suggest you revisit the game between West Ham and Palace at Selhurst Park earlier this season, when Kouyate did exactly that to get Gayle dismissed by the same referee.

      Your own players are far from innocent. Glass houses and stones come to mind.

      • Ian April 7, 2016 - 8:33 am Reply

        And you don’t think that had a bearing on Gayle and his rolling around then!

      • Evelyn April 7, 2016 - 8:35 am Reply

        I’m a Palace fan and female referee if you must know!

        • admin April 7, 2016 - 8:56 am Reply

          If that’s the case, you’ll remember Kouyate doing exactly the same at Selhurst in October then?

          • Evelyn April 7, 2016 - 9:15 am

            Of course. I used Gayle as he was the most recent example and involved in the incident the article is about. My post, ” It’s players like..” includes Kouyate and anyone else that does it. Do you disagree?

          • admin April 7, 2016 - 9:17 am

            I don’t disagree in the slightest, no. However, I do feel that we should adapt or risk being put at a disadvantage. Sadly, it’s the way the game has gone in recent years.

    • Martyn April 11, 2016 - 12:24 pm Reply

      To be fair, Clattenburg sent him off well before Gayle was on the floor for any length of time so it was definitely the action of the player that caused the ref to send him off as opposed to looking at Gayle falling..

      I don’t think it was a red card in all honesty, I think a yellow would have been far fairer, but it isn’t the first and won’t be the last dodgy decision in a game of football. You take the ones you get and suffer the ones you are penalised for. Saying that, I can see why West Ham fans are so frustrated with this one as it seems to be one of quite a few dodgy decisions that have cost them points over the last 3/4 weeks or so.

      I wasn’t surprised Clattenburg sent a man off this game, he likes making these controversial decisions and being centre of attention. I said to my cousin (Hammers fan) before the game someone will get a dodgy decision this game and they did.

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh April 7, 2016 - 10:16 am Reply

    As a Palace fan i like to see games with meaty challenges. Tricky wingers and dimunitive playmakers need a good kick now and again to let them know its a contact sport.

    However in the modern game i can see why that tackle warranted a red card. If it were up to me tackles like that should be allowed but these days sliding on the ground is a sure fire booking unless the tackle is absolutely pristine.

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