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Hammers to appeal Feghouli red card during United game

By Ed Malyon

West Ham have informed the Football Association that they will appeal the red card given to Sofiane Feghouli during Monday's defeat to Man United. The Algerian winger was dismissed after just 14 minutes of his first Premier League start after a coming together with Phil Jones that left the England defender writhing in pain.

           

However, replays showed that contact was minimal and the tackle did not appear to be dangerous.

United went on to beat the 10-man Hammers 2-0 and manager Slaven Bilic said that the red card was "totally unfair".

"I would not even be happy with a yellow card, it is not a yellow," Bilic said.

"After I saw it, it gave me proof that I was right and the more times I see it, I think it is the other way around. It was Jones who made the more dangerous tackle than Feghouli, Jones made a scissor tackle that was dangerous. Maybe his reaction was to save himself."

Bilic said that he hopes former Valencia ace Feghouli will not be banned for the next three games.

He added: "I am expecting at least to win the appeal, which will not make me totally happy but I will be extremely gutted to lose Feghouli for three matches."

Referee Mike Dean is back under the spotlight following this latest red card controversy. It was the fifth red card Dean has shown in 15 matches this season - more than any other referee.

"He got it disgracefully wrong," pundit Niall Quinn said.

"Time and again I look at this guy and his arrogance alone, and it puts me off."

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