Roy Hodgson jumped to the defence of Christian Benteke after his red card against West Ham, calling the decision given by referee David Coote “ludicrous”.
Benteke scored but was then sent off as Crystal Palace survived playing 20 minutes with 10-men in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Benteke went from hero to villain by picking up a second yellow card for an elbow on Tomas Soucek, having already picked up a booking for a similar challenge on Angelo Ogbonna.
Hodgson was left perplexed by the sending off.
“It was a ludicrous decision,” he fumed.
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“He only tried to use his arm for leverage and honestly win the ball. It’s always likely to happen if both players are trying to win it.
“It’s odd to sit here and say these things as if you’re some monster who wants everything to go his way.
“Decisions like that ruin games of football. I’m bitterly disappointed to see Benteke sent off for two honest challenges.”
As the decision was regarding a second yellow card, VAR wasn’t able to review the incident.
“I found that out tonight, that was news to me,” Hodgson added.
“Most importantly, it’s a question of analysis and assessment of game situation – there’s no guarantee that another referee will have a different assessment – but David Moyes and I agreed that there has to be some possibility of arms brushing people’s faces in aerial challenges.
“I can’t fathom his two yellow cards.”
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