Roy Hodgson branded the red card of Christian Benteke at West Ham “ludicrous” and said the game was ruined by such decisions.
After Benteke had headed Crystal Palace into a first-half lead, Sebastien Haller’s spectacular strike preserved a 1-1 draw for West Ham.
But for two similar misdemeanors, Benteke was shown two yellow cards, catching Angelo Ogbonna and Tomas Soucek with his trailing arm as he went up for headers.
Eagles boss Hodgson blasted, ‘I thought it was a ludicrous decision, because he uses his arm for leverage when people run and challenge for the ball, and try to win the ball. If an arm brushes the rival if both players are trying to win the ball, it is always likely to happen. Referees make choices, they obey them in the laws they are supposed to follow. I’d rather talk about what a good soccer game it was. Such decisions destroy the football game. That’s what I think. Now I’ve had plenty.’