There were some interesting refereeing decisions at Upton Park on Saturday, as West Ham and Birmingham drew 1-1. The jury was certainly out on whether there was sufficient contact by Lucas Neill on James McFadden to merit the visitors being awarded a penalty, while Lee Bowyer was dismissed at the end of the match for a rash challenge on Blues captain Damien Johnson. The Hammers don’t reckon it deserved a red card, with the BBC reporting that Alan Curbishley will be lodging an appeal.
Hammers boss Alan Curbishley said after the 1-1 draw: “We have asked the referee to look at it, and we think he will. Hopefully he will overturn it.”
Although Bowyer has had his fair share of bad challenges over the years, it looked like more of a clumsy tackle as the match was fizzling out to a 1-1 draw, rather than anything malicious. As Robbie Keane discovered a couple of months ago, the FA rarely overturn these decisions and it appears the Hammers will be short of central midfielders for the next few games.