West Ham set to appeal Balbuena red card in Chelsea defeat

The Paraguayan was sent off by referee Chris Kavanagh after being adjudged to have fouled Ben Chilwell when he caught the Chelsea full-back after clearing the ball.

Kavanagh did not even give a free-kick for the incident before being told to review it on the pitchside monitor by the VAR, Peter Bankes.

Manager David Moyes described the decision as “rank” and “rotten” – though the Scot is never optimistic when it comes to appealing decisions.

“You are getting no decisions from the Premier League,” Moyes said. “I think for me the big thing is it is just a really, rank, rotten decision and it should not have been given.

“I don’t know who stopped the game, I thought it was supposed to be clear and obvious, I don’t see that there was a clear reason for the referee to look at it.”

Moyes is hopeful of having Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell back for the trip to Burnley a week today, while there is optimism that Declan Rice could be involved at Turf Moor having returned to individual training last week.

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