By Harvey Byrne
Gary Lineker has claimed that full-back Aaron Cresswell was “badly treated” after receiving a red card for West Ham in the Saturday clash against Crystal Palace.
The 26-year-old full-back made his first appearance for the Hammers since suffering a hamstring injury during a match in pre-season.
He was the star of the show, providing the assist to Manuel Lanzini’s goal in the 1-0 victory as well as helping his side keep a clean sheet at the other end of the pitch.
However, Cresswell received a red card on the 76th minute after picking up two red cards, one for simulation and the other for pulling Wilfried Zaha.
However, retired footballer and now Match of the Day host Lineker posted on his personal Twitter account stating that it was “horrible refereeing” claiming that the first decision was a penalty and the second one wasn’t deserving of a booking.
Horrible refereeing! Never a dive, it was a penalty. And not a 2nd yellow. Cresswell badly treated.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 15, 2016
Cresswell will now miss the Hammers next clash against Sunderland, with the club unable to appeal two yellow card’s.
Slaven Bilic will be keen for his side to push on from their win against Palace with club currently sat in 15th place and a clash at home against David Moyes’ bottom placed club will look an attractive opportunity.
Experienced defender Alvaro Arbeloa will be expected to come in for Cresswell with left-back Arthur Masuku also injured.
In other West Ham news, fans reacted on Twitter to Cresswell’s display against Palace.