By Will Butcher
Ian Wright believes West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli deserves to have his red card rescinded after being given his marching orders against Manchester United.
The 27-year-old ace was shown a straight red card by referee Mike Dean for a lunge on United defender Phil Jones, in what was his first start of the Premier League season.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, Wright criticised “Jones’ reaction” to the tackle as the defender theatrically held fell to the floor in the immediate aftermath of the tackle.
The former Hammers and Arsenal striker sarcastically exclaimed, “how could he possibly carry on” as he had a dig at Jones for making a meal of the challenge.
Feghouli has struggled to make an impact at the London Stadium since his loan move from La Liga outfit Valencia in the summer.
Algeria international Feghouli, who has been left out of his country’s 23-man squad to represent them at the African Cup of Nations, looked distraught after receiving the red card just 15 minutes into his first league start.
However, Gary Neville believes The Football Association will upheld the automatic three-match ban if the Hammers appeal despite claiming “it was the wrong decision”.
Feghouli is now set to watch from the sidelines for the Hammers’ next three fixtures if an appeal is rejected, which will weaken his first-team chances.
The former Grenoble ace will miss the FA Cup third round clash against Man City, before missing Premier League showdowns against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.
Since his move to East London, Feghouli has conjured up just one goal in 14 league and cup encounters in the Europa League qualifier against NK Domzale.
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