Paddy Kenny has ridiculed the decision to send off Fabian Balbuena as West Ham lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Saturday. 

The former Leeds United stopper, speaking to Football Insider, called the decision ‘unbelievable’ and ‘stupid’.

In the late stages of the game, Balbuena cleared a ball before his follow-through caught Ben Chilwell on the calf.

Referee Chris Kavanagh was sent to the VAR monitor and after looking at a few slow-motion replays he chose to send off Balbuena.

The decision has been widely condemned by pundits and fans with many questioning what else Balbuena could have done in that situation.

The decision looked even stranger as moments later a very similar challenge occurred but on that occasion, it wasn’t even given as a foul.

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Kenny admits he was surprised by the decision and claims that West Ham will appeal the decision as soon as it is possible to do so.

“Oh well, I don’t think anybody thought it was a sending off,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“When you’re a kid you get taught to clear a ball and follow through, it was just a stupid, unbelievably bad decision for me. 

“I’m not 100% sure what the rules are for appealing VAR decisions but I’m sure West Ham will appeal that decision if they can.”


West Ham dropped out of the top four following their loss to Chelsea but they are still in a good position to secure some form of European football for next season with just five games left to play.

The Hammers are next in action on Monday night when they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley as they look to gain more ground on their fellow top four challengers.

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