West Ham news: This may be real reason for Aaron Cresswell red card as controversial footage analysed - Mills
Danny Mills has suggested an English referee would not have sent Aaron Cresswell off for his challenge on Moussa Dembele as West Ham drew 1-1 with Lyon last night (7 April).
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and Man City full-back claimed Cresswell only deserved a yellow card for his pull on Dembele.
The striker was played in behind the West Ham backline before being dragged back by the 32-year-old and falling to ground in added time of the first half.
David Moyes was booked for protesting the decision at the interval but refused to comment on the referee to BT Sport after the game.
“It’s a difficult one,” Mills said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“There’s always an argument for and against. It’s a little bit harsh perhaps but it’s a debatable one.
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“It’s one of those subjective ones where some will say yes, some will say no.
“European referees are sometimes a little bit different to what we are used to and that doesn’t always help.
“You bring someone down like that, it’s probably a yellow, maybe an orange but once a red is given are they going to overturn it? Probably not.
“By the letter of the law, you’ve brought him down with no intentions of getting the ball. It doesn’t matter how much force it took.
“It’s one of those grey areas in football. Once it’s given, it’s unlikely to be overturned.”
Cresswell will miss the second leg against Lyon as a result of his red card.
A Uefa body has the right to extend the ban but is likely he will be available for West Ham’s semi-final if they get there.