West Ham should “definitely” win their appeal against Fabian Balbuena’s red card, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the decision to dismiss the 29-year-old against Chelsea on Saturday was “the worst in the world”.
Balbuena was sent for an early shower after he followed through on Blues defender Ben Chilwell in a 1-0 loss for the Hammers at the London Stadium.
Referee Chris Kavanagh was sent to the VAR monitor after the incident and, after viewing a slow-motion replay, chose to show the Paraguayan red.
As quoted by the BBC, Moyes slammed the “really rank, rotten decision” in his post-match interview.
When asked by Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs for his verdict on the incident, Whelan said: “This is VAR again.
“When you slow something down it is going to look a lot worse.
“It was a good challenge. There was no malice or aggression or intent to hurt anyone. It was a follow-through and these things happen. I’m worried we are heading towards being a non-contact sport.
“The officials need to use a bit of common sense. Balbuena cannot stop himself in that situation.
“I really hope it will get rescinded, it definitely should. It was the worst decision in the world.”
Speaking after his side’s loss, Moyes said: “I can only say it’s someone who’s never played the game who’s made the decision.
“For me the big thing is it’s a really rank, rotten decision and it shouldn’t be given.”