West Ham confirm Fabian Balbuena’s controversial red card in Chelsea defeat has been overturned after outrage at VAR review

Fabian Balbuena’s controversial red card in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea has been overturned, the club have confirmed.

The Hammers defender accidentally connected with Ben Chilwell’s foot after clearing the ball in the latter stages of the match on Saturday.

Balbuena was controversially sent off against Chelsea
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And after checking the VAR pitchside monitor, referee Chris Kavanagh gave Balbuena his marching orders with nine minutes left to play.

However, the decision has been overturned and Balbuena will be available for West Ham’s Premier League clash with Everton this weekend.

A Hammers statement said: “West Ham United can confirm that Fabián Balbuena’s red card in Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Chelsea has been overturned on appeal. 

“The defender will now be eligible for the Hammers’ trip to Burnley on Bank Holiday Monday, 3 May.”

It added: “The appeal against Balbuena’s red card was reviewed by an independent regulatory commission on Tuesday at the Football Association and, following this process, the defender’s suspension has been rescinded and lifted with immediate effect.”

In his post-match press conference, David Moyes slammed the decision to send Balbuena off.

Balbuena’s three-match ban has been rescinded
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He told talkSPORT: “Well I don’t think it is a red card because I don’t know where Fabby can stick his leg.

“He clears the ball, he has to follow through and he has to plant his foot somewhere. So I don’t think for a minute he tried to plant it in the boy’s leg.

“And then there was a very similar incident shortly after where Vladimir Coufal clears it and again, it is [Antonio] Rudiger and you would expect them to book Vladimir or send him off as well.

“So there is no consistency to it.”