West Ham United have been handed a major boost ahead of their FA Cup clash against Manchester United.
As per the Athletic, 25 year old midfielder Tomas Soucek has had his red card overturned after a successful appeal from the Premier League club.
The towering midfielder was sent off against Fulham for violent conduct by Mike Dean. The Hammers star leaned into Aleksandar Mitrovic with his elbow and the referee decided to brandish a red card after reviewing the incident with the help of VAR.
Soucek was all set to miss the games against Manchester United, Tottenham and Sheffield United and his return will certainly delight David Moyes and the West Ham fans.
The 25 year old has been outstanding for the Hammers since his move to the London club. He has scored eight goals in 23 Premier League appearances so far this season and his absence against Manchester United could have been damaging.
Similarly, the fans will be excited to have him back for the upcoming Premier League games as well especially now that the Hammers have a decent chance of pushing for European qualification this season.
Meanwhile, referee Dean has revealed that his family have received death threats following his controversial decision.
The 52 year old has received a lot of abuse as well and he has requested not to be included in the list of referees for this coming weekend’s Premier League games.
I am glad my red card against Fulham has been overturned. I’ve checked it, I’ve gone over 200 games without a single red card. My entire career. I am looking forward to helping the team in the important games this week! Thanks for your support!#westham#whu#COYIpic.twitter.com/wANFeAFmhf