English Premiership

Bilic wants Carroll spared FA censure

2016-04-19 19:30
Slaven Bilic (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - West Ham boss Slaven Bilic believes it would be a travesty if Andy Carroll was punished for his heat-of-the-moment comments in the aftermath of the controversy-laden draw with Leicester.

Carroll conceded the injury-time penalty that gifted the Foxes a last-gasp equaliser after referee Jon Moss adjudged the England international to have fouled Jeff Schlupp.

Many pundits were of the opinion that the spot-kick for want looked like a good old shoulder-to-shoulder challenge between two players was rather soft.

It was one of several contentious decisions for which Moss was roundly criticised by all and sundry, including an aggrieved Carroll, who suggested that the referee had awarded the penalty to even things up.

As FA chiefs sift through post-match comments to determine whether Carroll and others, including Bilic himself, have a case to answer, the Hammers boss has sounded a conciliatory tone and called for common sense to prevail.

"Andy said what he said. It was straight after the game, you are hot, you are disappointed because he was in that tackle where the referee gave the penalty," said Bilic.

"I said what I said and from all the comments that I read, mine was the most sympathetic with the referee. It was hard for him, it is hard for them.

"We or the FA should find a way to help them. It was hard for him (Moss) in that game, extremely hard. The pressure was there and it's like that especially towards the end of the season."

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