This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Ham Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around the London Stadium.

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West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek has hit the headlines for all the right reasons so far this season but a red card in the 0-0 draw with Fulham has seen him make the news for something other than his goalscoring heroics.

Soucek, 25, was handed his marching orders in stoppage time after a coming together with Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Referee Mike Dean reviewed the incident at the touchline monitor but still brandished a red card and sent the Czech midfielder off.

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However, it was very clear in the replay that Soucek was simply lifting his arm up and over Mitrovic as the two big players jostled for position.

In doing so, Soucek’s elbow made contact with Mitrovic’s face.

There was nothing violent or dangerous about it. Mitrovic even seemed to tell Dean that Soucek didn’t mean to elbow him.

How can a referee get something so categorically wrong when he has a video replay to check over?

We asked our panel of West Ham Super Fans for their thoughts on the incident and whether or not Soucek’s suspension will be rescinded.

Here is what they had to say:

Annette Smith (@Annette46557317)

Andrew Bushell (@Andy_Bushy67)

Mark Smith (@ironworks68)

Gary (@Gary17426718)

James Houlden (@JamesHoulden98)

Talkin’ West Ham (@TalkinWestHam)

No matter how you look at it, there’s no way that was a red card.

Dean has made a name for himself by ensuring he’s the main act whenever he’s out there on the pitch.

There is no way he has looked at that replay and thought 100 per cent that Soucek should have been sent off.

No. He’s looked at that screen and thought to himself of a new way to make sure he’s the one getting the attention.

It’s laughable that he’s still refereeing Premier League matches when this is something that seems to happen every time he’s involved.

Soucek’s red card should be rescinded and when it is, Dean should be made to explain his decision.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have ramped up their pursuit of Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong.

 

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