West Ham fail with Carroll appeal
West Ham striker Andy Carroll will serve a three-match suspension, starting immediately, after an independent arbitration tribunal dismissed a legal challenge by the club against the Football Association's decision to uphold the player's red card.
The Hammers are unhappy that the England international's ban - a consequence of his dismissal against Swansea last week after an altercation with defender Chico Flores - was not overturned by the FA, and took the case to tribunal in the pursuit of what manager Sam Allardyce claimed was "justice".
However, the independent panel, at which the FA was also represented, found "there was no serious issue to be tried" and as such rejected West Ham's submissions, meaning Carroll must serve out his punishment.
A statement from the FA read: "An independent arbitration tribunal convened under FA Rule K has today dismissed a legal challenge brought by West Ham United FC and Andy Carroll in relation to the red card received by Carroll in the match between West Ham United FC and Swansea City FC on 1 February 2014.
"The independent tribunal resolved that there was no serious issue to be tried and also awarded the FA its costs."
West Ham issued a brief statement on their official website.
It read: "Whilst West Ham United are obviously disappointed at the decision, as we have made clear throughout, we respect the rules of football and shall abide by them."