Ravel Morrison will miss West Ham United’s trip to Anfield on Saturday, but will not face any further action after his push on Joel Ward on Tuesday night.
At the end of West Ham’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, Morrison pushed Palace right-back Ward in the face and was booked by Lee Mason. As that was his fifth booking of the season he must serve a one-game suspension. While raised hands often lead to a red card, the fact that he was booked at the time mean the punishment stays as a booking.
So West Ham – who have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches – will be deprived of one of their few bright sparks in what has been a very disappointing season so far.
Morrison, who started his career at Manchester United, has not played a senior game at Anfield before but did score twice there in a feisty FA Youth Cup quarter-final 3-2 win there in March 2011.
West Ham team-mate Mark Noble said they will miss Morrison but was not too hard on the 20-year-old. “He hasn’t been any trouble this whole season,” Noble said. “He’s lost the game. He’s frustrated. We all are. Emotions are high. Take that away from him and you take a lot of his ability away. He is going to be a big miss. He is a young lad and he is still learning.”
“I’m sure he’s going to get kicked along the way because of his ability. He has to learn to deal with that if he wants to do the tricks and skills that he does. He knows he is going to get kicked at some point. Players think he’s trying to take the mick out of them. He ain’t, it’s just the way that he plays.”
Marouane Chamakh accuses Sam Allardyce of lying to him during West Ham loan spell
Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh has accused Sam Allardyce of “lying” to him during his time at West Ham United.
Chamakh, who scored the only goal in Palace’s 1-0 defeat of West Ham on Tuesday night, spent the second half of last season on loan at the Boleyn Ground but was not involved at all after three games in January, and joined Palace this summer.
“When I was there it was a really good atmosphere and really good fans I just had a problem with the manager,” Chamakh explained. “He lied to me. I came he said you will play with Andy Carroll I played just three games and after that I did not play one more minute. So I think it was a good response and answer from me on the pitch.”