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Pundits: West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell DID deserve a red card in Europa League semi-final vs Frankfurt

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‘You possibly can’t be handsy… that’s all the time going to be given’: Pundits agree West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell DID deserve a red card in Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt despite Hammers complaints

  • Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the primary half of West Ham’s European semi-final 
  • The left back received a red within the Hammers’ last-four second-leg on Thursday 
  • Players felt the ref’s decision, for dragging down Jens Petter Hauge, was harsh 
  • But BT Sport pundits unanimously agreed Cresswell’s actions deserved a red

Joe Cole and Carlton Cole stated West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell was rightly sent off in the primary half of his side’s Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

Trailing 2-1 from the primary leg last week, the Hammers were dealt a hammer blow within the nineteenth minute of their last-four tie against Eintracht Frankfurt when left back Cresswell dragged down Jens Petter Hauge and received his marching orders.

The visiting side’s players were furious with the choice, but BT Sport pundits Cole and Cole – each former West Ham players – insisted it was the precise call.

Pundits agreed West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell (right) deserved a red card in the primary half of his side’s Europa League semi-final second-leg tie against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday

Former Hammers striker Carlton Cole (pictured) insisted the referee made the right decision

Former Hammers striker Carlton Cole (pictured) insisted the referee made the precise decision

Left back Cresswell was penalised for tugging back Frankfurt winger Jens Petter Hauge (right)

Left back Cresswell was penalised for tugging back Frankfurt winger Jens Petter Hauge (right)

Former Chelsea and Hammers striker Carlton said: ‘It’s just one in every of those, he needed to have learnt from his last mistake. You possibly can’t be handsy within the Europa League. That one is all the time going to be given.

‘You possibly can’t be isolated one-on-one. It wasn’t even an awesome ball! He’ll be so upset and now they must cope with the implications.’

Joe added: ‘It’s the precise decision. A disastrous start for West Ham. It is a lofted ball and he gets clumsy.

‘By the letter of the law it’s a transparent denial of a goalscoring opportunity. He gets the mistaken side and it needs to be a sending off.’

Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves concluded: ‘It’s the precise decision. Once the ball bounces for Cresswell, he’s in every kind of trouble. He just gets caught mistaken side and the referee needed to make that call.’

And fans quickly took to social media to criticise Cresswell for receiving his marching orders

And fans quickly took to social media to criticise Cresswell for receiving his marching orders

And fans gave the impression to be united in social media within the aftermath of the sending-off, criticising Cresswell for his actions somewhat than the referee.

One said: ‘Don’t wanna hear Cresswell is sweet enough anymore. He’s made too many silly mistakes this season which have cost us.’

One other added: ‘Cresswell doesn’t do basics. Also doesn’t learn from the mistakes he continually makes.’

A 3rd posted: ‘Could genuinely cry rn (right away), Cresswell doesn’t get that red and we’d genuinely win this game , heartbreaking man’.

One other tweeted: ‘Just seen Cresswell sending off. Terrible defending. Absolutely shocking again from him,’ with a fifth concluding: ‘Cresswell can chuck that on his CV when he’s in search of a recent job’.

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