West Ham boss Curbishley: Chelsea's Lampard didn't deserve red

The Blues were already controlling the game with three goals inside five first-half minutes before Lampard was given his marching orders for appearing to slap Luis Boa Morte.

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The referee's assistant told referee Peter Walton Lampard's hand connected with Boa Morte's face and the midfielder was given a straight red card.

But manager Grant will wait for video evidence before deciding whether to appeal against the decision.

Grant said: "The assistant referee said that Frank slapped the face of Boa Morte. If it is true, I think the rule is that it is a red card. If not, maybe someone else needs to get a red card.

"I will wait to see it but if the assistant referee is right, it is a red card. I have not asked Frank about it."

Hammers boss Alan Curbishley believes Lampard's dismissal was a little harsh and argued the referee could have applied common sense in this instance.

"As they have both got up, I think Frank has pushed Luis but sometimes you look at that and like to think common sense might prevail," Curbishley said. "But the referee sees it instantly and makes a decision. He decided to send him off. I don't know if Chelsea will ask him to have another look at it but it was a soft one."

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