West Ham United are considering taking legal action in order to have Andy Carrollâ€™s three-match suspension rescinded.
The Hammers striker was sent off in the second half of his sideâ€™s 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday for catching Chico Flores in the face with a trailing arm.
The east London club appealed the sanction but an independent panel turned it down, meaning the ban would stand.
It is believed that Sam Allardyceâ€™s club want the Football Association to approve an arbitration hearing by Friday or they will seek a personal hearing with the High Court, an unprecedented action in English football.
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