West Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena has had his red card overturned after he was sent offduring the London Derby clash with Chelsea in the league at the weekend. The Hammers met Chelsea in a game that could prove crucial in the race for Champions League football and they had to finish the game with ten men after Balbuena was sent off in the last ten minutes.

Paraguayan international centre back Balbuena was sent off by Premier League referee Chris Kavanagh after he stamped on Chelsea defender Ben Chilwellunconsciously in the process of clearing the ball. Premier League referee Kavanagh sent off Balbuena with the help of the pitch side monitor with nine minutes left on the clock. At that point, the Hammers were 1-0 down and the red card aided the Blues in the bid to see out the game without much problems.

Chelsea and West Ham United went into the game with the same points though the Blues were ahead on the league standings by virtue of goal difference.  The West London giantsstarted the weekend in fourth spot, while the Hammers were in fifth place. The two London teams were able to maintain their respective positions at the end of the game played at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Chelsea dominated possession in the first half at the expense of Hammers and didn’t make it count until few minutes before the interval when Timo Werner broke his deadlock off the assist from England international Chilwell. The goal from German national team player Werner was enough to hand the Blues the three points at stake.

West Ham United submitted an appeal against the red card issued to Balbuena by Premier League referee Kavanagh and they were successful with the appeal as announced by the Premier League on Tuesday. With the news, Balbuena is eligible for the Premier League encounter at Burnley this weekend. He would have been suspended with the

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