Filed: Tuesday, 11th January 2011
By: Staff Writer
Victor Obinna has been slammed by supporters for the sending off that left the Hammers a man short in tonight's Carling Cup semi final clash with Birmingham.
Goals from Mark Noble and Carlton Cole ensured the Hammers go into the second leg a fortnight from now with a slender lead.
But fans are refusing to ignore Obinna's idiocy that earned him an instant red card, an ensuing ban and left his team a man short for the remaining 30 minutes of normal time.
Following a minor altercation, Obinna lashed out at Sebastian Larrson as the two players took their positions whilst awaiting a throw in to be taken.
The Nigerian striker, standing with his back to the Swedish international flicked his leg backwards into Larsson's groin directly in front of the linesman, who immediately signalled to referee Phil Dowd.
Supporters returning from the game tonight have wasted no time in condemning Obinna, who caused waves at the weekend when he was seen storming out of the ground having been hauled off during the 2-0 win over Barnsley.
Opinions ranging from the mild 'foolish' to the slightly more extreme 'should never play for West Ham again' have been posted across the web tonight in response to Obinna's 60th minute dismissal.
The on-loan striker, currently midway through a season-long loan from Inter has failed to ignite the Boleyn Ground despite some steady performances of late and the occasional glimpse of brilliance.
But with only three goals to his name thus far this season - two of which came in the Carling Cup - a permanent contract offer would appear to be a long way off.
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by Andy Halford
04:48AM 14th Jan 2011
''Not sticking up for Obinna ,but was I the only one to notice that Larsson stamped on Obinna's ankle moments before the incident,causing Obinna to retaliate? Why else would he have done it?''
07:12PM 12th Jan 2011
''I think Obinna has Ben Foster to thank, if we had not won the game he would have been rightly slaughtered by all the fans. What a stupid thing to do in such a big game for the club.
I hope he publicly comes out and apoligises to his team mates and the fans. But I can't see that happening. ''
by g portugal
02:28PM 12th Jan 2011
''Obinna is a major cause of us being in the relegation zone. He simply has not been good enough, despite showing the occassional moment of promise. He should be sent back to Milan immediately.''
02:07PM 12th Jan 2011
''Since he came to West Ham he's looked good at times but the end product is usually woeful. Either he passes it to the opposition or he whacks it in to the stands. Kicking another player just tops it off. He has it in him to be a good player with the right coaching, but we have our own young players. We can produce quality, we need to buy experience. ''
by Tony Hammer
12:09PM 12th Jan 2011
''Obinna is an idiot and I hope that we do not sign him permanently. He brings little but effort to our side. Over 65 shots with only 15 on target. ONE goal in the Premier League. No wonder Inter Milan do not want him.
The linesman did NOT signal to the referee. Larsson was laying on the ground holding his stomach/groin and the play carried on. The linesman did not flag or make any signal to the referee to draw his attention to the incident. Dowd then stopped play as Larsson was still on the ground. Only after consultation with his linesman did he (rightly) send Obinna off. ''