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Adrian stands firm on red card

Filed: Saturday, 15th August 2015
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has spoken out after he was red-carded by calamity referee Anthony Taylor at the Boleyn Ground earlier today.

The Spanish stopper was dismissed with seconds of normal time remaining in this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Leicester for what Taylor deemed to be dangerous play, after he lunged to reach the ball on the perimeter of City's penalty box.

However the popular Hammer has defended his actions via his twitter account, insisting that there was no intent to deliberately harm City's Jamie Vardy - who, ironically, had been booked for a cynical challenge on West Ham's number 13 in the first half.

"Bad result today and worse end of the game," he wrote "Never in my career I have kicked nobody with bad intention to deserve a red card...neither today!"

Adrian was replaced for the final few moments of the game by the on-loan Carl Jenkinson, who was making his first start of the new campaign having been forced to sit out last weekend's 2-0 win at parent club Arsenal.

Taylor is jeered off by Hammers fans in December 2012

Taylor has plenty of previous where West Ham are concerned; in December 2012 he was booed off by home fans after dismissing both Carlton Cole and Everton's Darren Gibson for high kicks. Later, in April 2014, he against incensed home fans with his officiating of a match against Liverpool.

Tthe hapless referee received the same treatment 16 months later for a similarly-substandard performance

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