Ravel Morrison avoids lenghty ban after Ward shove

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Ravel Morrison avoided a lengthy ban last night as the West Ham midfielder received a yellow card for shoving Crystal Palace right-back Joel Ward after a heated argument and a frustrating night, reports the Daily Mail.

It was a bad night for the Hammers, as Sam Allardyce's men faced a 1-0 defeat away to Tony Pulis' Crystal Palace as Marouane Chamakh clinched the win with a first-half header. 

But during the second half, after being stalked for the majority of the game by Eagles captain Mile Jedinak, Morrison lost the plot, running more than 40 yards to get involved with the incident and shoved Ward in the face, leaving the referee with no choice but to issue a yellow card. 

Allardyce didn't speak at first, so his assistant Neil MacDonald came out and stated this was a different side to the 20-year-old.

"This booking was out of frustration with not getting anything from the result. It's not just him, we're all disappointed with the performance."

West Ham have only won one game from their last five matches, which was on the weekend at home to Fulham sitting 15th in the league, three points off of the bottom three.

But, this isn't the first time Ravel Morrison has had confrontation on the pitch.

In the England Under 21's victory over Lithuania in a Under 21 European Championship qualifier, the West Ham player got in a scrap with Wilfried Zaha on the pitch causing a heated argument before each player pushed each other.

Morrison, who will avoid a three-match ban due to the Football Association being unable to take retrospective action against a player who has received a yellow card, will sit out West Ham's encounter against Liverpool as the caution was his fifth of the season. 

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