The Hammers midfielder was sent off by Mike Dean late on at Craven Cottage for an alleged elbow on Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, a decision which sparked outrage amongst football fans and pundits alike.
David Moyes and co immediately appealed Soucek’s red card, and a spokesperson for the FA has confirmed they were successful in doing so.
An FA statement reads: “Tomas Soucek will be available for West Ham United FC’s next three fixtures following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal.”
Soucek’s elbow appeared to brush Mitrovic in the face as West Ham were lining up a late free-kick, causing the Fulham striker to throw himself to the floor.
Dean was then advised by VAR official Lee Mason to review the incident on his pitch-side monitor after claiming to have spotted a “clenched fist”.
The elbow did not seem to be intentional or an example of violent conduct, meaning fans were left enraged when Dean returned from his monitor check to brandish Soucek a red card.
Gary Lineker was one of several pundits to hit out at the decision, writing on Twitter: “Can’t find a soul on here that thinks that’s a red card. How can both Lee Mason and Mike Dean both see it as a red? Tomas Soucek must get that overturned.”
Fans have even began signing a petition in their thousands to have Dean banned from officiating, with the referee also seeing a decision to send Jan Bednarek off in Southampton’s 9-0 defeat against Manchester United last week overturned.
According to The Times, Dean has requested to be left out of the latest round of top-flight fixtures because of the threats, which have been reported to the police.
Sky Sports are reporting that he will still officiate Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie between Brighton and Leicester, nevertheless.
West Ham will be relieved to see Soucek’s red card overturned, as it means the Czech star will now be available for their crucial FA Cup showdown with Manchester United on Tuesday night as well as upcoming Premier League fixtures against Sheffield United and Tottenham.