West Ham news – Hammers win Olympic battle, Hitzlsperger return, Faubert fined

Hammers win Olympic battle.

West Ham United have received the backing of Olympic bosses to inherit the Olympic Stadium according to BBC Sport.

The Hammers were up against Tottenham Hotspur to move into the stadium after the 2012 games and the Olympic Park Legacy Company executives have voted in favour of the East Londoners.

The decision comes after months of discussion and the OPLC board will announce and support their choice.

West Ham promised to keep the running track around the ground whereas Tottenham planned to destroy the stadium and build a football ground in its place, a very controversial plan which prompted much debate in the media and amongst the citizens of London.

Hitzlsperger return.

Thomas Hitzlsperger could be set to return to action for West Ham in the next few weeks after the German international returned to full training and featured in a reserve game against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old joined the Hammers in the summer from Lazio and yet to play in a competitive match for the East London side, having been out of action due to injury.

The former Stuttgart player spent the winter in Germany on an intensive rehabilitation programme to treat the thigh muscle tear which has kept him out for so long.

Avram Grant will be pleased at Hitzlsperger’s progress as the midfielder adds to a thin Hammers team which is currently locked in a relegation battle.

Faubert fined.

West Ham are set to fine Julien Faubert £68,000 for storming out when he was dropped from the squad which faced Birmingham City on Sunday, according to the Telegraph.

The club have launched an internal investigation over the Frenchman’s behaviour and the 27-year-old will be called before a club disciplinary hearing next week to explain his actions and if the hearing believe he reacted inappropriately he will receive a hefty fine.

Faubert walked away from Upton Park upon discovering he was not included in the squad, the club need to find out whether or not his omission is what prompted his reaction but it is believed the health of one of his children could have been a factor in his behaviour.

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