West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass charged by Football Association

West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been charged with allegedly abusing anti-doping officials, the Football Association has said. The alleged incident took place at the Hammers’ training ground on 6 February. The 31-year-old Scotland international, who faces a one-match ban and an £8,000 fine, has until 18 March to respond to the charge. “Robert Snodgrass has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3(1),” the FA said in a statement on Monday. “It is alleged the player used abusive and/or insulting words towards UK anti-doping officials who were visiting…

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FA charge Jurgen Klopp over ‘bias’ West Ham referee comments

Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Kevin Friend after Liverpool’s Premier League match at West Ham last week. Klopp suggested after the 1-1 draw on Monday, February 4, that Friend’s performance had been affected by an assistant referee’s mistake for Sadio Mane’s goal. Mane’s opener stood despite Reds team-mate James Milner being clearly offside in the build-up. Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: “As a human being, if I know I have made a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want…

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Declan Rice switches international allegiance to England from Ireland

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England. Rice, 20, has won three senior Republic of Ireland caps, all in friendlies, having played for his grandparents’ country since under-16 level. In August the Londoner said he needed time to decide his future, as winning a competitive cap for the Republic would have tied him to the country. pic.twitter.com/L6Du9X8wNd — Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) February 13, 2019 “This has been an extremely difficult decision,” he said. Rice, who has made 59 appearances for West Ham, has excelled this…

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West Ham launch investigation into alleged racist abuse against Salah

West Ham are investigating after a video emerged of a fan racially abusing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday’s 1-1 draw at London Stadium. Egypt striker Salah, 26, was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner. The footage, taken by a fellow fan, shows expletives directed at Salah including about his Muslim religion. In a statement, West Ham said they have “a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour”. It continued: “We are an inclusive football club. Anyone…

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Marko Arnautovic signs contract extension with West Ham

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has signed a contract extension with the Premier League club. Arnautovic, 29, had been the subject of a £35m bid from a Chinese club offering wages of around £200,000 a week. He was said to have wanted the move but on Friday the Austrian international “put a stop” to speculation by committing himself to the Hammers. “I want to say to the fans that I’m happy to stay,” said the striker in a statement released by West Ham. “I’m glad to play again, show myself…

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Chelsea’s Victor Moses joins Fenerbahce on extended loan deal

Chelsea winger Victor Moses has completed his loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce. Moses has signed an 18-month loan deal after arriving in Istanbul on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has been restricted to five appearances this season, with his only start coming in September’s EFL Cup win at Liverpool. Fenerbahçe’ye hoş geldin @VictorMoses! 👉https://t.co/vGN3ZEZ8gY pic.twitter.com/HlRrVO9Jf8 — Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) January 25, 2019 Moses arrived at Stamford Bridge from Wigan for £9m in 2012 and has scored 18 goals in 128 games. Since joining Chelsea, the former Nigeria international has had loan…

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Arsenal to face Manchester United in FA Cup fourth round

Arsenal have been drawn at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners. The two sides met in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in 2015 when Danny Welbeck scored the winner against his former side as Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford. Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford. League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third…

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West Ham sign Samir Nasri on day doping ban ends

West Ham have signed former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri – on the day he completes a doping ban. The 31-year-old Frenchman has been without a club since 31 January, after leaving Turkish club Antalyaspor. Nasri, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, served an 18-month doping ban for using an intravenous drip treatment but is available to play again from 1 January. He won two Premier League titles and the League Cup in six years with City. “Coming back to the most competitive…

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Raheem Sterling named Premier League player of the month

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been named November’s Premier League player of the month. The 24-year-old scored three goals and set up three more in City’s three league matches. It is the second time the Blues forward has won the award, the previous occasion coming in August 2016, just over a year after he joined the club. Raheem Sterling picks up @EASPORTSFIFA #POTM award for a brilliant November ➡️ https://t.co/QdEm1x730O #PLAwards pic.twitter.com/78omqjI1Q4 — Premier League (@premierleague) December 12, 2018 Two of Sterling’s City team-mates, Leroy Sane and David Silva, were…

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Robbie Keane announces retirement from football

Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane has officially confirmed he has hung up his boots days after being unveiled as part of Mick McCarthy’s management team. The 38-year-old netted 68 goals in 146 appearances for the Boys in Green and enjoyed a decorated career that included spells at Wolves, Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur (twice), Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, LA Galaxy, Aston Villa and most recently, ATK in India. In a prolific club career, Keane scored 325 goals in 737 club appearances. The Dubliner was confirmed as…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Former England midfielder Joe Cole announces retirement from football

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired at the age of 37. Cole, who came through West Ham’s youth system before spells at Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa and Coventry City, has played for United Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies since 2016. He scored 10 goals in 56 games for England between 2001 and 2010. “It has been a dream come true. All of it,” said Cole. “I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.” Cole made…

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Wilshere admits he would’ve stayed at Arsenal if Wenger hadn’t left

Jack Wilshere has said he would not have joined West Ham had it not been for the departure of Arsene Wenger from Arsenal, claiming his former manager would have ensured his place in the Gunners’ first team. The 26-year-old midfielder joined West Ham on a three-year deal in July, ending his 17-year association with Arsenal in the aftermath of Wenger’s departure. Read the Barcelona vs Real Madrid betting preview for top tips for el clasico And Wilshere has said that Unai Emery’s arrival as head coach altered his prospects in north…

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Yaya Toure passes medical in London, says agent

Yaya Toure has passed a medical in London and is on the verge of joining a new club according to his agent. The 35-year-old has been without a club since his release from Manchester City in the summer. His agent Dimitry Seluk has claimed Toure is close to a new club but has denied suggestions West Ham are in the running. Manuel Pellegrini, who won the league with Toure at Manchester City in 2014 had been linked with a move. 🔥🔥🔥 Toure @YayaToure has passed a medical in London. Yaya is…

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Jack Wilshere joins West Ham on three-year deal

Jack Wilshere has become a West Ham player after signing a three-year deal with the club following the expiration of his Arsenal contract at the end of last month. Wilshere left Arsenal this summer, a club he joined aged nine, after talks with new manager Unai Emery left him adamant that his “playing time would be significantly reduced”. “It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing,” Wilshere, whose brother and father are also supporters of his new…

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West Ham United vs Everton – Betting Tips and Predictions

After overcoming some scares this season, West Ham United have confirmed their Premier League status. However, it has been an underwhelming season overall, and the Hammers would want to finish it on a high. West Ham are placed 15th in the table with 39 points, and they are undefeated in their last two games. The Hammers managed a decent goalless draw against Manchester United at home on Thursday. The game against the Toffees comes too soon, and we expect David Moyes to bring in some changes on Sunday. Everton have…

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Leicester City vs West Ham United – Betting Tips and Predictions

After securing their Premier League status, Leicester City seem to have taken their foot off the gas in the recent weeks. Can West Ham United take advantage and cause an upset at King Power Stadium on Saturday? The Foxes have picked up just one point from their last four games, and last week, they suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. However, their place in the top-half is secured as they sit in the ninth spot with 44 points. Leicester have nothing left to play this…

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West Ham United vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

West Ham United are still not sure of safety as they prepare to host newly-crowned champions Manchester City at London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Hammers lost 4-1 at Arsenal last weekend and find themselves in the 15th spot with 35 points. They are six points clear of the relegation zone, and another win should secure their Premier League status. However, we don’t see much hope for them against City, who have not eased up after winning the league title. The Citizens were at their best as they thrashed Swansea…

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Arsenal vs West Ham United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Emotions will be running high at Emirates Stadium on Sunday when Arsenal host West Ham United in a London derby. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave his position at the end of the season, so expect a bit of drama on the day. Both players and fans would want to give their all during the last days of Wenger’s 22-year spell at the club. Arsenal lost 2-1 at Newcastle United in their last game, and they sit in the sixth spot with 54 points. The Gunners…

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West Ham United vs Stoke City – Betting Tips and Predictions

In their last home game, West Ham United claimed a crucial 3-0 win over Southampton. They will aim to make it two in a row at home when second-from-bottom Stoke City visit London Stadium on Monday. Following the win against Southampton, the Hammers picked up a creditable 1-1 draw at Chelsea, and they would fancy their chances against the Potters, who are on a poor run of form. The Hammers sit in the 15th spot with 34 points, and they also have a game in hand on teams around them.…

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West Ham United vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

West Ham United once again find themselves amidst a crisis. They have lost their last three games in their league, and the 3-0 home defeat to Burnley was a real blow for the club. The Hammers will face fellow relegation strugglers Southampton in a crucial relegation six-pointer at London Stadium on Saturday. Following a period of recovery under David Moyes, the Hammers again find themselves battling against the drop. Following their defeat to the Clarets, they have dropped to the 17th spot with 30 points. They only have a two-point…

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West Ham United vs Burnley – Betting Tips and Predictions

West Ham United will be eager to return to the comforts of home this weekend. The Hammers will play Burnley at London Stadium on Saturday. The London side come into this game on the back of two consecutive 4-1 defeats on the road. In their last, they were embarrassed by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Following a period of recovery under David Moyes, West Ham have struggled in the recent weeks. The Hammers have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions. Their recent loss of form…

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Swansea City vs West Ham United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Swansea City’s unbeaten run of ten games in all competitions ended last weekend when they lost 4-1 at Brighton and Hove Albion. They were back to the winning ways on Tuesday as they defeated Sheffield Wednesday at home in the FA Cup fifth-round replay. However, the defeat to the Seagulls pushed them back to the relegation zone. Despite their recent achievements, Swansea are placed 18th in the table with 27 points. On Saturday, the Swans will be hoping to move back to the safety when they host West Ham United…

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Liverpool vs West Ham United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Liverpool have been in an incredible home form, and they will aim for another three points in the league when they host West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday. The Reds were not involved in the FA Cup action last weekend, but they registered an impressive 5-0 Champions League win at Porto last week. Following the shock defeat at Swansea City, Liverpool have picked up seven points from their last three league games. In their last league game, they registered a 2-0 win at Southampton. As things stand, the Merseysiders are third in…

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