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Said & Done: West Ham, Fifa’s rebrand, and Owen Oyston giving back

The week in football – also featuring: Ed Glazer, laptop abuse and 420 sucklings West Ham , looking to have their beer, Sky TV and VIP “hostess” provision costs met by the taxpayer . “We’re seeking no more than we’re entitled to under the contract – yet we’re being portrayed as the bad guys.” Related: The beautiful game is beginning to reflect all that is ugly in society | David Goldblatt Related: David Squires on …

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From Luke Shaw to Marc Albrighton: 10 underrated Premier League players | Nick Miller

Not every top-flight player gets the plaudits they deserve – here we have a look at some of those who fly under the radar At various points during their title-winning season, praise was shared around the Leicester side. Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez were the obvious ones, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater and Kasper Schmeichel got their plaudits too, but Marc Albrighton went under the radar. And so he still does, despite his game improving…

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West Ham issue lifetime bans to fans involved in trouble against Burnley

• Punishment applies to West Ham matches at home and away • Club expects to issue further bans before end of month West Ham have issued lifetime bans, from the club’s home and away games, to fans who invaded the pitch or threw missiles in front of the directors’ box during the defeat by Burnley. The match at the London Stadium on 10 March was marred by four pitch invasions and by hundreds of fans gathering in front of …

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The beautiful game is beginning to reflect all that is ugly in society | David Goldblatt

Football is increasingly run by mediocre people infected by politics and commerce, yet fans still cling to it as a distraction from real life On 27 June 2016, four days after the EU referendum , England were beaten 2-1 by Iceland in the knockout stages of the European football championships. It was a remarkable display of collective paralysis and the corrosive consequences of fear. Nearly two years later, the country does not appear dissimilar: less than the sum of its …

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West Ham’s Brady told by London mayor to withdraw claim of budget cuts

• Vice-chairman wrote to Sadiq Khan blaming the stadium owner • Monday meeting followed serious crowd trouble in loss to Burnley Sadiq Khan has rebuked Karren Brady for claiming that cuts in the London Stadium’s security budget were responsible for the crowd trouble that marred West Ham United’s defeat by Burnley last Saturday. West Ham’s vice-chairman wrote to the mayor of London after an emergency meeting between stakeholders on Monday and said David Sadler, the head of…

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Pitch invaders get what they asked for | Letters

Skripal evidence | Happy countries | Exam crackdown | Making 2001 | West Ham John Cookson ( Letters, 16 March ) states: “As for sharing samples with the Russians, that is akin to sharing the evidence of a murder with the murderer.” But sharing evidence with an accused person (or their legal representative) is precisely what an accuser should be doing in a civilised country. Andrew Christie Edinburgh • Interesting to note that of the top 10 “happiest” countries in the …

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West Ham face threat of playing behind closed doors

• Warning follows crowd trouble in Burnley game at London Stadium • Club warned that any future trouble will lead to sanction West Ham United have been warned they could face playing behind closed doors if there is a repeat of the crowd trouble that marred their 3-0 home defeat against Burnley. Related: Delusions of stadium grandeur haunt West Ham and club’s owners | Richard Williams Continue reading…

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West Ham vow to give life bans to fans who invaded pitch or threw missiles

• Club working with police after trouble during defeat by Burnley • West Ham will also ask courts to issue blanket banning orders West Ham have vowed to issue life bans to the fans who invaded the pitch during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Burnley. The Premier League match at the London Stadium was marred by four separate pitch invasions as well as protests against the club’s board as hundreds of supporters congregated…

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David Squires on … West Ham’s chaotic cauldron of infighting

Our cartoonist looks at the dismal state of the Hammers and plenty more View all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading…

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Delusions of stadium grandeur haunt West Ham and club’s owners | Richard Williams

West Ham once gave life to a part of east London, but the Boleyn ground is gone and the heart has been ripped out of the club The fate of the little memorial garden on Green Street, next to where the Boleyn ground’s main entrance once stood, is just one of the problems facing West Ham United. Full of bedraggled scarves and wilting flowers and plaques dedicated to long-gone fans …

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West Ham accused of behaving like ostriches over abuse of fan

• MP asks Karren Brady why board were silent after fan threatened • Club were alerted to abuse by supporter group before meeting them West Ham United have been described as behaving like “ostriches with their heads in the sand” by a Labour MP who has written to Karren Brady demanding to know why the club have not condemned the abuse and threats aimed at the chairman of one of their supporter groups last week. Wes Streeting, the MP for …

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West Ham ready to pay for huge police presence at London Stadium

• Decision follows ugly scenes at home game against Burnley • Under stadium deal LLDC foots bill for police at matches West Ham United are prepared to pay for a huge police presence inside the London Stadium to help to prevent a repeat of the crowd disturbances that marred Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Burnley. The stadium’s security failings were exposed by unrest which included four pitch invasions and David Sullivan, the club’s co…

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‘West Ham will be a lost love while these owners remain in charge’

The board brought Saturday’s crowd trouble upon itself by refusing to acknowledge the stadium and team are substandard, says season-ticket holder Jim Kearns The question to ask about West Ham is not “How have things got this bad”, but instead “How were they ever that good”? Saturday was the inevitable corollary of having a board of directors who speak with grandiloquence about the Champions League and then behave as though they…

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West Ham pitch invasions: Trevor Brooking calls for overhaul of security

• Club face investigation from FA after fans invade pitch • West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hit by coin in director’s box Sir Trevor Brooking has admitted West Ham’s security situation could be “out of control” after the ugly scenes which marred the club’s 3-0 home defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium on Saturday. West Ham are facing an investigation by the Football Association after a series of pitch invasions and …

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West Ham fans invade pitch and protest against board – video report

West Ham fans were able to get past security and approach players during their 3–0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday. Hundreds of angry protesters were also able to gather in front of the directors’ box, who chanted for the removal of the board *Warning – this video contains strong and homophobic language* West Ham chaos as pitch invaders and crowd trouble mars Burnley’s win  Continue reading…

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West Ham chaos as pitch invaders and crowd trouble mars Burnley’s win

West Ham United spiralled deeper into crisis after their 3-0 defeat to Burnley was marred by ugly scenes on and off the pitch as stewards at the London Stadium failed to stop angry supporters from mounting furious protests against the club’s deeply unpopular board. An afternoon that was supposed to be remembered for the 25th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death turned into one of chaos and farce as the London Stadium’s security failings were …

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West Ham fan groups at war after rift over protest march

• Head of one supporters’ association says he has feared for his safety • Club’s board meets members of fans’ groups before march called off West Ham United have been accused of failing to respond appropriately after the chairman of one of their supporter groups was left fearing for his safety, having received abuse and threats over attempts to organise a protest march against the club’s board before Saturday’s home game against Burnley. …

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Swansea leap out of the relegation zone by thrashing feeble West Ham

By the end it had turned into an ordeal for just about everyone associated with West Ham United as André Ayew, the player that they sold to Swansea City in January, inspired Carlos Carvalhal’s side to an emphatic victory that lifts the Welsh club up five places in the table and above David Moyes’s side in the process. The £18m club-record signing was involved in three of Swansea’s four goals on a day when Carvalhal’s team …

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The key fixtures in the Premier League relegation battle

The teams at the bottom have 10 games to save their season. Here are the make-or-break fixtures to look out for By Martin Laurence for WhoScored , part of the Sport Network There were some huge results in the battle against relegation last weekend, with Watford , Brighton and Huddersfield all picking up wins that have moved them much closer to securing their Premier League status for another season. Huddersfield’s 2-1 victory at West Brom leaves the Baggies seven points from …

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Premier League relegation scrap: who will survive and who faces the drop?

With around half the division in danger of falling into the Championship, we analyse which clubs have the most to fear West Brom look to be a write-off even though their fixture list seems relatively favourable. Their form is deteriorating rather than improving, and the injury to Daniel Sturridge is an unfortunate, if foreseeable, blow. Stoke, by contrast, are improving, seemingly energised by Paul Lambert, some astute January signings and an in-form Xherdan Shaqiri. The fear…

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Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 talking points from the weekend

England hopefuls have a mixed afternoon, confusion for Serge Aurier and Romelu Lukaku finally does it against a top-six team The weight of goals that Sergio Agüero has scored against Arsenal, with Sunday’s strike a fifth in five matches, should have raised Shkodran Mustafi’s awareness of the Argentinian to red alert. Instead, Agüero was allowed to scamper on and score a route one opening goal from Claudio Bravo’s goalkick. It was a hideous lapse in …

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Mohamed Salah strike helps Liverpool to resounding win over West Ham

Leapfrogging Manchester United into second was “a nice moment” for Jürgen Klopp but Liverpool’s response to pressure from West Ham and their Champions League chasing rivals felt much nicer. “The other teams are flying,” he said. “So we have to fly as well.” Here was another example of Liverpool’s ability to soar. Victory ultimately came at a canter for Klopp’s team at Anfield, where the remaining fab three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané were…

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West Ham charged by FA over breach of anti-doping rules

• Club allegedly failed to ensure accurate whereabouts information • West Ham insist investigation not based on offence by a player West Ham United have been charged with a breach of anti-doping rules, the Football Association have announced. West Ham are alleged to have “failed to ensure its ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within 12 months,” according to an FA statement. The club have until 27 February to respond. Continue

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David Sullivan’s influence over transfers will be reduced, says David Moyes

• Manager will have a bigger say in future West Ham signings • ‘The chairman is going to try to stand aside a bit from it’ David Moyes has said that David Sullivan will have less influence over new signings when West Ham United revamp their transfer strategy in the summer. Related: Javier Hernández strike sets West Ham on the way to victory over Watford Continue reading…

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Javier Hernández strike sets West Ham on the way to victory over Watford

A semblance of calm has been restored. Instead of directing jeers at the people in the posh seats, the crowd at the London Stadium kept their focus on the pitch throughout, pushing West Ham United to a crucial victory and giving Marko Arnautovic a standing ovation after his late substitution. Arnautovic had just underlined his importance to West Ham’s survival hopes, taking advantage of generous Watford defending to mark his …

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Patrice Evra has great pedigree but Premier League return will be testing | Sachin Nakrani

The 36-year-old former France captain, who looks in fine shape and has a point to prove after his ban for kicking a fan, faces a big job to lift an ageing West Ham defence It should probably surprise no one that West Ham have signed Patrice Evra . After all, they have previous when it comes to taking a punt on a player who has been banned for lashing out on a …

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Manchester City 35
2 Liverpool 34
3 Chelsea 33
4 West Ham United 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25
6 Manchester United 24
7 Arsenal 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21
9 Brighton & Hov… 20
10 Aston Villa 19
11 Leicester City 19
12 Everton 18
13 Brentford 17
14 Crystal Palace 16
15 Leeds United 16
16 Southampton 16
17 Watford 13
18 Burnley 10
19 Newcastle United 10
20 Norwich City 10

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