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West Ham Ready to Sue Fulham Over Weakened Team Selection

Upton Park side set to make formal complaint.

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West Ham are to lodge a complaint against Fulham after Roy Hodgson fielded a weakened side in last weekend’s defeat to Hull City.

Hodgson rested a number of key stars for the Cottagers against Hull as he prepared for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final tie with Wolfsburg.

The Tigers secured a 2-0 win at the KC Stadium to move level on points with West Ham with a game in hand.

Fulham boss Hodgson has defended his decision to rest players and was unfazed by talk that the club could find itself in trouble with the Premier League over his line-up.

However, West Ham are now planning to make a formal complaint to the Premier League with relations between the two clubs still strained as Fulham are still suing West Ham for “merit money” lost in 2006/07 as a result of the Carlos Tevez affair.

“Roy Hodgson admitted on television that he had rested players because he had an important Europa League match coming up,” a West Ham spokesman is quoted as saying in The Sun.

“He admitted fielding a weakened team. From our point of view that’s awful and we are going to put in a complaint.”

The spokesman added: “Fulham are suing us for £500,000. They may find West Ham suing them for £50million next season.” (Sky Sports)

Clearly there is no love lost between the two London sides and it seems West Ham are taking their chance to get even with the Craven Cottage side and if indeed Roy Hodgson has admitted to fielding a weakened team then it could be that Fulham get into trouble. Even when Mick McCarthy sent out a second string to Old Trafford earlier in the season he was very careful to not state publicly that the side he selected were weak and even then the Wolves boss was called before the FA.

Hull’s win against Fulham was only their second Premier League success since November and one can understand why West Ham may not have been happy with the side that Hodgson sent out and the subsequent defeat that brought the Tigers level with the Hammers in the table.

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