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West Ham Manager Avram Grant Handed Touchline Ban During Relegation Run-In

Upton Park boss will miss trip to the Reebok Stadium and the visit of Villa Park club.

West Ham United manager Avram Grant has been handed a two-game touchline ban and fined £6,000 the Football Association has revealed.

An Independent Regulatory Commission found the 56-year-old guilty of improper conduct relating to media comments made after the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.

He was unhappy with referee Mike Jones for allegedly being swayed by the Britannia crowd after Frédéric Piquionne appeared to handle the ball in the Hammers’ opener.

“I think maybe this is the reason the referee started the second half very strange,” Grant said.

“Until they scored [the second] goal he gave fouls, a penalty, everything for them. Maybe he felt a little bit guilty. I think it was the effect of the first goal for us.”

The ban will commence with immediate effect, meaning he will miss the trip to face Bolton Wanderers and the visit of Aston Villa to Upton Park.

It is a crucial time for the Hammers who, with seven games left, are in the relegation zone and a point away from safety.

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