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West Ham order Tomkins to undertake community work

Tomkins will carry out extra community work after assaulting a police officer. Credit: PA

West Ham have ordered defender James Tomkins to carry out extra community work after the defender was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly outside a nightclub in December.

Tomkins pleaded guilty to both offences on Monday and was fined £3,500 by magistrates but he will not be receiving any extra financial penalty from West Ham.

Getting him out in the community - particularly when he's a West Ham boy - is a much better punishment than fining him," Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said.

The bottom line is he shouldn't have got himself into that situation or that position, he should show more responsibility.

I don't take kindly to a lack of discipline off the field at all - I think it's irresponsible, I think it's unacceptable, I think a player represents himself but he represents the club as well and in this case James should hold himself in a better esteem in the public eye than he did.

Whether he had a drink or two makes no difference - they have to have as much self discipline when they're away from the club as they do when they're training every day.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce


Sakho faces no sanction over alleged headbutt on Shaw

Diafra Sakho will not face any punishment from the Football Association for his alleged headbutt on Luke Shaw in West Ham's 2-1 loss at Manchester United on Saturday, it is understood.

The Senegal forward was thought to have clashed with England defender Shaw in an off-the-ball incident during his side's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Press Association Sport understands the incident was referred to a three-man panel of former referees, but after review the FA judged there was no further case to answer.

Nolan: Goal should have stood

Kevin Nolan accused assistant referee Andrew Garratt of taking a guess on the decision that prevented West Ham from taking a valuable point at Manchester United.

Nolan thought he had grabbed a 2-2 draw for West Ham when he tapped in Carl Jenkinson's cross in the final minute at Old Trafford, but Garratt flagged for offside and referee Lee Mason disallowed the goal.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was fuming at the officials over the decision after the 2-1 defeat and his captain was also unhappy with the call, which came at the end of a dramatic match in which Wayne Rooney was sent off.

Nolan, who came on in the second half, thinks Garratt could not have known whether he was offside as he was not up with play.

I couldn't believe it. I put the ball in, started celebrating and then I saw the flag. I know he has definitely gambled on it because he can't have seen it, because if he had seen it he wouldn't have given it offside.

– West Ham's Kevin Nolan.


Sam Allardyce warns Ravel Morrison his West Ham future is in the balance

West Ham's Ravel Morrison is in the last chance saloon. Credit: PA

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has warned Ravel Morrison his loan spell at Cardiff is his last chance to prove he is worthy of a future at Upton Park.

The 21-year-old has moved to south Wales for three months having played just 33 minutes in the Barclays Premier League so far this season.

Morrison, who is currently on bail until the new year on assault charges, tweeted ahead of the move that his talent was going unnoticed in east London.

He can go and play some football and see if he can get regular first team football and we can keep him an eye on him," Allardyce said in explaining the loan to the Sky Bet Championship side.

And then in and around Christmas time we have to make a decision regarding Rav because he's coming into the last year of his contract now.

It's not that he has to impress me as a footballer, we know about his talent. It's about playing the talent and himself to a disciplined life in general, is what needs to happen with Rav. If that happens we'd want him here.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

Morrison takes swipe at "people in" West Ham after joining Cardiff on loan

Morrison will help Cardiff try and climb up the Championship table. Credit: PA

West Ham's Ravel Morrison has joined Cardiff on a three-month loan deal, the player has announced on Twitter.

The 21-year-old former Manchester United midfielder has been out of favour at West Ham in recent months amid well-documented personal issues.


happy to get a 3 month loan @CardiffCityFC time to start playing some football again ???

He added in another tweet about West Ham, which he later deleted: "I got no ratings off people in the club not the club it's self (sic) just people in it."

The England Under-21 international is set to face trial in January over allegations he threatened to throw acid in his former girlfriend's face and have her killed.

He is also accused of threatening to blow up Reah Mansoor's house during an alleged four-year campaign of harassment against her and is alleged to have assaulted the 19-year-old and her mother, Parveen Mansoor, 39, in Salford in the early hours of July 27.

Diame: I was played out of position at West Ham

Mohamed Diame has credited the blistering start to his Hull career with a return to his favoured position.

Diame was a deadline day signing from West Ham, costing the Tigers £3.5million, and has already set about repaying manager Steve Bruce's faith.

I am in a different position to West Ham. I was a winger there. I am now back in midfield where I have played all my life. West Ham is a great club and the fans were always behind me. But I am not a winger.

I have goal targets, too, and playing as a winger meant I couldn't meet that target.

I like Hull as a club. I can see myself doing well here.

– Diame speaking to Hull Daily Mail.
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