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West Ham in talks to make documentary

West Ham are claimed to be in talks with a UK broadcaster over a documentary about club legend Mark Noble.

Mike Keegan writing for the Daily Mail says The plan is to mark the one-club man’s playing career and his affiliation with the Hammers.

It is also understood the club are working on proposals to celebrate Noble’s 18-year career at West Ham’s final home game of the season against Manchester City, when Noble hangs up his boots.

Nobes has been synonymous with West Ham United since the Canning Town-born midfielder made his debut for the Club as a 17-year-old in August 2004.

Since then, he has won two Hammer of the Year awards, twice won promotion to the Premier League and amassed more than 500 first-team appearances in Claret and Blue – one of only ten players to reach that landmark. In December 2017, he became the first West Ham player to make 300 Premier League appearances.

Noble’s commitment to the cause saw him rewarded with a Testimonial in 2016 – the same year he captained the Hammers in their final game at the Boleyn Ground and first match at London Stadium.

Last year  Noble became just the tenth West Ham United player to reach 500 first-team appearances when he led the Irons in the Premier League fixture with Watford.
He now has 553 appearances under his belt for West Ham with six appearances this season, three of those in the Europa League.
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Hammers could pick up striker for free

West Ham could have the chance to sign a striker target on a free transfer if a new report is to be believed.

The Hammers have been linked with Torino striker Andrea Belotti for some time now.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the 27-year-old Italian international is set to leave the Serie A outfit when his contract expires at the end of the season having made the decision not to sign an extension.

Romano posted the information on his official Twitter account   “Italian striker Andrea Belotti is prepared to leave Torino as a free agent in June.

“Torino manager Ivan Juric confirms: “Belotti won’t sign the contract extension”.

“Andrea is not going to leave in January. He’ll decide his future in June”, Juric added.”

He has scored 91 goals in 199 appearances during his six years with the Serie A outfit since joining from Palermo  and has managed one goal in three games so far this term.

There’s bound to be fierce competition for the player this summer but the Hammers fancy their chances of attracting him to the London Stadium as a genuine competition for Mickey Antonio’s position upfront.

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Former Hammer not feeling the love at Old Trafford

Former Hammer Jesse Lingard was spotted reacting to Manchester United fans at Old Trafford during Sunday’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

His team were battered at home and fans were in an angry mood with the team down four goals inside 45 minutes.

Supporters booed the players off the pitch at half-time while some made their way towards the exit, failing to return for the second half.

In a video recorded from the stands, Lingard, an unused substitute, is seen warming up by the corner flag while supporters shout towards him.

During the five-second clip, the former Hammer points at himself while looking at the fans and appears to say “I’m not on the pitch” before returning to watch the game.

Lingard took to Twitter telling his Twitter followers “It wasn’t abuse! he said “work harder” like I’m not already doing that day in day out! and I said “I’m not even on the pitch” end of!!”

West Ham fans piled into the online debate insisting it wasn’t too late to change his mind and re-join the Hammers in January.

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Spurs fans could face investigation

Spurs supporters and their fan could find themselves in bother for using a racial slur on mass at the London Stadium on Sunday.

The north London fans were filmed chanting the chant ‘No noise from the Pikey boys’ directed at West Ham supporters on the Stadium concourse as they tried to break through the security door.

The word Pikey is an actual racist term for gypsies or Irish travellers (as defined by the Equality Act). It’s use, in a pejorative way, is a racial hate crime.

The Tottenham  supporters continue to use the chant ‘Yid army’ even though  the FA has issued a statement warning fans that those caught using the term “Yid” are liable for criminal prosecution and a Football Banning Order.

If West Ham supporters were filmed using racial slurs they were surely be banned, the club fined and make the headlines but when it is Tottenham so one seems to mind.

Supporters can report incidents to Kick it Out via an online form Online Reporting Form | Kick It Out

 

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COVID officers are ineffective

COVID officers deployed outside of the London Stadium are described as ineffective with minimal with COVID officers with high-vis vests just for show to keep the Premier League happy.

Claret and Hugh witnessed a number of the new COVID officers with clipboards standing around without approaching very many supporters before kick-off.

Those fans who were approached said the questions asked by the purple COVID vested people were voluntary and a simple refusal to answer questions had no consequence for admittance to the game. Other fans simply stated they had already been checked or they were exempt with no further follow up.

The Hammers had advised supporters to be ready to provide proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test result on matchday.

In a statement, West Ham said The Premier League and clubs shared a common goal to keep supporters as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are advised that spot-checks requiring fans to show their COVID-19 status will be increased for forthcoming games, starting with the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).

Supporters aged 18 or over should attend the match only if they either have a valid NHS COVID Pass, can show valid alternative proof that they have been fully vaccinated or have registered a negative COVID test in the previous 48 hours.

There will be heightened visibility of spot-checkers from the Tottenham Hotspur fixture, with all checkers outside the stadium wearing clearly-marked uniforms.

These measures are in place across all Premier League grounds for their health and safety of all supporters and staff. To ensure our supporters feel as prepared as possible prior to coming to London Stadium, we have listed a guide below on which forms of evidence will be accepted when showing your COVID-19 status.

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Hammer thankful for debut

Dan Chesters made his senior debut on Thursday night when David Moyes bought him on the 89th minute during the Hammers 3-0 win over Genk.

And after the game Chesters revealed what the manager and skipper Noble said to him as he came on to make his debut.

David gave me the shout and I’m just thankful for the opportunity,” Chesters told whufc.com.

“To be fair the crowd was hyping me up and giving me lots of encouragement so I was excited to get on the pitch. He (Moyes) said ‘just try to create an impact and have fun’…

“I think Nobes kept coming down the right hand side to try and get me on the ball as much as he could so I’d like to thank him as well.

“He (Noble) just said ‘go and have fun and run hard’.”

The attacking midfielder capable of opening up the tightest of defences, Daniel Chesters signed a two-year scholarship in summer 2018.

Even before then, Chesters had impressed sufficiently to make his debut at U23 level in a Premier League 2 fixture with Liverpool in February 2018.

Having become a full-time footballer, the youngster featured 13 times in the U18 Premier League, Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy during the 2018/19 season, and remained a regular member of Kevin Keen’s U18 side in 2019/20.

His form at that level saw more regular opportunities open up with Dmitri Halajko’s U23s, with Chesters recording his first assist in Premier League 2 when showing all his pace to lead a counter-attack against Fulham U23s in December 2019. After impressing in both age groups during their title tilts, Chesters signed professional terms with the Club in the summer of 2020.

His first season as a full-time U23s player saw Chesters pick up a goal and an assist in 18 appearances in Premier League 2 Division 1 and the Papa John’s Trophy whilst playing in a variety of roles in midfield and – at times – as an auxiliary full-back.

*Stats inclusive of U23s matches in Premier League 2 Division 1 and the Premier League Cup and U21s matches in Papa John’s Trophy

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Hammers remain top four

West Ham remain in fourth place in the Premier League table and a Champions League spot this morning.

The one nil win over Spurs on Sunday jumped the Hammers up to a top four  place on 17 points just 3 points behind third placed Manchester City.

Liverpool are just four points away in second place and Chelsea have a five points advantage currently leading the top flight league.

Spurs dropped down to sixth place on a goal difference of minus four after their defeat against West Ham at the London Stadium.

Meanwhile Manchester United are down to seventh after their embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.

Arsenal are  in tenth position on 12 points with a goal difference of minus three.

The Hammers have won five games from nine, drawn two and narrowly lost two games.

The Irons have scored 16 goals while conceding 10 leaving a positive goal difference of plus six.

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Hammers ‘blossoming’, says Moyes

West Ham are “blossoming” after their derby win over Spurs at the weekend, according to boss David Moyes.

The Hammers climbed up to fourth in the Premier League table thanks to their win over their bitter rivals, coupled with Manchester United’s absolutely appalling 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

The Irons, of course, have grown immensely since Moyes’ first spell as the Hammers boss, with the boss guiding the club away from the relegation zone in his first spell at the club.

Now, though, they are fighting once again for qualification to European competition, after reaching the Europa League last season, and subsequently winning all three of their three group games thus far.

And Moyes believes that the club are growing in stature with every passing game, especially their wins over rivals and those who would potentially have been seen as bigger sides in the past.

Speaking after the game, as per Football.London, Moyes said: “I think we are growing the characters at the moment. I think if you look at where these boys were maybe a few years ago or two years ago. I think they’ve all, they’ve all blossomed. They’re all feeling important, they’re all thinking that they can make a difference and I think that’s within the club.

“I think the club West Ham is blossoming, now that comes from the team and it comes from inside the building. The support today was fantastic as well, as it would be, as you would expect from a derby. I just think those players are all improving together and that is big thing to have.”

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West Ham and Spurs fans clash on concourse

West Ham and Spurs supporters clashed on the London stadium concourse during their London derby on Sunday as Spurs fans managed to break through a metal door that separated the two groups.

Video footage from Sunday’s Premier League encounter at the London Stadium shows one Tottenham supporter managing to drift past four London Stadium stewards stewards guarding the doors and kick open the one door separating the two sets of fans. Both sets trying to get to each other when it was opened.

Stewards on either side of the door eventually managed to shut the metal door to keep the fans apart, but supporters on either side threw drinks at their rival fans during the incident.

Met police officer Andy Sheldon confirmed that two Tottenham fans had been arrested for violent disorder after the incident.

He has revealed he would be reviewing footage from the concourse where some disorder took place which has resulted the arrests.

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Fornals incident goes viral

Suggestions that Spurs defender Cristian Romero spat at Pablo Fornals have been denied this morning as an Internet hoax.

A photo emerged on social media yesterday which appeared to be  a screen grab of live TV coverage showing the North London defender spitting at the West Ham midfielder as he lay on the floor but it has been declared as a fake as TV video replays do match the screen grab.

According to Sky Sports  Romero ordered Fornals to get up after he floored him with a tackle. The West Ham player didn’t take to that very well and leaped up before lots of players from both sides piled in to altercation only to be separated.  

Romero was shown the yellow card by referee Paul Tierney.