New Hammers signing Dimitri Payet will play no part in tonight’s Europa League second round qualifier against Maltese opposition Birkirkara at the Boleyn Ground.
Despite being added to the confirmed UEFA 25 man squad for the second qualfying round, the 28 year old play maker is serving a suspension related to his time with French Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille.
Payet picked up three yellow cards in the domestic league from 35 starts last season. He also received a two-game ban after aiming expletives at the closed door of the match officials’ dressing room following a goalless draw with Lyon, in which Lucas Ocampos’ late strike was deemed not to have crossed the goal-line. This was later reduced to a one match ban on appeal.