West Ham: Police reject stadium request; star midfielder injury update; Antonio wins award
As West Ham continue to adapt to life in their new home at the London Stadium, the Met Police have been forced to turn down the club’s request for a police presence inside the stadium on matchdays due to inadequate equipment inside the ground, despite the Police having warned the stadium owners of the problems in 2014.
The Guardian claim that stadium owners E20 have now agreed to install the radio system required to allow for a police presence inside the ground but until this is completed in December, police can only enter the ground if there is criminal activity.
E20 have taken a lot of flak from West Ham from owners to fans since the move to the stadium, and they put out a statement to explain the situation which led to problems on Saturday in the clash with Watford, saying:
Saturday’s match was a Category A, low risk game and the police were based at the [Olympic] Park Headquarters throughout to monitor events at the Stadium. They were deployed in the Stadium when required, however the main pressure on the stewarding during the game was from infighting among the West Ham United fans.
On a much more positive note, and one which is likely to get fans off their feet for all the right reasons, is that summer addition Sofiane Feghouli is nearing a return from a hamstring injury which has kept him out of action since the Premier League season kicked off in August. The right winger played all but three minutes of the first round of Europa League qualifying, getting on the scoresheet in the home leg, before picking up the injury.
The free signing from Valencia played 90 minutes for the under 23s side on Friday in a 2-2 draw with Wolves and could now be available for selection if picked by Slaven Bilic for the trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. The Algerian is known for his pace and trickery and could add some potency to the Hammers attack as they look to comeback from the disappointing result which saw them throw away a two goal lead against Watford at the weekend.
However, Feghouli could have a fight on his hands to earn a place in the side thanks to the incredible form of Michail Antonio on the right wing, who has topped off a whirlwind month which saw him called up to the England squad for the first time by winning the club’s first ever online Player of the Month award for August.
The former Southampton and Cheltenham winger has made the right-wing position his own with four goals in five games in the Premier League and stormed the vote with an impressive 57% of the vote which was open to fans on the club’s website. The other award given went to Spanish youngster Antonio Martinez, who won goal of the month for his remarkable strike against Coventry City in a development fixture as he continues to knock on the door of the first team.
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