Dimitri Payet has spoken out to defend himself, claiming that his desire to move to Marseille was not fueled by finances, after completing his January switch to the south coast of France. Payet said:
“[This move] is what I wanted. It was clear from the start. I didn’t feel very good over there. I wanted to be part of this project that is just getting started. It came at a time when I missed France. It was drawn out because I started my stand-off with West Ham a long time ago. Slaven Bilic had his view. I spoke to him. I don’t want to talk about this at the moment, but I don’t have to justify my behaviour. I needed to come back to France to Marseille – it was a personal choice. I’m very happy. My main motivation is to play football. If I was playing for money, I’d be in another country. If [the move] hadn’t gone through I would have lived with it.”
The Frenchman scored on his first start for his new club, with a trademark free-kick against Guingamp in Ligue Une, and is quickly re-adapting to life back in his home country.
Back in London, BBC Sport report that Slaven Bilic and his assistant Nikola Jurcevic have both been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. The Croatian reportedly threw a television microphone in protest against one of Michael Oliver’s decisions, whilst his assistant left the technical area to protest against the decision to rule out a Sofiane Feghouli goal.
The 48-year-old and his partner could now both face touchline bans and fines once the FA comes to a decision, which could see them miss the two vital games away at Watford and at home to Chelsea in their next two fixtures. The duo have until Thursday evening to appeal the charge.
In more positive news for fans, the Sun believe that West Ham are preparing to announce that they will freeze season ticket prices heading into their second season at the London Stadium, with an announcement expected in the coming days.
The Hammers have the cheapest season tickets in the Premier League, with a regular adult season ticket available for £289, but have been disappointing this season and have only just climbed into the top half of the table for the first time.
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