Karren Brady has blasted Dimitri Payet at a recent London Assembly meeting where she was discussing The London Stadium.
West Ham’s vice chairman refused to entertain a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the east stand should be named after Payet.
The east stand is set to be named after a former player but Brady has not revealed who just yet.
When asked if the stand would be named after Payet, Brady gave a blunt response.
As reported by Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole, Brady’s reply was: “No, it’s someone we all have admiration and respect for.”
To those of you saying “bants if they name the east stand after Payet” well clearly, no. Karren Brady was asked if it was going to be the Frenchman and she replied: “No, it’s someone we all have admiration and respect for.” Ouch.
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) October 17, 2018
The sly dig was clearly alluding to his controversial exit in January 2017.
Payet was a hero the fans in his short stay in East London. He was a maverick talent who lit up Upton Park.
The France international played 60 games for West Ham, scoring 15 goals and leading the Hammers to a seventh place finish.
His ability to dribble past players with ease, provide assists and score goals will long be remembered by West Ham fans.
It is rare for such a talent to grace the claret and blue shirt and many believed he was the most exciting player since Carlos Tevez or Paolo Di Canio.
The sour end
But sadly, things ended in controversial fashion. Payet wanted out and refused to play for West Ham.
In a press conference, then West Ham manager Slaven Bilic painfully admitted that Payet did not want to play for West Ham.
The Frenchman forced an exit and this is what Brady appears to be hinting at with her dig.