Some West Ham United fans have joked that unpopular co-owner David Sullivan would welcome a transfer ban as a result of the Robert Snodgrass investigation.
West Ham let Snodgrass leave for West Bromwich Albion last week.
The former Scotland international was a hugely influential and popular figure at West Ham. But he was not part of David Moyes’s plans.
Snodgrass starred for West Brom on his debut in a 3-2 win at Wolves.
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But when West Ham beat West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday night the midfielder was sat in the stands.
Baggies manager and former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce suggested Snodgrass’s omission was due to an “agreement” between the two clubs ahead of midfielder’s permanent move in January.
And that is a possible breach of Premier League regulations which is now being investigated.
“That was an agreement between the clubs that this game he would not be allowed to play,” Allardyce told BT Sport.
“We could only get the deal done with that agreement.”
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Such an agreement may see West Ham and West Brom in breach of rules and regulations set out by the Premier League in its handbook for the 2020/21 season, with Rule I7 stating:
“No Club shall enter into a contract which enables any other party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams in League Matches.”
It is believed a fine would be the maximum punishment for West Ham and/or West Brom if the deal is found to be in contravention of the rules.
West Ham fans had voiced concerns the club could be docked points.
But supporters could not resist using the situation to have a pop at co-owner Sullivan, West Ham’s majority shareholder who takes a lead on all transfer activity at the club.
West Ham fans joke that co-owner Sullivan would welcome transfer ban as punishment
Fans have been protesting for Sullivan and fellow co-owner David Gold to leave for some time.
One of their major grievances is what they feel are broken promises over the club’s level of spending and ambition since moving to the London Stadium.
West Ham are currently in desperate need of a new striker. They sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20million last week with no replacement lined up.
That has left Moyes with one senior forward in the shape of injury-prone converted winger Michail Antonio.
After the Premier League announced the investigation into the deal between West Ham and West Brom for Snodgrass, Hammers fans joked that Sullivan would welcome a transfer ban so he did not have to spend any money this month.
West Ham fans are famous for their wit. And they didn’t let anyone down, seeing the funny side of the potential rule break.
Here are a selection of comments from West Ham fans on Twitter.