Sam Allardyce has criticised Granit Xhaka for cupping his ears to the Arsenal fans – five-and-a-half years after he did the same thing to West Ham fans.
Xhaka has come under fire in the press for his reaction to being substituted in Sunday’s draw with Crystal Palace. The Arsenal midfielder risks having his captaincy stripped for his reaction.
Arsenal fans cheered the fact that it was Xhaka coming off. In reaction, the Swiss midfielder cupped his ears to fans, told them to ‘f*** off’ and stormed down the tunnel. This also prompted an emotional reaction from Lucas Torreira.
‘Hypocrite’ Allardyce slams Xhaka
Former West Ham manager Allardyce discussed this on talkSPORT. His opinion on the Xhaka situation has provoked a backlash from West Ham supporters, who are calling Allardyce out for double standards.
Speaking to Laura Woods, Allardyce said: “Gesticulating to the fans is the one thing you cannot do. It’s irresponsible.”
But West Ham fans have a long memory. Allardyce was not going to get away with these comments after March 2014. West Ham had just beaten 10-man Hull City 2-1 in the league.
Hull were in deep trouble and went down to 10 men early in the game when goalkeeper Allan McGregor was sent off. West Ham scored the resulting penalty but laboured to victory. Hull equalised through Tom Huddlestone and it needed a James Chester own goal to seal the win for West Ham.
Hammers fans were already frustrated with Allardyce by this point and he was booed by the Upton Park faithful. Like Xhaka, Allardyce cupped his ear. Here are some fans reminded him of this.
Hello pot, meet kettle. pic.twitter.com/dNclchFdDF
— Gary Mills ⚒ (@GaryMillsy) October 29, 2019
Yeah mugging off your own paying fans; you’d never do that would you Sam? 🙄
— Ian B (@ibeaumont) October 29, 2019
Remember when he done this to the fans after the hull game hypocrite pic.twitter.com/qV4l1NGCWy
— will earle (@willearle_) October 29, 2019
Allardyce cupped his ear to the fans when we beat Hull 2-1 and we Boo’d because it was so bad. He’s such a hypocrite.
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) October 29, 2019
Never gesticulate to the fans – said the man who gesticulated to the fans – get this hypocrite off Talksport for goodness sake.
— Girona Joe (@GironaJoe) October 29, 2019
— Pride of East London (@prideofeastldn) October 29, 2019