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West Ham fined over Noble red card reaction


West Ham United’s Mark Noble (R) receives a red card from referee Kevin Friend for a challange on Liverpool’s Danny Ings (Below L) during the EPL match in Liverpool, on August 29. PHOTO/AFP.

LONDON, September 12 – West Ham were fined USD 77, 000 and warned over their future conduct on Friday following the behaviour of their players after midfielder Mark Noble’s dismissal at Liverpool last month.

Noble, who scored the second goal in the Hammers’ 3-0 victory at Anfield on August 29, was sent off in the 78th minute when referee Kevin Friend judged him to have fouled Danny Ings.

That decision was overturned on September 2 after Noble had insisted his challenge was not even worthy of a yellow card and manager Slaven Bilic was equally critical.

However, the Football Association charged the east London club over the reaction of Noble’s team-mates following Friend’s decision and a statement from the governing body on Friday read:

“Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, West Ham United have been fined £50,000 and warned as to their future conduct after an FA player misconduct charge brought against the club was found proven.

“It was alleged that in or around the 78th minute of the game against Liverpool on 29 August 2015, West Ham failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

“The club had admitted the charge and submitted a plea for mitigation.”

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