Neither West Brom nor West Ham will face “serious sanction” for the agreement that was put into Robert Snodgrass’ transfer, according to a Sky Sports journalist.
That left Snodgrass unable to play against his former side last night, which is against Premier League rules.
However, Sky journalist Rob Dorsett has said that the most likely punishment will either be a warning or a small fine.
Dorsett delivered the big update – likely to come as a relief to both West Ham and West Brom – on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday.
#wba and #whufc won’t face serious sanction for the private agreement that saw Robert Snodgrass miss last night’s game. PL officials investigating: it is against their strict rules for a club to have control over a player not contracted to them. Warning or small fine most likely.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) January 20, 2021
Back to the football
Well, that was a whole lot of fuss over nothing.
It’s good news that West Brom will likely get off with a warning but the whole furore was a bit needless.
Big Sam shouldn’t have put his foot in it and West Ham shouldn’t have insisted on a clause that was technically against the rules.
Allardyce said that it was the only way they could get the deal done, which suggests the balance of blame lies with the Hammers.
But now we can get back to focusing on the football, which has taken a turn for the better in the last two games, despite defeat against West Ham.
We’ll never know if Snodgrass playing would have made a difference and perhaps earned us a point.
Now, we’ve just got to put it behind us and focus on the next Premier League game – against Man City next Tuesday.
Things, on the pitch at least, aren’t going to get any easier in that game.
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