West Brom and West Ham could face a points deduction for an agreement which saw Robert Snodgrass unavailable to play at the London Stadium on Tuesday night, according to The Sun.
The newspaper claims that West Ham “believe they have a crucial piece of evidence that will put them in the clear over the episode”, which sources at the London Stadium claiming that Sam Allardyce could have played the 33-year-old and “was just making mischief”.
But, The Sun does report that if both clubs are found of breaking rules over Snodgrass’ transfer to West Brom, they could be hit with a points deduction despite Sky Sports News journalist Rob Dorsett saying on Wednesday that the two clubs “won’t face serious sanction” amid a Premier League investigation.
Snodgrass saga threatens to get ugly
If West Ham are right about Big Sam being deceptive then surely there’s nothing for the Premier League to investigate.
But, these claims could have also been fed out by the Hammers to clear themselves of any wrongdoing over a private agreement that is prohibited under the laws of the game.
We’re glad we had Snoddy through the door before the Wolves game on Saturday because he was superb and a key player in the 3-2 victory at Molineux.
If he was available against West Ham, we might not have lost but in the grand scheme of things, getting three points over your bitter rivals is definitely more satisfying.
This update from The Sun is a surprising one. We really don’t think Allardyce was that brazen to come out and claim there was an agreement that simply didn’t take place.
If the real reason why Snodgrass didn’t play was that he needed a good rest after the Wolves game, then he would have said it, and we would have accepted it because he hadn’t played much before the trip to Molineux.
We’ll have to wait and see how it pans out but a points deduction seems very excessive and a fine is perhaps more likely.
In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips has slammed a Baggies star who let himself down in the defeat to West Ham.