Premier League close investigation against West Brom over Robert Snodgrass
The Premier League will take no further action against West Brom or West Ham after a controversial incident involving Robert Snodgrass in January, according to the Evening Standard.
Snodgrass, 33, joined Albion from their divisional rivals in the winter transfer window after growing frustrated at his lack of playing time with the Hammers.
He made his debut in the 3-2 win over Wolves on January 16, but he was bizarrely left out of the squad that made the trip back to his old club three days later.
West Brom released a statement after their 2-1 loss in east London, as relayed by The Athletic, that confirmed his absence was due to an “agreement reached with West Ham to sign the player”.
The Premier League launched an investigation to ascertain whether any breach of regulation 17 had been breached. Premier League regulation 17 states that “no club shall enter into a contract which enables another party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams in league matches”.
However, the Evening Standard has now reported that the Premier League have “decided to take no further action” after months of probing into the matter.
Where’s the return?
This had the potential to be a really costly move from all parties.
When we signed Snodgrass we thought we were getting a hungry, creative player who would help to transform our side and aid our battle against relegation.
However, he made just eight appearances for us as we dropped back down to the Championship, and he was completely absent from the squad for the final eight games.
He may well turn out to be an inspired signing for next season’s Championship campaign, but there’s no denying that his struggle for form and fitness made his transfer a pretty pointless one to make, especially considering his age.
If we had been fined for breaching any rules or regulations, that would have made it ten times worse.
As it is, common sense has prevailed, and we can stop looking over our shoulders on this one.
In other West Brom news, a local journalist has mooted an Albion loan switch for this 23-year-old Aston Villa player.