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West Ham fined for players' response to Mark Noble's Anfield dismissal

Published 11/09/2015

West Ham have been punished for their players' reaction to Mark Noble's red card at Anfield
West Ham have been punished for their players' reaction to Mark Noble's red card at Anfield

West Ham have been fined £50,000 and warned over their future conduct following the behaviour of their players after midfielder Mark Noble's dismissal at Liverpool last month.

Noble, who scored the second goal in his side's 3-0 Barclays Premier League 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 London club over the reaction of Noble's team-mates following Friend's decision and a statement from the governing body on Friday evening 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."

Noble will be available for the Hammers' game against Newcastle at Upton Park on Monday, when the Hammers could also welcome three of their deadline-day signings - Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic - into their squad.

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