Belfast Telegraph

Green escapes FA censure

The Football Association will not take any action against West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green for his gesture at the final whistle of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Tottenham.

The 30-year-old made the defiant action towards the press box after an impressive display for the struggling Hammers. Green has received a lot of negative press following his mistake in England's World Cup opener against the United States this summer.

He has not played for Fabio Capello's side since, losing his place in the squad for the first two Euro 2012 qualifiers, and his displays for West Ham had seemed to indicate a player low on confidence. The FA will write to Green to remind him of his responsibilities but no further action will be taken.

Hammers boss Avram Grant defended his keeper after the match, saying: "In football you can perform and then you do not have to say anything. I think Rob's performance was his best speech.

"Rob showed (what he can do) on the only place a sportsman needs to show - on the pitch. Not in the papers, not in the media, not with excuses."


From Belfast Telegraph