Slaven Bilic says West Ham United will not appeal FA charge for failing to control players
Last Updated: 28/09/17 5:54pm
Slaven Bilic says West Ham will not appeal their FA charge after failing to control their players during their defeat against Tottenham last Saturday.
Both sides clashed as the match came to an end at the London Stadium after Andy Carroll was adjudged to have fouled Fernando Llorente.
Carroll, Llorente, Winston Reid and Eric Dier were booked for their part in the melee and both clubs were subsequently charged and have now been fined £20,000.
"It was a derby game; a special game," said Bilic. "What is important is that is wasn't anything nasty or deliberate, with someone out to cause injury to an opponent.
"On the other hand, the FA has to draw the line and not have too much grey zone when it comes to that.
And when asked about whether the club would appeal the charge, Bilic added: "No, we will accept the charge because you can't deny that it was a bit of pushing."
A 3-2 defeat against Spurs last weekend saw West Ham fall back into the bottom three, but they have been handed a boost ahead of their encounter with Swansea City.
Michail Antonio, who came off injured last Saturday, and Manuel Lanzini both look set to return to the side as West Ham go in search of their third win of the season.
"Lanzini is back in the squad," said Bilic. "Michail Antonio's injury wasn't that bad. There was always a chance he would be available for Swansea and it was like that. He trained with us Thursday, so he'll also be in the squad."
Bilic now sees the visit of Swansea as a '"crucial" game as they aim to strengthen their position in the table before the international break.
Swansea travel to London following a 2-1 defeat at home to Watford with their only win of the season coming against Crystal Palace."It's very important to get a win," added Bilic. Three points would lift us a few places up the table, give us confidence, stability and good motivation. I would call it crucial."
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