Hammers to make Fulham complaint

Image: Hodgson: Criticised for line-up

West Ham are to lodge a complaint against Fulham for fielding a weakened side in the defeat to Hull City.

West Ham unhappy over KC Stadium line-up

West Ham are to lodge a complaint against Fulham after Roy Hodgson fielded a weakened side in last weekend's defeat to Hull City. Hodgson rested a number of key stars for the Cottagers against Hull as he prepared for Thursday's Europa League quarter-final tie with Wolfsburg. The Tigers secured a 2-0 win at the KC Stadium to move level on points with West Ham with a game in hand. Fulham boss Hodgson has defended his decision to rest players and was unfazed by talk that the club could find itself in trouble with the Premier League over his line-up.

Complaint

However, West Ham are now planning to make a formal complaint to the Premier League with relations between the two clubs still strained as Fulham are still suing West Ham for "merit money" lost in 2006/07 as a result of the Carlos Tevez affair. "Roy Hodgson admitted on television that he had rested players because he had an important Europa League match coming up," a West Ham spokesman is quoted as saying in The Sun. "He admitted fielding a weakened team. From our point of view that's awful and we are going to put in a complaint." The spokesman added: "Fulham are suing us for £500,000. They may find West Ham suing them for £50million next season."

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