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Should we complain about Fulham?

Should we complain about Fulham?

Hull City stole a march on both West Ham and Burnley on Saturday in their battle to avoid relegation after beating a weakened Fulham side 2-0 at the KC Stadium. West Ham lost 1-0 at home to Stoke City and of course we all know what happened to the Clarets on Sunday.

Fulham rested key players including captain, Danny Murphy and the influential,Damien Duff. Bobby Zamora was also absent although in this case it was announced he had stomach cramps and couldn't play. Guess you have to take them at their word!

Fulham gaffer, Roy Hodgson also confirmed on Match of the Day that the players were rested because the club had one eye on the Europa League Quarter Final match against Wolfsburg on Thursday night plus had a busy schedule coming up. Aw bless, try playing 61 games in a season like we did in 2008-9 with one of the smallest squad sizes in the Championship!

This may not be on the scale of Wolves fielding a virtual reserve team at Old Trafford but should not the same principle apply? Mick McCarthy picked up a suspended £25,000 fine for his actions hardly a punishment to fit the crime but could Fulham expect the same or worse?

West Ham think they might have grounds to complain.

Vital West Ham state that the internet is rife suggesting the Hammers could be looking to lodge a complaint relating to their West London neighbours, Fulham.

They also quote a West Ham source as follows:

'We are checking the rules.'

'Roy Hodgson said on Match of the Day he rested players as they had a lot of games coming up starting with Wolfsburg this week. Hull got very lucky with Fulham fielding a very weak side as they play Wolfsburg on Thursday.'

'Let`s hope they beat Wolfsburg and stay in the competition and do the same for us when we play them!'

This sort of thing,fielding weakened sides is clearly not within the spirit of the game and also not within the rules as Mick McCarthy found out to his cost.

The problem is though, the punishment handed out is minimal and it seems pointless to complain if there is no chance that the game would be declared null and void and have to be replayed. Fining the club,suspended or otherwise will hardly improve our promotion chances.

However if West Ham do complain, should we not back them up? This sort of behaviour surely has to be stamped out. Clubs are just making a mockery out of the situation. The Premier League Board on fining McCarthy also issued the following statement:

'In coming to this decision the board also wants to put clubs on notice that any future rule breach of this nature would be subject to a disciplinary commission that would have available a full range of sanctions.'

Perhaps it's time to once more test how much guts the PL Board actually have and see whether they would be prepared to come down stronger than they have in the recent past.

I suppose our fate is in our own hands and if we cant beat Pompey, Wolves and Blackburn at home we have little grounds to complain but even so this sort of thing still stinks in my opinion and is yet another case of 'Premier League? You are Having a Laff!'

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Date:Tuesday March 30 2010
Time: 1:51PM


Interesting one but not one likely to reap any rewards for the Clarets more's the pity
30/03/2010 13:57:00
Premier League WILL fine Hodgson BUT there surely can't be a points reduction. West Ham a fine one to argue... didn't they drop Parker, Cole etc against Man Utd so they could beat Wolves?
30/03/2010 14:02:00
Whats happened to the ruling about having to field your strongest team available. Stomach cramps my @r$e.!!!
30/03/2010 14:03:00
Yeah thats what I am saying DrW unless they are prepared to come down stronger on these clubs, they will just keep trying to get away with it
30/03/2010 14:06:00
I said on a previous thread that this makes a mockery of the premier league. With such influential players out ( and who played against us) they mol gifted Hull 3 points. These 3 points could be even more contentious come May. Stomach cramps and Premier league my @r$e .
30/03/2010 14:15:00
Certainly think that PL have to (a) ask Hodgson to explain his actions, especially because of his statement about them (b) investigate and make a statement of their own confirming whether or not in their view Fulhma have broken the rules. About Wolves they said they definitely had broken the rules, and in ways which they could differentiate from other instances. If they say Fulham have also broken the rules, and Hull then edge past Fulham, WHU might well feel like suing Fulham in civil court. After all, it was WHU who got sued by the Blades, and their new owners are not exactly shrinking violets. As for Bfc suing Wolves... sadly it looks like they will remain too far ahead of us now for us to have a case.
Couch Potato
30/03/2010 14:41:00
I can asure you that many Fulham supporters were not terribly happy with the squad selection vs. Hull, but the idea that we could be punished for resting A FEW players is absurd! We have a paper-thin squad and were fighting on three fronts for most of the season. Hodgson has done an unbelievable job with the squad we have (an injury riddled squad, I'll add). I sympathize with your situation and I know we did you no favors vs. Hull, but gimme a break!
30/03/2010 14:48:00
Agree with Teddy, you cant base your hopes of survival on other teams, Burnley fc needs to be good enough to get those points to stay up, same applies to west ham. Fulham or any other team have the right to do as they choose, sometimes it works for you, other times against you, it's football.
30/03/2010 14:54:00
The point is Lily that teams DO NOT have the right to choose, the rules are simple, you play your strongest team.
30/03/2010 14:59:00
As even Avram Grant has said recently 'football is about more than just football'. Specifically it is about entering into a contract with other clubs in your competition to play by a shared set of rules that you sign up to at the start of the season. You want to 'do as you choose'? Go play friendlies!
Couch Potato
30/03/2010 15:30:00
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