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Keith Hackett claims both Wolves and West Ham could face fines from the FA for failing to control their players at full time on Monday evening.

Players from either side got involved in a scuffle after the final whistle with Pedro Neto and Jesse Lingard were at the centre of things as tempers flared.

Neto appeared to take offence to Lingard’s time-wasting antics. Hackett said this sort of behaviour has always been in football and expects the FA to investigate.

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“It will be an incident that Michael Oliver will report at the end of the game because he does that naturally in the reporting process,” Hackett told West Ham Zone in an exclusive interview.

“One of the things the FA can throw at the club is to issue a fine for failure to control their players. That’s how it’ll be looked at. 

“When you’ve had a lead, and it’s been cut back and you’re ticking the clock down, tell me a footballer that isn’t going to try and delay things? It’s a question of the fine balance between time consuming and time delaying.

“A fair portion of that is understanding that the referee can always add on. He’s always capable of adding another few seconds or minute on when he sees this type of tactic. It’s part of the game, it’s always been there.”

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It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen such a charge in the Premier League this season. In March, both Southampton and Sheffield United were charged with failing to control their players.

According to the FA website, both sides were in breach of FA Rule E20.1, and were handed ‘Standard Penalty 1’. Wolves and the Hammers could suffer a similar fate.

The incidents at full-time shouldn’t overshadow what a huge result it was for us. With eight matches to go, we sit in fourth spot – it’s in our hands now if we want to finish in the Champions League spaces.

Next up for the Hammers is a home clash with Leicester City on Sunday. Let’s hope the squad do whatever it takes to win again. These kinds of chances don’t come around all that often.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers would be mad to not go in for this international goal-scorer this summer.


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