Midfielder Hammers blast
West Ham, Updated:
Julian Faubert has blasted West Ham, accusing them of tarnishing his name after he missed the clash against Birmingham.
The midfielder said that at the time of the game against fellow strugglers Birmingham his new-born son was ill in hospital, adding that he'd not trained on the Friday or Saturday ahead of the match because he was with his son.
Faubert, who says that the Hammers were aware of what was happening, had been named in the squad for the Hammers reserves. Speaking about what then happened the Frenchman said that when he turned up for the second string clash on the Sunday he was told that an injury in the first team meant that he was needed for the game against the Blues.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Faubert continued: "So I jumped in my car, rushed home and then on to Upton Park, but when I got there - surprise, surprise - nobody was injured and I was not in the squad.
''I left the ground, and went to see my son as he'd had a relapse. On my way I got a phone call saying that a lad had got injured five minutes before kick-off, and that I had to come back to replace him - but that was impossible.
''Afterwards the bosses said that I had not wanted to return, and that I had lacked respect towards them."