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Call it off, urge Albion

Filed: Tuesday, 2nd January 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham's next Premier League clash is under threat after opponents West Bromwich Albion asked for the game to be cancelled.

The Baggies, who are currently one place below the Hammers in the table are set to visit the Olympic Stadium tonight but have called for the match to be postponed at the eleventh hour, according to BBC Sport.

West Brom drew with Arsenal on Sunday and have officially complained about a fixture schedule that means they will travel to east London having played 48 hours earlier - as will be the case for West Ham and Tottenham on Thursday, should tonight's match proceed as planned.

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"We all know there’s pressure on TV companies for ratings and everything else and games," said Albion boss Alan Pardew. "I understand that. But the league’s got to be stronger and say two days is not right."

However the manager, at least, is preparing with view to the fixture proceeding - and conceded that he would have to rest certain individuals who featured at the weekend. "Of course I am. There’s some players who won’t be able to cope with that," he said. "I’d be putting them at risk."

Although it seems inconceivable that the Premier League would consider postponing the match at such a late stage, Albion's request does at least highlight the crazy scheduling that was a consequence of the unusually late decision to postpone West Ham's trip to Tottenham - originally planned for New Year's Eve.

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