Faubert thanks supporters

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 2nd February 2010

Julien Faubert has sent a message of thanks to supporters following the recent death of his mother.

KUMB.com revealed at the weekend how the French defender, 26, had played against Blackburn Rovers despite receiving news of his mother's death less than 48 hours earlier.

Our revelation prompted a groundswell of support for Faubert, who has now sent a message of thanks for the support and messages of goodwill he has received via both the forum and the club.

"I am so pleased to have received these messages from our supporters," he said. "I can't tell you what it means to me. It is so nice.

"It just shows that the fans don't only get behind the players when we are playing on the pitch. Also when we have difficulties in our own lives, they make an effort to send in a message.

This has helped me a lot, especially at this time. This is why I love England and West Ham so much. It is not just the team but everyone else behind the players, it is very special."

Faubert, whose mother had been ill for some time with a brain tumour, received the news of her passing on Thursday and immediately left for France.

But having missed just one day's training he returned to England in time to feature on Saturday - something which Julien feels his mother would have wanted.

"I definitely wanted to play. There was no question for me," he confirmed. "This is what I wanted to do for my mum and for West Ham. She would have been saying, 'whatever happens, I want you to play'.

"She would say 'you have to go on, go forward with your life and with your football - you have a job to do and a son of your own to look after'. I am a professional footballer with a duty to West Ham. It was hard but I didn't want to let West Ham down either."

Faubert, who wore a black armband during Saturday's match revealed how his mother had been the main motivation behind his career as a professional footballer.

"My mother was an inspiration," he said. "She was the one there for me when I was growing up, I lived with her all the time and she supported me in every way, whether it was buying me boots or driving me to training or games.

"I was born in a poor area of Le Havre, so it was difficult and she made a lot of sacrifices for me. I know she is happy and proud of me and I have good memories.

"It's a difficult time for me and my family, but I have my wife and son helping me through this as well as the fans and everyone here at West Ham. This will help me to go forward."

You can read the messages of support posted by our readers here.

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