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Re: So you think clubs should be able to agree not to field their strongest team?
If that is the agreed, negotiated deal between two clubs, then yes. The deal could just as easily not have happened. West Ham wouldn't have played him anyway (he's out of favour), and West Brom wouldn't have had him to choose / not choose from. So what's the difference?
Donít see how that would not affect other teams, e.g. a team fighting relegation agreeing (and possibly paying) with their opponent to drop the opponentís star players.
No idea what the rules are on such matters, but why the hell not make an agreement like that? Itís business. Itís negotiation. A deal was struck that both were happy with. Itís not exactly the sort of thing to be causing ripples around the rest of the Premier League.
Sounds like the reason Snodgrass didn't play against West Ham tonight was because West Brom wanted him to play against Wolves, and agreed with West Ham that if they would sell him to them last week, he wouldn't be played against them.
When asked why he wasn't playing tonight instead of saying "he's rested" or "slight groin strain" or anything else that would be impossible to disprove, Allardyce has admitted the agreement, and the PL are now investigating the deal!
What a moron.
p.s. It's actually very dodgy and shouldn't happen. But we did it with Tim Howard so can't complain.