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League confirms Hammers complaint

The Premier League has received an official complaint from West Ham regarding Fulham's team selection against Hull City on March 27.

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Roy Hodgson made six changes from the side that lost the FA Cup quarter-final to Tottenham three days previously, with Bobby Zamora, Danny Murphy and Damien Duff heading the list of players who did not make the trip to the KC Stadium.

In their absence, West Ham felt aggrieved when Fulham lost 2-0 in a result that took Hull level with the Hammers on 27 points. Hull also have a game in hand over West Ham, who currently occupy 17th place.

A Premier League spokesman said: "We can confirm that we have received an official complaint from West Ham over this matter. We will now ask Fulham for their observations and then the Premier League board will then consider what actions, if any, are appropriate."

Hodgson, who brought the three players back into his side for Thursday's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg, was unrepentant about his actions when speaking after the Europa League quarter-final, first leg victory.

"Firstly I don't think West Ham should be picking our team and I think that is a fairly obvious statement," Hodgson said. "My conscience is perfectly clear on the subject and as far as I'm concerned we don't have a case to answer.

"In the last game I selected a team comprising of a defender just sold for £10 million (Chris Smalling), a South African international (Kagisho Dikgacoi) who replaced Danny Murphy and I replaced Bobby Zamora with Clint Dempsey, a USA centre forward.

"I can't understand why, if you have a large squad, it's not allowed for you to change things around. I can't imagine anyone questioning Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea for using all the players in their squad."

A number of teams have been accused of fielding weakened sides in recent seasons and the league recently took action against Wolverhampton Wanderers after Mick McCarthy made ten changes for an away game against Manchester United in December.

Wolves lost 3-0 to United and were subsequently handed a £25,000 suspended fine by the Premier League. They won their following home game against Burnley 2-0.

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