Filed: Friday, 8th July 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have requested that the Italian Football Federation suspend the registration of former player Alessandro Diamanti due to unpaid fees.
According to a statement released on whufc.com this afternoon, the club's request follows Diamanti's current club Brescia Calcio's failure to settle the latest instalment of the £2million transfer fee.
"Due to the failure of Brescia to pay the latest instalment, West Ham have asked the FIGC to suspend the player's registration and requested that the national association and FIFA impose sporting sanctions until the matter is resolved," it read.
The Italian arrived in east London two years ago next month amidst controversial circumstances when it was revealed that his transfer fee - said by Livorno Director of Sport Nelso Ricci to be £5.5million - was partly paid by club sponsors SBOBet.
After just 28 first team appearances - and seven goals - he was shipped out by new owners Davids Sullivan and Gold - no doubt as a result of the unusual circumstances surrounding his signing - in the 2010 summer transfer window, despite having been named the club's Best Signing 2009/10 by readers of KUMB.com.
In this year's KUMB.com reader's awards, Diamanti was voted as 'Most Missed Player', an award contested by those players who left the club during the previous 12 months.
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06:43AM 9th Jul 2011
''If they have not paid for him, can we have him back please?''
by g portugal
06:05AM 9th Jul 2011
''Diamanti cannot and would not defend. All well and good to score the occassional screamer, but too often this guy was found wanting in all the other aspects of the game other than scoring. Why is it that no other Premier League side wanted him? Why is that he only scored 6 times in 31 games in Serie A?
This guy should never have been BOUGHT in the first place. Another really poor purchase of the Zola era, along with Savio and loan signings like Jimenez. What a waste of money. A waste of money that defined the ownership of the Icelandics. Stupid, duff signings that ultimately caused us to part with players like Collins, Zamora and Etherington who are now all succeeding elsewhere.
That is why we were relegated. Several years of signings which ultimately ruined us financially.''
by marc husher
11:46PM 8th Jul 2011
''To be brutally honest this story should never have surfaced. Yes, I appreciate that another club owes us some much needed funds but why on earth did we oust Diamanti in the first place? Our current situation has been coming on for a long while now and only committed players like Scotty, Noble and, in his time here, Diamanti showed they really felt for our club and gave their all.
In my view he really had the passion and commitment to be an absolute idol at West Ham and let's be honest - we love a character! Yes he was stubborn, yes he was greedy, yes his discipline wasn't great and yes he was petulant at times; remind you of anyone?''
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