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Carlton's criticism

Filed: Wednesday, 13th November 2013
By: Staff Writer

Carlton Cole has criticised West Ham United for publishing a video of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Gillingham.

West Ham ran out 9-0 winners in the friendly which was arranged to give match fitness to a number of players not currently involved in Sam Allardyce's first XI. But Cole was incensed when the Club released video highlights of the game to subscribers of WHUFC TV, calling it "humiliating" for the young Gillingham players who took part.

"Why oh why would you want to humiliate them poor young boys like that?" he asked via his Twitter account. "It was a poor game behind closed doors." The Tweet has since been removed.

Cole was one of several players who scored during the game and one of six senior players involved with the match day squad; the others being Adrian, George McCartney, Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga.

Having celebrated his 30th birthday in October, Cole signed a three-month contract with the Club last month - five months after initially leaving West Ham having failed to agree terms on a new contract.

Cole's stance has received a mixed reaction from supporters, although KUMB member Muddy could see both sides of the argument. "West Ham TV usually show highlights from friendly games. Why should this be any different?" he asked.

"They've got to keep the subscribers happy, but I think the sentiments from Carlton are nice. Big bloody softy that he is..."

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