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Antonio axed from Palace squad

Filed: Tuesday, 30th January 2018
By: Staff Writer

Michail Antonio was dropped from the squad to face Crystal Palace at the Olympic Stadium tonight as a result of disciplinary action.

Initially included in David Moyes' 18-man squad for this evening's derby with the Eagles, Antonio was removed from the squad earlier in the day as a result of arriving late for a pre-match team meeting.

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And according to the manager, it "wasn't the first time" Antonio's time-keeping had proved problematic, the main reason behind Moyes' decision to axe him from the team that drew 1-1 with Palace.

"He turned up late this morning for a meeting," said Moyes, during his post-match press conference. "I'm not having it at the club; I've said right from the start what it's going to be like and it's too often.

"I didn't involve him tonight, but otherwise I'd have probably tried to get him on the bench."

Antonio, who is said to have promised to improve his time-keeping could only watch from the stands as West Ham fell behind to Roy Hodgson's team before rescuing a point via a Mark Noble penalty.

* Listen to David Moyes' post-match press conference.

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