Midfielder Snodgrass’ absence in match against former club to be probed by Premier League
LONDON (UK) – The Premier League is probing if there was a violation of transfer norms after West Bromwich Albion’s midfielder Robert Snodgrass failed to play against his former club West Ham United on Tuesday, said the BBC.
The 33-year-old joined from West Ham on Jan. 8 and made his debut appearance for West Bromwich in a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
However, Sam Allardyce said Snodgrass was not available for the trip to West Ham citing an “agreement between the clubs”.
“We could only get the deal done with that agreement,” he said in an interview with BT Sport before the match at London Stadium.
Despite the fact that players on loan are not allowed to play against their parent clubs, the situation is different when it comes to permanent transfers.
Premier League rules state: “No club shall enter into a contract which enables any other party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams in league matches.”