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Thursday 19 October 2017

Tomkins' offence annoys Big Sam

West Ham have ordered defender James Tomkins to carry out extra community work after the defender was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly outside a nightclub in December.

Tomkins pleaded guilty to both offences on Monday and was fined £3,500 by magistrates but he will not be receiving any extra financial penalty from West Ham.

The 25-year-old, who came through the club's youth ranks, will instead carry out extra community work, including coaching young and disabled footballers in the local area.

"Getting him out in the community - particularly when he's a West Ham boy - is a much better punishment than fining him," Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said.

"The bottom line is he shouldn't have got himself into that situation or that position, he should show more responsibility.

IRRESPONSIBLE

"I don't take kindly to a lack of discipline off the field at all - I think it's irresponsible, I think it's unacceptable, I think a player represents himself but he represents the club as well and in this case James should hold himself in a better esteem in the public eye than he did.

"Whether he had a drink or two makes no difference - they have to have as much self discipline when they're away from the club as they do when they're training every day."

Tomkins has started his side's last five Premier League matches and will be included in the squad on Sunday when West Ham host QPR.

The Hammers have delivered some encouraging performances of late, not least against Manchester United last weekend when they were unfortunate not to take a draw away from Old Trafford.

An excellent 3-1 victory over Liverpool and a 2-2 draw at Hull last month leaves Allardyce's side 13th in the table with seven points from their opening six games.

"I've told the players - can they match that Man United performance against QPR?" Allardyce said.

"Have they got that inner drive to drag that performance out again in what is a more important game for us than either the Liverpool or Man United game?"

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