West Ham boss still fuming at Arnautovic red card
PUBLISHED: 10:52 23 August 2017
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Austria international will be fined for his reckless elbow
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says that Marko Arnautovic will be fined for his red-card at Southampton on Saturday and insisted that it will never happen again.
The Austria international was sent off for elbowing Jack Stephens in the first-half of Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at St Marys and it was clear that Bilic is still angry about his actions.
“The dust has not settled,” said the boss. “We had a chat and he has said he is sorry about three or four times, he has said sorry everywhere, but you just can’t do that.”
So did Bilic get to the bottom of why his player did it? He shakes his head.
“How can he explain that,” he exclaimed. “He probably just wanted to push the guy because he has been elbowed a few minutes before. The problem was the guy leaned down a bit so he got him in the nexk which is already nasty and second, he is big, he is not Lanzini, he is massive and that gives it an extra dimension.”
But then Bilic thumped his fist on the table. “But the point is that you can’t do that, so let us not talk about how did it happen, that is irrelevant.
“The more you talk about how did it happen, the more normal it becomes.
“It happened, I am fuming still now, but no more.”
The player is now suspended for three games, but has he learned his lesson? Bilic thinks.
“He will be fined of course,” he insisted. “I am very confident that the message has got through. He regrets it, he is a bit angry at himself, so I am confident it won’t happen again.”