West Ham directors could be banned from attending clash with Leicester as Foxes owners are still fuming over Claudio Ranieri gaffe
There is still simmering anger at the King Power after Hammers vice-chair Karren Brady let slip Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha spent £500,000 on wine after sacking boss Claudio Ranieri.
West Ham have apologised but Leicester, fuming over the incident, blocked their raid for striker Islam Slimani in the January window.
The feud may spill over into the weekend when David Moyes’ men arrive desperately seeking three points to ease their relegation fears.
Hammers chiefs David Sullivan and David Gold plus Brady will attend.
But a Hammers insider said: ‘The members of the board are 100 per cent going, but they still don’t know where they will be sitting.
“An apology doesn’t seem to have worked. There is a fear the directors will be allocated an executive box and not boardroom seats.”
Hammers striker Andy Carroll has apologised to boss Moyes in the hope of winning his place back in the squad for the clash.
Carroll, 29, left the bench early during Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by Manchester City after Moyes used all three of his substitutes — and not the England hitman.
The ex-Newcastle and Liverpool star refused to apologise during training on Monday and was sent home.
His team-mates were given Tuesday off but Carroll yesterday returned to training again having said sorry to Moyes. Speaking after the City match, Moyes said: “It’s something I’ll deal with.
“In this situation what you need is everybody to be a team member, so if Carroll has done that, I’ll look at it.”
The focus of Moyes and his squad is now firmly on sealing their Premier League survival — they are three points clear of third-bottom Southampton with both teams having three games left.
And defender Pablo Zabaleta reckons Manuel Lanzini can propel them to safety.
Argentina ace Lanzini has been battling a persistent knee injury but played over an hour for the first time since March in the City defeat. Countryman Zabaleta said: “Manuel is one of the most creative players in our team.
“He’s not had a good time in terms of injuries but to have Manu back in the team is good news. So hopefully he can help us get some points.
“We have to forget about the last game. One more win could be enough to be 100 per cent safe. We cannot wait on Swansea, Southampton or Stoke to keep dropping points. We have to think about West Ham and us getting three the points.”
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