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West Ham's Morrison cleared to have 'Ravel' on shirt

West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison was able to gain special dispensation from the Premier League to have his first name on the back of his shirt.

The Sunday Mirror says the name change was down to Ravel's wish to distance himself from his dad after their relationship had deteriorated.

An earlier similar request to the Football League was turned down on the basis that he had already been named as Morrison.

But the Premier League sanctioned the switch and it appears to be part of the lad turning over a new leaf.

Morrison's troubled past was one reason why Sir Alex Ferguson finally decided to let the youngster leave Manchester United in 2012.

There were allegations that Morrison had even gone to the lengths of securing a restraining order against his parents.

And, prior to joining West Ham, he was living with his grandparents, in Denton, Greater Manchester.

It appears the rift with his mum has now subsided, even though he has a police caution for assaulting her.

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