The Premier League confirmed on Friday that they have received an official complaint from relegation-threatened West Ham about Fulham boss Roy Hodgson's decision to rest five key players for a match which Hull won 2-0. But Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola believes his Fulham counterpart did "the right thing" by fielding a weakened team.
But Zola was not aware that the complaint would be lodged, and his verdict on Hodgson's team selection appears to conflict with the viewpoint expressed by West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
The Italian believes Hodgson was only thinking about the interests of his club when he rested the key players.
When asked for his reaction to the complaint being lodged, Zola said: "I just heard about that. I didn't know it was happening.
"As far as I'm concerned, a manager can play his best team.
"I have no doubts that Roy Hodgson is doing the best for his team.
"He's a person I respect for his loyalty and I have no complaints with that.
"He decided to do that and I'm sure he has done the right thing for his club. Plus from what I read in the reports Fulham weren't that bad, so I have no problems with that."