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Faubert thanks sympathetic West Ham supporters

Julien Faubert has thanked West Ham fans for their support after his mother died last week, reports The Sun. The French full-back played against Blackburn on Saturday just 48 hours after his mother passed away.

He said: "I am so pleased to have received so many messages from our supporters. I can't tell you what it means to me.

"It is so nice. It just shows that the fans don't only get behind the players when we are playing on the pitch.

"Also when we have difficulties in our own lives, they make an effort to send in a message. This has helped me a lot, especially at this time.

"This is why I love England and West Ham so much. It is not just the team but everyone else behind the players, it is very special."

Faubert wore a black armband in tribute to his mother, who had been ill with a brain tumour.

He revealed there was no way he was going to miss playing, as it would have been something his mum would have wanted him to do.

He said: "I definitely wanted to play. There was no question for me. This is what I wanted to do for my mum and for West Ham.

"She would have been saying, 'whatever happens, I want you to play'. She would say 'you have to go on, go forward with your life and with your football - you have a job to do and a son of your own to look after'."

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