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West Ham captain Noble: Antonio didn't mean it; but it was disrespectful

West Ham captain Mark Noble says the players have felt insulted by Michail Antonio.

The anger came from Antonio failing to show up for a pre-match meeting on time.

His late arrival meant the England international was dropped by David Moyes for the home draw with Crystal Palace — despite West Ham's lengthy injury list.

The Hammers boss also revealed “it wasn't the first time" Antonio had breached disciplinary rules.

Noble said: “That's the manager's decision. It sets his stall out to say he won't accept it, no matter who you are. He isn't going to accept you being late, showing the lads disrespect.

“I'm sure Mikey did not mean it. I'm sure it's a mistake. But when it comes to the position we are in the league, we need him, and we need him here in the team so that was the manager's decision.

“He's like that, and that's the way he deals with things."

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