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West Ham co-owner defends Green from FA censure

David Gold has backed West Ham keeper Robert Green for the defiant gesture which he aimed towards the press box following the Hammers' 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday. The 30-year-old's performance in the win was a marked improvement on the unconvincing efforts between the posts which have cost the Hammers points against Chelsea and Stoke this season.

Green came in for strong criticism this summer after making a horrendous gaffe which cost England victory in their World Cup opener against the United States.

"I have to say I don't think there was any malice in it whatsoever," said Hammers co-owner Gold.

"I think he was just saying: 'Didn't I have a good game guys? Look, this is the real Robert Green. I'm back.' I think that was what happened and we ought to allow him to have that moment because that's all that it was.

"If the FA have written to him to explain that then fair enough, that's fine. Let's move on. He didn't kill anyone."

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