Hammers skipper wants on field mutual respect

Kevin Nolan, West Ham UnitedWest Ham United captain Kevin Nolan wants players and referees to show each other more respect on the pitch.

Referee Mark Clattenburg is under investigation by the Police, the FA and Chelsea following allegations made against him during their 3-2 Premier League defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

But the Hammers midfielder believes what is said on the pitch should stay on the pitch and that players and referees should shake hands after the game and move on.

Nolan told Sky Sports: “The amount of stick they get from us [the players], people shouting at them and saying things.

“We are all men and, and as long as there is no racism or things like that, then we should all be able to speak to each other like men.

“When you walk off you should shake hands. It has always been the same. It is a respect thing. I have been quite surprised with what has happened this week but you never know the full story until it comes out so we will see.”

Nolan went on to admit that it is good to have banter with referees but recognises that some people may not see it that way.

“All the referees I have come across have been great. You want them to have a bit of banter with you or give you some stick back. I certainly prefer that.

“But some people might see it as not the right thing to do.”

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