Trouble for Di Michele

WEST HAM S Italian striker David Di Michele has been dealt a blow to his hopes of securing a permanent contract with the Hammers next season. The 33-year-old was hoping to earn a new deal at the club, but that could be affected by the fact that he has bee

WEST HAM'S Italian striker David Di Michele has been dealt a blow to his hopes of securing a permanent contract with the Hammers next season.

The 33-year-old was hoping to earn a new deal at the club, but that could be affected by the fact that he has been ordered to stand trial back in Italy this October.

Di Michele has been charged with being part of an illegal betting scandal while playing for Serie A outfit Udinese.

Those involved, who also include AC Milan defender Marek Jankulovski are said to have placed bets on matches in Serie A and other leagues.


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MEANWHILE, West Ham have played down stories that their place in next season's Europa League could be in jeopardy.

Reports suggested that they would not be able to compete in the revamped competition because they have so far failed to declare their club accounts.

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West Ham missed the initial April 30 deadline for submission, but they still have until the end of the month to comply before it becomes a serious problem.

A club spokesman said that the club were "fully confident" of meeting the deadline.

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