Antonio jets back to West Ham early from Jamaica duty for £100,000

Michail Antonio jets back to West Ham early from international duty with Jamaica with Hammers chairman David Sullivan forking out £100,000 on private jet to get him match-ready

  • West Ham have spent £100,000 to get Antonio back early from Jamaica duty
  • Hammers chief David Sullivan forked out the money for a private jet to London
  • Antonio will now be ready for the Hammers’ Premier League clash with Wolves
  • The striker has played a pivotal role in David Moyes’ side rising up to third place 

West Ham chairman David Sullivan has paid £100,000 to fly Michail Antonio back from Jamaica a day early to ensure the in-form forward is ready for Saturday’s Premier League home clash against Wolves.

The Hammers striker played twice for Jamaica, scoring in Saturday’s 1-1 draw in El Salvador before firing in a 30-yard screamer against the USA on Tuesday. He was due back in London today but Sportsmail understands Sullivan hired a private jet to get the 31-year-old back a day earlier.

It reinforces Sullivan’s commitment to head coach David Moyes’s impressive regime, with West Ham third in the table.

West Ham star Michail Antonio has been rushed back by the Hammers for Premier League duty

Hammers chairman David Sullivan (middle) hired a £100,000 jet to get him back one day early

Antonio has arguably been West Ham’s player of the season so far, scoring seven goals, and Sullivan has not hesitated in forking out to ensure the player has as much time as possible to recover and prepare to face Wolves.

Meanwhile, West Ham have ‘reluctantly accepted’ UEFA sanctions following crowd trouble at their Europa League game in Genk two weeks ago.

The Hammers requested full written reasons from UEFA on Monday after being banned from selling tickets for their next away match in Europe — against Rapid Vienna a week today — and fined £29,260.

Antonio has played a big role in the Hammers’ good start to the season which sees them third

West Ham have since been provided with evidence of a ‘small number’ of ticketless Hammers fans causing disturbances after gaining entrance to the stadium for the 2-2 draw in Belgium.

West Ham said in a statement: ‘West Ham United condemn the behaviour of this group of individuals and we are working to identify them following their actions, which have now ultimately led to our supporters — the vast majority of whom behaved impeccably in Belgium — being punished and resulting in David Moyes’ team being forced to play in Austria without the backing of fans.’

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