Karren Brady gives her thoughts on Dimitri Payet's injury

Karren Brady

Karren Brady has condemned James McCarthy's challenge on Dimitri Payet.

West Ham United vice-chairwoman Karren Brady has told The Sun that she was far from a fan of James McCarthy's challenge on Dimitri Payet last weekend.

The Hammers drew 1-1 with Everton a week ago, but the major talking point from the game came with Payet's devastating injury.

The French playmaker, 28, has hit five goals and three assists for Slaven Bilic's men since joining from Marseille over the summer, and he has been the driving force behind West Ham's superb start to the season.

However, his exploits have made him a marked man, and Everton midfielder McCarthy went in with a hard challenge on the playmaker during that 1-1 draw last weekend - a tackle which has now ruled Payet out for around three months, giving West Ham a huge hole to fill.

Now, a week on, West Ham United co-chairman Karren Brady has given her thoughts on the challenge - and it's fair to say that she isn't too happy.

Speaking to The Sun, Brady says that she and the West Ham hierarchy dislike the tackle the more they see of it, and slammed a newspaper poll in Liverpool for their verdict on the challenge, which has left West Ham without their star player for the middle part of the season.

"The more we see of James McCarthy’s tackle on Dimitri Payet, the less we like it," said Brady. "Our influential midfielder will be out for about three months after a scissors tackle by the Everton player."

"One newspaper decided the only fair way to assess the tackle was to have a readers’ poll. The choice was between ‘the West Ham whiners are right’ and ‘it was full-blooded, deserved a booking but no more’. The poll was in...Liverpool. As a reader said...the tackle is as bad as the pathetic poll!" she added.

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