Sam Allardyce has risked facing further wrath from the FA after saying the recent fine he received was for "speaking the truth".

The West Ham United boss was fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct by the FA for questioning the integrity of the officials in his post-match comments following the FA Cup fourth round replay against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The 58-year-old Hammers chief felt his side were denied two clear-cut penalties, and whilst Allardyce stopped short of accusing the officials of being biased, he reaffirmed his belief that the large home crowd influenced their decisions.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Allardyce said: "For me I spoke the truth, so if you like I have been fined for speaking the truth, but there you go, we move on," he said.

"What I had to do was present my case and give it to the panel and make sure they understood what I meant and there was no doubt I meant nothing other than the influence that happens at the big arenas that happens to everyone when you go there.

"Those influences can make people make decisions that are right or wrong, not just Phil Dowd but players and you as a manager.

"I thought we put an outstanding case forward and I thought I should have got the benefit of the doubt based on the fact I didn't say anyone was biased.

"It is the implication that people might have thought I meant the referee was biased and that I may have thought it on my comments, and that was why I was fined. I tried to choose my words carefully and never mentioned that word (bias) whatsoever."

The fine comes following Allardyce's post-match comments, where he said: "You see it time and time again at Old Trafford. There's no doubt about the difference between Rafael's handball and Jordan Spence's. Spence plays for West Ham and the away team, while Rafael plays for the home side at Old Trafford."

Allardyce also confirmed he would not be appealing the fine, and the FA have yet to respond to his comments made on Friday.

 

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