West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green will not be punished for his gesture following the win over Tottenham at the weekend.
Former England man Green, who has been ridiculed by opposition supporters following his World Cup blunder, made an “up yours” gesture after the final whistle of the Hammers’ 1-0 success.
There had been speculation the 30-year-old could be punished by the Football Association, but the ruling body will not be taking action, only writing to the player to remind him of his responsibilities.
Green had played a key role in West Ham’s first victory of the Premier League season, and boss Avram Grant said afterwards that it was the best way for him to respond to his critics.
He said: “In football you can perform and then you do not have to say anything.
“I think Rob’s performance was his best speech. Rob showed what he can do on the only place a sportsman needs to show – on the pitch. Not in the papers, not in the media, not with excuses.”