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‘I ask for respect’: West Ham ace slammed by teammate on int’l duty after 89th minute incident

‘I ask for respect’: West Ham ace slammed by teammate on int’l duty after 89th minute incident

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Islam Slimani has let rip at West Ham United ace Said Benrahma after Algeria beat Cape Verde 5-1 on Thursday night.

West Ham winger Said Benrahma and Cortiba striker Islam Slimani both featured for Algeria during their convincing friendly victory this week.

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The 28-year-old allegedly feels let down by his lack of playing time at West Ham this season.

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However, it’s clearly not just Hammers boss David Moyes whom has an issue with him. He had to make do with just 16 minutes off the bench for Algeria on Thursday night.

And the former Brentford man’s time on the pitch did not pass without controversy…

West Ham ace Said Benrahma slammed by Algeria teammate Islam Slimani

The former Leicester City forward bagged a late penalty against Cape Verde to make the score 5-1 on the night.

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The spot kick was won by Benrahma, and the Hammers ace picked up the ball before placing it on the spot. However, Slimani took umbrage to this, and wrestled the ball from Benrahma.

He explained to Algerian outlet Planete Sport why he was frustrated with the West Ham star:

West Ham ace Said Benrahma slammed by Algeria teammate Islam Slimani
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“The players designated to take the penalties are Slimani and Mahrez. If Mahrez is not on the field, automatically it is up to me to shoot. There is no debate. I ask for respect. People criticize me just because I was born in Algeria, at 35 I play in Brazil and not in Qatar.”

Slimani has scored 13 from 16 penalties throughout his career (Transfermarkt), whilst Benrahma has bagged a perfect 14 from 14 attempts (Transfermarkt).

Meanwhile, Mahrez has scored 28 from 38 attempts (Transfermarkt). So if you look at those numbers, Benrahma would be well within his rights to demand the next penalty kick that Algeria get given.

The 28-year-old is West Ham’s penalty taker and in fairness to him, he has never looked like missing from 12 yards out.

In spite of his impeccable record from the spot, Islam Slimani was clearly not in the mood to allow Said Benrahma the chance to notch up only his second goal for Algeria.

And his comments after the game were a little harsh if you ask me.

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