Trouble at West Ham United FC

 By Telegraph staff ...Last Updated: 11:42AM BST 09 Oct 2008

West Ham risk further Premier League sanction by using unregistered doctor

West Ham United could be in further trouble with the Premier League after it emerged they had allowed an unregistered doctor to treat players.

One man banned: Nikos Tzouroudis is not allowed on the West Ham bench on match days Photo: Getty

The club appointed Nikos Tzouroudis to head up their medical team in July, on the recommendation of technical director Gianluca Nani, to address the club’s debilitating injury problems.

However, the Greek is not registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) as required by FA and GMC rules, where registration with the governing body is needed to practise medicine in the UK.

West Ham maintain that the Premier League was fully informed about Tzouroudis’ circumstances and that while moves are made to get him registered he is acting in a managerial capacity only.

However, Tzouroudis was seen to treat Carlton Cole during the club’s opening match of the season against Wigan and West Ham, who are already under the spotlight after Sheffield United won their right to claim compensation from the club over the Carlos Tevez affair, face further scrutiny over their administrative procedures.

Tzouroudis has effectively been banned from working alongside manager Ginafranco Zola on match days.

“We informed the Premier League, GMC and FA when Nikos arrived,” said a club statement.

“We were advised he required GMC registration and needed to complete an FA course, which the club are complying with. He is acting in a strategic, managerial role.”

The news adds further to an already trying season for West Ham and comes in the same week that chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson saw the Icelandic bank of which he was a major shareholder collapse amid the ongoing financial troubles on world capital markets.

Gudmundsson is currently working towards saving what he can of his investments in Iceland though a spokesman insisted there was little danger of him pulling out of the club, in which he has invested £30 million, in the immediate future.