Filed: Saturday, 22nd October 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham chairman David Gold has been inundated with messages on Twitter from Hammers fans protesting about the possible signing of El Hadji Diouf.
The affable chairman, who maintains a dignified stance on the popular social network should have been enjoying a relaxing weekend with West Ham not playing at Brighton until Monday night.
However he has instead spent the last 48 hours fending off criticism from supporters outraged at the board's decision to consider signing a player who spat at its own fans and was questioned by Police for alleged racist remarks made towards a ball boy two years ago.
Gold - pictured above wearing a 'Kick It Out' badge during the game with Blackpool just seven days ago - has failed to comment on the situation, although it is understood that he has not personally endorsed Diouf's possible arrival.
Sam Allardyce - who is thought to be behind the plans to sign Diouf - attempted this morning to persuade West Ham supporters that they were wrong about the Senegalese international when he suggested that they would 'appreciate' his unique talents at the Boleyn.
However that only served to anger the vast majority of supporters, a number of whom have since tweeted Gold.
Allardyce is no stranger to defending his former employee at Bolton; following the alleged racism incident referred to above he backed the player, stating, "[it was] not a situation where Dioufy was the aggressor, but he's being made out to be."
A selection of messages sent to Gold via Twitter in the last 24 hours appear below.
"Please don't sign El Hadji Diouf. I couldn't come to watch West Ham with him in the side. Vile man."
"What are you playing at considering letting Big Sam sign El Hadji Diouf? Shock misjudgment in most fans eyes. He's a disgrace!"
"Despicable character. Don't do it Mr Gold."
"Please do not tarnish our club by signing Diouf... have you any idea how unpopular that will be?"
"I'm yet to speak to one fellow supporter who would welcome Diouf. It would be a shame for our proud club to sign such a person."
"Diouf? Really? Not a great advert for any club."
"If they do, they won't get a penny out of me while he's with us! So what about it David Gold, will you listen?"
"For God's sake, PLEASE DON'T approve the signing of El-Hadji Diouf as reported today. He's trouble - NOT WHAT'S WANTED AT WHU!"
"Are you signing the scumbag?"
"If you sign Diouf then all goodwill you have built up will be gone. You are a West Ham fan; I hope you do the right thing."
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by Baddow Brat
02:26AM 26th Oct 2011
''Better to have him inside the tent, spitting out...''
06:53PM 22nd Oct 2011
''We as West Ham fans are ridiculously fickle, we've always taken on players with a reputation. Judge him on his football.''
by Rangers fan
05:19PM 22nd Oct 2011
''He was fine up here, his past was constantly dredged up and he was constantly goaded due to spitting on a Celtic fan when with Liverpool. We had the same reaction before he came but his time passed pretty unremarkably.
It was all second hand to us though except the Celtic thing, so we never had an opinion until we signed him really. He is a target for other teams trying to get him sent off (which happened once after the game was finished).''
05:10PM 22nd Oct 2011
''Agree with this, but we have had a much more vile person in Bowyer sign for the club twice, without anywhere near this level of outcry!
Diouf is just a pantomime baddie compared to these two. Almost every negative reported against him on your initial news story are just unfounded allegations. That said I don't want him at the club, but mostly because he's crap.
I agree with the stance on players that are racists; I just wish we all stuck to this when signing such players before and stopped (or at least challenged) racist singing when Tottenham visit.''
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