Filed: Monday, 5th September 2016
By: Staff Writer
Co-owner David Gold has told fans that West Ham's failure to secure a safety certificate for an increased stadium capacity is the result of persistent standing.
Gold, speaking via the club's website and social media this weekend suggested that the standing issue, which has caused numerous problems at the Olympic Stadium already, was responsible for the Safety Advisory Group's decision to refuse an application to extend the OS' capacity to 60,000.
The Safety Advisory, set up by Newham Council, has deemed that 57,000 will remain the figure in place as long as the standing continues. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) September 4, 2016
However a number of supporters have since questioned whether Gold's summary is entirely accurate - including KUMB Forum member The Boleyn Hound.
"We've had people without tickets coming in at half time," he said. "We've had no segregation between home and away fans.
"We've had stewards straight out of college looking after 57,000 people, with seemingly no experience whatsoever. There's not been a police officer in sight at any of the four games I've attended and bags are not being checked upon entry.
"Yet we're supposed to believe that standing up is the thing that is making the stadium unsafe?"
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