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No Westfield barriers for Athletics fans

Filed: Sunday, 6th August 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham supporters have asked Westfield Stratford to explain why barriers erected to prevent access from the shopping centre to the Olympic Stadium have been removed for the Athletics World Championships.

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Hammers fans making their way from Stratford Station to the stadium last season were used to having to traipse around the perimeter of the shopping mall, as temporary barriers were installed prior to every match preventing supporters from taking the most natural and obvious routes through the shopping centre.

However a number of supporters have expressed their annoyance this weekend after it was revealed that the barriers have not been installed for the Championships, which are taking place between 4-13 August.

Naturally, this has been viewed as discriminatory by a good number of West Ham supporters, some of whom have asked Westfield to provide an explanation for the decision to install barriers for football fans only.

* As a result of the Championships taking place in Stratford, West Ham have asked the Football League for their second round tie to be played away from home. The draw is scheduled to take place later this week.

Above: Vice Chair Karren Brady stating prior to the move from Upton Park that "our fixtures will always have priority over everything and anything that happens in that stadium".

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