Brady apologises - to 'the vast majority'

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 17th March 2018

Karren Brady has issued an apology to "the vast majority" of West Ham United fans who were present at last week's Burnley game.

Brady, speaking via her tabloid newspaper column on Saturday rather grandly claimed that the noisy but peaceful anti-Board protest was "one of the most painful days in the history of the club".

Not a single supporter was either seriously hurt or injured during the protest, which took place during the second half of last weekend's match. Still, Brady - who was involved in meetings with the Safety Advisory Board this week - insisted that the safety of fans inside the stadium was paramount.

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"I want to put on record that the Board of West Ham United would like to offer our sincere apologies to the vast majority of our supporters who turned up to support their club, lots of them with young children who sat and tried to continue to support their team," she wrote.

"I also pledge to you that nothing - and I mean nothing - is more important to us now than ensuring that you are able to come and support the team safely when we play Southampton on 31 March and all future games.

"Saturday hurt everyone associated with the football club deeply and no one more than our captain Mark Noble - the most recent in a proud line of deeply committed and passionate homegrown heroes.

"We are acting fast on the recommendations and findings of the Safety Advisory Group meeting which took place on Thursday following a series of emergency meetings called by the club. We are fully aware of the responsibility we have to guarantee our supporters' safety, and nothing comes before that."

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Brady also stated in her column that the club "take full responsibility for our predicament" - before appearing to do exactly the opposite by listing a string of excuses for the club's current malaise.

"Spending on transfers and wages has doubled over past five years," she added. "A club-record ?80million was spent on players in 2016/17. Our wage bill of ?105million compares with top flight Premier League clubs. Some may argue that the money has not been invested well enough, but it has been invested.

"Moving home ranks top in most stress lists. It's difficult for everyone to move. In reality when you move to a new house it is empty and without personality. Over time you make it a home. We have been trying very hard to make our stadium home.

"Sadly, the lack of collaboration and dialogue [with Mayor Khan] prior to this has led us in sheer desperation to pursue the legal route around matters, [to ensure] the Stadium has the look and feel of our home ground which we always understood was of paramount importance to our supporters."

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