Fans group blast 'scaremongering'

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 7th February 2020

Hammers United have criticised reports that appeared in today's national media as an attempt to "demonise" West Ham fans.

West Ham co-owner David Gold - who last weekend liked a twitter post which referred to West Ham supporters as "morons" - continued to stir the pot when he was quoted referring to fans as "belligerents".

And Hammers United referred to the reports "cheap efforts at scaremongering" in their latest missive, published on Friday evening.

Hammers United respond to today's attacks on the fan base

"You will have seen reports today which try to demonise our supporters, " it read. "They are disappointing, distasteful and cheap efforts at scaremongering - and yet no mention of the simple fact that not one single arrest was made at our protest, as our support conducted itself impeccably.

"That first protest was the catalyst for change, and how wonderful it is to see those in the free press who refuse to be intimidated with the threat of being "Sunday Supplemented" or having a portacabin press pass pulled, now sitting up and taking notice of the disease that has gripped our great club.

"Buoyed by our stories and campaign, they have embraced our cause, called out the club, and despite understandable concerns and a backdrop of legal threats, they continue to introspect what they seemingly perceive as a set of custodians who have increased their personal wealth, whilst failing their supporters and failing to deliver against promises made to them."

The group, whose membership now exceeds 10,000 - up by some 30 per cent since the original protest - also confirmed their plans to stage a second demonstration later this month.

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The first protest attracted around 2,000 supporters; those numbers are expected to swell

"Hammers United announced some time ago that we would be holding another mass protest on 29 February when we play Southampton at home," the statement continued.

"After constructive and engaging talks with the LDDC, The Police and Newham Council, we can finally share the details.

"We will all come together at various meeting points along The Greenway from 1.30pm and stroll, peacefully, leisurely, and in good voice, along its length towards the London Stadium.

"Rally your friends, rally your families. This is a day that will live long in the memory. It is time for us all to come together as Hammers - United - on one simple message. GSB OUT."

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