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Owners tell West Ham fans to behave themselves

30 Nov

Owners tell West Ham fans to behave themselves

Police separate Spurs and West Ham fans at White Hart Lane                        © PA Photos

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West Ham joint-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have urged the club’s  fans to show impeccable behaviour in the clash against Chelsea after they were  heard viciously abusing Tottenham  fans last week.

Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over their London rivals at White Hart Lane last  weekend saw a section of Irons travelling supporters mocking the stabbing of a  Spurs fan in Rome. While they were also heard hissing – mimicking the sound of  Jews being gassed during the Second World War – and chanting the name of Adolf  Hitler.

Now, Gold and Sullivan have written an open letter to the club’s fans, urging  them to “show the world what being a West Ham fan is all about”

Their open letter, published on the club’s official website, read:  “Saturday’s match with Chelsea promises to be thrilling affair and we know we  can count on all of you to provide the customary passionate backing for the team  that we have witnessed in every game since we arrived at the club.

“That is why we were disappointed to read about the actions of the small  section of fans that let the club down during last Sunday’s game at Tottenham  Hotspur. We were not only disappointed because they reflected badly on our club,  but they misrepresented the tens of thousands of outstanding supporters who  follow the team home and away throughout the season.

“We have both been sent hundreds of emails and have personally spoken to a  number of fans, who have all told us that they share our sentiments and are  angry that the reputation of their club has been besmirched by the actions of a  few mindless individuals.

“We have said to them what we will say to you now – it is up to us all to not  tolerate anything that we deem to be unacceptable when supporting West Ham  United. In the rare case that you do see or hear anything inappropriate, there  are a number of ways you can report the matter.

“Two of the easiest ways are to speak to your nearest steward at the stadium  or use the Boleyn Ground’s anonymous fan phone number – 07860 404 069 – where  all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

“We have made it very clear over the past week that we will not tolerate any  form of discriminatory behaviour and one by one we will root out those fans that  do not deserve to represent this great club of ours.

“Everyone at West Ham United is looking forward to Saturday’s visit of the  champions of Europe, Chelsea, and given the news reports of this week, it is  inevitable that much focus will be on our club this weekend. This fixture will  hopefully provide us with the perfect opportunity to show the world what being a  West Ham fan is all about – supporting with pride, passion and respect.”

The east London club have already taken swift action, with one of their fans  banned for life because of the chanting and two supporters cautioned by police  for a racially aggravated public order offence.

The Hammers’ tough stance has been praised and Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of  Kick it Out, said: “Kick It Out is encouraged by the swift action taken by West  Ham United in the wake of Sunday’s fixture.

“Clubs have the power to show leadership and set an example for the vast  majority of its supporters to follow in instances like this. Here, they’ve done  exactly that.

“Kick It Out has seen first-hand the appetite the club has in embracing  anti-discrimination initiatives, with David Gold and James Tomkins both acting  as campaign ambassadors in 2012. By doing this they’re helping to send a message  as to what is and what isn’t acceptable.

“It is clear they feel abuse of this kind won’t be tolerated and, in a period  where the issue is high on the agenda, this approach is something we applaud.”

 

 
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