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Ticket refund process begins

West Ham has begun refunding Season Ticket Holders today.

The club announced their refund policy in an Email and statement on 20th May clearly which offered supporters an option of a credit or refund with more information to follow. A season ticket renewal price freeze was also offered if the Hammers remain in the Premier League no matter which option supporters opt for.

As part of this process, the club ticketing partners have started crediting individual club cash balances in advance of further email communication tomorrow (Tuesday).

West Ham Supporter Services posted a message on Twitter on @WestHamHelp  this evening to clarify the situation by saying:

“We’re in the process of crediting Club Cash to all accounts following our recent Ticketing update. We will email supporters personally tomorrow with full details on their options which are confirmed here”

The West Ham Customer Service Team have published a FAQ which can be read at https://whufc.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/folders/31000119588
The Season Ticket refunds have been calculated by dividing last year’s season ticket renewal price by nineteen and multiplying it by five.
The club will be hoping many season ticket holders will support the club’s financial position by leaving their refund with the club to be used against their season ticket renewal.
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Danish fans Zoom into games

Danish supporters used Zoom to be part of the action for a Superliga match in Denmark.

Thousands of Danish soccer fans logged into the conferencing software last Thursday evening and were transported into the Ceres Park stadium for a league game between AGF Aarhus and Randers that heralded the resumption of the country’s football season.

Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after Simon Piesinger scored with a chip from 40 metres out to put visiting Randers ahead in the 36th minute. The match finished in a 1-1 draw.

Crowd noise was piped in for the match and there were cardboard “spectators” in place in the stands. Like elsewhere games are being played behind closed doors in Denmark.

Last week West Ham supporter Nigel Kahn suggested a similar concept for the London Stadium with the idea and story travelling around the world including Australia, Portugal, Indonesia and the US. It appears the Premier League didn’t take up Nigel’s Zoom.

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Hammers squad facing a critical week

West Ham’s squad are entering a critical period of the period before the season resumes with daily or bi monthly coronovirus testing now proving critical.

Rush Green has been turned into a near hospital with every precaution in place to ensure the players remain entirely free of the virus.

But we are now into a position where should any of them test positive this week they will miss the first game of the resumption against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the London Stadium.

Club chairmen will meet on Thursday to discuss various issues connected with the restart – not least among them to vote on a relegation model should the season not get finished for any reason.

But in the meantime the Hammers medical staff will be key figures as the players move haven and earth to remain free of the virus which thus far – according to our insiders – has let them all unaffected.

According to The Telegraph any player who tests positive later this week faces missing the Premier League’s big restart.

Telegraph Sport claims there is a ‘return to play’ protocol as part of the medical guidance for dealing with all footballers who have contracted Covid-19 and, even for those who were asymptomatic, the minimum period before returning to group training is two weeks.

This includes the seven-day self-isolation period, with players then only able to return to graded activity on day eight – subject to a negative test – before group training after 14 days. For symptomatic cases, players must be symptom free for at least 14 days before they can return to team training.

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Hammers linked to AC midfielder

The Irons are reported this morning as have inquired about  the availability of AC Milan midfielder Marco Brescianini.

However, even if true the player is very much one for the future having not appeared in the AC first team yet but has scored six goals and provided two assists in the Primavera 2a, which is equivalent to the Premier League 2.

It seems unlikely that with more pressing matters on hand – such as avoiding relegation and bringing in at least a couple of players to strengthen the first team squad immediately – this one is very high on the list of priorities now.

And in any event the Hammers are strong in the midfield area and it’s unlikely they will be looking in that area at any level right now. March.

Although David Moyes has made it clear he wants a young and energetic squad but seems to be thinking purely in terms of players of immediate Premier League ability.

However, according to Calciomercato, we have contacted the Italian outfit over the availability of Brescianini.
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West Ham did not push me hard enough says Payet

Former Hammer Dimitri Payet says he wasn’t pushed hard enough at West Ham,

An interview with Reunion based newspaper, Payet said that he is under more pressure at Marseille, and he enjoys it better.

He said that he was not pushed hard enough at West Ham, and this contributed to his decision to quit the Hammers in 2017 under Slaven Bilic.

He said: “It’s something that I wear constantly [pressure]. This is also why I returned to Marseille. 

“West Ham is a popular but modest Premier League club. When I was not good, nobody fell on me. Here, this is not the case. 

“You can’t fall asleep on your laurels. Even when I’m good and the team wins, you can always fault my performance.”

Payet has hit the headlines in recent days as he refused to take a 20% pay cut from Marseille.

Payet has claimed that taking into account the needs of his family was behind his decision not to take a pay cut

The Marseille star earns £100,000-a-week in a deal lasting to 2022.

Marseille have had financial issues to contend with during the current health crisis, having reduced the staff pay by 30 per cent during this period

But Payet has stood by his decision to collect a full salary, with the French league having already been declared finished back in April.

‘Everyone has had their say on this matter,’ he told Le Journal de l’ile de La Reunion.

My position was clear and obvious. The player that I am is also the father of a family. Like everyone, I have significant financial outlays to maintain, and engagements to keep.

‘My role is to defend my interests and those of my family, without putting the club in danger, with everyone knowing how attached I am to it [Marseille].’

 

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Snodgrass tackles mental health issues

Hammer Robert Snodgrass tackles the taboo subject of mental health in his new podcast series.

The Lockdown Tactics features discussions and interviews with big names from the world of sport, with the overriding ambition of raising awareness of mental health and encouraging everyone to look out for themselves and each other, not only during this testing period, but all the time.

“There has been a great response to Lockdown Tactics,” Snoddy told whufc.com. “It’s been fantastic for us to get the big names on there and open up in-depth conversations, not only about their achievements in sport, but more importantly about mental health.

“We have been joined by sporting idols who have interesting careers to talk about, but also powerful messages.

“It has really blown up in just four or five weeks and we’ve had a lot of people contacting us, telling us they have been helped through by listening to the podcast.”

In its first seven episodes, The Lockdown Tactics has been joined by John Terry, Andy Robertson, Jack Wilshere, Jamie Redknapp, Darren Fletcher and Danny Rose from the world of football, Scotland national rugby union coach Gregor Townsend and world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.

Snodgrass, Boyd and all of their guests have shared the same message – do not be afraid to share your concerns and be there for those around you.

“The biggest things we have talked about is encouraging people to open up and speak to people, and also to check in on your friends and family,” the No11 continued.

“It doesn’t take a lot of effort to check how people are and, while it may sound dramatic, being the one who encourages that person to open up could help to save their life.

“The stories we have heard from the guests who have been on have been amazing, but our focus is mental health and every one of them has shared their own experiences.

“We try to have a laugh in each episode and make it entertaining, but there is a serious side to it.”

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West Ham Podcast: Marlon and the two Coles

West Ham presenter Chris Scull gets together with former Carlton Cole and Marlon Harewood to interview Joe Cole this week in the Footballers guide to football podcast.
 
With 920 league games among them, and stints with clubs from Chelsea to Guangzou – Carlton Cole and Marlon Harewood, with a little help from host Chris Scull, produce a podcast series for the definitive guide on how to be a professional footballer.From top footballing insight such as ‘how footballers spend their money’ to ‘what footballers actually do all day’; the strike partnership of Carlton and Marlon will tell all.

Along the way, we’ll have footballing guests join the reverie; each one bringing some fresh insight into the world of football. The hosts will also share and discuss the latest, most bizarre stories from the footballing universe.

In episode 11 they welcome back their old Hammer teammate Joe Cole for some hilarious tales of what really goes on at West Ham behind the scenes.

Listen to Episode 11 at https://play.acast.com/s/footballersguide/46284a45-01b9-46ce-a6a8-e3df8aa65482

Previous episodes feature Bobby Zamora, Jermain Defoe and Jimmy Bullard.

Podcasts available from

Apple podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the

Acast: play.acast.com/s/footballersg

Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0WnYu2vdF

Castbox: castbox.fm/vc/2625632

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Relegated clubs look to go legal if Restart goes wrong

Premier League in the relegation zones will strongly oppose the season being decided on a points-per-game basis if football is halted once more.

The Mirror report that if the season is forced to be cancelled, clubs flirting with the relegation places at the bottom of the Premier League will fight against PPG being used to decide final league positions.

The chairmen are expected to vote on proposed relegation models at a Thursday meeting and it’s pretty obvious that those involved at the bottom will cast against.

Two options are up for discussion and both represent a no win scenario for the League bosses who are virtually certain to face legal actions from those who are revealed to be the relegated three.

A points-per-game table is worked out by taking the average points a club has achieved in their home and away fixtures so far this season, and multiplying them by the number they have yet to play.

Although the table would change only very slightly, any teams relegated are reported to be preparing legal action with the knowledge that it would cost them millions of pounds to be sent to the second tier.

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Video: My Hammers XI

West Ham’s London Stadium DJ Russ Budden or DJ Russy as he likes to be called has launched a My Hammers 11 Youtube video channel on which he is remote video interviewing many Hammers’ supporters during the Premier League football hiatus with their Hammers XI for variety of reasons.

DJ Russy caught up with Claret and Hugh Associate Editor Sean Whetstone last week but he has recorded 38 videos in total so far and he is still going.

Take your pick of some well-known supporters from the list of thirty two below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbcHYT6_aeT5_z03EJqQblQ/videos

 

 

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Spanish supporters offered virtual superimposed fans

Spanish La Liga matches could have the look of a FIFA video game when the competition resumes next month.

The Spanish league is contemplating adding virtual crowds to the television broadcast of matches that will be played in empty stadia.  Spanish league president Javier Tebas said on Friday that the league is working with the possibility of giving fans an option to watch the original feed from the empty stadia or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands, similar to those in video games.

“We are testing to see if we can allow the spectator to choose between two images — the real one or another with virtual fans and sounds,” Tebas said in an online video conference organized by Spanish sports newspaper Marca. “We want to give fans options. The tests I’ve seen so far are impressive.”

Tebas said fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.

Tebas said the Bundesliga, which resumed recently in Germany, was successful using virtual sound during its matches, and the Spanish league wants to go a step further by using the virtual fans.