David Gold and David Sullivan have told fans they fully understand the feelings of some supporters who wish to stand at the London Stadium but stress that under Premier League rules it musn’t happen.
ClaretandHugh revealed last night that a letter was on the way to all season tickets holders and today we can confirm the joint chairman have made their position clear as the first letters began to drop.
Addressing the issue they say: “This is a difficult and polarising issue, with some individuals who stood at the Boleyn wishing to do so while other fans – in most cases lifelong supporters especially those with disabilities or attending with children- are having their experience ruined by individuals chosing to stand in front of them.”
In pointing out the “persistent standing” is strictly forbidden under Premier League regulations the Davids add: “We would respectfully urge all fans who like to stand to show respect and consderation for those fellow fans who love West Ham United too and who want to watch their team and cheer them on.”
And they add: “We have been asked to play our part by the safety authorities as well as a large number of fans in ensuring the proper procedures and regulations are followed.”
They point out that ST holders when purchasing them they agreed to adhere to the terms and conditions set out and to the rules of the stadium.”
And they add that while they would be reluctant to do so, the club is lawfully allowed to revoke season tickets should they choose.
The Davids add, that whilst they are following up on CCTV footage to discover those who have been reported for abusive behaviour and once identified action will be taken.
And they confirm ClaretandHugh‘s story of earlier in the week when declaring that they are looking at the possibility of creating a safe seating area as a means of solving the problem.