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MP writes to Brady about online abuse

West Ham have been described as behaving like “ostriches with their heads in the sand” by a Labour MP who has written to Karren Brady demanding to know why the club have not condemned alleged online abuse aimed at the chairman of one of their supporter groups last week.

Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford North, has contacted West Ham’s vice-chairman to ask why the board has remained silent after Mark Walker, the chairman of the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA), was left fearing for his safety after becoming the target of an online campaign orchestrated by a rival fan group.

“I was concerned to read the coverage about Mark’s treatment in the Guardian over the weekend and have subsequently spoken to him about his experiences,” Streeting wrote in a letter seen by the Guardian. “I am very troubled to hear about the threats he has received and that he has feared for his and his family’s safety. I am disappointed that you, and other directors, appear not to have clearly condemned the online abuse and threats to Mark, which meant that he was advised not to attend Saturday’s game. I believe that the club has a particular responsibility to call out abuse and threats when you become aware of them.

“Tensions are clearly high between fans and the club’s owners and directors, reflected in the scenes over the weekend, but this should not be allowed to impact on fans like Mark.”   West Ham has told the Guardian they plan to respond to Streeting’s letter.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “MP writes to Brady about online abuse

  1. do you not think it might be something to do with him stirring it up for the board
    and do you think the board have been treated fairly by his group of merry men and
    why are you sticking your nose in anyway would you have done it if he was a tory

  2. Yeah Labour party, do one. And stop annoying us with your far left intollerant ideas.

  3. Oh let’s hope it doesn’t come out who actually threatened who…. and more importantly who paid for it.

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