Make up your own minds whether anything in the world justifies this little chap’s fears and tears!!!!!!!
The atmosphere of your stadiums is one of the main reasons why I love the Premier League. The prestigious title of “Tw#ts in the Stadiums” belongs to us Italians, we care about it… so stay away… lol 😉
Are you sure the kid wasn’t crying because of what was happening on the pitch? Not to imply I think you’re wrong but are we sure it was because of what was occurring in the stands?
Look where his father’s (?) eyes are directed and the comforting arm around him. I think it speaks for itself
I’ve never felt so disjointed from the club.I talk to any West Ham fan if there wearing our top etc.always a chat or even an in depth conversation, sometimes a quick up the Irons,but always something. My son he’s 18,he loves the fact our supporters are so United,you never see it with other teams fans,I fear we are losing our identity in every way.perhaps we were never the club to go too big.COYI
I was just out of camera shot, _sitting_ in that section, and having a dozen stewards rush in mob handed to eject a single old guy for standing was disconcerting for an adult, so it’s easy to see how it would shock and scare a child. The photo this blown-up section is cropped from has been widely used throughout the press with a caption about fans fighting one another – there was none of that, just a flash-point reaction to the stewards arriving as a snatch-squad.
The guy had been asked to sit 20 minutes earlier by a steward, who after talking to him stepped away and made a bunch of sign-gestures to some distant colleagues. Perhaps the guy was verbally aggressive or abusive to the steward, which would explain why the heavy mob arrived 20 minutes later (I wasn’t close enough to hear). If it was only for persistent standing then the actions of the stewards were confrontational and inflammatory. To be fair to them, after some shouting and scuffles as the old guy’s friends and family rushed in to back him up, the stewards did a decent job of talking to people and taking the heat out of the situation before marching him off.
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