Poll: Have you witnessed racism at the London Stadium?

A poll for Sky Sports News claims that 86% of fans have witnessed racism at a football match at least once, with the figure rising to 93% among supporters from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background. One in five (20%) witness racism – including gestures, chants and abuse – often or every time they attend a match. That figure rises to more than one in four (26%) among BAME fans. Over 1,000 football fans – UK adults who attend multiple professional or semi-professional football matches each year – took part in the Sky survey they claim.

Speaking as a season ticket holder in block 113 in the West stand these are not figures I recognise. I have not personally heard racist gestures, chants on abuse since the move to the London Stadium. Of course they is always the exception to the rule as we have seen with the Salah incident against Liverpool but I truly believe these are the rare exceptions rather the epidemic the media would have us believe.

Maybe I am sheltered in my little corner of the London Stadium so I thought I would ask the question the same question in a Claret and Hugh poll.

Simple question for regular match going West Ham supporters at the London Stadium. Have you personally witnessed racism at once in the last two seasons at the former Olympic Stadium. Please only answer if you regularly attend West Ham matches and please answer truthfully.

About Sean Whetstone

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

2 comments on “Poll: Have you witnessed racism at the London Stadium?

  1. I am also a ST holder in Block 113 and, so far, have not heard any racism there. I’m not overly tuned in to hearing racism but do not like to hear it at football or anywhere else. I have been going to WHU since 1988 and do not recollect hearing anything in that time although I admit to being old and memory not so good. The only comment I remember is hearing the crowd sing ‘who’s the w****r in black?’ when the ref gave a bad decision against us. I don’t believe that WHU crowd is fundamentally racist but also acknowledge that it only takes one person to discredit the rest. In the main WHU is a good bunch of supporters with a wicked sense of humour and are inclusive to all supporters/players who represent this great club. Opposition players do take a lot of abuse but the line has be drawn at racism. COYI

  2. I am in 244 and have only heard it from one idiot as mentioned previously the fans took it upon ourselves to let him know it wasn’t acceptable at half time. The results I guess show that we have it under control bar a few idiots.

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