West Ham board meet with fan groups to resolve London Stadium problems

2018-03-08 19:42:09

West Ham say the club and supporters have a collective aim to improve the experience of fans at the London Stadium after reports of intimidation and threats were alleged.

A protest march ahead of this Saturday's Premier League clash with Burnley has been postponed following a meeting of representatives from 15 supporters' groups, known as West Ham Groups United, last month.

After the meeting, Hammers vice-chair Karren Brady published a lengthy open letter to supporters seeking to address concerns about the club and fans' experience at the London Stadium.

The Real West Ham Fans Action Group, which was established in late 2017, were among the groups represented.

And last week they dropped the word 'Action' from their name - they are now known as Real West Ham Fans - before calling off the demonstration following the dialogue with the club.

The West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA) continued the plan to protest at the running of the club.

But that "peaceful, lawful" protest has been postponed following a request by Newham Council over safety and disruption.

There are reports of friction between supporters' groups, with one fan writing on his blog, the H List, of a "pressure cooker atmosphere among fans". The blog post also alleged WHUISA chair Mark Walker said he had been "physically threatened". Walker was not available for comment on Thursday.

West Ham say they hold regular meetings with their supporters advisory board, set up in 2011, and are determined to improve relations.

A West Ham spokesperson said: "West Ham United met with representatives of 15 fans' groups to try to work together to give our supporters a better match-day experience at the London Stadium.

"In our talks we agreed a number of action points and we are working to deliver them.

"All the groups chose their own representatives which we accepted in good faith.

"All of those who attended expressed a desire to achieve the same ambition. The meetings were cordial and constructive. Many of them had travelled long distances to meet with us.

"We will in future be working with the long-standing supporters advisory board to achieve those common aims on behalf of all supporters."

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